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    MICHELE M. GOLDSMITH is a shareholder of Bergman Dacey Goldsmith. Ms. Goldsmith has extensive and varied experience in both, public and private sector labor and employment law, representing management. Ms. Goldsmith has been litigating complex bench and jury trials for over 15 years. Her primary focus is complex employment dispute resolution and litigation. Ms. Goldsmith is also experienced in representing public agency management in labor relations, representing school districts in dismissal and suspension actions before administrative agencies, and appearing before the California Labor Commissioner.

    Ms. Goldsmith is a regular lecturer, and she speaks to attorneys, clients, and professional associations on various issues regarding employment practices, including discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour issues. She has presented topics such as “Precluding a Claim of Disability Discrimination,” “Engaging in the Interactive Process: What Employments Need to Know to Comply,” “Time is of the Essence: A Wage and Hour Discussion,” “A Guide to Understanding Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” “SLAPP Motions In Employment Litigation,” and “Preventing Workplace Claims: The Hot Zones Where Employers Get In Trouble.” She also provides sexual harassment prevention training and the prevention of abusive conduct training in compliance with California Gov. Code Section 12950.

    Ms. Goldsmith is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California, United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Central District. Ms. Goldsmith has argued before the Court of Appeal, District 2. Ms. Goldsmith was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in October 2002.

    Relevant publications include:
    ● Uncertainty over unmanageability, Rule 23 PAGA defenses. January 12, 2017, Los Angeles Daily Journal
    ● An About Face on Teacher Tenure, April 19, 2016, Los Angeles Daily Journal
    ● What Security Screening Ruling Means for California, December 17, 2014, Los Angeles Daily Journal
    ● Vergara and AB 215: The First Steps of Education Reform, June 17, 2014, Los Angeles Daily Journal
    ● Dismissing a Teacher Is Not Easy, Los Angeles Daily Journal, March 12, 2013
    ● Changes are Challenging, Los Angeles Daily Journal, November 15, 2010
    ● An Arrow In the Employer’s Quiver, Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 27, 2010
    ● Unfriendly Business, Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 31, 2009
    ● Collaboration Is Key to Accommodating Injured Workers, Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 3, 2008

    Education:
    ● J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles CA (1995)
    ● B.A., California State Northridge, Cum Laude (1992)

    Memberships:
    ● Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)
    ● California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CalPerla)
    ● Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    ● Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Division
    ● Education Law Association, Member
    ● Mackrell International, Labor and Employment Division
    ● Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Member
    ● American Bar Association, Member
    ● Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member
    ● Black Women Lawyers, Member

    Ms. Goldsmith has also served as a mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court Labor and Employment “CRASH” Program (2012-present).

    Awards:
    ● Super Lawyer (2012-present)
    ● Top Women Attorneys of Southern California (2012-present)

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