Michele Miller

Chair, West Coast Labor & Employment

San Francisco

(415) 262-8301

(415) 644-0978

Santa Monica

(310) 393-4000

Recent News:

How Do You Require Customers to Wear Masks Without Endangering Employees?

Michele Miller and Bethany Vasquez spoke with SHRM about how businesses that ask customers to wear face masks walk a fine line between complying with mask mandates and putting employees at risk if customers refuse and respond violently.

Michele is a widely recognized management-side labor and employment attorney. For more than 30 years, she’s represented businesses in single and multiple plaintiff cases and collective actions. Her clients — who run the gamut from Fortune 50 powerhouses to burgeoning startups — trust her practical business-centered advice and counsel on a wide range of workplace matters.

Michele is a frequent speaker on employment law issues for clients and outside groups, and has been selected for the Northern California Super Lawyers list every year since 2004. She is also consistently named to “Women Leaders in the Law” lists. Prior to joining the firm, Michele was the founding and managing partner of a California labor and employment law firm.

Michele earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan and her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of Law.

News

How Do You Require Customers to Wear Masks Without Endangering Employees?

August 04, 2020

Michele Miller and Bethany Vasquez spoke with SHRM about how businesses that ask customers to wear face masks walk a fine line between complying with mask mandates and putting employees at risk if customers refuse and respond violently.

Judge Halts California Labor Law from Applying to Independent Truckers

January 16, 2020

Michele Miller was quoted in KTLA 5 discussing a new California labor law that was blocked to more than 70,000 independent truckers.

Uber makes major changes to California rides as gig-work law takes effect

January 08, 2020

Michele Miller was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle discussing the impact AB5 has on companies such as Uber.

West Coast Expansion Continues with the Addition of 13 Labor & Employment Lawyers from Miller Law Group in California

August 01, 2019

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce 13 attorneys from California’s Miller Law Group — one of the largest woman-owned employment law firms in the country — have joined its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.

Publications

COVID-19 FAQs For California Employers

July 01, 2020

Michele Ballard Miller, Walter Stella, Elena Hillman, and Austin Dieter designed an FAQ that California Employers have regarding COVID-19.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Addressing Bias In The Virtual Workplace

October 28, 2020 - Webinar

Michele Ballard Miller and Walter Stella will be presenting at the Deal or No Deal 2020 event.

Past Events

ACC 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

October 15, 2020 - Webinar

The Year in Review and Looking Ahead to 2020

December 12, 2019 - Webinar

AB5: Is the Gig Up for California Employers?

December 04, 2019 - Webinar

I Don't Like Your Face

November 07, 2019 - Santa Clara, CA

Managing Leaves of Absence

October 24, 2019 - Webinar

Is the Gig up for California employers?

September 27, 2019 - Webinar

Navigating Accommodations for Disabled Workers

September 19, 2019 - Webinar

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1982
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1978

Awards & Honors

Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004 – Present

Northern California Top Lawyer, San Francisco Magazine, 2017

Southern California Top Lawyer, The Los Angeles Times, 2017

The American Registry’s list of America’s Most Honored Professionals, 2017

“Women Leaders in the Law,” The Los Angeles Times,2014

“Women Leaders in the Law,” The San Francisco Chronicle, 2014

Top Labor & Employment Lawyer in California, Daily Journal, 2013

AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell

“Women Leaders in the Law, The Recorder, 2012

  • California

Chair, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Employment Practices and Workplace Liability Committee, 2012-2015