Michelle is a full-time mediator, handling business, insurance, personal injury, and all aspects of employment including ADA employment/access cases, FMLA/CFRA, ERISA, prevailing wage, labor code issues, PAGA, wage and hour class actions, and more. She received an "AV" rating and "Premier" status from Martindale-Hubbell Directory of Lawyers. Michelle is a member of ABOTA, a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (IAM). She is a past President of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA), past Chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), and past Chair and lawyer representative (two terms) of the Central District Delegation to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. She is a frequent author and speaker on employment, litigation, ADR issues, and on life balance. Michelle is a co-author of the book, “Women Who Empower”, and author of an upcoming book on balance. She has also received many honors including “Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year”, Orange County Trial Lawyers, in both Employment and Business Litigation. She has also been recognized as one of The Daily Journal’s "Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California", "Top Female Litigators", “Top Labor and Employment Lawyers”, as well as one of “California’s Top 50 Neutrals”. She has been named as one of California’s “Super Lawyers,” 2004-2022, and was inducted into the Western State University College of Law Hall of Fame.
Ms. Reinglass enjoys running, hiking, weightlifting, skiing, theater, reading, traveling and watching movies in her spare time.
"We all thought Michelle was terrific. Every case is different and has its own nuances, but this one required a good deal of EQ on [her] part, and [she] came through. [She] made my clients feel safe and understood, and at the end we think [her] perspective was helpful for them going forward and facilitated their putting this behind them to the extent possible. "
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Sexual Assault Matter
"Michelle did a great job mediating a very tough case with a known personality."
- Attorney on an Employment Sexual Harassment Matter
"You are always so professional, and conscious of the concerns on each side of the case. Very often these mediations are rather complicated yet you always find a way to diffuse the situation and reach a settlement. You also manage to mediate, so that the two sides can shake hands at the end of the day. You are fair. "
- Attorney on an Employment/Discrimination Dispute
"I know this was the first time that we've worked together but I thought you did an excellent job. I especially appreciated the fact that you had taken the time and effort to read the briefs that were submitted to you before we had our pre-mediation call during which you had very pointed and well-thought-out questions and comments. "
- Attorney on a Defamation Matter
"Positive overall and the clients were very happy with the resolution."
- Attorney on an Employment Wrongful Termination Matter
"Michelle Reinglass was engaged, energetic, and effective in helping diffuse the animosity that had
developed between the parties and getting us to a settlement.
- Attorney on an Employment Sexual Harassment case
"Michelle was great at making my client at ease which helped open the door to understanding the downside of our case. She was
also tenacious in getting a settlement and when her mediator’s proposal failed she dived into the problem and saved the settlement."
- Attorney on an Employment Wrongful Termination Dispute
"It was a pleasure working with Michelle. I was very pleased with the way she handled my client.
Most times the mediators are very accusatory towards the defendants, which makes them angry
and defensive, however Michelle treated my client with respect and care."
- Attorney, Long Beach, CA
601 S. Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Fax : 213.223.1114
980 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax : 916.394.8495
402 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Fax : 619.814.1967
100 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Fax : 415.266.1243
1851 East First Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Fax : 714.834.1344