Attorney – Of Counsel
Areas of Practice
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Michelle is an avid traveler. She loves to visit other countries and makes a point of leaving the country every year to experience other cultures and see the world.
As Of Counsel to Carter Law Group, Michelle Craig’s practice areas include the representation of business organizations from formation to sale, including advice on day to day human resources and employment legal issues. A former partner with one of Louisiana’s largest defense law firms, Jones Walker, Ms. Craig has extensive experience litigating employment cases on behalf of her corporate clients and advising clients on virtually all aspects of employment law including employment agreements, employee manuals, compliance programs and litigation avoidance. Michelle D. Craig currently serves as Managing Partner of Transcendent Legal. With over 14 years of Am200 law firm experience, she was a partner with Adams and Reese LLP, New Orleans 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.
In her practice, she facilitates effective negotiation, mediation and resolution of legal matters for small to large companies in the areas of litigation, labor and employment, economic development, and transactions. She incorporates project management and process improvement throughout her cases. 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 currently serves at the Chairperson of the Orleans Parish Civil Service Commission.
Michelle began her legal career at Jones Walker where she worked in the Baton Rouge, LA and Houston, TX offices from 2002 until 2007. In 2007, she became an Associate at Adams and Reese LLP, and in 2010, she became the first African-American Female Partner in the New Orleans office. Her specialties include labor and employment, business and commercial transactions, litigation, and education. Prosquire, her legal project management software, was launched in 2014. Through Prosquire, Michelle developed and implemented strategies for a successful launch of the SaaS technology. She also currently handles data privacy, security, and software matters associated with the technology and interfaces with investors and incubators in efforts to provide funding for the technology.
In 2014, Michelle founded Transcendent Legal, LLC. As Managing Partner, she uses technology and cloud-computing to service start-ups and potentially high-growth companies with a variety of issues such as: incorporation and formation, business planning, employment matters, intellectual property issues, drafting and advising on contracts and contract disputes, and day-to-day guidance. She also serves as outside general counsel for companies and charter schools handling her client’s litigation and transactional matters as well as their day-to-day legal needs.
Throughout her career, Michelle has been a leader in her community and an avid speaker. In 2007, she was appointed Legal Counsel for the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources. She maintained this position through 2009. During the last two years of this appointment, Michelle concurrently served as a board member of the First Tee of Greater New Orleans. In 2010, she was appointed to Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Transition Team on Blight and became a Member of the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants & Business Association Board of Advisors. In 2008, while serving as Legal Counsel for the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources, Michelle became one of the founders of The Urban League Young Professionals and sat on the board as an Executive Member until 2011. During her first years as Partner at Adams and Reese, LLP, she served on the firm’s Advisory Committee and the firm’s Diversity Committee. In 2012, she Co-Founded DiversiTea, a Mentoring Organization. She also began service as a Board Member of the national organization, the Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights. During that same year, she was also a founder of The Urban League New Orleans Guild. She was appointed Co-chair of the Adams and Reese Women in the Profession Sub-Committee in 2013, and in that same year, began her membership of the New Orleans Civil Service Commission. Two years later, she became Chairperson of the New Orleans Civil Service Commission and holds this seat to this date.
In 2008, she was named a Women of the Year Honoree by New Orleans City Business, as well as an Innovators of the Year Honoree for her work with The Urban League Young Professionals. In 2009, Michelle was named a Rising Star in the Legal Profession. She was honored as the Most Powerful and Influential Woman in Louisiana in 2012 by the Diversity Council. In 2013, she was honored as a Leadership in Law award recipient. In 2014, Michelle was selected to be a Norman C. Francis Fellow, was named a Role Model by the Young Leadership Council, and was also named an Outstanding Millennial in Law. In 2015, she was selected to be a New Leaders Council Fellow, as well as an Institute of Politics Fellow.