Professionals

Krista L. Mitzel

Founder & Managing Partner
kmitzel@mitzelgroup.com
(415) 742-4972 x1

Krista L. Mitzel is a seasoned employment attorney and human resources expert who works with a variety of clients from diverse industries.  Krista has extensive experience advising, counseling and supporting executives and human resource professionals create preventative strategies in all areas of employment including employee relations, implementing new policies, trade secret protection, training and development, performance management, employee retention, complying with local, state and federal laws and regulations, and hiring policies, disciplinary actions and terminations.  Krista provides clients with professional and individualized service, partners with companies to create comprehensive strategies on all employment, human resources, and risk management issues, and directs and manages all litigation matters to successful resolution.

Prior to founding The Mitzel Group, Krista worked for various prestigious employment law firms in the Bay Area including Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and Jackson Lewis LLP where she represented Fortune 50 clients.  Krista has served as second-chair on a race discrimination trial, has secured multiple preliminary injunctions against former employees for trade secret infringements, and has negotiated multi-party settlements in both state and federal court.  She successfully argued on appeal an ERISA long-term disability dispute before the 9th Circuit panel on behalf of New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (“NUMMI”) Disability Insurance Income Plan and Life Insurance Company of North America.

Krista is admitted to practice before all courts in California as well as the District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central districts.  She is also admitted to the Ninth Circuit.

Krista graduated from the University of San Francisco – School of Law in 2002.  During her tenure at USF, she was a member of the Law Review staff and acted as the president of the Women’s Law Association.  Krista was also a freelance writer for The National Jurist, where she published humorous accounts on law school life.  Prior to attending law school, Krista graduated from the University of California at Berkeley where she studied English and Political Science.  While at Berkeley, Krista received the California Alumni Scholarship, and was admitted into the Order of Omega Honor Society in recognition of her contribution to the local community and student life.  In 1998, Krista worked on education and women’s health issues for Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington, D.C.  Her experience working with Senator Feinstein and other local politicians inspired her to attend law school and learn a skill that would allow her to give back to her community.

Krista is actively involved in a variety of local organizations including volunteering for the San Francisco Symphony and Bay Area chapter of the American Red Cross. She served as an adjunct profession at Golden Gate University Law School focusing on Legal Writing and Research. She is a frequent speaker at local trade shows and events and is a sought-after management coach and mediator.

Lisa W. Liu

Senior Partner
lisaliu@mitzelgroup.com
(415) 813-4981

Lisa W. Liu is an attorney who specializes in business law and immigration law. Lisa works with her clients to build and protect their businesses as she guides her clients through their distinct legal issues. It is Lisa’s uniquely intersecting background of business and law, as well as her own experience with immigration, which allows her to approach her clients with such understanding and creative options to help them achieve their business goals.

Lisa helps foreign and domestic businesses in all aspects of corporate and business transactions. From structuring business entities and operations to reviewing and drafting contracts to ensuring website compliance with ever-evolving digital media and privacy laws, Lisa uses her expertise to make the process simple for her clients. As a business owner herself, Lisa aims to guide and educate her clients through the confusing information that is out there. Her goal is to ensure that each client is established in a way that best suits their business and that they have the knowledge they need to move forward with confidence.

Lisa gained extensive first-hand experience in navigating the immigration process while living and working in several countries across the globe, such as Taiwan, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She has helped numerous business owners, managers, and employees reach their dreams by working through challenging immigration issues, including various visa eligibility and naturalization issues as well as work-site immigration compliance issues (I-9 compliance).

Lisa earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Lisa studied at Tufts University where she double-majored in Japanese and International Relations with a concentration in International Finance. Lisa also holds a Master of Science in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Lisa began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and then worked for several prestigious boutique law firms where she represented high-profile clients in a variety of corporate matters. Lisa speaks English, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese and is licensed to practice law in California and New York.

N. William Metke

Senior Counsel
wmetke@mitzelgroup.com
415-738-6266

Bill Metke has been a civil litigator for over fifteen years, specializing in employment law matters. He has represented countless clients in disputed matters before the California and Federal courts, state administrative bodies, and in private arbitration. Bill’s law practice spans a broad range of employment law issues, including claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; wrongful termination; wage and hour issues; and workplace torts. He has also defended clients in commercial and other trade secret disputes, as well as personal injury and wrongful death matters.

Prior to joining the Mitzel Group as a Senior Associate, Bill had worked at four different boutique law firms in the Bay Area, and he also maintained a successful solo litigation practice in San Francisco for over seven years. Additionally, Bill has a diverse professional background; before becoming an attorney, his work encompassed a variety of fields including finance, education, retail commerce, hospitality, and the arts.

Bill is a 2002 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient, and member of the McAuliffe Honor Society. While in law school, Bill completed an intensive program in trial advocacy, he earned a certificate in Public Interest Law, and he clerked at multiple Bay Areas legal aid organizations.

Bill regularly presents at Continuing Legal Education programs regarding California civil litigation practice. He was named a “Rising Star” by California Super Lawyers in 2009 and 2010.

Sara Shok

Associate Attorney
sshok@mitzelgroup.com
415-813-3391

Sara Shok is an attorney with The Mitzel Group, LLP, who specializes in both business immigration and labor and employment law advising and litigation. Sara counsels business clients on various employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa matters. Her previous work experience involved working at high volume, nationwide firms who catered to clients in a wide range of industries, including  technology, healthcare, management consulting, and finance.

Sara earned her degree from Lewis and Clark Law School. She also interned for several years during both law school and her undergraduate studies at San Francisco’s Public Defender’s office, having a strong passion for public interest law and community service. She received a B.A. in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State College.

Jennifer H. Bernstein

Of Counsel
jbernstein@mitzelgroup.com
(347) 989-3839

Jennifer H. Bernstein is a New York based attorney whose practice is focused on advising small to mid-sized businesses on corporate law, new media law, and intellectual property registration and protection. Jennifer originally started her legal career as an associate at a boutique litigation firm where she was on the adversarial end of intellectual property disputes and contract litigation in Federal Court. After years of being involved in all phases of the litigation life cycle, Jennifer realized that representing entrepreneurs, small businesses and creative types as they see their businesses successfully, and safely, expand was where her passion lies. Her past drafting work for clients has included partnership agreements, service agreements, website license agreements, including terms of service and Beta End-User license agreements, and privacy policies. Jennifer says she loves counseling clients about all the possible scenarios that a business may need to protect itself both online and off as they grow.

Jennifer received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo law school and was awarded an Order of the Barrister’s award for her service as the Competitions Editor of Cardozo’s Moot Court team. While in law school, Jennifer clerked for in-house corporate counsel at Gucci Group, N.V. Her last year of law school she was one of two students chosen for the prestigious Alexander Fellows clinic where she had the opportunity to be a full-time student law clerk for Hon. Judge Jack B. Weinstein, in the Eastern District, of the United State Federal Court.

Jennifer is a graduate from New York University where she received a B.A. in European Studies with Honors. While in undergrad she studied in Madrid, Spain at the Instituto Internacional, was an active member of NYU’s Mock Trial team, and a Vice President of the Pre-law Society, always knowing that she wanted to go law school.

Jennifer is a member of the New York City Bar Association and volunteers with NYC’s chapter of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. In her free time, she can be found roaming NY’s food markets, or chronicling her support of the local food movement on Twitter or her blog.

Amber Gates

Director of Operations & Finance
agates@mitzelgroup.com
(415) 813-4985