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. Michael has significant experience defending employers against claims of:

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

In addition, Michael 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, Michael 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.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Schiff Hardin, Michael 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, Michael taught environmental science and biology to high school students in New Orleans with Teach for America.

  • Credentials


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

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • 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
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
      • Insights


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        Other Publications

        • "Ninth Circuit Holds Statistics Alone Can Establish Prima Facie Case of Age Discrimination in a RIF," Schiff Hardin Labor & Employment Update (Jun. 2012)
        • "Illegal Immigration Worksite Enforcement: How to Safeguard Your Company in an Era of Unprecedented Raids and Regulations," (coauthor) Client Alert (Dec. 2008)
        • "The Third Circuit’s Resolution of a Retirement Benefits Conundrum,” (coauthor) Bender's Labor and Employment Bulletin (Jul. 2007)

        Speeches & Presentations

        • “The Impact of State and Federal Employment Law at Your Club,” Illinois PGA Presentation (May 3, 2016)
        • “Addressing the Top 10 Compliance Issues Facing Employers in 2016,” Family Office Exchange Webinar (Apr. 13, 2016)
        • “Employment Issues for Not-For-Profit (NFP) Organizations,” The Law Project Webinar (Mar. 22, 2016)
        • “Recent Developments at the Department of Labor,” North Shore Labor Counsel Presentation (Sep. 15, 2015)
      • Citizenship

        Pro Bono Activities

        Michael has advocated on behalf of several clients on a pro bono basis. For example, he 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. Michael also provides employment counseling to several nonprofit entities on a pro bono basis.


        Additionally, Michael 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.

      Employment Law Landscape

      Summer Hours: Make Sure Summertime Flexible Hours Work

      Summer is almost here! With longer days and warmer nights on the horizon, many employers may be thinking about offering shortened or altered work weeks to their employees.  Such arrangements can boost employee morale, improve productivity and efficiency, and create an attractive recruiting tool. A variety of approaches are available to employers interested in implementing … Continue Reading