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Michelle Tolodziecki

Michelle Tolodziecki’s work advocating for the rights of employees began as a student in Temple University School of Law’s Social Justice Lawyering Clinic, where she developed educational resources for workers and helped bring her first wage and hour claim on behalf of clients.  Since her admission to the Pennsylvania Bar in January 2021, Michelle has exclusively represented workers in disputes against their current or former employers.  She has litigated individual and class/collective actions in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration, and has helped recover unpaid wages on behalf of many workers.  Michelle is especially proud of her role as one of the attorneys at Winebrake & Santillo who tried a case on behalf of over 400 restaurant servers in the Western District of Pennsylvania that resulted in a jury verdict in their favor.


For her work in Temple's Trial Advocacy Program, Michelle was recognized for her Outstanding Oral Advocacy and as a Barrister Award Winner.

Education & Background:

Michelle Tolodziecki, an associate at the firm, is a graduate of Central Michigan University (B.A.A., cum laude, 2009; M.A., 2014) and a 2020 graduate of Temple University School of Law (cum laude). Prior to attending law school, Michelle worked in higher education as a media production specialist. During law school, as a student in Temple's Social Justice Lawyering Clinic, Michelle developed training materials which focused on the rights of employees within Philadelphia, and she helped to enforce those rights by filing wage and hour claims on behalf of clients. She joined Winebrake & Santillo in October 2020.

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania (since 1/6/2021)
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania (since 4/2/2021)
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania (since 2021)
  • Western District of Pennsylvania (since 2021)

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