Michelle L. Villarreal is a senior associate in the Irvine office. Prior to joining Aleshire & Wynder, Ms. Villarreal worked for an insurance defense firm in Orange County, handling catastrophic injury and high exposure cases. Her litigation experience includes torts liability, wrongful death, premise liability, and landlord-tenant issues. Ms. Villarreal assists the firm’s city and special district clients in matters ranging from code enforcement, housing, labor and employment, Brown Act compliance, and risk management. She has experience in both state and federal courts.
Ms. Villarreal has extensive experience in preparing cases for trial. She has conducted and defended depositions of parties, witnesses, medical professionals, and expert witnesses. She has prepared and argued pre-trial motions, including motions to compel, Anti-SLAPP motions, and motions for summary judgment, as well as post-trial motions. She has obtained favorable results for clients through mediations and settlement conferences.
Ms. Villarreal earned her Bachelor’s degree in history, with a minor in criminal justice from California State University in Fullerton in 2002. During law school, she interned at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office where she handled preliminary hearings as a certified law clerk. She obtained her law degree from Whittier Law School, cum laude, in 2005.