Attorneys


MICHAEL J. F. SMITH
JOHN L. MIGLIAZZO
ANJA M. RENAUD
Mr. Smith, an attorney with over thirty years of experience, is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

He represents employers and employees in litigation, primarily in the areas of wrongful termination, discrimination, and  harassment, wage and hour litigation, and related matters.

He also represents individuals and businesses in business, insurance and real estate disputes, with a preference for complex, challenging litigation.

Mr. Smith has extensive trial and appellate experience.  He also has negotiated the resolution of many cases through every form of Alternate Dispute Resolution.  He is a mediator with the Fresno County Superior Court’s ADR program, and regularly serves as a Judge Pro Tem, mediator, arbitrator, and early neutral evaluator. He is available for ADR matters as a mediator or arbitrator, and for assignment as an  independent investigator, discovery referee or Special Master.

Mr. Smith can be contacted at (559) 229-3900, or via email at mjfsmith@mjfsmith.com.

Education/Professional Designations
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law,  San Francisco, California, J.D.  High Honors, 1983; Order of the Coif; Thurston Honor Society, Hastings Law Journal;
  • University of California, Riverside, Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, 1977; M.A. (Philosophy) 1979
Representative Cases
  • Cook v. Lindsay Olive Growers, 911 F.2d 233 (9th Cir. 1990)
    (Religious discrimination/ Section 301 pre-emption case. Summary judgment affirmed on appeal)
  • Rose v. Wells Fargo, 902 F.2d 1417 (9th Cir.1990)
    (Wrote the summary judgment and appellate briefs in this age discrimination / statistical disparity in RIF/merger case; oral argument was by Mr. Erik K Hansen. Summary judgment was affirmed on appeal)
  • Ariza v. Vallicorp, 1998 U.S. App. Lexis 6617, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
    (CFRA/FMLA case.  Obtained a summary judgment, but one CFRA claim was reinstated on appeal. Then obtained a defense judgment on the remaining CFRA claim at trial.)
  • Spencer v. Quinlan, Kershaw &Fanucchi, (1999 and 2000) Fresno County Superior Court.
     (Obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful termination case, and defense judgment in an overtime/wage appeal that was tried separately. Judgment for attorneys fees entered in favor of the employer on the wage claim.)
  • Avila v. Winton Ireland, Strom & Green, (2000) Stanislaus County Superior Court
    (Obtained Defense judgment at trial in an independent contractor case.)
  • Hinkle v. Hershey Chocolate Company , (2000) U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
    (Obtained summary judgment in favor of the employer in a wrongful termination case.)
  • Reich, et. al. v. City of Turlock (1993) multiple cases in U. S. District Court, Stanislaus County Superior Court, Fifth District Court of Appeal and 9th Circuit Court of Appeal
    (Obtained a series of Summary Judgment rulings on behalf of the City of Turlock in a collection of developer related “takings” lawsuits, defended them on appeal, and prevailed on related insurance coverage disputes.
  • Carter v. Madera Housing Authority (2011)
    (Obtained judgment for $1.68 Million in a retaliation case, after a jury trial.)

 
Numerous other cases that have been resolved by settlement, ADR and other means on behalf of many different Central Valley employers

Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law, Litigation and Torts & Insurance Sections
  • State Bar of California, admitted December, 1983
  • State Bar of California Employment Law and Litigation Sections
  • Fresno County Bar Association (former Member of its Board of Directors)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Joaquin Valley Chapter
  • Former President, Fresno County Young Lawyers’ Association
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Human Resource Association of Central California
Admitted to Practice  
  • United States District Court; Central, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • State of California
Mr. Migliazzo received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Communications (Cum Laude) from California State University, Fresno in 2007, with an emphasis in Public Relations. 

Mr. Migliazzo attended San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, California, where he received his law degree in 2010. While in law school he worked as a law clerk for Michael J. F. Smith, on employment law matters. Mr. Migliazzo was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2010.

After being admitted to the State Bar, Mr. Migliazzo became an associate in the Michael J.F. Smith APC law office. Mr. Migliazzo has acquired experience representing employers and employees in areas of wrongful termination, discrimination, wage and hour litigation, business disputes, class actions, PAGA representative actions, breach of contract, and has acquired trial and appellate experience.

Mr. Migliazzo currently serves as a Board of Director for the Ag One Foundation for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at California State University, Fresno. He is currently a member of Fresno County Young Farmers and Ranchers, the Merced Italo-American Lodge, the Fresno County Bar Association, and State Bar of California.

Mr. Migliazzo is admitted to practice law in the state of California, and the United States District Court, Eastern District of California. 

Mr. Migliazzo can be contacted at (559) 229-3900, or via email at jmigliazzo@mjfsmith.com.

Ms. Renaud received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies (Cum Laude) from University of California, San Diego in 2006, with an emphasis in History and Political Science.

Ms. Renaud attended University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California, where she received her law degree in 2011. While in law school she worked as a law clerk for at the California Fifth District Court of Appeal in Fresno, at the San Francisco Superior Court, and at a class action law firm in Long Beach, California. Ms. Renaud was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2011.

Ms. Renaud has experience in wrongful termination, discrimination, wage and hour litigation, business disputes, class actions, PAGA representative actions, and breach of contract actions, as well as experience in probate litigation, business litigation, personal injury, and insurance defense matters.

Ms. Renaud is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, the Fresno County Bar Association, the San Francisco Bar Association, and State Bar of California.

Ms. Renaud is admitted to practice law in the state of California, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.