MICHELE BALLARD MILLER

MICHELE BALLARD MILLER

Partner
SF-LA

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.

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  • Education

    J.D., 1982 - University of California, Hastings College of the Law

    B.A., 1978 - University of Michigan

    Bar Admission

    California

  • 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”

  • Speaking Engagements

    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

    Publications

    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)

Practice Lead

Employment Litigation

Class Action & Complex Litigation

Traditional Labor

Practice Areas

Employment Litigation

Trials and Appeals

Class Action & Complex Litigation

Regulatory, Compliance & Risk Management

Traditional Labor