Michelle Leigh Wodynski

Biography

Michelle is recognized as a leading trial lawyer and is an aggressive and successful advocate in a variety of complex commercial, intellectual property and sports/entertainment matters. Additionally, Michelle regularly counsels clients on the transactional side of these matters and serves as outside general counsel for a number of businesses. Her work has earned her a place on the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list.

Michelle’s experience includes the counseling and representation of Fortune 500 clients, Fortune 100 and emerging growth companies in complex commercial cases involving contracts, entertainment rights, new media, trademark and trade secrets, copyrights, patents, false advertising claims, antitrust and unfair competition issues, first amendment, corporate formation and partnership restructuring, employment, professional negligence and related matters. Michelle has successfully represented a diverse range of clients in the sports, entertainment (television, film, new media and internet), advertising and marketing, semiconductor, telecommunications, and consumer products industries.

In the courtroom, Michelle has served as the first and second chair attorney in jury trials and bench trials, as well as national and international arbitration proceedings. She also has successfully guided cases through appeals before the Federal Circuit, the Ninth & Tenth Circuits and the California Court of Appeal.

She also is a Board Member for ReelAngeles, a not-for-profit providing entertainment and first run films for hospital bound children. She also works with a charitable organization comprised of former college and professional athletes. Michelle was a scholarship athlete at Southern Methodist University and played Division One women’s soccer.

Education

The Catholic University of America (Law Review; Inns of Court; Law Fellow; J.D. cum laude 1999); Loyola University, Rome, Italy, 1991 (Art History, Italian Politics); Southern Methodist University 1987-1991 (B.A. in Political Science).

Honors

Michelle was named as a Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 issues of Los Angeles Magazine and in a Special Rising Stars Edition of Law and Politics. She was asked to be a recurring guest on The Mendoza Report as the spokesperson for all pro bono lawyers in Los Angeles in 2005-2006. She was a team member awarded Volunteers of the Year in 2005 by Bet Tzdek.

Member

United States Supreme Court (2006); all courts in California (2003 to date); all courts in Virginia (1999-date; current status: inactive); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits.

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