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Michelle Q. Carter













Practice Areas: Labor Law; Employment Law; Business Litigation; Contract Drafting and Negotiation; Nonprofit Organizations Law; Tax Exempt Organizations


Admitted: 1996, California; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Education: Hastings College of the Law, University of California, J.D., 1996; University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., Anthropology, 1991


Memberships: San Francisco Bar Association; American Bar Association (member, Advisory Panel, Committee on Nonprofit Organizations); State Bar of California, California Lawyers Association (member, Labor and Employment Law Section, Business Law Section and Litigation Section).


Educational Activities: Member, Phi Delta Phi; Extern to the Hon. Robert Dossee, California Court of Appeal, 1st Appellate District (ret.); Student Teaching Assistant, Hastings College of the Law; Continuing Education Speaker, Liability Issues for Non-Profit Organizations (Employment); Contributor, ABA Equal Pay Act Report


Languages: English, French


Professional: With 27 years of experience, Michelle has extensive expertise in all of the varied aspects of employment law, having assisted both employers and employees as part of her practice. She always strives to provide the best representation possible, and focuses on not only the legal aspects of the matters she handles, but also on the practical and real-world aspects and repercussions. On top of handling numerous labor and employment law disputes, Michelle is knowledgeable in advising clients on labor and employment law policies and practices, such as review and drafting of employment-related agreements, as well as preparation and review of employee handbooks. Michelle has familiarity with all aspects of family and medical leave requirements, as well as accommodation of disabilities. She has provided sexual harassment training to employees and management, and has the skills to conduct comprehensive internal investigations of employment-related complaints. She has helped numerous employers navigate the many and potentially costly minefields in the employment arena, such as categorization of workers as independent contractor vs. employee and classification of employees as exempt vs. non-exempt, where a mistake can lead to damaging, time-consuming and widespread repercussions. She has handled trials, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings, and is experienced in all aspects of civil appeals. She particularly enjoys performing legal research and looking for novel ideas and approaches to the problems that arise for her clients, with a focus on proactively helping her clients avoid disputes and litigation.


In addition to her work on labor and employment law matters, Michelle is experienced in general business law through acting as in-house counsel for Telecom Asset Management LLC, a telecommunications consulting firm. She provides advice on all aspects of the business, including contract drafting, negotiation and review.


Michelle also has expertise advising individuals on setting up non-profit and tax-exempt entities, as well as providing existing entities with legal advice.


Finally, she is a member of the Kullman Firm, a national law firm headquartered in New Orleans, LA, providing services and support for its California-based matters. She has also worked as local co-counsel with other attorneys and law firms, both in and out-of-state, and appreciates the professional interaction and collaborative aspects of this type of work.


She has helped many satisfied clients over the years, and will be happy to provide details and/or references upon request.


Personal: Michelle was born and raised in San Francisco, attending the Thacher School in Ojai, California and then U.C.L.A. before returning to San Francisco for law school and her law practice. She participates in a variety of outdoor activities, including skiing, camping, fly fishing, hiking, and horseback riding, and enjoys travel, good food and wine, as well as music and art, and always enjoys a good book. Michelle's undergraduate degree is in anthropology and archaeology, and she still takes an active interest in developments in both of those fields.