Michelle S. Strowhiro - McDermott Will & Emery


Michelle S. Strowhiro is an employment counsel, litigator and M&A transaction advisor. She leads McDermott’s Transactions and Executive Contracts Employment Subgroup and co-leads McDermott’s COVID-19 Employment Task Force and advises clients on pandemic response and preparedness, including COVID-19 policymaking and legal compliance (including vaccination, safety and paid leaves) and remote work and return-to-work considerations.

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  • Advised private equity and strategic buyers and sellers on labor and employment matters in transactions across industries such as healthcare (including primary care, pediatrics, hospice, home health, dermatology, dentistry, ophthalmology, therapy, surgery centers, rehab, diagnostic imaging, assisted living and hospitals), packaging, insurance and technology industries
  • Defended national technology company in numerous individual and class complaints in pre-litigation, in administrative proceedings and in court; consistently achieved dismissals, judgments in company’s favor and aggressively low settlements
  • Defended against and won summary judgment for national retail client in a novel associational disability discrimination case alleging nine causes of action, resulting in judgment entered in favor of client and dismissal of plaintiff’s case with prejudice

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  • Legal 500 US, Recommended Lawyer, 2023
  • American Lawyer, Trailblazers: West, 2021
  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star, 2020


  • One Justice, volunteer
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Domestic Violence Clinic, volunteer


Loyola Law School – Los Angeles, JD, 2010
University of California – Los Angeles, BA, with honors, 2007