Michelle D. Craig

Awards

  • Named 2014 Young Leadership Counsel Role Model
  • Named 2014 Millennial in Law award winner
  • Named a 2013 “Leadership in Law” honoree; a recipient of a “2008 Women of the Year” award by New Orleans CityBusiness; and selection as a “2008 Innovators of the Year” Honoree for her work with Urban League Young Professionals. She is a founder and executive board member of the Young Professionals group.
  • Named among the “2012 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Louisiana,” by the Louisiana Women’s Conference. This award is presented by the National Diversity Council for leadership excellence and for serving as a role model for the promotion of diversity in the workplace.

Michelle writes and provides client and attorney training on a variety of labor and employment issues. She served on the Board of Directors for the golf public-private partnership First Tee of New Orleans 2009-2010. She is also actively involved in the firm’s efforts to promote diversity in all practice areas and the legal profession. She admires her parents, Michelle Obama, Martin Luther King, and entrepreneurs. She is an avid reader and loves art and artistic people.

Presentations

  • Networking 2.0 – Innovative and Effective Strategies for Marketing Yourself During Law School and Beyond, SOC Outreach Program at Tulane Law School, February 2012
  • Young Lawyers Division, Assembly Delegate, 2012 ABA Midyear Meeting, New Orleans, LA February 2012
  • Updates on the Amendments to the ADA, HRM Legal Park III, November 2011
  • Professionalism: Becoming a More Effective, Efficient Lawyer (Best Practices for Time Management – Panel Discussion), Fourth Annual Michael J. Molony Professionalism and Ethics Sessions of the ABA/EEO Committee for Liaison with EEOC, OFCCP, and DOJ, December 2011
  • Small Business Forum: Small Business Banking and Legal Seminar, October 2011
  • Superwomen Conference: “Mastering the Juggle: Surviving Life and The Legal Profession,” May 2011
  • Best Practices – Be Prepared For Federal/State Investigators To Come Knocking, National Employment Law Conference, April 2011
  • Social Networking: Using Cyberspace Without Getting Disbarred, American Bar Association, Section of Labor And Employment Law, Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee, 2011 Midwinter Meeting, March 2011
  • Did You Twitter My Facebook Wall? Social Networking, Privacy Employment Law Issues, The Louisiana State Bar Association Employment Law Conference, Published in Louisiana Bar Journal, June/July 2010
  • Social Networking: To Tweet or Not To Tweet, The Louisiana Judicial College and LSBA Summer School, June 2010
  • Effective Cloud Gathering: A Young Lawyers Guide to True Rainmaking, ABA YLD Spring Conference, Corporate Counsel Committee, May 2010
  • OMG That’s TMI!!! Social Networking, Privacy & Employment Law Issues, Louisiana Society for Human Resource management State Conference, April 2010
  • Top Ten Ways To Get Your Company Sued, Women’s Business Opportunity Expo, April 2010
  • Records Retention: Mistakes HR Professionals Can Avoid, Society for Human Resource Management – New Orleans Chapter, March 2010
  • Everything You Don’t Know About the Fair Labor Standards Act and Why It Should Keep You Awake At Night, Society of Louisiana CPAs’ 2008 Business and Industry Conference, September 2008
  • Time Off: State and Federal Laws on Employee Leave, Vacations and Holidays, Lorman Seminar, February 2008
  • Techniques for Landing Your Dream Job, Loyola Law School, February 2008
  • E-Discovery and Your School: Critical Considerations In Handling Electronic Information, Mississippi Association of School Superintendents Conference, January 2008

PRACTICE AREAS

- Labor and Employment

- Education law

- Charter School law

- Commercial litigation

- Products Liability

INDUSTRIES

- Education

EDUCATION

- Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D./B.C.L., 2002

- Northwestern State University, Louisiana Scholar’s College, B.A., 1999

BAR ADMISSIONS

- Louisiana

- Texas

MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS

Houston Bar Association

National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources – Legal Counsel 2006-2009

Nominated by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to Blight Transition Team

American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Development

Fund Fellowship Recipient

National Bar Association

Urban League Young Professionals- Founder and Executive Board Member

First Tee of Greater New Orleans- Former Board Member

OTHER DISTINCTIONS

Urban League Young Professionals- Innovators of the Year Honoree – New Orleans CityBusiness 2008

Women of the Year – New Orleans CityBusiness 2008

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Blight Transition Task Force

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Outstanding Female Attorney 2011

Urban League of Greater New Orleans Rising Star, October 2011

Most Powerful and Influential Women of Louisiana – National Diversity Council, 2012

Leadership in Law, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2013