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Michelle Lee Flores
Founder and Principal

Michelle Lee Flores is an employment litigator with deep experience handling jury and bench trials, arbitration, mediation and pre-litigation negotiations involving sex, race, religion, age and disability harassment and discrimination, and wage and hour violations, including class actions, and wrongful termination.

As a mediator, Michelle brings 30 years of employment litigation and counseling experience to the settlement table, both as counsel for plaintiffs/employees and as big law defense counsel, as well as a juror in a 3-week employment trial. Her extensive trial experience makes Michelle a rare breed amongst her contemporaries and she brings this unique perspective of understanding to the wide range of dynamics at play in mediations, which often involve not only the parties and their counsel, but insurance coverage and adjustors.  Michelle successfully completed The Employment Law Mediator Training program at Cornell University’s New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations (2019).  

Michelle also advises clients on employment compliance, internal investigations, discipline, terminations, reductions in force and wage and hour matters. She prepares workplace policies and procedures manuals, drug testing policies, employment contracts and separation agreements, and harassment and discrimination prevention policies, including preventive counseling and in-house training.


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1993

B.A., Arizona State University, 1990, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa







All California State Courts

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


California Employment Law Letter/HR Hero, Advisory Board Contributor, 2013 - 2019

University of California Press Foundation, Secretary of the Board, 2014 - 2016; Board of Trustees 2012-2018

Mexican American Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2008 - present

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Executive Committee Board Member, 2005 - 2018; Former Chair

California Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Member, 1994 - present

UCLA Law Alumni 1L Mentor Program, Mentor, 2005 - present; UCLA Law Alumni 1L Mock Interviews Program, Mentor, 2007 - present

No Worries Now Foundation, Former Board Member

Broads Circle, Former Member

Honors & Distinctions

Southern California "Super Lawyer" 2014-2023, Labor and Employment Law

The Recorder’s Women Leaders in Law, 2012

Southern California Super Lawyer "Rising Star" 2004-2007, Labor and Employment Law

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