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Michael D. Drenan

San Diego

P 619-573-4920 F 619-573-4901


Michael D. Drenan


Michael D. Drenan is a principal in the San Diego, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. For over 25 years, he has counseled and represented employers in such matters as wrongful discharge, tort claims related to employment, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, unfair competition cases, and wage and hour matters.

Michael advises, represents, and defends employers in various areas of employment law and employment litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. He also has extensive experience representing employers with Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) in all phases of employment litigation by virtue of his selection as panel counsel for national insurance carriers. Michael’s representative clients include entities in the property management and healthcare industries, financial institutions, professional services companies, transportation companies, manufacturing companies and homeowners associations.

Michael attained the rank of major in the United States Air Force. From July 1983 to September 1992, he served as an attorney assigned to the Judge Advocate General’s Department (JAG). In this capacity, he represented the Air Force in employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases nationwide.

While attending Wittenberg University, Michael lettered on two national championship football teams.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Ones to Watch: Labor and Employment Law - Management" (2021)

Published Decision

  • Truly Nolen of America v. Superior Court, 208 Cal. App. 4th 487 (2012) [Class Arbitration]

Unpublished Decision

  • Foley v. One Harbor Drive Homeowners Association, 2013 WL 1808267 (Cal. App 4th Dist.) [wrongful termination]

Published Works

  •  "Federal Service Labor Management Relations Statute: Formal Discussions, Their Evolution and Expansion," Section 7114(a)(2)(A), 35 A.F.L. REV. 169 (1991)