Overview

As a member of Littler CaseSmart – Charges™ team based in Colorado, Michelle S. Simmons is responsible for handling charges from investigation to conclusion. She works on client-dedicated service teams, specializing in handling administrative agency charges. She investigates charge allegations, reviews pertinent documents, interviews key witnesses, and provides clients an assessment of the risks associated with the charge. In partnership with the client, she defends the charge by drafting persuasive position statements and responses to the agency’s requests for information.

In addition, Michelle engages in strategic settlement discussions, either through formal mediation processes or informal discussions with mediators, investigators or counsel. Where appropriate, she prepares witnesses for fact finding conferences and represents clients during on-site agency investigations.

Prior to joining the Littler CaseSmart team, Michelle advised management in compliance with state and federal employment laws. Working in the client’s best interest, she quickly resolved disputes through settlement or litigated on their behalf when unavoidable. Her practice emphasized:

  • Employment discrimination and harassment
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Wrongful termination
  • Retaliation actions

Michelle also has experience in traditional labor law, handling tort and contract disputes, and disputes related to intellectual property rights, specifically regarding federal copyright law and compliance with software end user license agreements.

Before joining Littler, Michelle practiced commercial litigation with an emphasis in employment and intellectual property law in Northern California. During law school, she was a judicial extern for the Hon. Susan Y. Illston, of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

Recognition

Tony Patiño Fellow

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2002
  • B.A., Claremont McKenna College, 1999

Bar Admission

Colorado
California

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California