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Sausalito, CA 94965 SUMMARY SENIOR HR ADVISOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW SPECIALIST Highlyqualified professional with expertise in employment law. Solid commitment to confidentiality, including the ability to maintain the attorney-client privilege as a licensed lawyer. Excels in advising and counseling employers in goal-setting, problemsolving, and compliance issues. AREAS OF EXPERTISE Employee/Labor Relations Leaves of Absence HR Policies & Procedures EEO Grievances/Investigations Workplace Training Recruitment & Hiring CAREER NARRATIVE EPSTEIN BECKER & GREEN, San Francisco, CA; 2011 2012 One of the largest law firms in the U.S., with 11 law offices, specializing in employment and labor law and health care/life sciences. Serves clients in diverse industries, including healthcare, financial services, and hospitality. Partner Responsible for counseling employers on all aspects of HR/employment law related issues. Instituted new wage and hour policies, participated in wage and hour audits, and advised on correct classification of employees as exempt, non-exempt, or independent contractor status. Avoided potential litigation by effectively counseling company management on communication skills, managing within the law, enforcing EEO policies and resolving leave of absence issues. Collaborated with business leaders on succession planning, benefits administration, and compensation structures to develop their internal workforce and improve employee morale. Reviewed and revised employee handbooks to comply with national, state, and city laws. Trade Secrets Protection Contract Negotiations Litigation 4155159110

Litigated and managed cases in court, arbitration and administrative venues.

Credited with re-establishing the firms Women's Initiative on the West Coast. CURIALE HIRSCHFELD KRAEMER, San Francisco, CA; 2005 2011 (Now known as Hirschfeld Kraemer) Assists clients across a broad range of industries focusing on employment law and litigation. Partner Provided counseling and litigation services to clients on issues affecting the workplace. Represented and defended employers on all levels of discrimination claims and some union organization and collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Counseled and advised organization leaders on employment agreements, policy handbooks, leave of absence issues, and trade secrets protection. Developed and presented training on HR and legal matters, including sexual harassment, gender identity issues, and managing within the law in order to be proactive in avoiding litigation. Addressed employment law and commercial litigation cases before numerous state and federal courts and arbitration forums, including the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).




STEEFEL, LEVITT & WEISS, San Francisco; 1998 2005 (Merged with Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, 2008) Nationally recognized experts in complex commercial litigation, real estate development and finance, and business and taxation. Shareholder, Litigation Group (2002 2005) CoChair, Litigation Group (2003 2005) Chair, Hiring Committee (2002 2004) Member, Pro Bono Committee (1999 2003) Associate, Litigation Group (1998 2002) Managed clients employment law issues, including discrimination and harassment claims, employee contracts and manuals, EEOC and DFEH charges, wage and hour laws, trade secret protection, employee leaves, benefits, defamation, and workforce reductions. Successfully litigated and resolved numerous cases, including a precedent setting defamation case filed by former employee against a Fortune 500 retail client and secured a defense verdict for an online brokerdealer in a multimillion-dollar customer dispute arbitration.

Handled commercial litigation matters with substantial experience in unfair competition, business contract, and securities cases.
Directed the litigation group comprised of 40+ attorneys, set compensation levels, designed benefits plans, supervised associates' caseload assignments, advised firms management committee on personnel issues, analyzed conflict checks, conducted performance evaluations, and managed litigation groups budgets.

Managed the firms hiring committee in order to ensure the firms talent acquisition and best recruiting measures through on-campus interviews and new hire interview process.
Earlier experience: Associate at Jenkins, Goodman & Neuman; 1996 1998 Legal Research Attorney at San Francisco Superior Court; 1994 1996 EDUCATION SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE of the LAW Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1994 UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA, Santa Barbara Bachelor of Arts Degree, Philosophy, 1991 Bachelor of Arts Degree Law & Society, 1991 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CERTIFICATION HR CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE (HRCI) Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), 2013 CORNELL UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL of INDUSTRIAL and LABOR RELATIONS (ILR) Advanced Certificate, Strategic Human Resources Management, 2012 PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Member: California State Bar and all Federal Courts in California Member: Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Northern California HR Assoc. (NCHRA) Lambda Legal: Board of Directors, 2010 Present; National Leadership Council, 2006-2010; Co-Chair of San Francisco Event, 2008-2010; San Francisco Host Committee, 2003 Present