Michelle Doolin


I am the go-to attorney for retail and consumer product companies facing advertising, consumer, privacy and employment class actions.

Michelle is chair of Cooley’s elite class action practice and serves as the go-to attorney for retail and consumer product companies facing consumer class actions involving advertising, consumer, privacy and employment laws. Michelle has defended leading companies in 150+ consumer class actions and has obtained success at all stages of litigation.

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  • Cooley Successfully Defends Kardashian-Jenner Family in Defamation, Contract Interference Lawsuit 

  • Cooley Wins Song-Beverly Credit Card Appellate Victory for BevMo 

  • Cooley Achieves Landmark VPPA Decision 

  • Cooley Obtains First Published Appellate Decision in Song-Beverly Class Action Related to Return Transactions 

  • Cooley Wins Motions Dismissing Claims with Prejudice in Class Actions Filed Against Sony 

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    Hanging out with my teenagers

    Taking my dogs to the beach

    Watching any and all sporting events


  • University of San Diego School of Law
    JD, magna cum laude, 1995

  • California State University, Long Beach
    BS, Finance with a minor in Economics
    magna cum laude, 1991

Admissions & Credentials




  • San Diego County Bar Association

Rankings & Accolades

    Southern California Super Lawyers: Business Litigation  (2010, 2014-2018)

    Best Lawyers: Commercial Litigation (2016-2022), Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions (2015-2022) 

    Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants (2022)

    Benchmark Litigation: Future Star

    Daily Journal: Top 100 Women Litigators in California (2009, 2014)

    Benchmark Litigation: Litigation (2013)

    San Diego Super Lawyers: Class Action