Michelle Craig

Michelle Craig
Co-Founder, Entrepreneur, Civic Leader, Mentor

Michelle Craig is a Louisiana native and proud graduate of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Law Center. Michelle is a former partner in the Labor and Employment group of an Am200 regional law firm. Michelle represents clients including, but not limited to: public and private schools, fast food companies, offshore companies, home improvement retailers, entrepreneurs and other small businesses.

In addition to her labor and employment experience, Michelle has practiced in the areas of commercial litigation and products liability. She has also represented large companies in claims such as breach of contract, warranty, fraud, failure to pay claims or make a tender, negligent misrepresentations and alter ego.

Her other significant contributions include:

  • Being a “2008 Women of the Year” Honoree in 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 an executive board member of the Young Professionals group.
  • Being an advocate for proactive management and human resources guidance and counseling; preparing policies and procedures for employers, drafting and defending employment documents including severance agreements, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, and non-solicitation agreements for employers; defending EEOC charges, defending wage and hour investigations and counseling employers on the proper classification of employees under FLSA.
  • Being an advocate for proactive management and human resources guidance and counseling; preparing policies and procedures for employers, drafting and defending employment documents including severance agreements, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, and non-solicitation agreements for employers; defending EEOC charges, defending wage and hour investigations and counseling employers on the proper classification of employees under FLSA.
  • Representing employers in administrative procedures before state and federal agencies including the Louisiana and Texas Commissions on Human Rights. She has also defended trade secret claims, breach of employment contracts and claims alleging retaliation under various discrimination statutes.

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 an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. 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 Perk 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 and 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