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Michelle Cassorla

Michelle Cassorla is a committed public interest attorney who represents employees in wage and hour class action litigation.

Prior to joining Lichten & Liss-Riordan, Michelle was an associate at a union-side labor law firm in Washington, DC. She previously worked at Bread for the City, an anti-poverty non-profit, representing low-income DC residents in family law cases. Michelle also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Neal E. Kravitz of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

While in law school, Michelle represented individuals in unemployment benefit appeals as a student attorney in the Community Justice Project clinic. She also worked as an intern at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, at a plaintiff-side employment discrimination firm, and in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Michelle also served as an Executive Articles Editor for the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy. Before law school, Michelle worked on a political campaign and in campaign consulting.

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2013
Cornell University, B.A., summa cum laude in Government and with distinction in all subjects, 2007

Bar and Court Admissions

Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2013
Member, State Bar of District of Columbia, 2015
Member, State Bar of New Jersey, 2017

Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, U.S. District Court of District of Columbia, and U.S. District Court of New Jersey

Anne Kramer

Anne Kramer represents workers in wage and hour litigation in state and federal courts in California and Massachusetts. She is currently involved in a number of class actions and individual arbitrations involving “gig economy” companies, including Uber, Lyft, and many others.

During law school, Anne focused her studies on civil rights and graduated as a Public Interest Designation Fellow. She served as a student-attorney in the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project, where represented court-involved youth in the Greater Boston area. Anne was also an active member of the Boston College chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and participated in trainings on legal observing for civil rights protests.

Education

Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude
University of Wisconsin – Madison, B.S., with distinction

Bar and Court Admissions

Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2016
Member, State Bar of California, 2017
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Massachusetts

Matthew Carlson
Of Counsel

Matt Carlson represents workers in class action litigation, including wage and hour, hostile work environment, and discrimination disputes in state and federal courts in California and around the country. Matt has partnered with the firm on a number of cases involving “gig economy” companies in California, including Uber and Lyft. Matt also has substantial experience representing farm workers in central California, transportation workers, and individuals wrongfully classified as “overtime exempt” employees under state and federal law.

Education

University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D.
Yale University, B.A., political science

Bar and Court Admissions

Member, State Bar of California, 2010
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States District Court, Eastern District of California
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Olena Savytska

Olena Savytska is a dedicated and persistent client advocate and combines her experience in civil litigation and direct services in her work, approaching every case as a puzzle. Olena has focused on FLSA wage and hour actions in a variety of industries.

Olena began her work in wage and hour actions at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she represented dry cleaning and restaurant workers. As a student at Columbia Law School, Olena helped prepare and present a report to New York State agency members and legislators as part of the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic and took part in the 2013 National Native American Law Students Association moot court competition.

During college, Olena worked as a paralegal, gaining significant experience in civil discovery and trial preparation. Olena is fluent in Spanish and Russian.

Education

Columbia Law School, J.D.
Boston College, BA in Political Science and Economics, cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

Member, State Bar of Massachusetts, 2015

Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts

Other Industries

Unfortunately, independent contractor misclassification spans many industries.  We are investigating allegations of independent contractor misclassification in a variety of fields. We recently settled a case against Harvard University for misclassifying workers as independent contractors.  If you have worked anywhere in the country in any industry and believe you have been misclassified, please contact us to discuss your options.

Harvard Settles Lawsuit, Will Change Labor Policy
The Harvard Crimson | March, 2018

Shannon Liss-Riordan Sues Harvard on Behalf of Massage Therapists
JDJournal | January, 2016

Massage Therapist Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Harvard
The Harvard Crimson | January, 2016

Marketing and Call Center Workers

We have filed lawsuits against a number of marketing and customer service outsourcing companies who purport to treat their marketing and customer service reps as independent contractors, paying them by commissions or piece rate, and failing to pay any overtime or training. These companies also require the workers to pay for their own expenses. There have been a number of court rulings finding such arrangements to violate federal and state wage and hour law, because these workers are really employees subject to the protections of the wage and hour laws.