Michelle Lara

Special Counsel

+1 858 550 6011

Michelle Lara is special counsel in the compensation & benefits practice after having joined Cooley in 2004. She specializes in employee benefits and executive compensation matters for a wide variety of clients, including startup enterprises and large, publicly traded companies. She advises clients with respect to the design, implementation and administration of tax-qualified plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, severance plans, stock option plans, other equity or cash based incentive plans and health and welfare plans, including related ERISA, COBRA, tax, securities, and corporate law compliance issues. Michelle also advises clients on benefits and compensation issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and other corporate transactions.

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Practices & Industries


  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
    JD, 1998

  • University of California, Berkeley
    BA, 1992

Admissions & Credentials



  • American Bar Association

  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals


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+1 858 550 6420 fax

4401 Eastgate Mall
San Diego, CA 92121-1909