Michelle Le has a wide range of experience in business, labor and employment, and insurance litigation in both state and federal courts.

Her practice concentrates on single-plaintiff lawsuits and class action matters involving discrimination, wrongful termination, wage-and-hour, retaliation, misclassification, sexual harassment, and Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) claims, among others. Clients appreciate Michelle’s responsiveness, her ability to effectuate favorable case resolutions and settlements, and her creative responses to difficult circumstances involving opposing counsel, the courts, and/or other parties. 

Before joining Payne & Fears LLP, Michelle handled an extensive variety of matters on behalf of corporate, insurance, and individual clients, while working as an associate at a reputable civil defense firm founded in Southern California. She has also worked at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, private sector law firms, and other public sector entities. 

Earlier in her legal career, Michelle gained a diverse background of experience in plaintiff-side civil rights and employment law matters involving police misconduct, discrimination, wrongful termination, wage-and-hour disputes, sexual harassment, and complex litigation class actions, among other issues.

As her legal career has become focused on defense litigation, Michelle’s prior experience has informed her present work, enabled her to provide dedicated and tailored advocacy, and helped her to achieve the best possible results for her clients. She has succeeded on dispositive motions, achieved case dismissals, and negotiated numerous favorable settlements.

Michelle attended the University of California, Los Angeles for both her undergraduate and law school education. During law school, she earned the UCLA School of Law Faculty Scholarship Award and the UCLA School of Law Graduate Opportunity Fellowship. Michelle worked as an extern for the Honorable Margaret M. Morrow of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She served as Managing Editor of the Asian Pacific American Law Journal and President of the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association. After law school, Michelle was awarded an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship.

Outside of work, you can find Michelle going on adventures with her two rescue dogs, singing karaoke, or beating her friends at Dave & Buster’s arcade games.