Overview

Denica has extensive experience representing employers in complex representative and class actions, as well as single plaintiff litigation.  Denica has defended employers from various industries against a variety of wage-and-hour claims, as well as discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and other statutory and common law claims arising from the employment relationship. 

Denica also conducts investigations into alleged workplace harassment and discrimination and has represented employers in administrative proceedings and investigations conducted by various state and federal agencies.  She provides day-to-day advice and counseling to clients concerning all aspects of the employer-employee relationship.

Denica is a skilled advocate in court and administrative proceedings, arbitrations, mediations, and at trial, and is frequently commended for the effectiveness of advocacy by judges and opposing counsel.

Prior to receiving her M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Denica worked as a litigator at Sidley Austin LLP, where she practiced complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, with an emphasis on representing accounting firms in litigation involving securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, professional liability, breach of contract, and other business disputes.  Denica also has significant experience in defending government investigations and False Claims Act cases related to alleged health care fraud, FDA violations, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Obtained dismissal of a complex putative wage-and-hour class action on behalf of a retail grocery chain without client participation in costly pre-certification discovery.
  • Successfully defended employer against numerous wage-and-hour claims in a 13-day arbitration evidentiary hearing.
  • Procured dismissal of a California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 claim on a motion for judgment on the pleadings where the potential number of aggrieved employees numbered in the thousands.
  • Prevailed on behalf of employer before the National Labor Relations Board on an unfair labor practices charge.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a number of cases involving a variety of claims.

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “Courts Decide When ‘Less’ is More,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2006
  • “Legal Standards for Companies Doing Business in the Digital Age,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2003
  • “Do I contradict myself?  Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”
  • Walt Whitman

Practice Emphasis

  • Advice and Counseling
  • Employment Litigation
  • Wage and Hour Compliance and Litigation
  • Workplace Investigations

Education

  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law
    • J.D., 2005
    • Champion, 2003-2004 Hale Moot Court Honors Program
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    • M.B.A., 2012
  • University of Southern California
    • B.S., cum laude, 2002

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
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