Michelle Van Oppen

Managing Associate

Los Angeles


Read full biography at www.orrick.com

Michelle proposes creative solutions to achieve clients' desired outcomes in litigation and dispute resolution.  

Michelle's experience includes cases involving breaches of contract, trade secrets misappropriation, and general commercial disputes.

She has also dedicated significant time to pro bono representations in civil rights and unlawful detainer cases. Her bono work has included second chairing a Section 1983 jury trial.

During law school, Michelle worked as a summer law clerk at Orrick and externed for the Honorable Judge Gregory W. Alarcon of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Michelle's notable representations include:

  • Representation of defendant in business fraud case; secured a dismissal of all claims.
  • Representation of leading marketing agency in arbitration involving employee raiding and misappropriation of trade secrets; secured favorable resolution.
  • Representation of insured in claim against insurer concerning breach of contract and bad faith insurance conduct; defeated summary judgment motion. 
  • Representation of company in securities class action; secured a dismissal of all claims. 


Posts by: Michelle Van Oppen

Court Order to U-Haul: Haul Your Non-Compete Clauses Out of California

A California appellate court recently upheld a permanent injunction in Robinson v. U-Haul Company of California barring U-Haul from enforcing its non-compete covenants in California. U-Haul also was required to pay over $800,000 in attorney’s fees to its former dealer. READ MORE