Michele C. Nielsen

Michele C. Nielsen

Michele Nielsen (she/her/hers) is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson who focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on contract disputes and arbitrations.

Ms. Nielsen has been to trial, taken and defended depositions, drafted motions, conducted witness interviews, and successfully argued a motion to compel arbitration. She has experience with managing all phases of expert litigation, including reports, declarations, depositions, and trial testimony. Ms. Nielsen was previously a litigation associate at a leading law firm. In this role, she managed a large fact development team of associates. Ms. Nielsen maintains a robust pro bono practice focused on criminal justice reform, prison litigation, and race discrimination. She has published twice in the UCLA Law Review on incarceration and criminal justice issues. At the firm, she is actively involved in the Fellows Program for aspiring law students from diverse backgrounds, the LGBTQ Initiative, and projects for the Combatting Systemic Racism Task Force.

Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Ms. Nielsen clerked for the Honorable Jacqueline H. Nguyen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also externed for the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcón of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit while a law student. Ms. Nielsen earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she served as staff editor of the UCLA Law Review and chief managing editor of the Entertainment Law Review. She was elected Order of the Coif. Prior to law school, she worked for an estate planning law firm in Laguna Beach, California. She received an A.B., with honors, in anthropology from Princeton University.


Representative Matters*

  • A Fortune 100 multinational technology company in a billion+ dollar arbitration arising from a series of contract disputes.
  • A private equity firm in contract disputes.
  • A major pharmaceutical company in a contract dispute arbitration.
  • One of the Big Four accounting firms in a contract dispute.
  • A university against a putative class of student athletes alleging educational malpractice and contract theories in a state appellate court.
  • A real estate investment trust in employment and securities disputes.
  • A large utility company in a wildfire-related civil case.
  • A major pharmaceutical company in several matters included in or related to a nationwide multidistrict litigation.
  • A retailer in employment disputes.
  • A prominent technology company in government investigations.
  • A leading technology company in proactive pre-litigation risk advising for cutting edge technology.

Pro Bono Matters:

  • A group of Latinx tenants, tenants living with disabilities, and tenant advocacy and support organizations in a housing discrimination case against landlords Optimus Properties LLC, its principals, and associated entities.
  • An excessive force victim against the City of Long Beach and individual police officers.
  • An international NGO as an amicus in a juvenile justice case before the California Supreme Court.
  • An incarcerated person in an Eighth Amendment medical care suit before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

*Includes representations prior to Ms. Nielsen’s affiliation with Munger, Tolles & Olson.