Rebecca represents cities, special districts, and other public agencies on labor and employment issues including hiring and recruitment, compliance with state and federal labor regulations, drafting and implementing personnel policies, discrimination and harassment prevention, reasonable accommodation and the interactive process, discipline and termination. Rebecca also conducts personnel investigations and provides training to ensure compliance with the rapidly evolving arena of labor and employment law. She represents clients in personnel hearings, including appeals of discipline, and negotiates with employee associations to resolve grievances and form memoranda of understanding under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act.
A seasoned trial attorney, Rebecca represents clients in employment disputes, including in mediation, arbitration, administrative hearings and litigation. She has successfully litigated collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and individual claims brought under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, as well as a variety of disputes ranging from breach of employment contract to Private Attorney General Act and whistleblower lawsuits.
Rebecca began her legal career as a white collar criminal defense attorney at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C., where she worked with clients to ensure compliance with federal and international laws. She moved to California to clerk for the Honorable Richard A. Paez on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following her clerkship, Rebecca worked as a civil trial attorney, representing clients in a wide variety of areas and focusing on employment litigation. She also gained significant experience advising clients on employment matters and negotiating employment disputes with the goal of pre-litigation resolution.
Professional and Community Affiliations
Member, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
- Alert // Governor Signs Law Creating “Bona Fide Business-to-Business Contracting” Exemption to AB 5 for Public Agencies09.08.2020
- Alert // Department of Labor Addresses “Back to School” Issues Regarding Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act08.31.2020
- Alert // Supreme Court Reaffirms “California Rule” for Public Agency Employee Pensions and Upholds PEPRA Changes07.31.2020
- Alert // California Supreme Court Allows Elimination of “Air Time” Benefit but Avoids Reconsideration of the “California Rule”03.08.2019
- League City Attorneys’ Spring Conference, 04.30.2021
- Presentation // Sexual Harassment Prevention for Elected Local Agency OfficialsInstitute for Local Government, 08.01.2019
- Event // Policy and Procedure WritingVictorville City Hall, 03.13.2019
- Presentation // Sexual Harassment Prevention for Elected Local Agency OfficialsCalifornia Contract Cities Association, Indian Wells, 12.11.2018
- Presentation // Workplace Implications of the Me Too and Time’s Up MovementsMunicipal Management Association of Southern California, Women’s Leadership Summit, Yorba Linda, California, 05.09.2018