Overview

Andrea is a skilled litigator and has extensive experience in both state and federal courts, jury trials, and administrative agencies. Her career has involved representing a wide variety of clients, across many industries, in all aspects of employment law. Andrea has successfully defended clients in the courtroom, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies.  For example, she secured a defense verdict in her first solo jury trial two and a half years out of law school, has second chaired trials, and won arbitrations and matters pending before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”).

In addition, Andrea has extensive experience providing day-to-day counseling and advice to clients regarding wage and hour litigation and compliance, discrimination and harassment, acquisitions, layoffs and reorganizations, performance management, employee complaints, workplace investigations, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, and the interactive process.  Prior to joining Constangy, Andrea worked in-house across different industries in both union and non-union environments.  In addition to her in-house legal roles, she also was the head of two different human resources departments where she shaped the human resources function in those companies, gained a deep understanding of HRIS systems and developed the human resources policies and procedures for those departments.  As a result, Andrea has a true appreciation for understanding a client’s business and how things work on the ground in order to provide the client with the most practical and effective advice.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Rising Star, California Super Lawyers® (2010-2014)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

About Me

Andrea loves to spend time with her family and enjoys eating good food and traveling the world.  Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and visiting Victoria Falls in Southern Africa are two of her favorite traveling experiences.  Cooking has also been a passion of hers.  As a young girl, she spent many hours in the kitchen with her grandmother learning all her secret recipes.  In college, she took the first food history undergraduate thesis course at the University of California, Berkeley and used one of her grandmother’s cookbooks as a primary source for her thesis. 

  • "Success isn’t about how much money you make.  It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives."
  • Michelle Obama

Practice Emphasis

  • Litigation and Trials
  • Class Actions
  • Wage and Hour
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Leaves of Absence and Disability Discrimination
  • Policy Analysis and Employment Law Training

Education

Santa Clara University School of Law

  • J.D.

University of California, Berkeley

  • B.A. History

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California State Bar, 2007
  • Ninth Circuit of California Central
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
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