Michèle Stutz

Legal Partner, LL.M., Certified Specialist SBA Employment Law

Profile

Michèle Stutz (Certified Specialist SBA Employment Law) is an experienced litigator and has profound experience in employment law (including work permits). She advises companies as well as individuals and represents them in court and arbitration proceedings. She also acts as arbitrator in employment law cases.

Business activities

  • Employment Law
  • Immigration Law (particularly work permits)
  • Litigation
  • International Arbitration

Education

2010
CAS Social Security Law for business practice  
2009
Certified Specialist SBA Employment Law  
2003
Columbia University, New York (LL.M.) 
2000
Admitted to the Swiss Bar  
1997
University of Zurich and Geneva (lic. iur.) 

Teaching Assignments

CAS Compensation and Benefits Management (Executive Compensation)

Languages

  • German
  • English
  • French

Practical Experience

Since 2009
Partner with MME
2007-2008
Attorney at law with MME
2001-2006
Associate in a large business law firm in Zurich and Geneva, in-between: LL.M. studies at Columbia University in New York
1998-2001
Judicial Clerkship at the District Court of Zurich

Memberships

  • Swiss Bar Assocation (SAV)
  • Zurich Bar Assocation (ZAV)
  • Member of the Experts Committee for Certified Specialists SBA Employment Law
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Member of the legal committee of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)

Listings

The Legal 500 (www.Legal500.com)

Leading Individual 2020 for Employment

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance stands out for its 'longstanding experience' in the space and its 'solution-oriented' outlook. Michèle Stutz leads a team that is 'indisputably strong in its field'. Recent highlights include handling contentious wrongful dismissal and bonus claims, a cross-border matter concerning deferred compensation, and advising on employment contracts and work permits across Europe. Senior associate Martina Aepli is 'a fast thinker', who stands out for her 'strong ability' in litigation alongside 'excellent legal knowledge'. Alexandra Geiger-Steiner, who made partner in November 2019, is recognised alongside Raphael Brunner and associate Raffael Blattmann for providing 'first-class legal support'.

Michèle Stutz, one of the employment partners at MME, is a great lawyer with significant strengths. I have always been impressed by the client-oriented basis on her approach to any single problem and legal issue. Worthy of special mention is also her pragmatic approach for highly complex matters. Michèle is also particularly well-versed on compensation and benefits matters, particularly for the financial services industry where she is one the leaders in the local market and is extremely well regarded in international lawyers’ associations, such as the IBA. I have also worked with Martina Wirz, and with Alexandra Geiger. They both provide as well outstanding legal services and have been very helpful for our clients when we have worked together.‘

Michèle Stutz is an excellent and very keen employment lawyer with strong experience in employment disputes. Besides, she provides advice in a concrete and pragmatic way, and very cost-efficient for the client.‘

‘From MME legal employment you always get a clear advice/recommendation. This is very unique as normally all you get is a variety of options. Michèle Stutz and Martina Aeppli are partners that deserve to be mentioned specifically.‘

‘Alexandra Geiger, Michèle Stutz, Raffael Blattmann, Raphael Brunner have all proven their high competence and engagement in providing first-class legal support.‘

Michèle Stutz, partner – quick and to-the-point advice; reasonable overhead on the associates doing the work. Martina Aepli-Wirz – very good grasp of our business and strong ability to make our case in work permit applications.‘

‘Knowledgeable partners, who are always friendly and respectful. We work together for some years now and Ms Alexandra Geiger and Ms Michèle Stutz know our company, so they very quickly understand the circumstances.‘

‘Open-minded with a clear focus, excellent skill-set, very good knowledge, able to explain even complicate matters in a way, that’s understandable for everybody, valid for Michèle Stutz and Manuela Fuchs.‘

 

Recommended Lawyer 2019 for Employment

The 'highly accurate and reliable team' at MME – Legal | Tax | Compliance has 'a practical approach' and 'is on top of matters and always advises with a competent approach, clear explanations and kindness'. It handles everything from contracts, M&A support and bonus schemes to termination of employment agreements, data protection, secondments and representation of employees in internal investigations. Clients recommend 'widely knowledgeable' practice lead Michèle Stutz, 'internal investigations expert' Raphael Brunner, 'internationally experienced' senior associate Martina Aepli and 'exceptionally committed' senior associate Alexandra Geiger.

 

whoswholegal.com

Michèle Stutz is considered as a "thought leader" in the field of employment law and is regularly recommended as a leading expert in the following areas:

  • Who’s who Legal Labour, Employment and Benefits
  • Who’s who Switzerland: Labour and Employment
  • Who’s who Switzerland: Corporate Immigration

"Peers do not hesitate to recommend MME Legal Tax Compliance’s Michèle Stutz as “an excellent employment lawyer” with strong experience in employment disputes” (April 2019).