Michelle L. Fivel Partner

Michelle Fivel


Minding the Gap: Do Today's Associates Defy Generational Stereotypes? April 12, 2017 Discover how the millennial generation influences ... Read More
Where Have All the BigLaw Associates Gone? March 23, 2017 Bob Graff and Michelle Fivel discuss how, with sig... Read More
Don't Click Through Your Career - Why Choosing the Right Legal Recruiter Will Never Be Obsolete October 2, 2014 Michelle Fivel Ru Bhatt explain why even in an ag... Read More
Hiring and Retention: Resources and Strategies for Improvement February 12, 2014 Michelle Fivel and Chad Marlow discuss why vigilan... Read More

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5 Ways Firms Can Offer Associates Fulfilling Work July 24, 2017 If law firms want to retain talented associates, r... Read More
More Millennial Lawyers Going In-House May 26, 2017 Almost 20 percent of millennial lawyers see themse... Read More
Study: Millennials Want to Make Partner on Own Track May 3, 2017 Though baby boomers and millennials have grown up ... Read More

I am driven to leave each candidate happier than when I found them. That motivation governs each piece of advice that I provide. I focus on helping attorneys achieve their individualized career goals such as making partner, developing business or being groomed for their dream in-house job.

Michelle L. Fivel is a Partner working both in the Los Angeles and New York offices. Michelle has a successful 10-year track record of placing associates and partners in top-tier international, national, regional and boutique law firms as well as prominent corporations. She is regularly called upon by law firms to provide advice regarding the lateral market, and she counsels attorneys to assist them in achieving their career goals.

Michelle is an avid skier and runner and she lives with her two young children, David and Ella, her husband, Tom, and their Boston Terrier, Remi.


Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, Michelle spent six years as a bankruptcy associate, most recently in the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She also worked as an associate in the New York offices of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP and Jones Day. While practicing, Michelle focused on all aspects of corporate bankruptcy law and bankruptcy litigation.

While in law school, Michelle completed externships for the United States Attorney's Office as well as for the Honorable Robert E. Littlefield Jr., U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of New York.


Albany Law School of Union University: J.D., magna cum laude

Note and Comment Editor for the Albany Law Review

State University of New York, College at Geneseo: B.A.


Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Member

Westfield Day Care Center, Board Member