Mona Hanna is the Managing Partner of Michelman & Robinson, LLP’s (M&R's) Orange County office, where she is a member of the Commercial & Business Litigation, Labor & Employment and Class Action Departments. Her practice focuses primarily on the advertising and digital media, financial services and insurance industries. With over two decades of trial experience, Ms. Hanna is an exceptionally versatile litigator who represents her clients in a wide variety of commercial and employment litigation, with a specialization in defense against unfair competition, consumer and employment class actions, and business practice claims.
Ms. Hanna is an insurance industry authority. She has defended a number of insurance companies against class actions alleging unfair business practices. Ms. Hanna has been immensely successful in her defenses, having secured favorable outcomes which include denials of motions for class certification, outright dismissals of matters and significantly reducing potential settlement exposure.
In addition to resolving a number of consumer class actions, she has successfully handled dozens of trade secret cases in which former sales personnel or executives have sought to compete against past employers. Ms. Hanna routinely defends advertising and financial industry clients against all employment-related disputes including professional negligence.
Ms. Hanna has successfully argued matters before both the state and federal courts of appeal, resulting in numerous landmark published decisions. She strategically and aggressively represents employers in the courtroom and through arbitrations and mediations. She counsels management on how to avoid costly litigation and drafts, and reviews and implements contractual agreements and personnel policies. She has litigated virtually every kind of employment-related matter including wage and hour class actions and lawsuits surrounding wrongful termination and sexual harassment.
Ms. Hanna is Founder of the Women Attorneys of M&R (WAMR) and a member of M&R's Executive, Recruiting, and Diversity, Multiculturalism and Inclusion Committees. She is also Chair of M&R's Class Action Group.
Ms. Hanna sits on the Smart Women’s Circle for Working Wardrobes, an organization that has helped thousands of individuals overcome various obstacles so they may assimilate back into the workforce. She was elected to the Orange County Bar Association’s (OCBA’s) 2014 Board of Directors by the 7,500 member-strong organization.
Ms. Hanna earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, where she was nominated for outstanding Moot Court Brief and for outstanding oral presentation in the Moot Court competition. She earned her B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from California State University of Los Angeles, where she was named Most Outstanding Political Science Undergraduate. She was also on the Dean's List and a member of the Political Science Honor's Society and Pre-Law Society.
Managing Partner — Ms. Hanna is the Managing Partner of M&R's Orange County office
Chair, WAMR — Ms. Hanna is the founder and Chair of the Women Attorneys of M&R (WAMR)
Chair, Class Action Group — Ms. Hanna is Chair of M&R's Class Action Group
Unfair Competition Defense — Ms. Hanna represented a former executive VP (defendant) of a title insurance company (plaintiffs) against allegations that he breached his contract and stole trade secrets. The defendant was hired by the plaintiffs with a promise of receiving 5% ownership, but left to go back to his former employer, a competing title insurance company, after the promises didn’t come to fruition. Plaintiffs accused our client of wooing its customers, claiming $14 million in lost profits, and $250 million lost value to the company. After a seven-week trial, a jury found against the plaintiffs on its claims, and awarded M&R’s client $50,000 on his breach of contract counterclaim.
Insurance Employment Class Action — A prominent insurance brokerage was held liable for violating California’s wage and hour overtime laws, among related issues. Facing a $42 million judgment, the client retained M&R. After conducting in-depth analysis, M&R designed a defense around the argument that the $42 million judgment should be reduced to $1.2 million because of a conflict in federal and state employment laws that were being misapplied by the plaintiffs' lawyers. Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that pursuant to California’s Business & Professions Code section 17200 (Unfair Competition Laws), it could expand the “class” under federal law. M&R countered that the United States Congress changed the law in the 1930’s, and again in 1949, to prohibit the expansion of federal law as being applied in this case. After intense litigation regarding the legislative intent, the federal court agreed with M&R’s argument, limiting the judgment to $1.2 million. On appeal, the Ninth Circuit upheld the ruling.
Insurance Consumer Class Action — M&R successfully defended a national insurance brokerage against a class action alleging that the recording of customer telephone calls without proper disclosures was a violation of California statutes. At that time, California courts were interpreting this type of conduct as illegal and holding to the statutory damages of $5,000 per call. In this case, there were approximately 600,000 alleged calls and potentially billions of dollars in statutory damages. M&R designed a defense predicated on the legislative intent of the statute dating back to 1967, arguing that the statutes at issue were designed to protect against “industrial espionage.” After intense argument, the court agreed with the defense and dismissed the case in favor of our client.