Michael S. Battaglia

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Practice Area:

Workers’ Compensation Litigation


Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Bachelor of Laws; Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management)

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Masters in U.S. Law and Policy – Admitted to practice California State Bar 2015

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, some of Michael’s fondest memories involve discussing politics, economics and business management with his grandfather while drinking a coke in the living room. These conversations would often highlight the value of good communication, understanding people, factors of effective management and an understanding of government policy. Inspired by these discussions, Michael went on to obtain a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management) from Monash University, Australia.

During his time at university Michael’s passion for travel was ignited. Beginning with a study abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Michael continued to periodically travel overseas and delighted in the unique experience and perspective shift that accompanies being immersed in a different culture. Michael’s travels ultimately led him to the United States where he continued his legal education, met his wife, and now resides.

After finishing his Masters in U.S. Law and Policy at McGeorge School of Law, Michael immediately took, and passed, the California Bar exam. He was admitted to practice in 2015 and began his career in workers’ compensation law as an attorney at the Law Office of Matthew Brueckner. Michael found that workers’ compensation law successfully fused his passion for people, pursuit of organizational success, conflict resolution, advocacy, and government policy. In addition, his bachelor’s degree in commerce and prior employment as a retail manager provided insight into the unique situations an employer faces when dealing with the California workers’ compensation system.

Michael joined Twohy, Darneille & Frye as an Associate Attorney in December 2016 and continues to assist employers successfully navigate the workers’ compensation system. He delights in promoting organizational success by zealously representing his client’s interests, both inside and outside the courtroom, and searching for a creative solution to a client’s situation.

Outside of work, Michael is a voracious reader and enjoys good food, good wine and good coffee (not necessarily in that order). He still loves to travel and is always planning his next big adventure.”