Mellissa Schafer represents her clients in labor and employment matters as well as general liability claims. She defends employers facing a wide-range of employment disputes, which includes extensive experience with matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and wage and hour violations. She also counsels employers about their employment policies and risk management decisions.
In addition to her role as lead counsel for a national retailer, Mellissa represents a leading human resource company. She also works with various insurance companies, home health care facilities, hotels and other hospitality clients, as well as other retailers, to resolve their labor and employment issues.
Mellissa has been with Hinshaw for more than 15 years. She began her practice in the firm's Milwaukee office, where she focused on toxic tort cases and defended medical and legal professionals. After transferring to the firm's Los Angeles location, she began her specialization of representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment.
Mellissa was promoted to capital partner in July 2012, making her one of the youngest capital partners in the firm. In addition to managing the labor and employment group in Los Angeles, Mellissa is the National Business Development Leader for the firm's Labor and Employment practice and is on the firm's Hiring Committee and Executive Committee.
"Self-Expression in the California Workplace: How to Strike a Legal Balance in Drafting and Enforcing Dress, Grooming, and Bathroom Use Policies," 12th Annual California Employment Law Update, The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, California, October 12, 2017
"Comp Coast to Coast Workers' Compensation Strategies From a National Perspective," Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2013
- "General Principles of Workers' Compensation" and "Settlements & Return to Work Issues," Workers' Compensation Law & Practice Seminar, Sterling Education Services, Inc., Pasadena, California, October 2012
- "Total Disability/Vocational Strategies," CWCDAA 2012 Annual Summer Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2012
- "Utilization of the Vocational Expert in the Workers' Compensation Setting," VocEX 2011, Los Angeles, California, January 2011
- "Implementing Successful Surveillance to Defeat Fraudulent Claims," Council on Education Management, Los Angeles, California, May 2005
- "Brief Synopsis on Wisconsin Law Involving Subpoenas and Search Warrants," Risky Business, Wisconsin Society for Health Care Risk Management, January 2004
- California Employer Win – Multiple Month Leave Without Finite Return Date Is Not a Reasonable Accommodation
- The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 12 "Sexual Harassment Training Requirements Expanded for Farm Contractors"
- The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 11 "Whistleblower Protection for Health Care Workers"
- The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 10 "Expansion of DLSE Powers"
- The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 9 "Expansion of Scope of Military Service Discrimination"
- The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 8 "Human Trafficking Notice Requirements Expanded"
- The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 7 "General Contractor Liability – Double Payment Potential"
- The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 6 "New Parent Leave Act"
- The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 5 "Immigration Worker Protection Act"
- The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 4 "Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking"
- The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 3 "Transgender Work Opportunity Act"
- The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 2 "Salary History"
- The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 1 "Ban the Box"
- California Adds New Notice Requirement for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Victims
- Implement a Waiting Period for Paid Vacation in California? Yes You Can.
- Supreme Court Leaves Transgender Bathroom Issue Unresolved
- Title VII Posting Violation Penalties Increase 150% Effective July 1, 2016
- Amex Employment Arbitration Policy held Unlawful by NLRB
- Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Employer Liability on Obvious risk in Workplace Injuries
- California Employers Beware: cell Phones Present Another area for Class Action Potential
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J.D., Marquette University School of Law, 1999
- Executive Editor, Marquette Sports Law Journal
- Winner, American Jurisprudence Award in Health Care Provider Liability
B.S., University of Southern California, 1995
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin