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Michele Renee Fisher

Class action Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

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Practice areas
  1. Class action
    50%
    Class actions and collective actions are procedures that allow many people to join together to bring legal claims in one case. These procedures are commonly used to combat illegal activities that have caused similar problems for a large number of people. For example, a class action or collective action lawsuit may start with an employer failing to pay overtime to all employees on a particular shift.

    10 years

  2. Employment and labor
    50%
    The basic rule of employment law in the United States is that employment is considered to be “at-will” unless otherwise agreed upon by contract. Before signing employment contracts, you should first consult with an employment lawyer if at all possible. Employment at-will generally means that both the employer and the employee have the right to terminate the employment agreement at any time, for any reason, with or without notice.

    10 years

Michele Fisher is a managing partner at Nichols Kaster, PLLP, and the Chair of the Firm’s Business Development and Marketing Groups, which originate class and collective actions and market the firm. She has dedicated her career to litigating wage and hour cases in an aggressive, creative, and strategic manner. She is one of the leaders of a practice group that has been described as a "powerhouse" for mass wage and hour litigation and arbitration. Michele has the experience, resources, and staff to take on any company regardless of size. She has handled several jury trials and arbitrations in her fight for employee rights and prides herself on the firm's reputation as a leader in national wage and hour class and collective action litigation.Michele has litigated hundreds of class and collective actions involving positions such as home health aides, loan officers, retail salespersons, oil and gas workers, assistant managers, field service engineers, call center representatives, exotic dancers, inside sales representatives, restaurant workers, insurance adjusters, property specialists, property managers, installers, service technicians, and road construction laborers.

Michele is active in several organizations. She is the Co-Chair and a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute’s Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance conference, the Co-Chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, the Co-Chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section's Revenue and Partnership Development Committee, and a wage and hour track coordinator for the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section’s annual conference. She has also served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee FLSA Midwinter Report, an editorial board member for BNA’s the Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise, and a chapter editor for BNA’s Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by-State Survey. She has been named to the Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Top Women Attorneys, and Rising Star lists repeatedly, is a member of the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers, and Top 10 Wage and Hour Lawyers, and has been named a Lawyer of Distinction. Michele volunteers as an attorney for a foster child through the Children's Law Center.

Licensed for 22 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2007
Updated 06/05/2022
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/03/2022
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2000
Updated 10/29/2022

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

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2000
  • St. Cloud University
  • B.A.
  • 1997

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (Minnesota chapter)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Chairperson
  • N/A
  • Federal Labor Standards Legislation
  • Committee Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise
  • Board of Editors
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Practising Law Institute’s Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance
  • Co-Chair and Faculty Member
  • 2014 - 2014
  • American Bar Association Fair Labor Standards Act Committee, Mid-Winter Report
  • Co-Editor-In-Chief
  • 2013 - 2014
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, by Ellen C. Kearns
  • Board of Editors
  • 2013 - 2013
  • American Bar Association Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee, FLSA Subcommittee
  • Co-chair
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Practising Law Institute, Managing Wage and Hour Risks Annual Conference
  • Co-Chair and Faculty Member
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by State Survey, Second Edition, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, by Gregory K. McGillivary
  • Chapter Editor
  • 2012 - 2013
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, by Ellen C. Kearns
  • Associate Chapter Editor
  • 2012 - 2012
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, by Ellen C. Kearns
  • Contributing Editor
  • 2008 - 2013
  • WARN Act and Employment Polygraph Protection Act Subcommittee
  • Chairperson
  • 2006 - 2009
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Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2007
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2006
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2005
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • N/A
  • Who's Who in Employment Lawyers
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Minnesota CLE
  • Wage and Hour Law Handbook: Federal and Minnesota - Chapter Author
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Practising Law Institute: Understanding Employment Law 2014
  • FLSA Basics/Wage and Hour Update
  • 2014
  • Practising Law Institute Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance Challenges 2014
  • Moderator, Judges Panel: The Court's View on Wage & Hour Litigation
  • 2014
  • ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting
  • Moderator, FLSA: Class Communications and Settlements that Judges Will Tolerate
  • 2014
  • Practising Law Institute: Understanding Employment Law 2013
  • FLSA Basics/Wage and Hour Update
  • 2013
  • Practicing Law Institute’s Managing Wage and Hour Risks Conference
  • Ethical Issues in Wage and Hour Litigation and Settlement
  • 2013
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference
  • Winning Strategies for Handling Class and Collective Wage and Hour Actions
  • 2013
  • Bloomberg BNA FLSA Litigation Tracker Litigator Q&A
  • Interview Article, Michele Fisher Describes Impact of Growing Judicial Hostility to Wage-Hour Class Claims and Trend Toward Mass Individual Arbitrations
  • 2013
  • ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting
  • FLSA-Mass Arbitrations in Wage and Hour Cases
  • 2013
  • 7th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Class and Collective Action Arbitration: an Update
  • 2013
  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • Hachey Initiative Face Time Speaker
  • 2012
  • Understanding Employment Law 2012
  • FLSA Basics/Wage and Hour Update
  • 2012
  • Managing Wage & Hour Risks 2012
  • Wage and Hour Litigation Part III – Special Issues: Arbitration, Decertification, Settlement
  • 2012
  • Managing Wage & Hour Risks 2012
  • Focus Areas for Claims - the Latest Legal Developments
  • 2012
  • 14th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions
  • The View from the Plaintiffs' Bar: Adjusting Your Litigations Strategies in Light of New and Innovative Claims Panelist
  • 2012
  • Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute
  • The Keys to Final Victory
  • 2011
  • Securing Wages, Protecting Hours: Representing Workers Under FLSA
  • Maximizing the Value of Your Case
  • 2011
  • Practicing Law Institute
  • Trial, Appeals and Settlements
  • 2011
  • Ohio Association for Justice Wage & Hour Seminar
  • Tips for the Settlement of FLSA Actions
  • 2011
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention
  • Representing Misclassified and Reclassified Workers
  • 2011
  • American Association for Justice Annual Convention
  • Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid in FLSA Litigation
  • 2011
  • Testified before the Minnesota Senate's Business, Industry and Jobs Committee
  • Senate File 2347, a proposed amendment to the state's overtime law
  • 2010
  • Practising Law Institute
  • Managing Wage & Hour Risks: ADR, Structuring Settlements
  • 2010
  • Practicing Law Institute - New York City, NY
  • Managing Wage & Hour Claims Today...and Tomorrow
  • 2010
  • Practicing Law Institute - New York City, NY
  • ADR, Structuring Settlements
  • 2010
  • Internet Webinar
  • The Continuing Litigation Threat, Pursuing, Defending and Settling FLSA Actions as Cost Skyrocket
  • 2010
  • Fourth Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • It Ain't Over Til It's Over: Unique Ethical and Practical Issues Posed by Settling Wage and Hour Litigation
  • 2010
  • American Bar Association - San Juan Puerto Rico
  • The Financial Crisis: Impact on Government Contracts
  • 2010
  • Advanced Employment Law Conference
  • A Class Action is in Your Future, Developing a Class Action From the Plaintiff's Perspective
  • 2009
  • NELA Annual Conference
  • Turning the Table on Defendants in FLSA Cases
  • 2008
  • American Bar Association - Jamaica
  • Recent Developments Under the WARN Act and EPPA
  • 2008
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Using Medical Records & Experts in Employment Cases
  • 2007
  • American Bar Association - Manzanillo, Mexico
  • Recent Developments Under the WARN Act and EPPA
  • 2007
  • American Bar Association
  • Representing Workers in Individual and Collective Actions Under the FLSA
  • 2007
  • A Plaintiff's Perspective - Minneapolis, Mn
  • Ethical Considerations when Investigating and Defending Sexual Harassment Claims
  • 2006
  • 8th Circuit NELA Conference
  • A Starting Point - Helpful FLSA Cases for Plaintiffs' Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Electronic Discovery - Not Just for Geeks Anymore
  • 2005
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Current Status of the FLSA Regulations
  • 2005
  • Hospitality, Inc
  • Sexual Harassment Investigations
  • 2004
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Minneapolis Class action Lawyer Michele Renee Fisher
Michele Renee Fisher
Class action Attorney
Minneapolis, MN
Licensed for 22 years