Overview
Experience
Credentials
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Marianna Michael is a member of the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Service Team and Labor and Employment Team. She assists in the representation of a broad range of clients in a variety of cases including commercial disputes, employment matters, immigration law, and employee benefits matters.

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REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Representation of employers in numerous matters, including commercial disputes with vendors, actions based on alleged personal injuries or violations of statutory or constitutional rights, as well as employment matters and labor arbitration.
  • Assist clients with obtaining visas for workers from Mexico, Jamaica, Guatemala, and Ireland through H-2A and H-2B visas.
  • Assist clients with federal immigration law compliance.
  • Assist clients in successfully transitioning from using H-2B visas to H-2A visas.
  • Second chaired breach of contract trial to successful outcome.
  • Successfully compelled documents in corporate litigation discovery dispute.
  • Obtained O-1A visas for outstanding researchers and professors
  • Obtained EB-1B visas for researchers and professors with international acclaim
  • Obtained R visas for religious ministers
  • Obtained summary judgment for employer in case involving FMLA retaliation and race discrimination

EDUCATION

J.D., magna cum laude, University of Louisville, 2018

  • Brandeis School of Law
  • Articles Editor, University of Louisville Law Review
  • Brandeis Inn of Court
  • Wagner Labor & Employment Moot Court Team
  • Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court Participant
  • CALI Awards for Employment Discrimination, Labor Law, and Immigration Law

B.A., University of Louisville

  • Harlan Scholar
  • Honors Scholar
  • Honors Program Outstanding Graduate, 2015

ADMISSIONS

Kentucky

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Summer Law Clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, 2017
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable David Hale, U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 2016
  • Intern, Jefferson County Circuit Court, 2012

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Young Professionals Association of Louisville Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Young Professionals Association of Louisville, Member

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

  • Civilian Review and Accountability Board Member, 2021-Present
  • Young Professionals Association of Louisville Foundation, Board of Directors, 2019-2022
  • Leadership Louisville’s Focus Louisville, 2018
  • Human Rights Advocacy Project Fellow, 2015 – 2018

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Congress Passes the Respect for Marriage Act,” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, December 2022.
  • “Voting During the Workday.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, November 2022.
  • “The Dangers of ‘Be Real’ in the Workplace.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, October 2022.
  • “Amended Statute Addresses Staffing Needs.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, July 2022.
  • “Kentucky Recognizes and Organizes PEOs.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, April 2022.
  • “Vaccines and Vacation: Guidance on COVID-19 Travel Restrictions.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, November 2021.
  • “State Department Announces Loosening of COVID-19 Travel Restrictions.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, October 2021.
  • “In Light of New CDC Guidance, Kentucky Supreme Court Modifies Court Restrictions.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, May 2021.
  • “Supreme Court of Kentucky Extends Limitation on In-Person Proceedings.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, January 2021.
  • “NLRB Opinion Reaffirms Focus on Message Rather than Intent.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, December 2020.
  • “Kentucky Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Executive COVID Response Orders.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, November 2020.
  • “Supreme Court of Kentucky Issues Guidance for Counties in ‘Red Zones.'” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, November 2020.
  • “Two New Orders Issued by the Supreme Court of Kentucky.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, July 2020.
  • “DOL Offers Guidance on Retail Exemptions.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, July 2020.
  • “SCOTUS Rules that Title VII Protects Employees from Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, June 2020.
  • “The Supreme Court of Kentucky Issues Guidance Regarding Upcoming Trials.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, May 2020.
  • “Judicial Branch Task Forces Reveal Re-Opening Guidelines.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, May 2020.
  • “Considerations When Severing Employment Relationships With Furloughed Employees.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, April 2020.
  • “In Its Latest Order, the Supreme Court of Kentucky Extends its Restrictions to May 31, 2020.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, April 2020.
  • “The Supreme Court of Kentucky Issues Amended Order 2020-16.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, April 2020.
  • “The Department of Labor Issues Temporary Rule for Paid Leave.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, April 2020.
  • “THE SUPREME COURT OF KENTUCKY’S AMENDED ORDER.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, March 2020.
  • “Extension of Filing Deadlines by Supreme Court of Kentucky.” Co-authored with Victoria Boland Fuller, Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, March 2020.
  • “EEOC Issues Guidance on what Employers Should Know about the ADA and Rehabilitation Act in Light of COVID-19.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, March 2020.
  • “EEOC ISSUES GUIDANCE ON WHAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE ADA AND REHABILITATION ACT IN LIGHT OF COVID-19.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, March 2020.
  • “NLRB Reaffirms Decertification Petition Timeline.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, December 2019.
  • “Payments and Perks: the DOL Announces a Proposal to Clarify What Qualifies as Overtime.” Wyatt’s Labor & Employment Blog, March 2019.
  • “Changes in the H-1B Visa Process.”Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, January 2019.
  • “The Supreme Court of Kentucky Upholds Employees’ Right-to-Work.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, November 2018.
  • “Kentucky Supreme Court Limits Employers’ Ability to Enter Arbitration Agreements with Employees.” Wyatt’s Employment Law Report, October 2018.
  • Enid Trucios-Haynes & Marianna Michael, “Mobilizing a Community: The Effect of President Trump’s Executive Orders on the Country’s Interior,” 22 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 577 (2018).

PRESENTATIONS

  • Mock Trial for Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Society for Human Resource Managers Conference, August 28, 2022
  • Payroll Professionals of Kentuckiana 2022 Payroll Conference, August 19, 2022
  • HR Breakfast Series Presentation – Employment Law Update, March 11, 2022
  • Mock Trial for Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Society for Human Resource Managers Conference, October 14, 2020
  • “Prescription for Trouble:  Drug Testing in the Workplace,” Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Society for Human Resource Managers Conference, August 28, 2019
  • “Immigration Update: Walls, Walls, and More Walls,” Wyatt Employment Law Seminar, May 9 and May 21, 2019

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