Michella A. Kras

State Bar of Arizona President's Volunteer Service Award, 2010
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Current Role

  • Of Counsel, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
  • Practice focuses on class actions and complex litigation
  • Extensive expertise in complex litigation in a variety of commercial contexts, including actions involving various contractual breaches, RICO violations, securities fraud, negligent and intentional torts, and federal and state employment law

Recent Success

  • State Bar of Arizona President’s Volunteer Service Award, 2010
  • Rising Star, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2014

Experience

  • Member of the commercial and securities litigation group in the Phoenix office of an international law firm where she worked on complex litigation matters involving private securities offerings, private lending, asset purchase agreements, shareholder and member disputes, and federal and state wage and hour disputes
  • Associate, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, 2007-2013
  • Associate, Gammage & Burnham, work included civil litigation, employment law, election law, health care law and estate planning, 2004-2007
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Arizona Supreme Court, work consisted of a variety of appeals, including civil cases, criminal actions and attorney discipline, 2003-2004

Legal Activities

  • Consistent commitment to pro bono work. She’s worked on several pro bono matters, including obtaining Special Juvenile Immigrant Status for a teenager that was brought to the United States as a toddler and later abandoned by her parent
  • Volunteer and member of the steering committee for Wills for Heroes, an organization that provides free estate planning for Arizona’s first responders

Notable Cases

  • Successfully litigated and obtained summary judgment on multiple matters involving breach of contract, conversion, intentional interference and breach of fiduciary duty, even successfully piercing the corporate veil