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Michelle A. Reinglass

Mediation Attorney at Aliso Viejo, CA

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About Michelle

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  1. Mediation
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    Beginning January 2010, I transitioned my practice to full time neutral work, handling mediations and arbitrations, and am affilated with Judicate West

    21 years

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

Licensed for 43 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1979
Updated 12/06/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Michelle A. Reinglass
120 Vantis Drive, Suite 300
Aliso Viejo, CA, 92656
Judicate West
1851 E. First St., Ste. 1600
Santa Ana, CA, 92705-4058
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Posted by Rose | June 16, 2015
Mediator of Choice
Anyone who has mediated with Michelle knows her sincere desire to resolve disputes among the parties. Michelle is experienced as a trial attorney which adds value to the experience. Michelle comes from a place of educated understanding. She always strives to resolve the most complex, emotionally charged, and what seem to be impossible of cases with grace and determination. I credit Michelle's effective and amazing successes to her relentless passion for reaching a resolve. Michelle will not compromise neutrality and is not shy to remind you of your weaknesses. She simply finds creative solutions to any situation. When asked who I recommend as an effective mediator, Michelle is at the top of my list. Without reservation, I always recommend Michelle to get the job done.
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Posted by Gary | June 14, 2015
Michelle Reinglass as a mediator
I have had the opportunity to use Ms. Reinglass on a number of occasions with respect to mediating Plaintiff's employment law cases. All of the cases were wither six-figure or seven-figure type cases. Her knowledge of employment law is unparalleled. Although Ms. Reinglass had previously represented Plaintiffs in employment law litigation in years past, I have found defense lawyers agreeable to using her as a neutral based upon reputation for honesty and professionalism. The last case I used her on had 3 Plaintiffs. In the initial mediation we settled the case of one of the Plaintiffs. However Ms. Reinglass continued to work persistently over 3 more months constantly communicating with both myself and defense counsel and actually settled the other two Plaintiff's cases. Her commitment and professionalism was most apparent.
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Posted by Carol | June 13, 2015
Michelle rocks as a mediator!
Michelle Reinglass has settled some of my most challenging cases. She never gives up. Even when the other side doesn't bring it to the table, she follows up and creatively figures out a way to get deals done. You're not left wondering -- she is hypervigilant about following up. Plus her winning personality puts all kinds of people at ease in tense situations.
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Posted by Joseph | June 13, 2015
One of top mediators in California
I have used ms Reinglass as a mediator many times. She is an expert in employment law and I feel she is a unbiased neutral who will fairly evaluate my case. She is also a compassionate person who always gains the trust of my client. I have used her in complex matters and always found her to be fair and knowledgeable.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2015
I have never experienced such an unproductive mediation
We hired Ms. Reinglass to mediate an employment dispute. While she was upbeat and cheerful, she did not handle the mediation well. My client and I, after nearly six hours of "mediation," left because the other side had not made any settlement offers at all, and Ms. Reinglass had no satisfactory explanation for why they would not even present us an offer. Following the mediation, despite my having made it clear that we would not mediate further, and regarded the day as a waste of time and money, she contacted me, seeking to perform further "services" and became self-righteously offended when I told her we would not pay her any more, and regarded what we had paid as wasted money.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • ADR Office of Michelle A. Reinglass
  • 2010 - Present
  • Mediator, Arbitrator
  • Judicate West
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • Stone & Rohatiner
  • 1983 - 1984
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Michelle A. Reinglass
  • 1979 - 2010
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Education

  • Western State College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Western State University, Fullerton
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1977
  • University of California - Irvine
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • (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.
  • 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 662
  • Pomona's writ was granted by the Court of Appeal, holding that mandamus was Dr. Corin's exclusive remedy.
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Associations

  • College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2006 - Present
  • Southern California Mediation Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • ABOTA
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Chairperson
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Board member
  • 2004 - 2006
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 1999 - 2009
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Orange County Bar Association Business Litigation Section
  • Chairman
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1984 - 1989
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Super Lawyers
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyers
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top 50 Mediators
  • The Daily Journal
  • 2013
  • Distinguished Fellow
  • International Academy of Mediators
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyers
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyers (incl top 50 Women, top 50 OC
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • 2012
  • AVPreeminent Status in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top 50 Mediators
  • Daily Journal
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyers-top 50 O.C.,top 50 Women
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Daily Journal (California)
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer-top 100 So Cal, top 50 OC, top 50 women
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer-top 100 So Cal, top 50 OC, top 50 Women
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • 2009
  • Top Women Litigators
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • 2009
  • Top 25 Labor & Employment Lawyers in California
  • Daily Journal (California)
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer-top 100 So Cal, top 50 OC, top 50 Women
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer-top 100 So Cal, top 50 OC, top 50 Women
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer-top 50 OC, top 50 Women
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • 2006
  • Inducted as Fellow
  • College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Top Female Litigators
  • LA Daily Journal
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyers-top 50 OC, top 50 Women
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • 2005
  • Women of Achievement Award
  • American Association of University Women
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer-top 50 OC, top 50 Women
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • 2004
  • Employment Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2004
  • Top Female Litigators
  • LA Daily Journal
  • 2004
  • Top Female Litigators
  • LA Daily Journal
  • 2003
  • Top Female Litigators
  • LA Daily Journal
  • 2002
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2001
  • Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California
  • LA Daily Journal
  • 2001
  • ADL Jurisprudence Award
  • Anti Defamation League
  • 1997
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • 1996
  • Top 10 Women In Orange County Who Make A Difference
  • Orange County Metropolitan Magazine
  • 1994
  • Inducted into Hall of Fame
  • Western State University College of Law
  • 1993
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Listed in the Prestigious Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martinale Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • A Lesson About Settlements 6/9/11
  • 2011
  • CAALA Advocate
  • Mediating Your Employment Case-Sooner or Later? (co-authored w/Andrew Albert)
  • 2010
  • Los Angeles County Bar Assn, Sr. Lawyer Guide
  • Mandatory Retirement: Greener Pastures?
  • 2008
  • CAOC Forum
  • Presenting Your Client at Trial in an Employment Case
  • 2008
  • CAALA
  • Mediation Confidentiality
  • 2007
  • CAALA Advocate
  • Navigating Arbitration in Employment Cases
  • 2007
  • Matthew Bender, Labor & Employment Bulletin
  • Employers' Duty to Take All Reasonable Steps To Prevent Harassment, Including Proper Conducting of Workplace Investigations
  • 2007
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report
  • Removal & Remand: Real or Sham Defendants?
  • 2006
  • Matthew Bender, Labor & Employment Bulletin
  • DISABILITIES: A YEAR IN REVIEW
  • 2006
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Perceived Disabilities, Gelfo Analysis
  • 2006
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • ‘Patten’ Warns Employers About Reach of Whistle-Blower Retaliation
  • 2006
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • HOW ACCOMMODATING DOES AN EMPLOYER HAVE TO BE?
  • 2005
  • Matthew Bender, Labor & Employment Bulletin
  • CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT RESOLVES DEBATE OVER
  • 2004
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Employment Law Year in Review
  • 2004
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Ministerial Exception eliminates liability for certain Church Actions
  • 2004
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Assn.
  • TOP 10 TIPS FOR SURVIVAL IN THE LITIGATION JUNGLE
  • 2003
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • VerdictReview: How Well do Employment Lawyers Evaluate Cases?
  • 2003
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • RESPONDEAT SUPERIOR SAVED THE DAY FOR DEFAMATION CLAIM (Rivera v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
  • 2003
  • CAALA Advocate
  • Depositions and Discovery Quicksand
  • 2002
  • CAOC
  • Arbitrations
  • 2001
  • OCBA Labor and Employment Section
  • Arbitration after Circuit City and Armendariz
  • 2001
  • CAALA
  • To Arbitrate or Litigate
  • 2001
  • CAOC
  • Attorneys Fees
  • 1999
  • N/A
  • Sexual Harassment - The Evolution & The Revolution
  • N/A
  • Co-Author: Rutter Group, California Practice Guide, Employment Litigation
  • Chapter on Sexual Harassment(Co-author)
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Labor & Employment Section & ADR Section (Joint Meeting)
  • Video Vignettes Illustrating Practical Issues in Mediation With Commentary and Analysis by Prominent OC Mediators
  • 2012
  • EMPLOYMENT LAW PRACTITIONER’S TOOLKIT
  • ELIMINATION OF BIAS: Interviews and Investigations from Hell!
  • 2012
  • Webinar
  • How to Handle Being Bitten by Bias in the Trenches
  • 2011
  • Orange County Bar Association ADR Section
  • Successfully Mediating the Early or Pre-litigation Case
  • 2011
  • OCBA Labor & Employment Conference
  • Resolving the Employment Case at Mediation
  • 2011
  • OC Labor Employment Relations Conference
  • Social media in the workplace
  • 2011
  • Labor & Employment Seminar
  • Sex Lies & Facebook (Social Media)
  • 2011
  • ABOTA Masters Series
  • Masters In Opening Statements & Closing Arguments
  • 2011
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Las Vegas Conference
  • Workplace Privacy including Social Media
  • 2010
  • American Association of University Women-Tustin chapter
  • Women -where we have been, where we are going
  • 2010
  • AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Annual Luncheon
  • Discrimination in the workplace
  • 2010
  • Webinar
  • Mediation Strategies
  • 2009
  • State Bar Labor & Employment Conference
  • EPLI
  • 2009
  • SCMA Annual Labor and Employment Conf
  • Ethics in Mediations
  • 2009
  • NELA Annual Conference
  • Dirty Tricks in Litigation
  • 2009
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys MidYear Conference
  • The Anatomy of a Successful Mediation
  • 2009
  • LACBA Labor & Employment Symposium
  • Federal Court Practice-Top 20 Tips
  • 2009
  • Labor & Employment Section
  • Why Cases Settle
  • 2009
  • AAA/ICR International Conference
  • Arbitrating FLSA Collective Actions
  • 2009
  • Solo and Small Firm Practice
  • Solo and Small Practice Tips
  • 2008
  • SCMA Annual Labor & Employment Conference
  • Cross Cultural Mediations
  • 2008
  • OCBA International Conference-Prague
  • Legal Ethics
  • 2008
  • League of Women Voters Forum
  • Independence of the Judiciary
  • 2008
  • CAOC Inaugural So. Cal. Women's Caucus
  • Elimination of Bias, Anatomy of a trial gone bad
  • 2008
  • CAOC Annual Conference
  • Gender Bias
  • 2008
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Annual Las Vegas Conference
  • Navigating Arbitrations
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (35)
Given (53)
Endorse Michelle
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Michelle. She is smart, hard working and a great person."
Arbitration Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Reinglass is one of the most exemplary and extraordinary attorneys that I have encountered in 24 years of practice. Despite being a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, and private attorney for nearly two and a half decades, I continue to learn valuable information from her posts every day. I would highly recommend."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michelle is an extremely experienced and profoundly competent litigator in the specialty area of employment litigation, possible the best that I have had as an opponent in my 45+ years of practice - but also a charming lady who makes friends with the Judge, the jury and opposing counsel. The bar lost an excellent advocate when she became a full-time mediator. I would have preferred to see her go on the bench, where she would be an ourstanding addition to our local judiciary, but she may do both the court system and the clients on both sides of a case more good as a mediator. She is simply an outstanding lawyer and I have every expectation that she likewise will use those same skills in just as effective a manner as a mediator."
Mediation Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is a phenomenal lawyer, mediator and person. She unselfishly helps everyone around her to be successful, and she has helped me immensely in my practice as a sounding board and with legal advice and encouragement on my toughest cases. Michelle is a jewel to the employment law community!"
Mediation Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is, simply stated, one of the very best! She has a vast store of knowledge and experience in employment law matters, practical knowledge from having tried many cases, and the credibility and people skills that can make the difference in getting a matter resolved at mediation."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer as a top rated mediator. She has great skills and has been able to relate well to my clients which has helped my clients come to terms with the settlement process and has helped bring closure for them on difficult cases"
Mediation Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is uniquely talented at getting all parties involved to come together in resolution. I have never known a mediator who is more dedicated, works longer hours, or is more knowledgeable about the value of a case. She is also very compassionate and enthusiastic, an all-around wonderful person."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Smart, talented, experienced . . . and a great person, too."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Her intelligence and compassion combined with her extensive experience make her one of the most effective attorneys/mediators i have ever worked with."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I unequivocally endorse this lawyer. Ms. Reinglass's unmatched expertise in the area of employment litigation and her battle-tested experience in the courtroom makes her an outstanding choice for alternative dispute resolution."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is an extremely knowledgeable and effective mediator. She has ability to resolve the most difficult cases, including multi-party litigation, class actions and single-plaintiff actions. Her relentless persistence, focus, and high analytical ability are of great assistance in mediation. I highly recommend her."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Michelle Reinglass when I first came out of law school and have had the pleasure of remaining her friend for many years. Michelle is one in a million. She is bright, charming, dedicated, effective and totally forthright. I would not hesitate referring anyone who has an employment / labor issue to her office as they would get the best legal assistance available anywhere. She is an exceptional lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Michelle is a skilled attorney and asset to the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Aliso Viejo Mediation Lawyer Michelle A. Reinglass
Michelle A. Reinglass
Mediation Attorney
Aliso Viejo, CA
Licensed for 43 years