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Michele R. Fisher
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Phone: 612.256.3229
Fax: 612.215.6870
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Michele R. Fisher

Michele R. Fisher is a partner at Nichols Kaster whose practice is primarily dedicated to national wage and hour class and collective action litigation. She has represented over one hundred thousand employees seeking to recover overtime pay, minimum wages and commission payments.  She also represents employees in individual employment matters, such as employment discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment. Moreover, Michele has represented consumers in cases involving negligent and fraudulent financial advice. She has been instrumental in obtaining millions of dollars for her clients.

Michele is an experienced trial attorney who enjoys being in the courtroom. She has successfully handled numerous jury trials and arbitrations in her fight for employee and consumer rights. She has the expertise, resources, and staff to take on any company regardless of size.  Michele is also a regular lecturer on employment related topics at local and national conferences and routinely acts as an author and editor for wage and hour publications.
 
Michele is the Chair of the firm’s Business Development and Marketing Groups, which originate class and collective actions and market the firm.  She is also a member of Nichols Kaster’s Management Committee charged with the running of the day-to-day operations of the firm.
 
Michele has been repeatedly named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists by Minnesota Super Lawyers and has been named in the Who's Who in Employer Lawyers publication.
 

Admissions
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • New York Supreme Court
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court – District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Wisconsin
Education
  • J.D. William Mitchell College of Law, 2000
  • B.A. St. Cloud State University, 1997
Publications / Speaking Engagements
  • ​“FLSA-Emerging Trends, Cases and Analysis.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Minneapolis, MN, 2014.
  • “FLSA Basics/Wage and Hour Update.” Practising Law Institute: Understanding Employment Law 2014, New York, NY, 2014.
  • Moderator of "FLSA: Class Communications and Settlements that Judges Will Tolerate." ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting. Miami Beach, FL, 2014.
  • Moderator of "Judges Panel: The Court's View on Wage & Hour Litigation." Practising Law Institute Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance Challenges 2014, New York City, NY, 2014.
  • Interview Article, "Michele Fisher Describes Impact of Growing Judicial Hostility to Wage-Hour Class Claims and Trend Toward Mass Individual Arbitrations." Bloomberg BNA FLSA Litigation Tracker Litigator Q&A, 2013.
  • “Class and Collective Action Arbitration: an Update." ABA 7th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2013.
  • “Winning Strategies for Handling Class and Collective Wage and Hour Actions.” National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, the Summit for Workers' Rights, Denver, CO, 2013.
  • “FLSA Basics/Wage and Hour Update.” Practising Law Institute: Understanding Employment Law 2013, New York, NY, 2013.
  • “FLSA-Mass Arbitrations in Wage and Hour Cases.” ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting. Los Cabos, Mexico, 2013.
  • “Ethical Issues in Wage and Hour Litigation and Settlement.” Practicing Law Institute’s Managing Wage and Hour Risks Conference, New York, NY, 2013.
  • William Mitchell College of Law Hachey Initiative Face Time Speaker, St. Paul, MN 2012.
  • “Fair Labor Standards Act Cases: Overview and Best Practices.” Maine Employment Lawyers Association, Wayne, ME, 2012.
  • “Factoring in the Latest Developments Regarding Off the Clock, Meal and Rest Breaks, and Tipped Employees Into Your Litigation Strategy.” American Conference Insititute’s Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions Forum, San Francisco, CA, 2012.
  • “FLSA Basics/Wage and Hour Update.” Practising Law Institute: Understanding Employment Law 2012, New York, NY, 2012.
  • “Wage and Hour Litigation Part III – Special Issues: Arbitration, Decertification, Settlement.” Practising Law Institute: Managing Wage & Hour Risks 2012: Panel, New York, NY, 2012.
  • “Focus Areas for Claims - the Latest Legal Developments.” Practising Law Institute: Managing Wage & Hour Risks 2012, New York, NY, 2012.
  • “The View from the Plaintiffs' Bar: Adjusting Your Litigations Strategies in Light of New and Innovative Claims.” American Conference Institute, 14th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions, Miami, FL, 2012.
  • “Maximizing the Value of Your Case.” National Employment Lawyers Association Convention, Securing Wages, Protecting Hours: Representing Workers Under FLSA, Washington, D.C., 2011.
  • “Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid in FLSA Litigation.” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, New York, NY, 2011.
  • “Representing Misclassified and Reclassified Workers.” National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, 2011.
  • “Tips for the Settlement of FLSA Actions.” Ohio Association for Justice Wage & Hour Seminar, Cleveland, OH, 2011.
  • Wage and Hour Law Handbook: Federal and Minnesota, Plaintiff-Side Analysis of Wage-Hour Litigation Issues (Chapter 12, 2011).
  • “The Keys to Final Victory.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Minneapolis, MN, 2011.
  • “Trial, Appeals and Settlements.” Managing Wage & Hour Risks: Wage and Hour Litigation Part III, Practicing Law Institute, New York City, NY, 2011.
  • “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: Unique Ethical and Practical Issues Posed by Settling Wage and Hour Litigation.” American Bar Association Fourth Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, Chicago, IL, 2010.
  • “Strafford, Wage and Hour Collective and Class Claims: The Continuing Litigation Threat, Pursuing, Defending and Settling FLSA Actions as Costs Skyrocket.” Internet Webinar, 2010.
  • Testified before the Minnesota Senate's Business, Industry and Jobs Committee relating to Senate File 2347, a proposed amendment to the state’s overtime law (2010).
  • “Managing Wage & Hour Risks: Wage and Hour Claims Today . . . and Tomorrow.” Practicing Law Institute, New York City, NY, 2010.
  • “Managing Wage & Hour Risks: ADR, Structuring Settlements.” Practicing Law Institute, New York City, NY, 2010.
  • “The Financial Crisis: Impact on Government Contracts, WARN Act Cases and Whistleblower Claims Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.” American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2010.
  • “A Class Action is in Your Future, Developing a Class Action From The Plaintiff's Perspective.” Atlanta Bar Association, Advanced Employment Law Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2009.
  • “Turning the Table on Defendants in FLSA Cases.” National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2008.
  • “Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA.” American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Jamaica, 2008.
  • “FLSA 101: The Basics.” National Employment Lawyers Association, Representing Workers in Individual and Collective Actions Under the FLSA, New Orleans, LA, 2007.
  • “Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA.” American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Manzanillo, Mexico, 2007.
  • “Using Medical Records & Experts in Employment Cases.” Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN, 2007.
  • “A Starting Point – Helpful FLSA Cases for Plaintiffs’ Lawyers.” 8th Circuit NELA Conference, IA, 2006.
  • “Ethical Considerations When Investigating and Defending Sexual Harassment Claims: Sexual Harassment - A Plaintiff’s Perspective.” Minneapolis, MN, 2006.
  • “Electronic Discovery-Not Just for Geeks Anymore.” Ramsey County Bar Association, St. Paul, MN, 2005.
  • “Current Status of the FLSA Regulations.” Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN, 2004.
  • “Sex Harassment Investigations.” Hospitality Inc., Minneapolis, MN, 2004.
Titles / Awards / Memberships
  • Named to the Super Lawyers list, Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business, 2014.
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, by Ellen C. Kearns, Board of Editors, 2014.
  • ABA Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee, FLSA Subcommittee Co-Chair 2013-2014.
  • ABA Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee, Mid-Winter Report Co-Editor-In-Chief 2013-2014.
  • Practising Law Institute’s Co-Chair and Faculty Member for Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance, New York, NY, 2014.
  • Named to the Super Lawyers list, Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business, 2013.
  • Practising Law Institute’s Co-Chair and Faculty Member for Managing Wage & Hour Risks Annual Conference, New York, NY, 2013.
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, by Ellen C. Kearns, Board of Editors, 2013.
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, by Ellen C. Kearns, Associate Chapter Editor, 2012.
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, by Ellen C. Kearns, Contributing Editor, 2008-2013.
  • Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by State Survey, Second Edition, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, by Gregory K. McGillivary, Chapter Editor, 2012-2014.
  • Named to the Rising Stars list, Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business 2005-2012.
  • ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation, WARN Act and Employee Polygraph Protection Act Subcommittee Chairperson, 2006-2009 .
  • Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Member.
  • Named in “Who’s Who in Employment Lawyers”, Minnesota Law and Politics Magazine.
  • American Bar Association Member.
  • Federal Bar Association Member.
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Member.
  • New York State Bar Association Member.
  • Georgia State Bar Association Member.
  • Hennepin County Bar Association Member.
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Member.
  • Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association Member.