She represents clients in a variety of industries, but has particular expertise in the aviation industry. She serves as the co-chair for FordHarrison's Data Privacy International Practice Group and was honored in 2012 with the Promise Award given for excellence in client service. Michelle also serves as the liaison for the FordHarrison school in Cambodia.
Michelle's employment litigation experience includes defending against class action and individual claims for wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, and discrimination. Her labor experience includes representing clients in grievance resolution and arbitrations. Michelle also regularly advises clients on a variety of issues, including best practices for data privacy issues, disability accommodation, and wage and hour compliance. She frequently writes and lectures on California and federal employment laws. Her recent presentations include speaking at the Corporate Counsel Women of Color conference on "Managing a Data Breach," the Ius Laboris and FordHarrison Global Employment Symposium on "The Challenging Legal Landscape for California Aviation Employers," and the California Women Lawyers annual conference on "Transgender Issues: Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Expression."
Prior to joining FordHarrison, Michelle served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall in the Central District of California and worked as an associate on business and entertainment litigation matters involving contracts, torts, intellectual property, and real estate. Before practicing law, and while attending Loyola Law School's evening program, Michelle worked as a senior media buyer in the advertising industry. Her significant business experience has proved to be a valuable asset to her practice. Having worked on the client side, she understands how to meet and exceed clients' expectations by providing practical, real-world employment advice.
Michelle currently serves on the Executive Committee for Women Lawyers of Los Angeles ("WLALA") as its Communications Officer and is on the Board of Governors for California Women Lawyers ("CWL").
Recent Speaking Engagements
- Moderator, "The Sharing Economy and its Impact on Women," Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, November 11, 2015
- Speaker, "The Challenging Legal Landscape for California Aviation Employers," Ius Laboris and FordHarrison Global Employment Symposium, Chicago, IL, May 7, 2015
- Speaker, "Your Data has Been Breached – are you Ready to Respond?" Ius Laboris and FordHarrison Global Employment Symposium, Chicago, IL, May 8, 2015
Honors and Awards
- FordHarrison 2012 FH Promise Award given for excellence in client service