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  • Illinois
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Michael  T. Chin


Michael Chin’s labor and employment law practice is focused on representing management in a variety of employment contexts, at the trial and appellate court level, as well as before state and federal agencies. Mr. Chin has significant experience defending employers against claims of:

  • Employee misclassification 
  • Discrimination and harassment 
  • Trade secret misappropriation 
  • Breach of contract

In addition, Mr. Chin has defended employers in several large, multi-party class and collective actions involving alleged violations of both state and federal wage and hour laws, including but not limited to violations of the California Labor Code, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Outside the litigation arena, Mr. Chin regularly counsels employers on issues relating to individual terminations, reductions in force, compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws, and compliance with state and federal discrimination laws. He is also an active member in the American Bar Association’s Fair Labor Standards Legislation Subcommittee.


"Another Employer Confidentiality Policy Held Unlawful by the NLRB," Schiff Hardin Labor & Employment Update (August 15, 2014)

"Supreme Court Decides Donning and Doffing Question for Unionized Employers," Schiff Hardin Labor & Employment Update (January 30, 2014)

"Ninth Circuit Holds Statistics Alone Can Establish Prima Facie Case of Age Discrimination in a RIF," Schiff Hardin Labor & Employment Update (June 2012)

"Illegal Immigration Worksite Enforcement: How to Safeguard Your Company in an Era of Unprecedented Raids and Regulations," (coauthor) Client Alert (December 2008)

"The Third Circuit’s Resolution of a Retirement Benefits Conundrum,” (coauthor) Bender's Labor and Employment Bulletin (July 2007)

Pro Bono Activities

Mr. Chin has advocated on behalf of several clients on a pro bono basis. For example, Mr. Chin represented a family in securing the adoption of a foster child, as well as students in search of adequate accommodations for their special education needs. Mr. Chin also provides employment counseling to several nonprofit entities on a pro bono basis.

Additionally, Mr. Chin serves as a mentor through the Chicago Bar Association for individuals in the Cook County Juvenile Justice Division and regularly participates in the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Lawyers in the Classroom program.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Schiff Hardin, Mr. Chin was an associate in the Los Angeles office of an international law firm. During law school, he served as a legal intern for the San Francisco Juvenile Public Defender. Before attending law school, Mr. Chin taught environmental science and biology to high school students in New Orleans with Teach for America.


University of Michigan Law School(J.D., 2008)
Pomona College(B.A., History, 2003)