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Michelle L. Steinhardt


(213) 576-5082
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Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101

2211 Michelson Drive
Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92612


J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 2004

  • Moot Court Honors Program

B.A., Political Science, University of Southern California, 2001


  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • NASD (now known as FINRA)
  • New York Stock Exchange, Arbitration Division


Rising Stars® distinction in the field of Employment Litigation: Defense and Employee Benefits
(2013-2014, Law & Politics)

Michelle Steinhardt is a Partner in the Los Angeles office where she is a member of the Insurance and Employment practice groups. She has litigated hundreds of cases during all phases of litigation, including mediations, motion practice, trials and appeals. She handles cases in both state and federal court.  

Insurance and Benefit Litigation 

Ms. Steinhardt has over 10 years of experience representing insurance companies and corporations in a wide variety of issues, such as: 

  • Group ERISA and individual disability claims
  • Group ERISA and individual life insurance claims 
  • Health care disputes between providers and health plans
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Bad faith lawsuits
  • Class actions involving pension disputes
  • 401(k) disputes
  • Third party administrator disputes

In addition, Ms. Steinhardt has assisted in creating a national approach to discovery for an insurance company and has overseen litigation in multiple states.  


Ms. Steinhardt has defended her clients in numerous types of employment matters which include, but are not limited to: 

  • Wage and hour class actions
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Wrongful termination
  • Retaliation 

Ms. Steinhardt has advised her clients on a broad array of employment personnel matters such hiring, leave of absence policies, employee discipline and terminations, severance agreements, and wage and hour issues.  Ms. Steinhardt’s industry experience is broad, as she has represented companies in the security service, health, education, and non-profit sectors.  


Unites States District Courts, California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Community Involvement

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Steinhardt is a member of City of Hope’s Building Hope Executive Board and is the co-captain of her industry’s Walk for Hope team.  She received the Volunteer of the Year award in 2015.