Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, announces the additions of members Ben Ammerman as Of Counsel and Michael S. Armstrong as an associate in its Irvine office.
“As California employment laws continue to evolve amid the current COVID-19 outbreak, we find that our clients’ needs are evolving too. Ben and Michael each present their own unique strengths, and their additions to our growing Irvine office greater diversify our client offerings and allow us to continue accommodating employers’ changing needs across Southern California,” said James J. McDonald, Jr., managing partner of the firm’s Irvine office. “We are thrilled to have them on our team.”
An experienced trial lawyer, Ammerman advises companies and business owners on a variety of employment law matters, and his clients operate across industry sectors, including technology, financial services and health care. He also serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a reserve judge advocate, and he has obtained multiple acquittals in jury trials. Ammerman is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. He joins the firm from Newmeyer & Dillion LLP in Newport Beach. Ammerman received his J.D., cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the University of San Diego School of Law (2005) and his B.A., with departmental honors, from the University of Southern California (1997).
Armstrong represents and advises clients regarding a broad range of employment-related matters, including workplace discrimination, misclassification, harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation claims; wage and hour compliance; unfair competition law and trade secrets; and accommodation and leave issues. He also counsels employers on labor and employee relations issues in both union and non-union work environments. Armstrong is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the John M. Langston Bar Association. He joins the firm from Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP in Irvine. Armstrong earned his J.D. from the University of California, Irvine, School of Law (2015) and his M.S. and B.S., cum laude, from Towson University (2007; 2005). While at UCI Law, he served as Lead Article Editor for the UC Irvine Law Review.