Arbitration and Litigation

A Day in the Life of Employment Lawyers

On August 9th, at 6:00 p.m., I and some of my colleagues will be doing a presentation for the Alameda County Bar Association.  The presentation is part of the ACBA’s Intro to Practice Area Series.  Our presentation is: A Day in the Life of Employment Lawyers, and it will be held at the ACBA office in Oakland. The goal is to offer insights for new attorneys or attorneys thinking about practicing employment law regarding what employment lawyers do and what an average day looks like.

Employment Lawyers

My co-presenters hail from a wide range of practices, from small plaintiffs firms to large defense firms and even an in-house counsel. It should be a great opportunity to learn more about employment law. The following is a list of the presenters:

Jamie Rudman of Sanchez & Amador, LLP

Jamie Rudman is a Partner at Sanchez & Amador, LLP, a minority-owned business law firm in Oakland and Los Angeles. Jamie co-chairs the Employment Litigation Team. She has over twenty years of experience representing employers in employment litigation throughout California, primarily in the financial services, tech and retail sectors, and she counsels Fortune 500 companies on sensitive employment matters. Jamie is the 2016 Vice-Chair of the ACBA Labor and Employment Executive Committee.

Sonya L. Smallets of Minnis & Smallets

Sonya Smallets is a partner at Minnis & Smallets, has been representing employees who have been discriminated, harassed, wrongfully terminated, or denied reasonable accommodations by their employers for more than ten years. Sonya is the Secretary of the ACBA Labor and Employment Executive Committee. Sonya graduated with honors from Berkeley Law. She then clerked for Judge Sidney Thomas of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Claudia Wilken of the Northern District of California before working for Lawless & Lawless as an associate attorney.

Krista Stevenson Johnson of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Krista Stevenson Johnson is a Special Counsel at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in its San Francisco office. Krista advises and represents management clients in employment and labor litigation, focusing on employment class actions and harassment and wrongful termination lawsuits. In addition, Krista uses her extensive knowledge of and experience in employment and labor laws to provide practical and effective advice to management regarding employment law compliance, wage and hour laws, and workplace investigations.

Karla Franklin of Gap Inc.

Karla Franklin is Senior Counsel in the Global Employment Law Group at Gap Inc., an American worldwide clothing and accessories retailer that operates five distinct retail brands (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix). Ms. Franklin has been with Gap Inc. for over ten years and during that time has lead the company’s defense against a variety of wage and hour class actions. She currently leads the Company’s Wage and Hour compliance efforts. Prior to joining Gap Inc., Ms. Franklin spent approximately ten years as a defense side employment lawyer (working in both large and small firms). Ms. Franklin earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Robert Nuddleman of Nuddleman Law Firm, PC

Robert Nuddleman began representing employers and employees as a certified law student, and completed his first wage and hour trial before he graduated law school. A significant focus of Robert’s practice relates to wage and hour claims, including unpaid overtime, minimum wages, commissions and bonuses. Robert also represents individuals and companies in claims of sex, race, age, and pregnancy discrimination and/or harassment, and he assists employers and employees regarding how to accommodate persons with disabilities. A particular focus of Robert’s practice includes advising trustees, conservators, families, care agencies, residential care facilities, care homes and others regarding wage and hour and employment laws in the elder care industry. The 2016 Chair of the ACBA Labor and Employment Executive Committee, Robert frequently presents seminars and workshops.

If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so here. Even if you are not an ACBA member, come join us. Hope to see you there.