The information provided via TLA's website is for informational purposes only and is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for legal advice on any subject matter or area of law. You should contact an attorney to obtain legal advice for your particular situation. TLA expressly disclaims any action taken or non-action as a result of information obtained on this website. Any links to outside websites are solely for informational purposes and any linked websites are not adopted or endorsed by TLA. You are invited to contact TLA; your calls and electronic communications are welcomed. However, any content submitted through email, telephonically, or this website does not create the attorney-client relationship and/or attorney-client privilege. Therefore, information submitted should not be confidential unless and until an attorney-client relationship with TLA is established;. Contacting TLA through or viewing this website does not establish such, nor does a mere phone call with TLA. Understand unless and until a written representation agreement, fully executed by both TLA and you, TLA does not and will not represent you.

© 2012-2019 by THE Legal Advocate. All rights reserved. This website is Attorney Advertisement under California's State Bar Rule 1-400 of Professional Conduct.

Michelle L. Reynolds, Esq.

E-mail: MLR@TLegalA.com

           AttorneyMichelleReynolds@gmail.com

Orange County Office: 

2030 East 4th Street, Building E, Suite 204 

Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone: (714) 474-8097

Sacramento County Office:

2110 K Street

Sacramento, CA 95816

Phone: (916) 245-0638

download.png
Professional Info

 

Ms. Reynolds uses her legal acumen to advise and represent predominantly private sector employees and employers in all areas of employment/labor law compliance and litigation, including discrimination; harassment; leave laws; retaliation; wage and hour violations, including the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA); misclassified independent contractors; employees misclassified as exempt from overtime and meal/rest break laws; Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices; wrongful termination; and unfair competition. Ms. Reynolds also advises and represents clients with any unemployment/payroll tax law issue, including Employment Development Department (EDD) tax audits, unemployment insurance and state disability income (SDI) appeals before the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB), and administrative writ(s) of mandate opposing California’s Attorney General Office. Ms. Reynolds represents employees and employers through arbitration, mediation, pre-litigation negotiations including demand letters, reinstatement, settlement, severance, bench trial(s) and appeal(s). Additionally, Ms. Reynolds counsels employer clients through all stages of the employment relationship, from hiring to firing, layoff or quit, including through discipline to separation, and compliance throughout. Ms. Reynolds advises her clients in effort to retain good employees and avoid legal claims. However, when the inevitable charge or complaint is filed, Ms. Reynolds either zealously, yet effectively, defends employers, from the initial filing through resolution, or Ms. Reynolds files complaints against offending employers to make her employee clients whole. In addition to representing clients in small claims appeals to unlimited and complex civil litigation, Ms. Reynolds also represents clients before such agencies as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DIR-DLSE) i.e. Labor Commission, Department of Labor (DOL), Employment Development Department (EDD), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA).

Legal Work Experience

  • THE Legal Advocate, Founding Employment Law Attorney, 2013 to Present

  • Non-Attorney Representative for CUIAB appeals to reverse the EDD, 2011-2012

  • Law Clerk, Whittier Law School Children’s Rights Clinic, 2010-2011

  • Law & Motion/Research Law Clerk, CA Superior Court, Central Justice Center, 2009

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge John Flynn III, 2009

Formal Education

 

Ms. Reynolds earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science – Pre-Law from the University of California, Irvine and earned Dean’s List recognition during her tenure there. While working as Operations Manager for a financial, securities, and insurance corporation in Orange, California, Ms. Reynolds earned her Juris Doctor and Business Law Concentration certificate from Whittier Law School (WLS) after being admitted with a significant Dean’s Merit Scholarship. She served as 3L Representative of WLS’s student bar association and was one of only two students to represent WLS in an American Bar Association (ABA) Client Counseling Competition.

Award(s) / Certificate(s) / Recognition(s)

  • Rated as “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, 2018-2019

  • Rated as “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, 2017-2018

  • Certificate of Appreciation for her volunteerism, OCBA 2013-2019

  • Business Law Concentration certificate, Whittier Law School 2011

  • Client Counseling Competitor, American Bar Association 2011

  • Dean’s List, Whittier Law School 2010

Litigation Skills

 

Legal Research

Draft and File PAGA Notice(s)

 

Draft Complex Civil Complaints

Draft Unlimited Civil Complaints

Respond (Answer, Demur, Generally Deny, Motion to Quash Service of Summons, Motion to Change Venue or Transfer, Motion to Strike) to Complaints

Case Management Conference(s) and Statement(s)

Propound and Respond to Discovery (Form Interrogatories, Special Interrogatories, Requests for Admission(s), Requests for Production of Documents, Subpoenas)

Notice, Conduct and Defend Depositions

Law & Motion (Motions to Compel, Motions for Protective Order, Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings, Motion for Summary Adjudication/Judgment)

CCP Section 998 Offer(s)

Hearings and Trials

Small Claims Appeals

Administrative Hearings and Appeals

Administrative Writs of Mandamus

Consultative Skills

 

Draft or Review and Revise

          Employee Contracts/Offer Letters

         

          Employee Handbooks 

          Employment Policies

 

          Hire and Fire Documents

          Injury and Illness Prevention Plan

 

          Severance Agreements

          WARN Notices

Leave Laws (ADA, FEHA, CFLA, FMLA, Military, Pregnancy, etc.)

Required Posted Notices

Sexual Harassment/Anti-Bullying Training

2010 - present

2010 - present