Michael G. Woods

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Mike Woods - Fresno Employment Law

Michael G. Woods


Mr. Woods has devoted his entire practice to civil litigation. In 1973, he joined the law firm of McCormick Barstow in Fresno, California. Since that time, he has tried cases alleging civil rights violations, sexual harassment, race, age, disability and gender discrimination, political retaliation, whistle blower retaliation, wrongful termination and other employment-related matters in State and Federal courts.

Mike Woods - Fresno Civil Litigation

Mr. Woods is a member of McCormick Barstow’s Employment Law/Labor Practice Group. He counsels and represents employers in harassment/discrimination claims under California and Federal law, including Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and California law, including the Fair Employment & Housing Act, Unruh Civil Rights Act and Labor Code.

Mr. Woods also represents clients in administrative proceedings involving disability claims and personnel matters before Civil Service Commissions, School Boards, Regulatory Boards and Commission on Professional Competence.

Mr. Woods is licensed to practice law in California and admitted to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California.

Juris Doctor, 1973 
University of California, Davis, School of Law

Bachelor of Science, 1970 summa cum laude
California State University, Fresno

Concentrating in Civil Litigation with emphasis in Employment, Wrongful Termination, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Civil Rights and the Defense of Public Entities.

Mr. Woods is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2003 and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 1985.  He is also a member of the Association of Business Trial Attorneys, Federal Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section), and State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section).

Reported Cases

Garcia v. County of Merced (9th Cir. 2011) 639 Fed. 3d 1206

Johnson v. County of Fresno (2003) 111 Cal.App.4th 1087

Renna v. County of Fresno (2000) 78 Cal.App.4th 1

Phillips v. County of Fresno (1990) 225 Cal.App.3d 1240

Robert Mendez v. Superior Court of Merced County (1988) 206 Cal.App.3d 557

McClatchy Newspapers v. Superior Court of Fresno County (1988) 44 Cal. 3d 1162

E. B. Wills Company, Inc. v. Superior Court of Merced County (1976) 56 Cal.App.3d 650

Lecturer and Co-Author

Mr. Woods frequently lectures on employment matters and in courses approved for continuing legal education credit.

Honors and Awards

Mr. Woods is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell.  Mr. Woods was selected as one of the Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers (2010-2014) and has been on the Northern California Super Lawyers list since 2004 for his primary area of practice in Employment Litigation.

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