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Michelle M. Leetham • Counsel

Ogletree Deakins • San Francisco, California

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Contact Information

Ogletree Deakins
Steuart Tower
One Market Plaza, Suite 1300
San Francisco, California 94105
phone 415-442-4810
fax  415-442-4870


Michelle Leetham represents employers in labor and employment matters in both state and federal courts, and represents clients in mediations, arbitrations, hearings and trials. She has extensive international experience and a wide network of top tier international employment practitioners. Drawing on her prior in-house experience, she assists clients by creating and reviewing compliance programs and policies relating to all aspects of employment, including employment contracts, confidentiality and trade secret agreements, employment personnel policies, drug and alcohol programs, wage and hour issues, leaves of absence and employee handbooks. She advises clients regarding government audits and investigations, including OFCCP audits. She also conducts training on a wide range of employment-related topics.

Michelle is a frequent speaker at industry trade associations and speaks on a variety of topics including construction, employment, and arbitration.

Michelle most recently worked for a major international engineering and construction firm, where she was manager of the legal department’s litigation, labor and employment group. She also served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas of the California Supreme Court.

Activities, Awards, Acknowledgments

American Bar Association (Construction, Litigation and ADR Sections), State Bar of California (Litigation and Labor & Employment Law Sections), Northern California Arbitration Club (President, 2007-2010), Construction SuperConference (Advisory Board, 2006-2010), Northwest Subcommittee of the U.S. Arbitration Committee of the ICC, CPR Executive Advisory Committee, California Employment Law Council (Board of Directors, 1997-2001)


  • College: B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1979 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Law School: J.D., University of California School of Law – Berkeley, 1986 (Order of the Coif)

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
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