Perspectiva General

Michelle Barrett Falconer advises, represents, and trains management clients in various areas of employment and labor law, including:

  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and similar state leave laws
  • Disability accommodation
  • Class action litigation involving complex wage and hour and RICO issues
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation litigation
  • Wrongful termination litigation
  • Union representation elections and decertifications
  • Collective bargaining
  • Employee handbooks and related personnel policies

She has represented a variety of employers in federal and state court litigation, employment arbitrations, before the National Labor Relations Board, and before other state and federal agencies. Michelle also frequently provides sexual harassment and other management and employee trainings.

Prior to law school, Michelle worked as a Human Resources Representative for one of the largest privately held agri-business firms in the United States where she developed training programs and dual language tests for employers.

Afiliaciones Profesionales y Comunitarias


American Bar Association


State Bar of California


Bar Association of San Francisco

Former Member

Committee to revise interrogatories for use in employment litigation cases, Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of California


Named, Client Service All-Star

BTI Consulting


News, Analysis & Press

Rulings Illuminate Intersection Of COVID-19, Disability Law

Law360 Employment Authority

May 25, 2021

Will the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Get to Biden’s Desk?

Law360 Employment Authority

May 21, 2021

The Littler Annual Employer Survey 2021

Littler Report

May 12, 2021

Employers’ Top Return-to-Work Concerns

The Wall Street Journal

October 4, 2020

WPI Labor Day Report 2020

WPI Report

September 8, 2020

Employers’ Top Return-to-Work Concerns

Financial Advisor IQ

June 22, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employer FAQs


March 24, 2020

San Francisco Amends Paid Parental Leave Law

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

September 6, 2016

Lost In Translation: California’s New Pregnancy Disability Leave Regulations and Their New, Contradictory Obligations

Committee News

American Bar Association (ABA)

Spring 2013

State rule changes broaden rights on pregnancy disability

Sacramento Business Journal

January 11, 2013

Speaking Engagements

Prescription for a Solution: Critical Issues in Paid Sick Leave Compliance

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

Paid Sick Time: Compliance Solutions for Multi-Jurisdictional Requirements

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017

Littler’s 6th Annual Brewers Briefing 2016

Milwaukee, WI

September 7, 2016

Paid Sick Time: Local Legislation Creates a Big Problem for Employers

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 5, 2016

Labor & Employment Law Developments: Looking Back at 2015 and Ahead to 2016 - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

January 28, 2016

New Employment and Labor Laws for 2015

San Francisco, CA

January 20, 2015

The Changing Rules of the Road Dealing with Pregnancy Discrimination

August 13, 2014

Disability Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation in Real Life: An Interactive Program

San Francisco, CA

June 24, 2014

Disability Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation in Real Life: An Interactive Program

San Jose, CA

June 19, 2014

Getting it Right in the Golden State - Practical Thoughts for Complying with California's New Pregnancy Disability Leave and Disability Discrimination Regulations

March 14, 2013

FMLA Strategy Session – How Retailers Can Curb Intermittent and Reduced Schedule Leave Abuse

November 1, 2012

Leave Me Alone

San Francisco, CASan Jose, CAWalnut Creek, CASacramento, CA

April 3, 2012


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1998
  • A.B., Stanford University, 1994

Admisión de la barra



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California