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 by San Francisco Magazine
Named a Southern California Top Lawyer for 2017 by The Los Angeles Times
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”
Oct 2018, Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting: Harassment Prevention 2.0: Best Practices for the #MeToo Era
Sep 2018, National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms Annual Meeting: #MeToo: Now What?
Sep 2018, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Corporate Counsel Symposium: Harassment and the #MeToo Movement
Mar 2018, Association of Corporate Counsel-Southern California: Harassment Prevention 2.0 - Best Practices for the #MeToo Era
Mar 2018, Los Angeles County Bar Association: Understanding and Litigating Intersectional Discrimination Claims
Sep 2017, Association of Corporate Counsel-Southern California: Employment Law Toolkit for Startups
Sep 2017, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Corporate Counsel Symposium: Employment Law: Within the Corporation
Aug 2013, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting: Using Real-World Laws to Navigate the Virtual World of Employee Internet Activity
Mar 2013, Defense Research Institute Women in the Law Seminar: Is There a Science to Law Firm Management and Does Six Sigma Apply?
Mar 2013, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel 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, Association of Corporate Counsel-San Francisco Bar Association: Essentials for Startups: A Legal Toolkit for In-House Counsel
Apr 2012, Northern California HR Association HR West Conference: Disability Discrimination: Avoiding Bias and Managing Accommodations
Mar 2012, MCCA CLE Expo 2012: Piling On: Whistleblower Statutes Run Amok
Jan 2012, Northern California HR Association Legal and Legislative Conference: Family Rights in the Workplace: Legal Trends and New Challenges for Employers
Feb 2015, California Lawyer: Employment Law: A 10-Point ADA Checklist
Mar 2014, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Quarterly Publication: Avatars and Social Media: Employment Law Risks and Challenges in the Virtual World
Aug 2013, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Quarterly Publication: The Young and the Restless: Gen Y'ers in the Workplace! Are You Prepared?
Feb 2013, Defense Research Institute'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
Chair, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Employment Practices and Workplace Liability Committee, 2012-2015
Crosby Heafey Roach & May (now Reed Smith)
Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop)