Mishell Parreno Taylor focuses her legal career on representing employers of all sizes, ranging from local to global corporations on a broad spectrum of employment law issues. She has extensive experience in handling employment litigation in federal and state courts and administrative agencies across the country, including California, Texas, South Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama. Her experience includes defending clients against individual and class-wide claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and retaliation. Additionally, she aggressively handles both individual and class action wage and hour litigation in matters involving claims of missed meal and rest periods, unlawful deductions, misclassification and off-the-clock work. Not only has she successfully defeated claims at the dispositive motion or class certification stage of litigation, she has successfully litigated an all defense verdict in the Southern District of California involving claims of national origin and race discrimination and retaliation. She also co-chaired a two week arbitration in which she obtained a complete defense verdict on allegations of wrongful demotion and retaliation against several company executives.

Mishell distinguishes herself from many of her peers with her ability to effectively handle employment compliance and litigation in circumstances involving a multilingual and multicultural workforce. Having been born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and being a native Spanish-speaker, she is able to appreciate the cultural differences and nuances inherent when communicating with Spanish-speaking employees. This advantage has enabled Mishell to obtain key testimony and evidence allowing her to prevail in motion practice and at the trial stage of litigation in both individual party and class action matters. In collaboration with members of Littler Global, she serves as the U.S. liaison for multi-national corporations operating or seeking to grow their global footprint in Latin America to ensure compliance with labor laws in multiple jurisdictions across Latin America. Similarly having Texas roots helps her clients in Texas feel she is a trusted advisor regarding knowledge of California employment law and capable of managing any legal challenges they may encounter in California.

In addition to her strong litigation experience, Mishell has extensive experience in advising employers on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. She assists employers in identifying and preventing problems before they arise through compliance analysis and development of workplace policies and procedures. She advises employers how to effectively handle:

  • Workplace investigations
  • Accommodation and interactive process compliance
  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Employee terminations

Mishell is an active member of several of the firm’s practice groups: Complex Litigation and Jury Trials, Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation, Wage and Hour, and International Employment Law. She is also a member of the firm’s Labor-Latin America and Spanish Services groups.

Mishell previously served as a commissioner on the Police Officer's Civil Service Commission for the City of Houston. While in law school, she assisted families in immigration matters and successfully argued a client's claim for political asylum. She was also an articles editor of the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association


Hispanic National Bar Association


National Employment Law Council


Labor and Employment Section

San Diego Bar Association


International Law Section

San Diego Bar Association


San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association


Pro Bono Committee

State Bar of Texas


Recipient, University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) Alumni Association Private Practice Achievement Award


Named, 50 Influential Leaders in San Diego

The Daily Transcript

September 4, 2019

Golden Key National Honor Society

Psi Chi

International Honor Society in Psychology

News, Analysis & Press

San Diego Requires Temperature Checks

SHRM Online

May 28, 2020

Today’s Affinity Groups: Risks and Rewards

SHRM Online

October 22, 2019

Nafta 2.0

Global Trade Magazine

November 7, 2018

Social Media in the Workplace

Noticias Univision

May 23, 2012

Workplace Safety and Health

2004 Bake Trends

August 2004

Books & Book Chapters

  • Statutory Rights under California Law, Chapter 3, The California Employer, Littler Mendelson and LexisNexis, chapter co-editor, 2009

Speaking Engagements

COVID-19: Sick and Family Leave Regulations

Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce & Littler Client Webinar

April 8, 2020

Effectively Navigating Employment Laws When Operating in Texas and California


October 16, 2019

Sexto Foro Regional de Derecho Laboral

Panama City

September 20, 2019

The Drama-Free Workplace: How You Can Prevent Unconscious Bias, Sexual Harassment, Ethics Lapses, and Inspire a Healthy Culture

North San Diego Business Chamber

July 24, 2019

Here, There and Everywhere: International Sexual Harassment Laws and the Evolving Impacts of #MeToo, #StandUp and Beyond

The 2019 Executive Employer® Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 9, 2019

International #MeToo, #StandUp and Transformative Technologies in the Workplace

Seattle, WA

December 4, 2018

Fourth Annual Conference in Monterrey

Monterrey, NLE

November 15, 2018

Cuarta Conferencia Anual en Monterrey

Monterrey, NLE

November 15, 2018

Fourth Annual Conference in Mexico City

México City

November 14, 2018

Cuarta Conferencia Anual en Ciudad de México

México City

November 14, 2018

Speak Up: Finding Your Voice in the #MeToo Era

Latina Success Conference MANA of San Diego

October 8, 2018

Legal Update on Labor and Employment Laws Critical to Any Size Business

October 4, 2018

4a Conferencia Anual en Colombia


September 26, 2018

#MeToo, #StandUp and Transformative Technologies in the Workplace

San Francisco, CA

September 13, 2018

International Employment & Labor Law Roundtable

Los Angeles, CA

September 12, 2018

An Ounce of Prevention: How to Successfully Navigate Through a Serious Crisis

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 2018

Leading Edge Employment Law: Emerging Trends In Pay Parity Litigation and Enforcement

Hispanic National Bar Association, San Francisco, CA

March 17, 2018

Food and Beverage Industry Roundtable

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 6, 2016

Working with a Multi-Lingual, Multi-Cultural Workforce

The 2015 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

May 7, 2015

Employment Laws Affecting California Businesses in 2015

Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Otay Mesa, CA

February 24, 2015

Legal Careers

Employment and Labor Law Society - California Western School of Law

November 11, 2014


  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2003
  • B.A., University of Houston, 1999cum laude


  • Spanish

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas