Michelle D. Samani graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. Michelle then attended Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree in 2006.
Michelle has always had a strong passion for civil rights and employment law. During law school, she served as a law clerk for Administrative Judges Diane Arkow Gross and Daniel Preciado in the Hearings Unit of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she evaluated federal employee claims of discrimination, retaliation, and disability accommodation against public sector entities. Michelle also interned for the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review, an agency which conducts oversight of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for abuses of force, and also worked as a clinical extern for the Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution, conciliating disputes in a variety of consumer protection cases. Michelle also participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, and studied abroad at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, where she took courses in international bankruptcy and international trade.
Michelle is currently a plaintiff-side labor and employment lawyer with her own law practice in Los Angeles, representing aggrieved employees in matters involving violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act and California Labor Code, such as matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and unpaid wages. Michelle has been a Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2013.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys participating in social justice advocacy, and exploring Middle Eastern art, culture and music.