Michele S. Patterson was admitted to the California Bar in 1982 after graduating from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She has over 23 years of hands-on experience in employment law, credit union law, and civil litigation. Michele handles matters in state and federal courts, as well as before governmental agencies. She also counsels clients concerning human resources policies, employee handbooks and credit union policies as well as providing personal attention and practical advise on matters of concern including discipline and termination.

While at Loyola Law School, Michele was already interested in employment issues, authoring Liability Waiting to Strike: Violation of an Employee's Privacy Through Disclosure of Records, which was published in the 1991 Loyola Law Review. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from California State University at Los Angeles and, along with a business minor, graduated with high honors. Before attending law school, Michele was an operations manager for a bank, supervising tellers and giving her the personal experience from which to understand and provide real life advice to clients.

Michele Patterson is a frequent speaker and trainer on subjects including sexual and other illegal harassment and discrimination, business ethics, Board of Directors duties and responsibilities, wage/hour law and law for supervisors/managers. She speaks regularly to PIHRA (Professional In Human Resources Association) at both the district and overall levels. Her annual employment law updates keep clients current on the law.

Michele is the President of Women Lawyers of Long Beach 2005-06. She is a board member of District 7 of PIHRA and past board member of PIHRA District 2. She is also an active member of the California Credit Union Leagues' HRD Network as well as Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, California Women Lawyers and the California Bar.

Michele enjoys film, hiking, bikeriding, swimming and watching women's basketball.




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