MICHELLE LEETHAM is Of Counsel with the San Francisco office of Ogletree Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., one of the nation's largest labor and employment firms. Michelle advises clients on a broad range of employment law issues. She is particularly known for work and experience with respect to alternative dispute resolution, international arbitration, government audits, litigation management, class action issues and development of corporate employment policies and compliance programs. Before joining the Ogletree Deakins law firm, Michelle spent 17 years with Bechtel Corporation where her role grew and she ultimately served as Vice President, Principal Counsel and Manager of the Bechtel legal department's litigation, labor and employment group. In this role, she was responsible for management of Bechtel's worldwide caseload of uninsured, disputed matters and employment-related advice work. Bechtel is a global provider of engineering, construction and procurement services to a wide variety of market sectors. A graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law in Berkeley and former law clerk for the California Supreme Court, Michelle joined Bechtel in 1993 from Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where she litigated commercial, employment and insurance coverage matters.