Michelle Sassano is a partner in the Central Valley office where her practice focuses on public entity litigation and advising. Her litigation practice focuses on tort liability, premises liability, civil rights, property disputes and wrongful death. Michelle's practice also includes employment litigation matters ranging from discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, retaliatory discharge and disciplinary appeals. Michelle also conducts independent investigations of complaints involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation and workplace misconduct. Since passing the bar, Ms. Sassano has always focused her practice on assisting public entities.
Michelle has extensive trial experience having handled multiple successful jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings. She has experience in all aspects of litigation from inception to trial and appeal. She has conducted and defended numerous depositions, prepared and argued motions, mediations, settlement conferences, arbitrations and administrative hearings. She has successfully tried cases in both state and federal court.
• Assistant General Counsel, Del Rey Community Services District
• Assistant General Counsel, Madera County Transportation Commission
• State Bar of California
• U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
• U.S. District Court, Eastern, CA
Ms. Sassano is active in community organizations and youth events. Ms. Sassano has volunteered her time to assist mock trial teams in preparing for competition in Madera County as well as a scoring attorney in Fresno competitions.
2019 CalGov HR Conference and Expo, March 14, 2019
•San Joaquin College of Law, High Honors, JD, 2004
•Cal State University, Fresno, BA, 1994