Michele M. Goldsmith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Bergman Dacey Goldsmith
 | 10880 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310-470-6110
Fax: 310-474-0931
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010, 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (40%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (40%),
  • Schools & Education (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Hebrew
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michele M. Goldsmith is a shareholder with the Bergman Dacey Goldsmith law firm, which has law offices in Los Angeles, Costa Mesa and Oxnard, California. A top-rated attorney with more than 23 years of experience, Ms. Goldsmith focuses her practice primarily on representing the management of various public and private entities throughout Southern California in complex labor and employment law litigation and dispute resolution.

A veteran of numerous bench and jury trials, Ms. Goldsmith has achieved notable success representing the rights and interests of school districts before administrative hearings involving dismissals and suspensions as well as hearings before the California Labor Commissioner. A leader in her field, she has written extensively and conducted lectures and seminars across her region on a variety of legal topics surrounding labor and employment law issues.

After graduating cum laude from California State University, Northridge, Ms. Goldsmith attended Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1995. The State Bar of California admitted her to practice that same year, and she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, she has served as mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court Labor and Employment “CRASH” Program since 2012.

Highly active in her legal community, Ms. Goldsmith is a member of the labor and employment divisions of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and Mackrell International. She is also a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, the American Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association, among her other professional affiliations.

Recognized for her professionalism and service, Ms. Goldsmith has earned designation as being among the Top Women Attorneys of Southern California each year since 2012, and she has received numerous other awards and honors as well.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (40%)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (40%)

Schools & Education (20%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2010, 2012 - 2019

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About Michele Goldsmith

Admitted: 1995, California

Professional Webpage: http://bdgfirm.com/attorneys/michele-m-goldsmith/

Honors/Awards:

  • Super Lawyer, 2012-present
  • Top Women Attorneys of Southern California, 2012-present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Mediator, Los Angeles Superior Court Labor and Employment “CRASH” Program, 2012-present
  • Black Women Lawyers, Member
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Member
  • Mackrell International, Labor and Employment Division
  • Education Law Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Division
  • California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CalPerla)
  • United States Supreme Court, October 2002
  • Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)
  • United States District Court for the Central District
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit
  • California

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • An Arrow In the Employer’s Quiver, Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 27, 2010
  • Collaboration Is Key to Accommodating Injured Workers, Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 3, 2008
  • Unfriendly Business, Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 31, 2009
  • Ms. Goldsmith is a regular lecturer, and she speaks to attorneys, clients, and professional associations on various issues regarding employment practices, including discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour issues. She has presented topics such as "Precluding a Claim of Disability Discrimination," "Time is of the Essence: A Wage and Hour Discussion," "A Guide to Understanding Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," and "Preventing Workplace Claims: The Hot Zones Where Employers Get In Trouble.", Presenter, "Precluding a Claim of Disability Discrimination," "Time is of the Essence: A Wage and Hour Discussion," "A Guide to Understanding Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," and "Preventing Workplace Claims: The Hot Zones Where Employers Get In Trouble, Anti-SL, ACCA, ACWA, AEP, 2005
  • Changes are Challenging, Los Angeles Daily Journal, November 15, 2010
  • Dismissing a Teacher Is Not Easy, Los Angeles Daily Journal, March 12, 2013
  • Vergara and AB 215: The First Steps of Education Reform, June 17, 2014, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • What Security Screening Ruling Means for California, December 17, 2014, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • An About Face on Teacher Tenure, April 19, 2016, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Uncertainty over unmanageability, Rule 23 PAGA defenses. January 12, 2017, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • For Now, Locals on Their Own to Implement Sanctuary State Bill , Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 31, 2017
  • SLAPP Motions In Employment Litigation
  • Engaging in the Interactive Process: What Employments Need to Know to Comply

Educational Background:

  • California State Northridge, Cum Laude, B.A., 1992

Industry Groups

  • CalPERLA
  • CalPIHRA
  • SCPMA-HR
  • State Bard Of Ca Labor And Employment Section
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Website - www.bdgfirm.com
Office Location for Michele M. Goldsmith

10880 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: 310-470-6110

Fax: 310-474-0931

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Last Updated: 12/14/2018

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