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Michelle M. Scannell

Associate

San Francisco
Direct: (415) 732-1131
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Ms. Scannell is an associate in the Labor and Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  She counsels employers on a wide range of employment matters, with a focus on ERISA litigation.  Ms. Scannell defends entities against claims of breach of fiduciary duty; claims for pension, welfare, and severance benefits; and claims for discrimination under ERISA.  In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Scannell also counsels trustees and employers on issues including pension and welfare benefit plan administration, drafting plan documents, and general compliance with ERISA and other laws affecting pension funds and welfare benefit plans.

Ms. Scannell also has a commercial litigation background.  She has counseled and represented a wide variety of clients on matters of complex commercial litigation, including insurance bad faith, construction defects, government contracts, and lien foreclosure. 

Ms. Scannell is an associate in the Labor and Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  She counsels employers on a wide range of employment matters, with a focus on ERISA litigation.  Ms. Scannell defends entities against claims of breach of fiduciary duty; claims for pension, welfare, and severance benefits; and claims for discrimination under ERISA.  In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Scannell also counsels trustees and employers on issues including pension and welfare benefit plan administration, drafting plan documents, and general compliance with ERISA and other laws affecting pension funds and welfare benefit plans.

Ms. Scannell also has a commercial litigation background.  She has counseled and represented a wide variety of clients on matters of complex commercial litigation, including insurance bad faith, construction defects, government contracts, and lien foreclosure. 

Education

  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law

  • B.A., University of California, Davis

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Representative Engagements

  • Karamsetty v. Wells Fargo & Company, et al. (N.D. Cal. 3:12-cv-01364-JCS): Obtained summary judgment of putative class action claims for wrongful severance denial under ERISA Section 502(a)(1)(B) and interference with severance benefits under ERISA Section 510.
  • Goodes v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., (N.D. Cal. 12-1667-SI): Obtained summary judgment on Plaintiffs’ claims for wrongful benefit denial and fiduciary breach on grounds that claims were barred by applicable statute of limitations.