Michael S. Bernick

Special Counsel

  • Michael S. Bernick
  • Phone: +1 415 957 3147
    Fax: +1 415 276 9369

    Import to Address Book

  • Duane Morris LLP
    Spear Tower
    One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
    San Francisco, CA 94105-1127
    USA

Michael S. Bernick practices in the area of employment and labor law. He advises employers on issues related to employer taxes, unemployment insurance and disability insurance. In recent years, he has worked with some of the nation’s major employers, staffing companies and industry associations.

Mr. Bernick previously served for nearly five years as director of the California Employment Development Department (EDD), the 10,000-person state department of labor. As EDD director, he oversaw the administration of the state’s employer tax collection system, unemployment insurance system and disability insurance system.

Mr. Bernick is a 1979 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He also holds a B.Phil. from Balliol College of the University of Oxford and a B.A. from Harvard College.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment and Labor Law

Admissions

  • California

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • University of Oxford, Balliol College, B.Phil., 1976
  • Harvard College, B.A., 1974

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP

    - Special Counsel, 2018-present

  • Sedgwick LLP

    - Counsel, 2004-2017

  • California Employment Development Department (EDD)

    - Director, 1999-2004

Professional Activities

  • Milken Institute
    - Research Fellow, Employment Programs and Policy

  • Growth Sector (STEM job training/employment agency)
    - Board Chair

  • Autism Aspergers Spectrum Coalition for Education Networking and Development (AASCEND)
    - Board Member and Chair of the Autism Job Club

  • Positive Resource Center (HIV/AIDS job training center)
    - Advisory Board

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
    - Board of Directors, 1991-1999, Board President, 1995

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “2020 Vision: Legal Issues to Watch for in the Workplace,” Duane Morris Breakfast Briefing, San Francisco, November 8, 2019

  • Speaker, "Establishing an Effective Neurodiversity Employment Program: Legal Issues," Webinar, August 22, 2018