ATTORNEY BIO
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880 Montclair Road Suite 100 Birmingham, AL 35213
Assistant
Connie Shannon
Legal Assistant
bio image Michelle L. McClafferty
associate

Michelle is a member of LGWM's Labor and Employment Practice Group. Michelle has experience defending employers against lawsuits brought in state and federal court and in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Michelle defends clients in discrimination claims arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state anti-discrimination statutes. Michelle also has experience defending hostile work environment and retaliatory discharge claims, including claims arising under the Alabama's Workers' Compensation Act. Additionally, Michelle has experience litigating wage and hour disputes and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Michelle assists clients with internal investigations, preparation of employment policies and procedures, employee discipline decisions and other personnel and compliance issues.

The remainder of Michelle's practice is devoted to assisting clients with general liability claims, including negligence, breach of contract, fraud and indemnification claims.

Professional Profile
Member, Alabama Bar Association
Member, Birmingham Bar Association
Admitted
  • All Alabama State Courts
  • The United States District Courts for the Northern Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court of Massachusetts
Education
Boston College Law School, 2012
William J. O'Keefe Award for Outstanding Contribution to the School
Winner, Boston College Law School Trial Competition
Regional Quarterfinalist, Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team
Regional Semifinalist, National Trial Competition
Vice President, Law Student Association
Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Civil Litigation Practice

Syracuse University, 2009
B.A. in Religion, Policy Studies and Sociology, Magna Cum Laude
Renee Crown Honors Program
Awarded Distinction in Religious Studies
CASES OF NOTE
  • Represented national employer in minimum and overtime wage collective action under the FLSA. Obtained collective-wide settlement with significant reversionary interest.
  • Obtained dismissal of age discrimination Charge in complex, joint employer claim.
  • Represented Temporary Employment Agency in wrongful termination suit under the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act.
  • Obtained dismissal of Charge of Discrimination predicated on obesity as an alleged disability.
  • Represented chemical distributor in hostile work environment claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Represented employer against claims of disability discrimination under the ADA and RICO violations.
  • Represented security company in negligence, breach of contract and wantonness case regarding theft and vandalism activity at a manufacturing facility and obtained summary judgment ruling from the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama.
  • Represented termite service provider in action for negligence, wantonness, breach of contract and fraud.
  • Represented security company in negligence and wantonness action regarding sexual assault. Obtained enforcement of lease agreement arbitration provision on behalf of non-signatory to the agreement.
  • Represented professional services corporation in breach of contract dispute involving indemnification and limited liability provisions.
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