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Zuber Lawler & Del Duca

Strategic Legal Solutions for Visionary Clients

Michele M. Desoer

Partner
Silicon Valley

Michele Desoer possesses over 25 years of litigation and counseling experience, including extensive trial experience.  Ms. Desoer focuses on employment and labor litigation, trade secret theft, class actions, and general commercial litigation.  Her extensive class action experience in consumer, commercial, and employment matters includes wage and hour actions in the retail, security, outside sales, and food service industries.

In addition, Ms. Desoer advises in-house counsel on employment and personnel related matters including discipline, termination, wage and hour disputes, and charges brought before the DFEH and EEOC.  She has extensive experience with collective bargaining issues, including grievances and arbitrations.

Prior to joining Zuber Lawler & Del Duca, Ms. Desoer was co–chair of the Labor Law and Litigation practice group at Katten Muchin Rosenman, and Head of Litigation for a major motion picture studio.

Publications

  • Co-author, Does Copying an In-House Lawyer on Corporate Correspondence Render it Privileged?, 61 THE FEDERAL LAWYER, Vol. 2 at 60 (March 2014).

Honors & Activities

  • Member, California Bar Association, Litigation Section.
  • Member, California Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section.
  • Member, Federal Bar Association.
  • Member, Legislation Subcommittee, California State Bar Association, Litigation Section, 1994–1999.
  • Board Member, Make-A-Wish Foundation – Los Angeles, 1998–2000.
  • Commissioner, City of Steamboat Springs Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, 2004–2007.
  • Member, committee to establish CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program for Colorado’s Fourteenth Judicial District, 2006–2007.

Languages

French, Spanish

Education

UC, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law
J.D., 1985
Order of the Coif

UC, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
B.S., 1981
Major: Business Administration

Bar Admissions

California

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court - Central District of CA
U.S. District Court - Eastern District of CA
U.S. District Court - Northern District of CA
U.S. District Court - Southern District of CA
U.S. District Court - Western District of MI