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Michele is a partner in Reed Smith's Labor and Employment Group.  She has experience handling state and national wage and hour class actions, discrimination and harassment claims under state and federal law.  Michele also provides advice and counsel with respect to California and FLSA wage and hour issues, FMLA, CFRA, and ADA issues and leave policies, WARN requirements, and non-solicitation and non-compete agreements.  She prepares responses to EEOC and DFEH administrative charges and has represented employers in connection with Department of Labor audits.  She has experience handling arbitrations before the FINRA and private arbitrators.  Her practice also includes speaking for in-house attorneys, human resources professionals and supervisors, conducting sexual harassment training for employers, drafting employment agreements, and developing and implementing employee policies.

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, One of the Leading Employment Lawyers in California, Daily Journal (2010)

Notable Quotes

  • 24 February 2013 "Workwise: Tailor your job-hunting to your energy level" The Modesto Bee
  • 14 July 2010 "Tic Toc - Living on Brinker Time" Daily Journal 
  • 18 June 2008 "Companies Wake Up To Nap-Time Policies" Employment Law 360
  • 13 June 2008 "Four-Day Workweeks No Picnic to Enforce: Experts" Employment Law 360 
  • March 2008 "Calif. Considers Laws to Curb Wage-and-Hour Suits" Employment Law 360
  • 21 February 2008 "What you Need to Know About the New FMLA Proposal" California Executive


  • University of Southern California Law School, 1997, J.D., American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and Torts II
  • University of Southern California, 1992, B.A., Political Science, Law & Society minor

  • All State Courts - California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California