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SAN DIEGO (November 30 2023): Employment law firm Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC (NFC) is proud to welcome Michael J. Morphew as Counsel supporting the San Diego, California office, effective November 7, 2023.

Morphew specializes in class and PAGA representative actions, and has considerable employment litigation experience representing private sector business of all sizes in wage and hour cases. He also conducts detailed exposure analyses and audits for individual, class, and PAGA representative actions, and has negotiated favorable individual, class, and PAGA action settlements. Morphew also advises and counsels businesses on various employment–related matters, including workplace policies and procedures, best practices, arbitration agreements, and employee handbooks.

“Michael is a talented and tenacious attorney, who effectively and enthusiastically advocates for his clients,” said Stacy Fode, Managing Partner of NFC’s San Diego office. “His extensive class action and PAGA experience and wage and hour expertise make him an in valuable asset to the firm, and I am proud to welcome Michael to the growing NFC West Coast team.”

Earlier in his career, Morphew gained valuable experience as a Judicial Intern for San Diego Superior Court Judge Judith F. Hayes. He also held an internship with the Center for Public Interest Law, where he was responsible for reporting on the Public Utilities Commission and Board of Accountancy activities and compliance with California statutory meeting requirements. Morphew graduated Cum Laude  from the University of San Diego School of Law, and he also completed the Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution STAR program. Previously, Morphew earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.

He speaks both English and Spanish.

“The Nukk-Freeman & Cerra team is comprised of extremely talented and diligent attorneys, with a long history of success,” said Morphew. “I am excited to join this dynamic group of attorneys and I look forward to continuing to provide excellent employment counsel to a wide range of clients as part of the NFC team.”  

Recognized as a top Employment Law Firm, NFC provides a progressive, creative and forward-thinking approach to the practice of management-side employment law. Staffed with highly experienced employment attorneys and a robust support team, we deliver superior work product and incomparable client service. NFC attorneys have litigated thousands of cases and handled appeals at all levels in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Our substantive knowledge encompasses all areas of employment and benefits law. In addition, NFC has an entire team dedicated to designing and delivering hundreds of distinctive and sophisticated employment law training. We work vigorously to counsel our clients on the most effective preventative measures. NFC is currently recruiting talented attorneys at various levels for our growing West Coast office.  Learn more about NFC and career opportunities with the firm at


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