Michelle Brunson is an associate in Newmeyer Dillion’s Walnut Creek office.

Michelle combines her natural curiosity and keen analytical skills to assess, understand and solve complex and nuanced legal problems.  Whether representing businesses or individuals, Michelle approaches each matter as an opportunity to be of service and understands the importance of actively listening to clients to identify their objectives, and the importance of working collaboratively with her colleagues to execute a plan in alignment with those objectives.  Michelle believes that preparation and the ability to adapt to evolving circumstances are critical in achieving positive outcomes for the firm's clients.

Before joining Newmeyer Dillion, Michelle worked at a trial firm and immersed herself in all phases of litigation.  She is well-versed in pre-litigation settlement discussions, discovery and motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, and trial.  Michelle's experience has allowed her to acquire knowledge in a wide range of litigation matters including business litigation, employment matters, and appellate practice.

In addition to her litigation experience, Michelle previously worked at a trust and estates firm where she assisted with marshalling assets and advised trustees on their fiduciary duties.  Michelle's transactional experience informs her litigation practice because she is acutely aware of how important well-crafted agreements and well-advised clients are to avoiding costly and needless litigation.

Michelle is admitted to practice law before the state and the Northern District of California.

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected to Northern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, 2023

Professional Affiliations

  • Remedies Professor, Lincoln Law School
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Ingram Inn of Court


  • California, 2021
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California


  • Santa Clara University School of Law (with honors, J.D., 2020)
    • Witkin Award in Wills & Trusts
    • Witkin Award in Community Property
    • Conflict Resolution Certificate
  • San Diego State University (B.A., 2016)
    • Political Science
    • Minor in Business Administration