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Overview

Michelle La Mar’s practice encompasses all aspects of employment law with a special emphasis on the strategic development of practical, preventative measures in light of a client’s goals and objectives. She routinely advises employers with respect to wage and hour compliance, right sizings (including the WARN Act), terminations, discrimination and harassment issues and investigations, mandated leaves of absence, employee privacy rights, background checks, social networking, blogging, the protection of trade secrets and confidential information, disability accommodations and unfair competition issues. Her practice also includes the drafting and updating of handbooks, policy manuals, codes of conduct and severance packages.

Michelle is very familiar with the struggles of international corporations deploying workforces to the U.S. and adjusting their operations to comply with state and federal laws. She is also knowledgeable in the use of international treaties to protect such organizations from legal claims.

Michelle provides assistance with corporate related employment issues such as those arising out of mergers and acquisitions, executive employment agreements, restructurings, closures, corporate takeovers and the availability and enforceability of non-compete covenants.

Her litigation experience is similarly broad and includes jury and bench trials, as well as appellate work in the state and federal court systems. Michelle has been engaged to defend numerous “class actions” including those involving wage and hour issues, discrimination claims and outsourcing matters on both a state and nationwide level. Michelle also advocates in the administrative arena including handling proceedings before the Department of Labor, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Fair Employment and Housing Commission.

  • The Administrative Exemption in California, How to Avoid Overtime Misclassification Mistakes, Employer’s Resource Institute
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  • Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Center, Annual International Conference on Arbitration Matters
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  • Love on the Job: Seven Steps for Recognizing and Effectively Managing Workplace Romance Issues, Business & Legal Reports
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  • Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Center, Annual International Conference on Arbitration Matters
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Education

  • Loyola Law School, J.D.,

    Staff Writer, International and Comparative Law Journal

  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., cum laude

Court Admissions

  • California State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Bar Admissions

  • California

Recognition

  • Named "Southern California Super Lawyer" in Employment & Labor by Thomson Reuters (2007, 2013-2018)
  • PILAP grant for work in the public interest sector