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.