My practice focuses on labor and employment law. I both advise management on federal and state employment law compliance and defend employers against claims brought against them for wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour disputes. In addition, I assist employers with the preparation and implementation of employment policies and contracts, such as employee handbooks, arbitration agreements and severance and compensation agreements.
I have significant experience conducting sexual harassment training, as well as workplace investigations on behalf of employers in connection with allegations of discrimination and harassment.
My clients vary by size and industry. I have successfully represented Fortune 500 Companies, as well as burgeoning start-ups. My clients include public employers, non-profit corporations, and those in private sector industries.
Additionally, effective Fall of 2015, it will be my great privilege to serve as an instructor at the USD Paralegal Program. As a proud alumni of this Program, I take myy role as an educator very seriously given the impact my position has on the professional development of my students. I recognize that I may very well be the first individual to introduce my pupils to the legal industry and its mechanics, which may affect their ultimate decision to pursue a career as either legal assistants or (as in my case), attorneys.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|SD Metro Movers to Watch||SD Metro||2015|
|Women Who Impact San Diego||SD Metro||2015|
|People Who Define San Diego County||Union Tribune||2015|
|Semi-Finalist Top Attoneys 2015||San Diego Daily Transcript||2015|
|2015 Women Who Mean Business -Finalist||San Diego Business Journal||2015|
|Partner||Dinsmore & Shohl||2016 - Present|
|Partner||Cara & Garland, APLC||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Brown Law Group||2009 - 2014|
|Attorney||Fine, Boggs & Perkins||2007 - 2009|
|Attorney||Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP||2006 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Association of Workplace Investigators||Member||2013 - Present|
|The Honorable Fiorenzo V. Lopardo American Inn of Court||Barrister||2009 - Present|
|San Diego County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|California State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section||Member||2009 - Present|
|San Diego Daily Transcript||“Not So Fast…Banner Health Systems is Still the Writing on the Wall for All Employers”.||2015|
|SD Metro Magazine||“Empowering Women of Color to Blaze Their Own Trails in the Legal Profession”.||2015|
|Los Angeles Daily Journal||“The Fate of the ‘Stray Remarks’ Doctrine”||2010|
|California Labor & Employment Law Review||“Entering the Labyrinth of Pregnancy Leave Laws”||2004|
|Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University||Juris Doctor||2002|
|University of California - San Diego||N/A||N/A|
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