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Michelle Harkavy's practice is focused on the representation of employers in legal issues related to both labor relations and employment law. 

Michelle Harkavy has more than 20 years of experience representing employers in both labor relations and employment law issues, with a particular expertise in the security industry. 

Michelle understands the nuances of the security industry and the unique challenges faced by its employers. Having spent the better part of the last 23 years representing and working in the industry, including eight years as an industry insider, she knows how security businesses operate and she speaks their language. Her practice is focused on the representation of security company employers in legal issues related to both labor relations and employment law, from union negotiations to joint employer questions to disability claims. Prior to re-joining FordHarrison, Michelle served as Vice-President, Director of Labor Relations and Associate General Counsel for one of the largest private security guard companies in the world. In this role, she was responsible for all aspects of collective bargaining negotiation, arbitrations, grievance processing, NLRB elections and the management and oversight of employment class and collective litigation.

In addition to her labor relations and litigation experience, Michelle is well versed in affirmative action planning, including preparing Affirmative Action Plans and overseeing OFCCP compliance and audits. A large portion of Michelle's practice is focused on preventive advice including drafting employee handbooks, conducting policy review, and presenting management training programs on a variety of employment and labor law topics.

Representative Experience
  • Negotiated multiple geographic Collective Bargaining Agreements with the SEIU
  • Won a union arbitration regarding a termination for violating the company’s sexual harassment policy
  • Managed multiple California wage and hour collective actions
Honors & Awards
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell