Law School/Year: J.D., University of Virginia, 1986
College/Year: B.A., University of Virginia, 1983
Civil Litigation, Discrimination & Civil Rights, Labor & Employment
For the last several years I have devoted considerable time to defending wage and hour class actions. These have included defending national insurance companies and national restaurant chains in cases involving misclassification of categories of employees, a national courier company in cases involving categorization of couriers as independent contractors, as well as numerous cases involving off-the-clock work, meal and rest periods and wage statements.
In one case we defeated certification, and in several others we obtained very favorable settlements after filing oppositions to certification (before the court ruled).
I represent national, regional and local employers with respect to all types of employment issues before state and federal courts, as well as state and federal agencies including the EEO, DFEH, DOL, DLSE and WCAB. Besides class actions, I defend numerous single plaintiff cases. In addition to my litigation practice, I have an extensive counseling practice, working closely with clients to ensure compliance with laws and strategize regarding specific employment situations.
I am a member of the State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, the San Diego County Bar Association and its Labor and Employment Law Section, and the North County Personnel.
I have been practicing at Luce Forward since graduating from law school. I have been married for 17 years and have one daughter. I enjoy reading, travel and cooking.