Michelle has over seventeen years' experience in litigation, including business, white collar, environmental, personal injury, and class action matters, in the private, non-profit, and government sectors. Michelle has also participated in a variety of workplace investigations, including personnel, discrimination, and harassment. She specializes in legal research and writing.
Michelle has extensive experience in all phases of litigation, including pleadings, discovery and discovery motions, dispositive motions, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial motions. She spent three years as an arbitrator, presiding over and drafting decisions in almost 300 small claims disputes. Michelle spent seven years at the Natural Resources Defense Council as a Staff Attorney in the Water Program, where she testified in administrative proceedings and managed complex environmental regulatorycases. Michelle won successful appeals in City of Arcadia v. State Water Resources Control Board, 191 Cal.App.4th 156 (2010) and County of Los Angeles v. State Water Resources Control Board, 143 Cal.App.4th 985 (2006). She also prepared policy reports, including Thirsty for Answers: Preparing for the Water-Related Impacts of Climate Change in American Cities (Aug. 2011).
Prior to joining NRDC, Michelle worked as a litigator for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Los Angeles. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable David O. Carter in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.