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Michelle L. Reynolds

Employment and labor Attorney at Santa Ana, CA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

Anybody who knows me, knows my passion for the law. The fact is I love it! I love the challenge of solving a client’s problem, which not only entails legal, but also often emotional, financial, and even social consequences to consider as well. And what I love about law most is when justice truly prevails due to my client, me, opposing counsel, and our arbitrator, mediator, and/or judge adhering to the ideals of a system.


This passion transcends my practice in (1) Employment Development Department (EDD) Appeals, whether I am representing a claimant or employer for/against the award of Unemployment Insurance benefits; (2) an employer during a petition for Reassessment or a Claim for Refund for state employment taxes; (3) a client for Labor Code violations such as minimum wage, overtime, meal and rest breaks, and untimely payment of compensation brought before California's Labor Commission, the federal Department of Labor (DOL), or an arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction. Whether a Private Attoney General Act (PAGA) action or a workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or wrongful termnation case, I am truly blessed to represent the California employees and employers that have trusted me to represent them.


To any person who reads REVIEWS of my performance as part of this Avvo Profile, or on/through any other third-party directory, please realize that the content of the reviews do not constitute a guarantee, prediction, or warranty regarding the outcome of your potential or actual legal matter because the facts and circumstances of each case differ. Please also note that the policies of this website do not permit me to edit any REVIEWS. Thus, I cannot attest to the factual accuracy of the statements made in any REVIEW. Furthermore, any response by me to a negative REVIEW, if any, is limited due to attorney-client confidentiality rules, which means I cannot fully defend myself in this forum.


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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Michelle inspired confidence.
The title says it it all. Within minutes of speaking with Michelle, I knew I found the right lawyer. She knew exactly what to ask, showing not only her experience, but making me realize I had not thought about certain details that were important to my situation. She was detailed, honest, and made me feel comfortable.
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EDD/Labor Advice
I sought guidance on how to proceed on my own behalf. Ms. Reynolds understood how much time would be needed to advise me and sent a list of documents I needed to provide in advance of our 1.5 hour consultation. She was on-time, thoroughly prepared and knowledgeable on every aspect of the situation. She asked clear, precise questions to be sure I communicated everything necessary for her to formulate her advice, which was specific and explained in detail. I am now awaiting responses to the communications I sent out to see how the situation resolves. I am hopeful of the outcome.
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Posted by Sara | October 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Results!
Ms. Reynolds handled my case with care, efficiency and due dilligence. We were successful all due to her efforts. I do not believe I could have done it without her! As a lawyer myself, I appreciated her professionalism and passion.
Posted by Andrew Nguyen | February 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing CA EDD Attorney
After just receiving the letter from EDD stating that they had determined that I was not eligible for benefits because I was terminated for misconduct. I was in a state of shock, fear, and filled with anxiety. In addition, EDD sent a 2nd letter saying that the benefits that I received are now overpayment and tacked on a penalty fee on top of that. On my last day at my job, II was told by my former employer that I was being let go because they wanted to go in a different direction, but then they go and report to EDD that I was terminated for misconduct. I contacted Michelle soon after and she was instrumental in calming me down and helping me break down the events that occurred. She explained to me the laws pertaining to my situation and helped me see how I can win my appeal and receive my unemployment benefits. When I met her in person, her passion and expert knowledge of employment law made me feel like I had a good chance of winning my case. Throughout the process, Michelle was always sure to keep me updated on the latest events of the case and made me feel that she cared about my case. Being unemployed can be a stressful time. Compound that with having to fight EDD and your former employer for unemployment benefits makes things worse. I am very happy to have hired Michelle as my attorney. I credit winning my EDD case to her hard work and expert knowledge.
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Posted by Jennifer | October 22, 2014
Second Level Appeal Success
Michelle Reynolds exceeded my expectations as she guided me through a very stressful time dealing with the Administrative Law Judge's decision to disqualify me from receiving unemployment benefits. I contacted Ms. Reynolds for legal advice on overturning the ALJ's decision and she was very thorough, knowledgeable and passionate about my case which she felt very confident that I would win my second appeal. With her guidance and advice, I won my second level appeal. If I could go back and go through this again, I would have hired her immediately to win the first appeal, and save myself the stress of going through the second level appeal process. Not only is she highly intelligent, she truly has a good heart and you can trust her to be the best attorney who will fight for you and win!
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2014
Trustworthy and Knowledgable Lawyer
Ms. Reynolds served as a great advocate for me when I had to appeal a denial for an unemployment claim. I had a employer who had switched the reasons of my termination, thus having EDD deny my unemployment claim. It was a difficult situation to navigate by myself but, luckily, I was able to hire Ms. Reynolds to help me through this. Ms. Reynolds was very professional throughout, but also displayed a genuine concern for me as a client. She was very thorough in her approach as she considered every side of the issue at hand. Her passion for helping those for unemployment claims in difficult situations really showed through her dedication, attention to detail, and responsiveness through my case. My case was presented in a very simple and organized way and in the end, the judge ruled in my favor, granting my unemployment claims to be expedited. Needless to say, I highly recommend Ms. Reynolds for any unemployment claim situations. This is truly her niche.
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Posted by Mark | September 5, 2014
Excellent atty for CA EDD appeals
I retained Michelle’s legal representation services for my 2nd-level appeal hearing before the CUIAB for a UI benefits claim (claimant side). I was originally determined to be disqualified for UI benefits under Section 1256, and appealed this decision to an administrative law judge in pro per. I received an unfavorable ruling and at that point contacted Michelle for representation at the second-level appeal before the CUIAB. Michelle has been a top-notch professional from the start. She gave me a free 1-hour initial phone consultation to understand the particulars of my case. During this consultation she also provided me with objective feedback as to the pros & cons of continuing my appeal and informed me she thought I had a strong case. She was very thorough and communicative throughout the appeals process, and encouraged my collaborative input. Her thorough knowledge of precedent benefit decisions and UI/Labor code became immediately evident upon reading the appellant brief she crafted for me and subsequently filed with the Board. Despite the low chance of the CUIAB overturning an ALJ’s (administrative law judge) decision -- approx. 10-15%, I was informed recently they had done exactly that and ruled in my favor. Had it not been for Michelle’s diligence, legal acumen, and professionalism, I am convinced that my denial after the first-level hearing would have been the end of the road for my claim. I would highly recommend her to anyone, employer or employee, that may be embroiled in a similar legal fiasco.
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Posted by Jose | July 11, 2014
The Best Lawyer Ever.
There's only one way to say it, she is simply the best. Most understanding, patient , and resonable attorney ever had the pleasure of working with. She helped me through a tough time and continues to support even after. I will refer Michelle Lee Reynolds to all and everyone I know.
Posted by Michael M | September 2, 2013
My unemployment attorney Michelle Lee Reynolds
I hired Michelle Lee Reynolds on several EDD unemployment issues, e.g. large overpayment, quit with good cause and unintentional fraud issues. Michelle Lee Reynolds diligently analyzed my cases and brought resolution to them all. I had my benefits stopped on numerous occasions, but attorney Michelle Lee Reynolds handled all my issues, timely and professionally. She got a administrative EDD law judge overturned with a second level appeal with a 11% chance of winning, her knowledge is well calculated and her representation in person was phenomenal . I definitely recommend her for not only EDD unemployement issues, but employment issues in general. I hired Michelle Lee Reynolds for various types of work, not only for Unemployment , but other matters as well. She stands strongly behind her law firm and not only trusted by the community, but trusted by her business associates and respected. Make no mistake, she will get the job done and law is her passion and i'm 100% satisfied with hiring her. 5 Stars for sure...........
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  • Hourly Rates $ 550-550 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-50%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Employment Law Attorney
  • THE Legal Advocate
  • 2012 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Whittier Law School Children's Right's Clinic
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Law & Motion/Research Law Clerk
  • Superior Court of Orange County
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge John Flynn, III
  • California Superior Court, County of Orange
  • 2009 - 2009
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  • Whittier Coll SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Univ of California Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Allen vs. EPR
  • EDD's Determination/Ruling Reversed. ER's Motion to Vacate Denied. Claimant received UI benefits.


  • Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Jewish Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Celtic Bar Association of Orange County
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Hispanic Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • California Super Lawyers
  • Rising Stars Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Sacramento
  • 2023
  • Rising Stars Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Santa Ana
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Stars Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Santa Ana
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Outstanding Program Award
  • American Inns of Court National Program Awards
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Southern California Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Client Counseling Competition Participant
  • American Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Business Law Concentration Certificate
  • Whittier Law School
  • 2011
  • Dean's List
  • Whittier Law School
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Bar Prep Q and A Panel
  • California State Bar Exam
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (12)
Endorse Michelle
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Friend
"Michelle is a fierce advocate who believes in and is commitment to her clients. She can be counted on to provide the best advice and representation for her clients. Her hard work and dedication to her practice truly sets her apart from the rest!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Reynolds is a very capable and honest attorney. If you have her on your side, you can rest assured your matter will be handled with the skill and attention it deserves."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From my first conversation with Michelle, I could tell that she was born to be a lawyer. While most people would be bored to tears by the peculiarities of the Private Attorney Generals' Act (PAGA), she spoke of the law with reverence typically reserved for Shakespeare or Harry Potter sequels. In all seriousness: if you're looking for someone who is passionate about their practice and about your case, Michelle should be on your short list. She's definitely on mine for employment law, labor, and administrative matters."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michelle Reynolds for a while now and we went to the same law school. She is very smart, a great critical thinker, personable, and fights hard for her clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Because I know Michelle, I know her passion for the law. Michelle takes great pride in her work. I have no doubt her success will continue."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle Reynolds is very knowledgeable about all areas of employment and labor laws. I would recommend Michelle to any client in need of an attorney in this area. She is committed to her clients and spends the time with each one to make sure they are making the best decisions for their case."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is personable, knowledgeable, and formidable. She is also passionate in her representation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is an outstanding lawyer . She is a zealous and vigorous advocate who obtains outstanding results for her clients ."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. We got together at an Orange County Legal Aid Society employment law clinic. She is a real pro."
Administrative law Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle as a very skilled, dedicated and passionate attorney who fights hard for her clients. I highly endorse Michelle and personally recommend her services to my own clients on a regular basis."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is a highly qualified and talented advocate. She represents her clients with the utmost professionalism."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Other
"I am very impressed with Michelle Reynolds and her credentials. I endorse this attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is a dedicated advocate for her clients. She is very knowledgeable in her field and works hard to deliver the best results for her clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I believe any person that obtains Michelle's legal representation will be greatly pleased with the service she provides. Michelle's character is honest, upstanding, and genuine. When acting on behalf of a client she acts with thoughtfulness, care, and loyalty to ensure the best outcome. Further, she keeps her clients up to date and well-informed on case status. Michelle makes great efforts to diligently, tirelessly, and zealously advocate for her clients' positions to a degree that I would dare say rivals even more experienced attorneys in her areas of practice. The foundation for such a claim is merited by the fact that Michelle has a resolute and unshakable passion for the law at her core. To close, I absolutely trust Michelle to handle any legal issue or matter I would ever find myself in."
Administrative law Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is a zealous advocate for her client's rights. She thoroughly does her research in order to come to the best possible resolution for her clients."
General practice Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I had the pleasure of teaching Ms. Reynolds while she was in law school. If her diligence, attitude, and excellence during law school is any indication of how she is as a practicing attorney, then she is exactly the kind of attorney that I would want to represent me. MRM"
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Santa Ana Employment and labor Lawyer Michelle L. Reynolds
Michelle L. Reynolds
Employment and labor Attorney
Santa Ana, CA
Licensed for 11 years