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Michelle L. Villarreal

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Michelle L. Villarreal

Michelle represents cities and special districts in a wide range of public law matters, including risk management and tort claims, labor and employment, due process and other constitutional issues, and appeals.  Michelle provides both litigation and advisory services to her clients.

Prior to joining Aleshire & Wynder in 2020, Michelle worked for an insurance defense firm in Orange County, handling catastrophic injury and high exposure cases.  Her litigation experience includes personal injury, wrongful death, premise liability, and landlord-tenant issues. 

Michelle has extensive experience in preparing cases for trial.  She has conducted and defended depositions of parties, witnesses, medical professionals, and expert witnesses.  She has prepared and argued pre-trial motions, including discovery related motions, Anti-SLAPP motions, and motions for summary judgment, as well as post-trial motions.  Michelle strives to reach cost-effective and positive outcomes for her clients outside of the courtroom.  She has obtained favorable results for clients through mediations and settlement conferences.  However, when litigation is necessary, she vigorously pursues successful outcomes in court.

Representative Matters:

  • Labor & Employment:  Currently representing a City in highly contested wrongful termination cases brought by former directors.
  • Code Enforcement:  Successfully represented a City in a Federal Unlawful Takings case arising from code enforcement citations; eliminated several Plaintiffs and claims through summary judgment; negotiated a settlement significantly less than Plaintiffs’ initial demand.
  • Risk Management—Wrongful Death:  Obtained dismissal of a City from a wrongful death lawsuit alleging dangerous condition of an intersection in the early stages of litigation.
  • Risk Management—Wrongful Death:  Obtained dismissal of a City from a wrongful death lawsuit alleging the City’s police officers contributed to the decedent’s death prior to hearing on City’s demurrer.
  • Risk Management—Personal Injury:  Successfully negotiated a settlement prior to hearing of City’s Motion for Summary Judgment in a disputed red light motor vehicle collision.
  • Risk Management—Personal Injury:  Successfully negotiated a nominal settlement amount following Plaintiff’s deposition in a trip and fall case resulting in a fractured wrist.

Speaking Engagements:

  • 2001 California Special Districts Association Annual Meeting and Board Secretary/Clerk Conference, Trending: Using Social Media to Promote Transparency and Accountability

Extracurricular  Activities:

  • Member of Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • Currently serving on Aleshire & Wynder’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Marketing Committee, and Social Committee