Membership Directory - Individual

Craig Michelle

Managing Attorney at Transcendent Law Group
Member Since: 2023


streetAddress: 3726 Canal Street
cityName: New Orleans
province: Louisiana
zipCode: 70119
Phone: Available to Members
Mobile Phone: Available to Members
Race: African American/Black
Languages (Fluent): English
Primary Areas of Practice: School Law, Litigation and Trials
Description of Member's Practice: In her practice, she facilitates effective resolution of legal matters for small to large companies in all practice areas. She regularly provides legal counsel to existing and newly formed charter schools. In that capacity, she assists charter schools with their employment and legal needs from inception through operation, including drafting employment documents, vendor agreements, student handbooks, parent teacher handbooks and authorization documents. She also assists with ongoing personnel matters, board governance and procedures, compliance with the charter application processes, and the selection and training of administrators. In addition, she serves as the outside general counsel for several companies by providing transactional and litigation advice, proactive management and human resources guidance and counseling. To assist small and medium-sized firms in their process improvement, she created Prosquire, a legal project management software. She is very active in the community and very passionate about the economic sustainability and development of the New Orleans area. She currently serves as both the Chairperson of the Orleans Parish Civil Service Commission and the Secretary of the Downtown Development District in New Orleans.
Member Type: In-House / Corporate Counsel
Member Profile: Michelle D. Craig is Managing Partner of Transcendent Law Group. With over 21 years of Am200 law firm experience, she became the first African-American female Partner in the New Orleans Office of an Am200 regional law firm before starting her own firm. She holds dual degrees, including a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and a Bachelor of the Civil Law (B.C.L.), from the Louisiana State University (LSU) Law Center. She also studied International and Comparative Law at the Université d'Aix Marseille III in Aix en Provence, France.
Firm/Company: Transcendent Law Group
Firm/Company Size: 1-10
Firm/Company Office Locations: Louisiana
Firm/Company Profile: Transcendent Law Group is a DBE Certified woman and minority-owned full-service law firm that serves the Gulf South Region providing legal expertise to Fortune 500s, Non-Profits, Privately-held businesses and governmental entities. TLG prides itself on its client-focused service and its flexible billing arrangements. In our litigation work, we concentrate on obtaining results quickly while maintaining a clear focus on the client’s objectives. We try cases in federal and state courts and argue at hearings before administrative bodies. Our focus is to achieve the best resolution for our client as expediently as possible by means of early resolution, mediation and/or summary judgments in an effort to curtail unnecessary litigation costs, while remaining trial-ready. If a matter goes to trial, our lawyers are experienced and trained to defend the most complex legal claims. Additionally, proactive management of our clients’ workforce is among the many goals of our team. Supervisors, CEOs, and Board Members all seek our advice in advance of significant decisions, policy changes and/or legislative enactments. They rely on us for proven counsel regarding all matters pertaining to their legal needs. Our focus is always to provide superior service to our clients and provide an unprecedented level of efficiency, quality and collaboration between our clients and our attorneys.
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Bar Admissions (up to 10): Louisiana, Texas
Former Member of the Bench: No
Percent of Members Time Spent on Employment Law Matters: 51 - 74
Percent of Member's Practice Spent on Plaintiff's Employment Matters: 1 - 25