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Michelle Leetham

Title: Lecturer
Tel: 415-273-8071
Email Address: mleetham@rodanandfields.com

Work History
V.P., General Counsel & Secretary; Rodan & Fields, LLC (September 2012- Present)
Manage all legal affairs for skincare products direct marketing company. Duties include litigation management, contract negotiation, regulatory compliance, intellectual property protection, corporate governance, and compliance program development.
V.P., Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer and Chief Litigation Counsel; First Solar (November 2011- August 2012)
Managed litigation and compliance for global solar panel manufacturing and solar power plant construction company. Created and supervised implementation of compliance projects for all aspects of the business, including anti-corruption (FCPA), securities, intellectual property, environmental, employment and other matters.
Of Counsel; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (July 2010- October 2011)
Defended employers in litigation, arbitration and administrative agency matters. Provided advice on all aspects of employment law.
V.P., Principal Counsel & Manager of Litigation, Labor & Employment Group; Bechtel Corporation (February 1993- June 2010)
Manage group of lawyers and paralegals who oversee Bechtel's worldwide caseload of uninsured matters pending in litigation, arbitration and before government tribunals. Supervise attorneys who provide advice with respect to labor, employment, health & safety, security, benefits and IP issues. Prior positions were Senior Counsel (1996-2000) and Counsel (1993-1996).
Associate; Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison (December 1987- January 1993)
Participated in all phases of pretrial and trial matters. Advised clients regarding employment law and insurance coverage.
Law Clerk; California Supreme Court (September 1986- September 1987)
Conducted legal research and drafted opinions regarding a wide range of civil and criminal matters.

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law; JD, Law (1984 - 1986)
Activities and Societies: Order of the Coif
University of California, Berkeley; BA, Rhetoric (1975 - 1979)
Activities and Societies: Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Licenses & Societies
* Member, ABA Litigation & ADR Sections
* Member, State Bar of California Litigation & Labor & Employment Sections
* Advisor, ALI Restatement of U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration
* President, Northern California International Arbitration Club (2007-2009)
* Advisory Board, Construction SuperConference (2006-2009)
* CPR Arbitration & Executive Advisory Committees (2008-2011)
* California Employment Law Council Board of Directors (1997-2001)


B.A., UC Berkeley (1979)
J.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (1986)

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