Joshua Robert Dale


Mr. Dale manages Michel & Associates, P.C. He practices civil litigation with an emphasis on employment, business, and constitutional matters. He has extensive alternative dispute resolution training, including experience as a panel neutral for the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution panel. He has tried numerous cases as well as argued matters in front of state and federal courts of appeal.  He previously was a partner in a law firm in Newport Beach, California. His prior representations include defending commercial businesses from hazardous chemical and mold exposure claims and defending government agencies in employment and contract dispute claims.

Mr. Dale is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. He also has served as a volunteer director for local non-profit organizations. His community participation and legal work have earned him plaudits and awards from local business leaders, congressmen, and community organizations. Mr. Dale graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Communications in 1997. In 2000, he graduated with cum laude honors from the Pepperdine School of Law with a J.D. as well as a Certificate in Dispute Resolution.

The following is a representative sample of the institutional clients to whom Mr. Dale has provided counsel:

AcuSport Corporation
Brenntag Pacific
Bounds Equity Partners
Brady Construction & Design
California Rifle & Pistol Association
City of Redondo Beach
Corona Sportsmen’s Club
County of Riverside
Fullerton Rangers Soccer Club
The Golden Closet
Mouren-Laurens Oil Company
Pacific Broadband Technical Services
Quest Preservation
Steelworkers Oldtimers Foundation
Turner’s Outdoorsman
Warren Resources of California
West End Gun Club
Wescom Credit Union

Mr. Dale also proudly represents the interests of firearms owners, manufacturers, retailers, and enthusiasts, and has an abiding belief in the sanctity of the constitutional protections for such activities.


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Why a PAGA Legal Claim Can Be So Much More Harmful To An Employer
Misclassifying Exempt Employees Can Be Costly
How To Conduct Employment Background Checks Without Breaking The Law
Harassment And Discrimination – Employer Responsibilities
What Didn’t Happen in 2010 for California Wage-and-Hour Laws
Bell Scandal: Political Theater At The Expense of Taxpayers, L.A. Daily Journal, Sept. 27, 2010
Reallocating Litigation Costs: The Issue of Settlement Offers to Multiple Parties
California Exempt from Meal & Rest Period Laws in Correctional Officers’ Wage and Hour Class Action Lawsuit: CCPOA v. Calif., 2010 DJDAR 14654
A Mixed Bag For California Contractors: Recent Appellate Court Decisions Hand A Few Victories But Mostly Losses to Subcontractors
Federal Law on Genetic Screening of Employees Takes Effect

The Renewed Importance of E-Discovery
Televised Political Debates and Arkansas Educational Television Commission v. Forbes: Excluding the Public from Public Broadcasting, 27 Pepperdine Law Review 629 (2000)


Playing the Discovery Game, MCLE course presenter (2015)
Beginner Legal Research, MCLE course presenter (2013)
Ethical Obligations to Partners & Clients During Law Practice Disputes, MCLE course presenter (2011)
California Rules on e-Discovery, MCLE course presenter (2011)
Wage & Hour Update, Employer Advisory Council of Orange County (2010)
The Instant Impact of Mohawk Industries v. Carpenter (U.S. Supreme Ct., Dec. 8, 2009) on Litigators and Collateral Order Appeals of Attorney-Client Privilege Determinations, Webinar (2010)
New Generation of Americans with Disabilities, Employer Advisory Council of Orange County (2009)
Managers & Supervisors Sexual Harassment Training Seminar (2009)
2009 Overview of Contractual Defense & Indemnity (2009)
Preventing Sexual Harassment, AB 1825 Compliance Seminar (2006)

Oral Argument

Ampersand Publishing, LLC v. NLRB, No. 15-1082 (D.C. Cir., December 9, 2016)