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Michelle B. Muhleisen

Associate Denver

Michelle Muhleisen advises, counsels, and represents companies and management in all aspects of employment law.  She advises clients both proactively and reactively on employment best practices, and serves as defense counsel in cases involving: 

  • Class actions
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Wage and hour 
  • Leave and accommodation issues
  • Unfair competition matters
  • Wrongful termination
  • Breach of contract

Michelle’s experience includes defending clients through trial, as well as extensive experience in motions practice and appeals, taking and defending depositions, and mediating settlements.   She has significant experience representing clients faced with putative class and collective actions and has been involved in more than a dozen class action litigation cases over the last 3 years. 

Michelle received her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she graduated Order of St. Ives and served on the Executive Board of the DU Law Review. Originally from Indiana, Michelle received her B.S. in business, with honors, from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Rocky Mountain Active 20-30 Children's Foundation
  • Center for Legal Inclusiveness


  • Rocky Mountain Regional Payroll Conference - ''2017 Legal Update: A Review of the Trump Administration’s First Year and a Preview of What’s to Come'' - Denver - October 2017
  • MHSHRM Webinar - ''The Not-So Social Social Media: Policing How and When Your Employees Speak'' - August 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Class and Collective Actions'' - Denver - February 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Strategic Approaches to Leave Issues'' - Denver - March 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Employees are Entitled to What'' - Denver - October 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Great Expectations: What You Should Know About Pregnancy In the Workplace'' - Denver - October 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''The ADA, FMLA, and Workers’ Compensation—Navigating Complex Leave Issues in Colorado'' - Denver - September 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Brave New World: Issues Concerning the Expanded Remedies Available Under the Amended Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act'' - Denver - June 2014

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Media Quotes

May 08, 2014 - - "Bias Claim Reinstated Based on Employer’s Finding of Harassment"