Michelle’s unfailing dedication to her clients is evidenced by the fact that her first client, whom she worked with as a first-year associate over 20 years ago, remains an active client. She establishes strong and lasting relationships by committing herself to client service. Michelle understands her clients’ business goals, guides them in their use of new technologies, and communicates with them as their business activities unfold.
Michelle’s practice is focused on helping her clients establish powerful and lasting relationships with their customers and prospects. Whether engaging audiences through sweepstakes/contests, social networks, telemarketing, text, or email marketing, Michelle ensures that her clients’ communications comply with current marketing and privacy laws and regulations. For clients who have embraced the popularity of online promotions and gamification, Michelle keeps programs running smoothly by providing guidance on the necessary rules, thresholds and disclosures in the midst of a constantly changing legal landscape. As clients rely more on social media to publicize promotions, Michelle provides up-to-the minute legal counsel related to the rules on Twitter, Facebook and other social sites.
As Ifrah Law increasingly leads the way in iGaming, Michelle advises daily fantasy sports and e-Sports companies on privacy matters, including drafting online terms and conditions, and preparing legal opinions and analysis to support iGaming companies’ launching of their services, including working with payment processors.
When clients find themselves involved in an enforcement matter with the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission or state agencies, Michelle’s deep knowledge in these areas and her strong footing in the privacy community help her to resolve issues in the most expedient manner possible. Michelle has extensive experience defending individual and class actions in the consumer protection context, including dozens of Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases. She obtained a rare rescission of an FCC citation in a TCPA enforcement matter.
Michelle also advises clients as to what policies and procedures can be put in place to show a company’s good faith efforts, should the government come knocking. When companies are involved in potential data or security breaches, Michelle knows which questions to ask to ensure they have a sound legal strategy. She works with the company step-by-step to resolve the situation from both the government’s, and her clients’ as well as their customers’ points of view.
Previously, Michelle was a partner at Thompson Hine where she was a member of their telecommunications, corporate transactions & securities and emerging technologies groups. She began her legal career in the litigation department at Paul Hastings, where she spent seven years honing her litigation skills, prior to moving into their corporate practice. Her litigation experience gives her a solid foundation for helping clients avoid litigation as well as in advising them when they are faced with litigation. This litigation experience, coupled with her regulatory and corporate experience, allow Michelle to offer her clients a full complement of services.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Top Attorneys||National Law Journal||2017|
|Top Rated Lawyer||Cabelfax||2017|
|Top Ten Litigators||National Law Journal||2016|
|Washington DC's Women Leaders in the Law||American Lawyer||2013|
|Top Lawyer - Technology Law||American Lawyer||2012|
|Attorney||Ifrah PLLC||2012 - Present|
|Partner||Thompson Hine LLP||2005 - 2012|
|Associate||Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP||1992 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|District of Columbia Bar||Member||N/A|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Federal Communications Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia||Member||N/A|
|Leading Internet Case Law||Vizio Settles with FTC Over Smart TV Data Collection and Faces Class Action Suit in California||2017|
|Cyber Security Practitioner||US Banking Regulators Consider Enhanced Cyber Risk Standards||2016|
|E-Commerce Law and Policy||Amazon Case Shows Value of In-App Purchase Disclosures||2016|
|iGaming Business North America||Scoring Cash With Angry Birds?||2016|
|E-Commerce Law & Policy||Is The Emergence of a U.S. ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Likely?||2015|
|E-Commerce Law and Policy||Progress Slow For Commercial Use of Drones In The US||2015|
|Emory University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Brandeis University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|Money For Lunch Radio Program||Consumer Review Fairness Act||2017|
|2016 Summer Conference||Committee on Lotteries: Seeking Growth Opportunities, Converging with Casinos||2016|
|American Bar Association||The FCC’s New Broadband Consumer Privacy NPRM: What It Means For Your Client Program||2016|
|Clear Law Institute, OCE||The Telephone Consumer Protection Act: Avoiding Multi-Million Dollar Litigation||2016|
|The Knowledge Group||The Golan v. Veritas Entertainment, LLC Ruling: Ensuring Your Firm’s Telemarketing Strategies Compliant||2016|
|IAPP: Practical Privacy Series 2015, Washington D.C.||TCPA: The New Guidance and What It Means||2015|
|Association of Corporate Counsel, National Capital Region||Technology and IP Forum: Back to School Marketing Primer – Marketing Through Technology, What is Allowed and What Isn’t?||2015|
|National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, 2015 Summer Conference, Atlantic City, NJ||Committee on Casinos: Update on Internet Sweepstakes Café Enforcement Issues||2015|
|National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, 2015 Winter Conference, Las Vegas, NV||Lotteries and Social Media||2015|
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