MICHELLE A. REINGLASS, ESQ.

  • Available in Orange County, All of California
  • Mediation Only

Introduction

Michelle was admitted to the California Bar in June, 1979. She is a full time mediator following a 30-year litigation career, handling all aspects of employment, business, insurance and personal injury cases. She received an "AV" rating and "Premier" status from Martindale-Hubbell Directory of Lawyers. Michelle is a member of ABOTA, a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (IAM). She is a past President of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA), past Chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), and past Chair and lawyer representative (two terms) of the Central District Delegation to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. She is a frequent author and speaker on employment, litigation and ADR issues. Michelle has also received many honors and recognitions including "Employment Trial Lawyer of the Year," Orange County Trial Lawyers, and one of The Daily Journal "Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California", "Top Female Litigators", "Top Labor and Employment Lawyers", as well as one of "California's Top 50 Neutrals". She has been named as one of California's "Super Lawyers," 2004-2016, and was inducted into the Western State University College of Law Hall of Fame.

Specialties

Testimonials

I have nothing but the highest praise for Michelle and how she conducted the mediation. Her approach was among the best mediation experiences I have ever had. We look forward to using her services in the future.
- Attorney, Los Angeles County, CA

It was a pleasure working with Michelle. I was very pleased with the way she handled my client. Most times the mediators are very accusatory towards the defendants, which makes them angry and defensive, however Michelle treated my client with respect and care.
- Attorney, Long Beach, CA

"My clients and I thought she did an absolutely terrific job. She came highly recommended and I know why.
- Attorney on an employment disability discrimination dispute

Michelle was great at making my client at ease which helped open the door to understanding the downside of our case. She was also tenacious in getting a settlement and when her mediator’s proposal failed she dived into the problem and saved the settlement.
- Attorney on an employment wrongful termination dispute

Website

http://www.reinglassadr.com

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Full Time Mediator (2010-Present)
  • Full Time Arbitrator (2010-2015)
  • Trial Attorney, Law Offices of Michelle A. Reinglass, Specialized in all areas of Employment, Civil, and Business litigation (1979-2010)
  • Part Time Mediator and Arbitrator (2001-2010)
  • Instructor, Professional Responsibility, Western State College of Law (1991)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., Western State University College of Law (1979)
  • B.S.L , Western State University (1978)
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators (2013-Present)
  • Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, (2006-Present)
  • Board Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (1998-2009, Chair 2005-07)
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, Orange County Chapter (1997-Present)
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association (1979-Present); Member of Board (1983-94), President (1993)
  • Member, Orange County Trial Lawyers (1987-Present)
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter (member for over 20 years)
  • Member, former board member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County Chapter (member for over 20 years)
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Southern California Mediation Association
  • Committee Member, Judicial Council's Committee on Access and Fairness
  • Committee Member, Federal Court Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee
  • Committee Member and Chair, Federal Court Magistrate Judge Evaluation Committee
  • Past President, California Association of Large Local Bar (CALB) and Chair of Bench Bar Coalition
  • Past Lawyer Representative (2 terms) and Chair (1994-1995), 9th Circuit Judicial Conference, C.D. Cal.

Achievements & Awards

  • Ms. Reinglass was named by Los Angeles Magazine as one of California's "Super Lawyers", 2013-2015, in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Michelle has received many honors and much recognition including admission to ABOTA, and in 2006 was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
  • She was inducted into the Western State University College of Law, Hall of Fame in 1993.
  • She received the Anti-Defamation League "ADL" Jurisprudence Award, 1997
  • She has been named Business Trial Lawyer of the Year, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, October 1995, "Lawyer of the Year", Orange County Women Lawyers, 1996, and "Employment Trial Lawyer of the Year", Orange County Trial Lawyers, 2004.
  • She received the "Women of Achievement" Award from the American Association of University Women ("AAUW"), 2005
  • She was recognized by The Daily Journal as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California" in 2001, one of the "Top Female Litigators" in 2002-2005 and 2009, one of the "Top Labor and Employment Lawyers", 2009-2010, as well as one of California's Top 50 Neutrals, 2012-2013.
  • Ms. Reinglass has for several consecutive years made it to the list of "The Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers, including "Orange County Best Lawyers Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year" for 2012.
  • She has been named by Los Angeles Magazine as one of California's "Super Lawyers", 2004-2012, including top 100 lawyers in Southern California, top 50 Women Lawyers and top 50 from Orange County.

Hobbies & Interests

Ms. Reinglass enjoys running, hiking, weightlifting, skiing, theater, reading, traveling and watching movies in her spare time.

Legal Experience

  • All types of disputes related to Employment Law, including but not limited to Sexual, Racial and other forms of Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation, Wage and Hour, Wrongful Termination, ERISA, Prevailing Wage
  • Class Actions
  • Breach of Contract
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Civil Rights
  • UNRUH Act
  • Serious injury matters with high emotional content
  • Real Estate and Business Commercial Disputes, including non-compete and unfair business practices.
  • Business/Contractual

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases

Business/Commercial

Contractual

  • Very challenging high profile (media) case, volatile with inflammatory personal allegations and salacious details publicized about each other. Not only factually disputed, legal & insurance coverage issues.

Employment

A D A

  • Plaintiff was highly emotional; terminated after 2 months allegedly due to a disclosure that she has to take a strong narcotic drug daily for a long ago serious injury. Defendants claim termination was due to performance but there were no supporting documents. Termination was after plaintiff had a medical procedure and took time off to recover. Case settled in mediation.
  • Disability discrimination Employment case involving a long term employee, who was terminated after being released from medical leave of absence, following a tragic accident while driving the Company truck, causing a fatality. Company cited financial issues and lack of work as reasons for layoff and plaintiff alleged disability discrimination. High emotions on both sides coupled with residual issues from the accident.
  • Whistle-blower case under LC 1102.5 involving 4-year Employee of public entity, laid off in a Reduction in Force a few months after sending written complaint to management about perceived illegal actions by supervisor, affecting matters of public interests. Defendant contended the RIF was legitimate and impacted several people, not just Plaintiff. Plaintiff contended his RIF was pretextual and constituted retaliation for his complaints. Settled in mediation.

Discrimination

  • 10 year employee alleged disability discrimination when terminated upon return to work following surgery/medical leave. Employer accused Plaintiff of altering time records; Plaintiff asserts it was directed by manager to compensate her off-clock unpaid time.
  • 3 sides including Nurse vs. Medical company which terminated her she says based on pretextual grounds, and Doctor who made discriminatory race/origin comments against her. She alleged Hospital retaliated for her complaint about Doctor's discriminatory racial/origin comments. Doctor accused Nurse of making discriminatory statements; Dr. also filed a regulatory agency complaint against Nurse's license. Doctor cross-complained against Medical Company, Plaintiff, and several colleagues, alleging tort and B&P Code claims, after disciplinary action was initiated against Doctor for the racial/origin comments. Highly emotional matter.
  • Multi-party, joint employer/employment discrimination case. Disparate financial status of each defendant with facts disputed, credibility issues, and strong emotions. Mediation went until early hours of the night before settling.

EWT and Discrimination

  • 4 plaintiff case: Case started as class action which was certified, then de-certified. Plaintiffs then had to file individual actions, approximately 150 employees in various individual cases. This is the "C.D.Cal" case (and it's under the CD Cal program-free settlement officer case.) Plaintiffs work for a multinational media company as technicians and allege unpaid meal and rest breaks and off clock time.
  • PAGA/W&H/CLASS ACTION & individual case (1102.5, WT, Retal, Disability Discrim.)

Sexual Harassment

  • Very challenging sexual harassment involving multiple layers of entities, financial/bankruptcy prospects and more during mediation.
  • 3-plaintiff sexual harassment case. Defendant's financial issues complicated settlement discussions. There were a lot emotions from both sides and all sorts of twists and turns arose throughout the day.
  • Sexual Assault case by a lead co-worker/supervisor.
  • Challenging sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment allegations against Doctor by employee assistant. Lots of legal issues and arguments, credibility contest and cultural issues making an appearance in the mix.

Wage and Hour

  • Multi- Plaintiff case; women raised gender bias and retaliation claims arising out of dress/grooming policy; they also along with other plaintiffs raised W&H claims that they were denied meal and rest breaks. Company strongly denied and cited to legal precedent for their policy.

Wrongful Termination

  • Joint Employer (staffing agency and assigned employer) case; Complex issues with regard to each "employer's" legal obligations, so had to mediation not only between the plaintiff and defendants, but among the defendants as well. Have experience mediating many of these cases, each presents its own challenges.
  • Transgender discrimination case. Plaintiff just finished her transition to being female after working for Defendant for several years. New manager not comfortable with her transition. She alleges that he treated her differently, then she was written up several times and fired. Another issue was that the Employer places staff at facilities, so Defendant had a legal argument that they were not liable at all.

Real Estate

Landlord/Tenant

  • Housing discrimination; severely disabled tenant requiring use of wheelchair and caretaker, forced eviction after leak caused damage, Landlord ordered tenants to vacate; Plaintiff unable to find accommodations, Eviction and stress exacerbated medical condition.

Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.223.1113
Fax      : 213.223.1114

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Los Angeles, CA 90025
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Santa Ana, CA 92705
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100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
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980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
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