Michele R. Fisher

Michele R. Fisher

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Nichols Kaster, PLLP
 | 4600 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-256-3229
Fax: 612-215-6870
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

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 tens of thousands of 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. Michele has represented consumers in cases involving negligent and fraudulent financial advice and has handled other consumer matters. 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 experience, resources, and staff to take on any company regardless of size.

Michele is a member of the firm's Management Committee charged with the running of the day-to-day operations of the firm.  She is also the Chair of the firm’s Business Development and Marketing Groups, which originate class and collective actions and market the firm.

Michele is active in several organizations.  She is the co-chair and a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute’s Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance conference, and the Co-Chair of the ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee.  She has also served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee’s Midwinter Report, an editorial board member for BNA’s the Fair Labor Standard Act Treatise, and a chapter editor for BNA’s Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by-State Survey. She has been named to the Super Lawyers, Top Women Attorneys, and Rising Star lists repeatedly, is a member of the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers, Top 10 Wage and Hour Lawyers, and has been named a Lawyer of Distinction. Michele also volunteers as an attorney for the Children's Law Center.

 

 

About Michele Fisher

Admitted: 2000, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.nka.com/lawyer/michele-r-fisher/

Honors/Awards:

  • Named to the Top 10 Wage & Hour Lawyers list, the National Trial Lawyers, 2018-2019.
  • Named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers list, the National Trial Lawyer, 2016-2019.
  • Named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers list, 2018.
  • Named to the Top 100 Lawyers list, the National Advocates, 2018-2019.
  • Names one of "The Best Lawyers in America", 2019.
  • Named to the Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota List, 2016
  • Named to the Super Lawyers List, Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business, 2013-2018
  • Named to the Lawyers of Distinction, Top 10% in the USA, Employment and Labor Law, 2017-2019
  • Named to the Rising Stars List, Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business, 2005-2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association Member
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S.District Court - Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Texas
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • New York State Bar Association Member
  • Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association Member
  • U.S. District Court – District of Colorado
  • Federal Bar Association Member
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Wisconsin
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Member
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Georgia State Bar Association Member
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Georgia
  • Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Member
  • New York Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association Member
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Florida

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer attorney for the Children's Law Center

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Marketing for Attorneys: Be the Voice for Employees, for Consumers, for You!" Nichols Kaster, PLLP: In-House CLE, Minneapolis, MN 2018.
  • "Arbitration Agreements & Challenges to Them Post-Epic" Practising Law Institute: Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2019, New York, NY 2019.
  • "Latest Challenges in the Wage & Hour Arena." Practising Law Institute: Employment Law Institute 2018, New York, NY 2018.
  • ​“Pursuing FLSA and Employment Discrimination Claims in the Wake of Epic Systems.” American Bar Association: Webinar, 2018.
  • ​"Test Your Wage & Hour IQ: Compliant or Non-Compliant?" Practising Law Institute: Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2018, New York, NY 2018.
  • "Employee Classification." Practising Law Institute: Employment Law Institute 2017, New York, NY 2017.
  • "​Top Ten Things You Need To Know About Litigating Wage & Hour Cases." National Employment Lawyers Association’s Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas 2017.
  • "Implementing the New 'White Collar' Regulations." Practising Law Institute: Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2017, New York, NY 2017.
  • “Wage and Hour Update.” Practising Law Institute: Employment Law Institute 2016, New York, NY 2016.
  • "The Regulatory Avalance: The Final White Collar Regulations." Plenary Session. Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN 2016.
  • 2015 "Fair Labor Standards Act Basics and Wage-Hour Update." Practising Law Institue: Understanding Employment Law, New York, NY.
  • “Litigating/Arbitrating Wage and Hour Cases.” ABA 10th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, Chicago, IL 2016.
  • “Settlement of Class and Collective Actions and Attorneys’ Fees and Costs.” Practising Law Institute: Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2016, New York, NY 2016.
  • 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 American Bar Association Fourth Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference: It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: Unique Ethical and Practical Issues Posed by Settling Wage and Hour Litigation (Chicago, IL)
  • 2015 Moderator of "Litigating a Hybrid Rule 23 Class and FLSA Collective Action." ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
  • 2010 The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise by Ellen C. Kearns, Contributing Editor to ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • “Employee Classification.” Practising Law Institute: Employment Law Institute, New York, NY, 2017.
  • 2011 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: The Keys to Final Victory (Minneapolis, MN)
  • “Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Litigating Wage & Hour Cases.” National Employment Lawyers Association, San Antonio, TX, 2017.
  • 2011 Wage and Hour Law Handbook: Federal and Minnesota, Chapter 12 Author "Plaintiff-Side Analysis of Wage-Hour Litigation Issues"
  • “Implementing the New “White Collar” Regulations.” Practising Law Institute: Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance, New York, NY, 2017.
  • 2011 Practising Law Institute: Managing Wage & Hour Risks: Wage and Hour Litigation Part III - Trial, Appeals and Settlements (New York City, NY)
  • “Litigating/Arbitrating Wage and Hour Cases.” ABA 10th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, Chicago, IL 2016.
  • 2011 The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise by Ellen C. Kearns, Contributing Editor to ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • “Wage and Hour Update.” Practising Law Institute: Employment Law Institute 2016, New York, NY 2016.  
  • 2011 Tips for the Settlement of FLSA Actions, Ohio Association for Justice Wage & Hour Seminar (Cleveland, OH)
  • “The Regulatory Avalanche: The Final White Collar Regulations.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN, 2016.
  • “Settlement of Class and Collective Actions and Attorneys’ Fees and Costs.” Practising Law Institute: Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2016, New York, NY 2016. 
  • 2011 Representing Misclassified and Reclassified Workers. National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • "Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Litigating Wage & Hour Cases.", National Employment Lawyer Association's Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas, 2017
  • 2011 Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid in FLSA Litigation. American Association for Justice Annual Convention (New York, NY)
  • "Implementing the New 'White Collar' Regulations.", Practising Law Institute: Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2017, New York, NY, 2017
  • 2011 Maximizing the Value of Your Case. National Employment Lawyers Association Convention, Securing Wages, Protecting Hours: Representing Workers Under FLSA (Washington, D.C.)
  • "Employee Classification." , Practiising Law Institute: Employment Law Institute, 2017, New York, NY, 2017
  • 2012 The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise by Ellen C. Kearns, Report Chapter Editor/Treatise Associate Editor, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • "Test Your Wage & Hour IQ: Compliant or Non-Compliant?", Practising Law Institute: Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2018, New York, NY, 2018
  • 2012 The View from the Plaintiffs' Bar: Adjusting Your Litigations Strategies in Light of New and Innovative Claims Panelist.  American Conference Institute, 14th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions ( Miami, FL)
  • "Marketing for Attorneys: Be the Voice for Employees, for Consumers, for You!", Nichols Kaster, PPL: In House CLE, Minneapolis, MN, 2018
  • 2012 Practising Law Institute: Managing Wage & Hour Risks 2012: " Focus Areas for Claims - the Latest Legal Developments" (New York, NY)
  • 2015 "Trends in Wage & Hour Filings and Case Law Update" Practising Law Institute: Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance, New York, NY.
  • "Pursuing FLSA and Employment Discrimination Claims in the Wake of Epic Systems.", American Bar Association: Webinar, 2018
  • 2012 Practising Law Institute: Managing Wage & Hour Risks 2012: Panel " Wage and Hour Litigation Part III – Special Issues: Arbitration, Decertification, Settlement" (New York, NY)
  • 2004 Hospitality Inc.: Sex Harassment Investigations (Minneapolis, MN)
  • "Legal Challenges in the Wage & Hour Arena.", Practicing Law Institute: Employment Law Institute 2018, New York, NY, 2018
  • 2012 Practising Law Institute: Understanding Employment Law 2012: “FLSA Basics/Wage and Hour Update.” (New York, NY)
  • 2004 Hennepin County Bar Association: Current Status of the FLSA Regulations (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Chapter Editor for Supplement to Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by State Survey, Second Edition, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (Gregory K. McGillivary, 2011) (2012).
  • 2005 Ramsey County Bar Association: Electronic Discovery-Not Just for Geeks Anymore (St. Paul, MN)
  • 2012 American Conference Insititute's Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions Forum: "Factoring in the Latest Developments Regarding Off the Clock, Meal and Rest Breaks, and Tipped Employees Into Your Litigation Strategy." (San Francisco, CA)
  • 2006 Ethical Considerations when Investigating and Defending Sexual Harassment Claims: Sexual Harassment- A Plaintiff’s Perspective (Minneapolis, MN)
  • 2012 Maine Employment Lawyers Association: "Fair Labor Standards Act Cases: Overview and Best Practices." (Wayne, ME)
  • 2007 Hennepin County Bar Association: Using Medical Records & Experts in Employment Cases (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Chapter Editor to the Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise, Mid-Winter Report, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, 2012.
  • 2007 American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law: Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA (Manzanillo, Mexico)
  • 2012 William Mitchell College of Law Hachey Initiative Face Time Speaker, (Saint Paul, MN)
  • 2013 Practicing Law Institute’s Managing Wage and Hour Risks Conference: “Ethical Issues in Wage and Hour Litigation and Settlement.” (New York, NY)
  • 2007 National Employment Lawyers Association, Representing Workers in Individual and Collective Actions Under the FLSA, FLSA 101: The Basics (New Orleans, LA)
  • 2013 ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting: “FLSA-Mass Arbitrations in Wage and Hour Cases.” (Los Cabos, Mexico)
  • 2007 The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise by Ellen C. Kearns, Contributing Editor to ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • 2013 Practising Law Institute: Understanding Employment Law 2013: “FLSA Basics/Wage and Hour Update.” (New York, NY)
  • 2008 American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law: Recent Developments Under The WARN Act and EPPA (Jamaica)
  • 2013 National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, the Summit for Workers' Rights: “Winning Strategies for Handling Class and Collective Wage and Hour Actions.” (Denver, CO)
  • 2010 Practising Law Institute, Managing Wage & Hour Risks: ADR, Structuring Settlements (New York City, NY)
  • 2013 “Class and Collective Action Arbitration: an Update." ABA 7th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, New Orleans, LA
  • 2009 The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise by Ellen C. Kearns, Contributing Editor to ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • 2013 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
  • 2010 American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law: The Financial Crisis: Impact on Government Contracts, WARN Act Cases and Whistleblower Claims Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
  • 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
  • 2010 Practising Law Institute, Managing Wage & Hour Risks: Wage and Hour Claims Today . . . and Tomorrow. (New York City, 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
  • 2008 The Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise by Ellen C. Kearns, Contributing Editor to ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • 2014 “FLSA Basics/Wage and Hour Update.” Practising Law Institute: Understanding Employment Law 2014, New York, NY
  • 2008 National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Conference: Turning the Table on Defendants in FLSA Cases (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2015 "Wage and Hour Update." Practising Law Institute: Employment Law Institute, New York, NY.
  • 2009 Atlanta Bar Association, Advanced Employment Law Conference: A Class Action is in Your Future, Developing a Class Action From The Plaintiff's Perspective (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2015 "FLSA-Emerging Trends, Cases and Analysis in 2015" Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN.
  • 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.

Educational Background:

  • J.D. William Mitchell College of Law, 2000
  • B.A. St. Cloud State University, 1997
Office Location for Michele R. Fisher

4600 IDS Center
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Last Updated: 3/21/2019

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