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Michelle A. Planty, SPHR


Michelle A. Planty manages Bates White’s Human Resources Department, which includes recruiting, employee relations, compensation, benefits, training, and employee/organizational development. Ms. Planty has more than 20 years experience in legal and professional services firms. She has expertise in all aspects of human resources including organizational development, talent management, training and professional development, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance management, diversity, and human resources technology.

Prior to joining Bates White, Ms. Planty was the Senior Director of Human Resources at Dickstein Shapiro LLP. In this role, she had many notable accomplishments including rebuilding the firm’s performance management process, transitioning the firm’s employee manual to SharePoint, creating a reward and recognition program, implementing a new human resources information system, and developing a management mentor program. Prior to Dickstein Shapiro, Ms. Planty held positions at Nixon Peabody LLP and Krupin Greenbaum & O’Brien, LLC.


MA, Human Resources Management, George Washington University

BA, Psychology, Syracuse University