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Michael A. Terhorst


Michael A. Terhorst practices in all aspects of employment and labor law.

Mr. Terhorst has extensive experience counseling employers and individual employees and managers on numerous employment related issues including termination, discipline, severance agreements, drug testing, employee searches, EEOC and DFEH investigations. Mr. Terhorst has also litigated and conducted trials in a variety of employment cases on behalf of employers and employees. 

Mr. Terhorst has taught labor law and aviation law at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and is a frequent speaker at various industry conferences and seminars on employment matters, including mediations and litigation. He specializes in federal and state anti-discrimination and civil rights laws, tort claims, contract claims, wage and hour laws and California State Personnel Board hearings. 

CA State Bar Labor & Employment Section
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Sacramento District Attorney's Citizen Committee

Veterans of Foreign Wars

American Legion

California State Bar
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 

U.S. Supreme Court 

Prior Experience


  • Dillingham and Murphy LLP
    Employment litigation. Represented management-side defense work.

  • CA Department of Fair Employment and Housing
    Trial Counsel. Enforcing anti-discrimination laws: Draft legal opinions, motions and pleadings; conduct depositions, investigations; and appear in civil and administrative proceedings.

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Adjunct Professor
    Teach graduate courses in Aviation and Labor law. Topics include management and union organization and constituency representation; collective bargaining and typical labor contract terms and provisions; FAA, NTSB, insurance and warranty issues associated with aviation.

  • Consumers Union of U.S., Inc., West Coast Regional Office
    San Francisco, CA. Policy development, legislative and administrative advocacy on issues affecting consumers in the areas of credit, finance, banking, housing, and civil rights.


Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (B.S., Honors, Education 1986)
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 1991)

Other Degrees
FAA Air Traffic Controller Certificate

Mr. Terhorst is fluent in Spanish and before attending law school was an Air Traffic Controller in the United States Air Force.

Wage and Hour Law Update, Lorman Education Services, June 8. 2004
AB 2222: California Reaffirms Its Independence, Vol. 27/No. 4, San Francisco Attorney Magazine, August Issue, 2001.
The American Dream; Opening the Door to Credit and Ending Mortgage Discrimination, Consumers Union, December 1993.

Wage and Hour Law Update; Impact of Supreme Court employment rulings on businesses; Wrongful Termination - avoiding liability; Impact of DFEH Investigations on CA Businesses.


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