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Michele R. Fisher is a partner at Nichols Kaster whose practice is primarily dedicated to national wage and hour class and collective action litigation. She has represented over one hundred thousand employees seeking to recover overtime pay, minimum wages and commission payments.  She also represents employees in individual employment matters, such as employment discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment. Moreover, Michele has represented consumers in cases involving negligent and fraudulent financial advice. She has been instrumental in obtaining millions of dollars for her clients.

Michele is an experienced trial attorney who enjoys being in the courtroom. She has successfully handled numerous jury trials and arbitrations in her fight for employee and consumer rights. She has the expertise, resources, and staff to take on any company regardless of size.  Michele is also a regular lecturer on employment related topics at local and national conferences and routinely acts as an author and editor for wage and hour publications.


Michele is the Chair of the firm’s Business Development and Marketing Groups, which originate class and collective actions and market the firm.  She is also a member of Nichols Kaster’s Management Committee charged with the running of the day-to-day operations of the firm.


Michele has been repeatedly named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists by Minnesota Super Lawyers and has been named in the Who's Who in Employer Lawyers publication.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
    4 years
  2. Class Action: 50%
    4 years

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Contact info

Nichols Kaster, PLLP

80 S Eighth St #4600
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-2242


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200707/15/2016
NYCurrently registered 200703/07/2016
MNAuthorized to practice200007/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
Who's Who in Employment LawyersMinnesota Law & Politics MagazineN/A
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics MagazineN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionChairpersonN/A
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of GeorgiaMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers Association (Minnesota chapter)MemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Labor Standards LegislationCommittee MemberN/A
Practising Law Institute’s Wage & Hour Litigation and ComplianceCo-Chair and Faculty Member2014 - 2014
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, The Fair Labor Standards Act TreatiseBoard of Editors2014 - 2014
American Bar Association Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee, FLSA SubcommitteeCo-chair2013 - 2014
Practising Law Institute, Managing Wage and Hour Risks Annual ConferenceCo-Chair and Faculty Member2013 - 2013
American Bar Association Fair Labor Standards Act Committee, Mid-Winter ReportCo-Editor-In-Chief2013 - 2014
The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, by Ellen C. KearnsBoard of Editors2013 - 2013
Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by State Survey, Second Edition, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, by Gregory K. McGillivaryChapter Editor2012 - 2013
The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, by Ellen C. KearnsAssociate Chapter Editor2012 - 2012
The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, by Ellen C. KearnsContributing Editor2008 - 2013
WARN Act and Employment Polygraph Protection Act SubcommitteeChairperson2006 - 2009
Publication nameTitleDate
Minnesota CLEWage and Hour Law Handbook: Federal and Minnesota - Chapter Author2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
St Cloud State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Practising Law Institute: Understanding Employment Law 2014FLSA Basics/Wage and Hour Update2014
Practising Law Institute Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance Challenges 2014Moderator, Judges Panel: The Court's View on Wage & Hour Litigation2014
ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter MeetingModerator, FLSA: Class Communications and Settlements that Judges Will Tolerate2014
Practising Law Institute: Understanding Employment Law 2013FLSA Basics/Wage and Hour Update2013
Practicing Law Institute’s Managing Wage and Hour Risks ConferenceEthical Issues in Wage and Hour Litigation and Settlement2013
National Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceWinning Strategies for Handling Class and Collective Wage and Hour Actions2013
Bloomberg BNA FLSA Litigation Tracker Litigator Q&AInterview Article, Michele Fisher Describes Impact of Growing Judicial Hostility to Wage-Hour Class Claims and Trend Toward Mass Individual Arbitrations2013
ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter MeetingFLSA-Mass Arbitrations in Wage and Hour Cases2013
7th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law ConferenceClass and Collective Action Arbitration: an Update2013
William Mitchell College of LawHachey Initiative Face Time Speaker2012
Understanding Employment Law 2012FLSA Basics/Wage and Hour Update2012
Managing Wage & Hour Risks 2012Wage and Hour Litigation Part III – Special Issues: Arbitration, Decertification, Settlement2012
Managing Wage & Hour Risks 2012Focus Areas for Claims - the Latest Legal Developments2012
14th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class ActionsThe View from the Plaintiffs' Bar: Adjusting Your Litigations Strategies in Light of New and Innovative Claims Panelist2012
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteThe Keys to Final Victory2011
Securing Wages, Protecting Hours: Representing Workers Under FLSAMaximizing the Value of Your Case2011
Practicing Law InstituteTrial, Appeals and Settlements2011
Ohio Association for Justice Wage & Hour SeminarTips for the Settlement of FLSA Actions2011
National Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConventionRepresenting Misclassified and Reclassified Workers2011
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionTop Ten Mistakes to Avoid in FLSA Litigation2011
Testified before the Minnesota Senate's Business, Industry and Jobs CommitteeSenate File 2347, a proposed amendment to the state's overtime law2010
Practising Law InstituteManaging Wage & Hour Risks: ADR, Structuring Settlements2010
Practicing Law Institute - New York City, NYManaging Wage & Hour Claims Today...and Tomorrow2010
Practicing Law Institute - New York City, NYADR, Structuring Settlements2010
Internet WebinarThe Continuing Litigation Threat, Pursuing, Defending and Settling FLSA Actions as Cost Skyrocket2010
Fourth Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law ConferenceIt Ain't Over Til It's Over: Unique Ethical and Practical Issues Posed by Settling Wage and Hour Litigation2010
American Bar Association - San Juan Puerto RicoThe Financial Crisis: Impact on Government Contracts2010
Advanced Employment Law ConferenceA Class Action is in Your Future, Developing a Class Action From the Plaintiff's Perspective2009
NELA Annual ConferenceTurning the Table on Defendants in FLSA Cases2008
American Bar Association - JamaicaRecent Developments Under the WARN Act and EPPA2008
Hennepin County Bar AssociationUsing Medical Records & Experts in Employment Cases2007
American Bar Association - Manzanillo, MexicoRecent Developments Under the WARN Act and EPPA2007
American Bar AssociationRepresenting Workers in Individual and Collective Actions Under the FLSA2007
A Plaintiff's Perspective - Minneapolis, MnEthical Considerations when Investigating and Defending Sexual Harassment Claims2006
8th Circuit NELA ConferenceA Starting Point - Helpful FLSA Cases for Plaintiffs' Lawyers2006
Ramsey County Bar AssociationElectronic Discovery - Not Just for Geeks Anymore2005
Hennepin County Bar AssociationCurrent Status of the FLSA Regulations2005
Hospitality, IncSexual Harassment Investigations2004