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Full time Mediator and Arbitrator since January 2010, having started neutral work in approximately 2001/2002.  Previous litigation practice included all forms of employment law including sexual harassment, discrimination (race, age, disability, ethnicity, cultural, gender, sex, sexual orientation, etc.), retaliation, termination, wage & hour, and other employment related claims.  Handled single plaintiff, multi-party and class action matters.  Serves as neutral mediator and arbitrator in employment, personal injury and commercial matters.  For more biographical information see website


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 85%
    14 years
  2. Arbitration: 15%
    16 years

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Contact info

Michelle A. Reinglass

23161 Mill Creek Dr., Ste. 340
Laguna Hills, CA, 92653-7915

Judicate West

1851 E. First St., Ste. 1600
Santa Ana, CA, 92705-4058



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyersLos Angeles Lawyer Magazine2015
Super LawyersLos Angeles Lawyer Magazine2014
Distinguished FellowInternational Academy of Mediators2013
Super LawyersLos Angeles Lawyer Magazine2013
Top 50 MediatorsThe Daily Journal2013
AVPreeminent Status in Alternative Dispute ResolutionMartindale Hubbell2012
Top 50 MediatorsDaily Journal2012
Super Lawyers (incl top 50 Women, top 50 OCLos Angeles Lawyer Magazine2012
Super Lawyers-top 50 O.C.,top 50 WomenLos Angeles Lawyer Magazine2011
Top Labor and Employment LawyersDaily Journal (California)2010
Super Lawyer-top 100 So Cal, top 50 OC, top 50 womenLos Angeles Lawyer Magazine2010
Top Women LitigatorsLos Angeles Daily Journal2009
Top 25 Labor & Employment Lawyers in CaliforniaDaily Journal (California)2009
Super Lawyer-top 100 So Cal, top 50 OC, top 50 WomenLos Angeles Lawyer Magazine2009
Super Lawyer-top 100 So Cal, top 50 OC, top 50 WomenLos Angeles Lawyer Magazine2008
Super Lawyer-top 100 So Cal, top 50 OC, top 50 WomenLos Angeles Lawyer Magazine2007
Super Lawyer-top 50 OC, top 50 WomenLos Angeles Lawyer Magazine2006
Inducted as FellowCollege of Labor & Employment Lawyers2006
Women of Achievement AwardAmerican Association of University Women2005
Super Lawyers-top 50 OC, top 50 WomenLos Angeles Lawyer Magazine2005
Top Female LitigatorsLA Daily Journal2005
Super Lawyer-top 50 OC, top 50 WomenLos Angeles Lawyer Magazine2004
Employment Trial Lawyer of the YearOrange County Trial Lawyers Association2004
Top Female LitigatorsLA Daily Journal2004
Top Female LitigatorsLA Daily Journal2003
Top Female LitigatorsLA Daily Journal2002
Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in CaliforniaLA Daily Journal2001
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2001
ADL Jurisprudence AwardAnti Defamation League1997
Lawyer of the YearOrange County Women Lawyers Association1996
Top 10 Women In Orange County Who Make A Difference Orange County Metropolitan Magazine1994
Inducted into Hall of FameWestern State University College of Law1993
AV RatingMartindale HubbellN/A
Listed in the Prestigious Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartinale HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerADR Office of Michelle A. Reinglass2010 - Present
Mediator, ArbitratorJudicate West2002 - Present
PartnerStone & Rohatiner1983 - 1984
OwnerLaw Office of Michelle A. Reinglass1979 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
College of Labor & Employment LawyersFellow2006 - Present
Southern California Mediation AssociationMember2004 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1979 - Present
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
California Employment Lawyers AssociationChairperson2005 - 2007
Association of Business Trial LawyersBoard member2004 - 2006
California Employment Lawyers AssociationBoard Member1999 - 2009
Orange County Bar AssociationPresident1993 - 1994
Orange County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect1992 - 1993
Orange County Bar AssociationTreasurer1991 - 1992
Orange County Bar AssociationSecretary1990 - 1991
Orange County Bar Association Business Litigation SectionChairman1989 - 1990
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1987 - 1989
Orange County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1984 - 1989
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Haluck & Litton v Ricoh Electronics 4th DCA G035681(151 Cal.App.4th 994, 60 Cal.Rptr.3d 542 )Court of Appeals reversed and remanded for new trial, based on judicial misconduct
Pomona College v Sup Ct (Corin RPI)(1996)45 CA.4th 1716, 53 CR 2d 662Pomona's writ was granted by the Court of Appeal, holding that mandamus was Dr. Corin's exclusive remedy.
(Case name confidential)Plaintiffs prevailed at trial, and were awarded pension benefits back to the start of their employment with the first company. US District Court published decision which was withdrawn pursuant to a confidential settlement.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily JournalA Lesson About Settlements 6/9/112011
American Bar Association publicationLitigating The Workplace Harassment Case-Chapter 42010
CAALA AdvocateMediating Your Employment Case-Sooner or Later? (co-authored w/Andrew Albert)2010
Los Angeles County Bar Assn, Sr. Lawyer GuideMandatory Retirement: Greener Pastures?2008
CAOC ForumPresenting Your Client at Trial in an Employment Case2008
CAALAMediation Confidentiality2007
CAALA AdvocateNavigating Arbitration in Employment Cases2007
Matthew Bender, Labor & Employment BulletinEmployers' Duty to Take All Reasonable Steps To Prevent Harassment, Including Proper Conducting of Workplace Investigations2007
Association of Business Trial Lawyers ReportRemoval & Remand: Real or Sham Defendants?2006
Matthew Bender, Labor & Employment BulletinDISABILITIES: A YEAR IN REVIEW2006
Los Angeles Daily JournalPerceived Disabilities, Gelfo Analysis2006
Los Angeles Daily Journal‘Patten’ Warns Employers About Reach of Whistle-Blower Retaliation2006
Matthew Bender, Labor & Employment BulletinCALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT RESOLVES DEBATE OVER2004
Los Angeles Daily JournalEmployment Law Year in Review2004
Los Angeles Daily JournalMinisterial Exception eliminates liability for certain Church Actions2004
Los Angeles Daily JournalVerdictReview: How Well do Employment Lawyers Evaluate Cases?2003
Los Angeles Daily JournalRESPONDEAT SUPERIOR SAVED THE DAY FOR DEFAMATION CLAIM (Rivera v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation)2003
CAALA AdvocateDepositions and Discovery Quicksand2002
OCBA Labor and Employment Section Arbitration after Circuit City and Armendariz2001
CAALATo Arbitrate or Litigate2001
CAOCAttorneys Fees1999
N/ASexual Harassment - The Evolution & The RevolutionN/A
Co-Author: Rutter Group, California Practice Guide, Employment LitigationChapter on Sexual Harassment(Co-author)N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Western State University, FullertonN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1977
University of California - IrvineMathematicsN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Labor & Employment Section & ADR Section (Joint Meeting)Video Vignettes Illustrating Practical Issues in Mediation With Commentary and Analysis by Prominent OC Mediators2012
WebinarHow to Handle Being Bitten by Bias in the Trenches2011
Orange County Bar Association ADR SectionSuccessfully Mediating the Early or Pre-litigation Case2011
OCBA Labor & Employment ConferenceResolving the Employment Case at Mediation2011
OC Labor Employment Relations ConferenceSocial media in the workplace2011
Labor & Employment SeminarSex Lies & Facebook (Social Media)2011
ABOTA Masters SeriesMasters In Opening Statements & Closing Arguments2011
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Las Vegas ConferenceWorkplace Privacy including Social Media2010
American Association of University Women-Tustin chapterWomen -where we have been, where we are going2010
AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Annual LuncheonDiscrimination in the workplace2010
WebinarMediation Strategies2009
State Bar Labor & Employment ConferenceEPLI2009
SCMA Annual Labor and Employment ConfEthics in Mediations2009
NELA Annual ConferenceDirty Tricks in Litigation2009
National Association of College and University Attorneys MidYear ConferenceThe Anatomy of a Successful Mediation2009
LACBA Labor & Employment SymposiumFederal Court Practice-Top 20 Tips2009
Labor & Employment SectionWhy Cases Settle2009
AAA/ICR International ConferenceArbitrating FLSA Collective Actions2009
Solo and Small Firm PracticeSolo and Small Practice Tips2008
SCMA Annual Labor & Employment ConferenceCross Cultural Mediations2008
OCBA International Conference-PragueLegal Ethics2008
League of Women Voters ForumIndependence of the Judiciary2008
CAOC Inaugural So. Cal. Women's CaucusElimination of Bias, Anatomy of a trial gone bad2008
CAOC Annual ConferenceGender Bias2008
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Annual Las Vegas ConferenceNavigating Arbitrations2007