Michelle M. Lents is a partner in Lents Law Firm. She is experienced in representing clients in administrative, state and federal courts. In 2007, she was recognized as Orange County Women Lawyers Association’s “Attorney of the Year.” She was admitted to the California bar and U.S. District Court, Southern District of California in 1994, and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California in 1996.
Ms. Lents was a Judicial Extern for Justice Patricia Benke, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District (1993) and a Legal Intern with the Oceanside City Attorney’s Office. Following her admission to the California Bar, she practiced medical malpractice and personal injury law with an emphasis on elder abuse/nursing home malpractice as an Associate Attorney with Selik & Associates (1994-1996). In 1996, Ms. Lents moved to Orange County to practice plaintiff’s employment litigation as an Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Michelle A. Reinglass (1996-1998). From 1998 to 2009, Ms. Lents was a partner at Lents & Foley, LLP, a boutique firm limited to employment consultation and litigation. Upon relocating to Omaha, Ms. Lents expanded her practice area to include immigration law, working with the Law Office of Richard Mendez (2011-2013).
In addition to practicing law, Ms. Lents accepted a part-time faculty position at Western State University School of Law teaching a research and writing course in 2001. In 2002, Ms. Lents joined the faculty of Whittier School of Law as an adjunct professor expanding her teaching to include a civil litigation practicum course and a Remedies course. In 2008, Ms. Lents was a visiting professor and taught International Arbitration in Nanjing, China.
In 2004, Ms. Lents voluntarily served as a Deputy District Attorney with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office under the Trial Attorney Program (“TAP”). She had the opportunity to experience a full misdemeanor trial calendar and completed three victorious trials in eight weeks.
Ms. Lents received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, and with distinction in English from San Diego State University in 1990 where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Phi, and the Golden Key Honor Society. She received her J.D. in 1993 from the University of San Diego School of Law where she was a member of Phi Delta Phi. During her second year of law school, Ms. Lents traveled to Oxford, England to attend the International and Comparative Law Institute to study international litigation.
Ms. Lents dedicates a significant amount of time to the legal community. Her memberships and activities include serving as a pro bono attorney for the Public Law Center and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program. She served or currently serves on Orange County Bar Association (Board of Directors 2001, 2002 to 2004); Orange County Women Lawyers Association (Board of Directors 1998-2002, President 2001); USD Law Alumni Association (Board of Directors, 1999-2003; Chair, OC Chapter 2001-2004); Orange County Trial Lawyers Association; Orange County Hispanic Bar Association; Orange County Bar Association Mandatory Fee Arbitration Panel (Arbitrator 1999-2003); Orange County Bar Association Education Task Force (2005); Celtic Bar Association; Orange County Bar Association Client Relations Committee (2005 to current); Orange County Bar Association Education Committee (2006 to current); Orange County Bar Association Administration of Justice Committee (2007 to current); Women in Leadership (Board of Directors 1998-99, Secretary 1999-2000); and Lawyer's Club of San Diego, Co-Chair, Student Committee (1995-1996).
Ms. Lents is a noted public speaker and author. Her speaking engagements include The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, Acapulco Seminar 2003 & Los Cabos Seminar 2004; Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Plaintiff’s Perspective 2001and 2005; Orange County Bar Association, Small Practices Section; Newport Santa Ana Legal Secretaries Association; Western State College of Law; Chapman School of Law; Whittier Law School; Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; Council on Education in Management; and Lorman Education Services. Additionally, her article “When do I file: Avoiding Employment Law Statute of Limitations Mistakes” was published in The Advocate, May 2007 issue.
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