Experienced employment law attorney who has handled mediations, arbitrations and trials in both State and Federal Court. Defended private clients, insurance companies, public entities, non-profits, and self-insured entities against all types of employment related claims, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination, wage and hour, FMLA/CFRA, and ADA claims. Provides outside general counsel services to various business clients and non-profit organizations, including regulatory compliance services, on-site seminars for management teams, preparation and revisions of employee handbooks, job descriptions, and other essential corporate records. Recently handled an asset transfer between two non-profit clients, and the transition of employees from one entity to another.
Recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV Preeminent” rating based upon peer ranking at the highest level of professional excellence for legal ability and ethical standards.
Voted as a Top Lawyer, Business Law, in Sacramento Magazine, 2016.
Voted “Best Attorney” by the readers of the Roseville Press Tribune, 2016.
Client’s Choice Award - Litigation, AVVO, 2013, rating of “Excellent”.
Bachelor of Arts degree in English (cum laude), Minor French -- Santa Clara University, 1987; Juris Doctor -- Santa Clara University School of Law, 1990.
Judicial intern at the California Court of Appeals 6th Appellate District for the Honorable Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian.
Associate Editor of Santa Clara University’s Computer and High Technology Law Journal.
Admitted to practice law in California, 1990.
Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts of the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of California.
Admitted to practice before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Professional Organizations & Activities:
Member, Sacramento County Bar Association and Placer County Bar Association.
Settlement Conference Mediator for El Dorado County and Sacramento County.
Board Member, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, 2015 – Present.
Board Member, Solo/Small Firm Practice Division, Sacramento County Bar Association, 2015 – Present.
Board Member, Women Lawyers of Sacramento, 2008 – 2015.
Board Member, Junior League of Sacramento, 1992 – 2006.
Junior League of Sacramento, Volunteer of the Year, 2006.
Member, Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, 1992 – 1994.
Co-Editor in Chief of the Defense Comment magazine, published by the Northern California Association of Defense Counsel, 2014 - Present – distributed to all members and Judges in California.
Associate Editor of Sacramento Lawyer magazine, published by the Sacramento County Bar Association, 2015 – Present.