Michele is our firm’s founder and managing partner, and is widely recognized as a leading management-side labor and employment lawyer. For 30+ years she’s represented businesses in single and multiple plaintiff cases and collective actions. Her clients trust her practical, business-centered advice and counsel on a wide range of workplace matters. Michele is a frequent speaker on employment law issues for clients and outside groups, and has been selected for the Northern California Super Lawyers List every year since 2004. She’s also consistently named to “Women Leaders in the Law” lists.
J.D., 1982 - University of California, Hastings College of the Law
B.A., 1978 - University of Michigan
Named a Northern California Top Lawyer for 2017
Named a Southern California Top Lawyer for 2017
Selected to The American Registry's list of America's Most Honored Professionals for 2017
Selected to the 2014 Los Angeles & San Francisco "Women Leaders in the Law" lists by American Lawyer Media (ALM) in partnership with Martindale-Hubbell, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle
Named a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer in California for 2013 by the Daily Journal
AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers List each year since 2004
Named to The Recorder’s 2012 “Women Leaders in the Law”
Feb 2015, California Lawyer: Employment Law: A 10-Point ADA Checklist
Mar 2014, FDCC Quarterly Publication: Avatars and Social Media: Employment Law Risks and Challenges in the Virtual World
Aug 2013, FDCC Quarterly Publication: The Young and the Restless: Gen Y'ers in the Workplace! Are You Prepared?
Feb 2013, DRI's For The Defense Magazine: The ADA and Mental Disabilities: Emerging Trends and Accommodation Issues
The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms, Contributing Author (Published by American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession)
Sep 2011, Bloomberg Labor & Employment Law Report: Family Responsibility Cases on the Rise: Best Practices to Avoid a Claim
Quoted in a 2011 Business Insurance article: Demands at home create bias suits at work
Sep 2017, ACC-SoCal: Employment Law Toolkit for Startups
Sep 2017, FDCC Corporate Counsel Symposium: Employment Law: Within the Corporation
Aug 2013, FDCC Annual Meeting: Using Real-World Laws to Navigate the Virtual World of Employee Internet Activity
Mar 2013, DRI Women in the Law Seminar: Is There a Science to Law Firm Management and Does Six Sigma Apply?
Mar 2013, FDCC Winter Meeting: The Young and the Restless: Gen Y'ers in the Workplace! Are You Prepared?
Oct 2012, NAMWOLF Annual Meeting: Accommodating Mental Disabilities: Managing Real Life Challenges Within the Law
May 2012, ACC-SFBA: Essentials for Startups: A Legal Toolkit for In-House Counsel
Apr 2012, NCHRA HR West Conference: Disability Discrimination: Avoiding Bias and Managing Accommodations
Mar 2012, MCCA CLE Expo 2012: Piling On: Whistleblower Statutes Run Amok
Jan 2012, NCHRA Legal and Legislative Conference: Family Rights in the Workplace: Legal Trends and New Challenges for Employers
May 2011, National Retail Federation, Internal Audit Council: Operating in California: What Retail Auditors Need to Know to Ensure Compliance
Chair, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Employment Practices and Workplace Liability Committee, 2012-2015