Maureen has more than 20 years of experience representing and counseling employers in all aspects of employment law and litigation, including providing day-to-day advice to small and large businesses, non-profits, and public entities regarding terminations, layoffs, employee classifications, and wage and hour issues. Maureen also has been retained by employers to conduct independent investigations into corporate wrongdoing and violations of anti-discrimination laws.
Maureen has successfully defended employers in state and federal court against claims for wrongful discharge and whistleblower retaliation; race, national origin, sex, and disability discrimination; and harassment. She has defended wage and hour class actions and wage claims brought before the California Labor Commissioner, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Maureen also has administrative law experience responding to EEOC and DFEH complaints.
In her practice, Maureen made groundbreaking law on behalf of employers and businesses seeking to enforce arbitration agreements in Espejo v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group (2016) 246 Cal.App.4th 1047, Hogan v. Country Villa Health Services (2007) 148 Cal.App.4th 259, and Garrison v. Superior Court (2005) 132 Cal.App.4th 253. She has several other published opinions to her name on a wide range of issues, including Gutierrez v. Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. (9th Cir. 2011) 640 F.3d 1025 (doctrine of forum non conveniens); Zimmerman v. Puccio (1st Cir. 2010) 613 F.3d 60 (alter ego doctrine); Zimmerman v. Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. (1st Cir. 2005) 409 F.3d 473 (statutory interpretation of Credit Repair Organization Act); and Blumhorst v. Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles (2005) 126 Cal.App.4th 993 (gender discrimination). Maureen has written numerous appellate briefs and argued cases in the state and federal appellate courts.
Maureen has first-hand knowledge of how courts decide cases, having spent several years as a senior appellate attorney at the Court of Appeal where she worked with the Honorable Steven Z. Perren in Ventura and the Honorable Richard Aldrich in the Second District. Several of the cases she worked on were first impression employment law cases. With a master’s degree in communications from the Annenberg School, Maureen also is a published legal writer and co-authored a chapter in Civil Writ Practice (Cont. Ed. Bar 4th ed. 2008).
Maureen litigates a wide variety of disputed matters and counsels employers in all aspects of employment law, including:
- Internal investigations
- Litigation of business & employment disputes
- Wrongful termination
- Employment discrimination & harassment
- Breach of contract
- Protection of employer trade secrets & confidential information
- Executive compensation
- Workplace privacy
- Employee discipline
- Hiring and termination
- Wage & hour matters
- Employee benefits
- Health & safety issues
- Leaves of absence
- Development & revision of employee handbooks
- Personnel policies
- Training & preventive counseling for employee relations & litigation avoidance
After graduating from college, Maureen became a community volunteer working on behalf of abused and neglected children. She has volunteered at Children’s Institute International, teaching kids about the court system, at the Los Angeles Superior Court, providing assistance and guidance to foster youth as a court appointed special advocate, and formerly served on the Board of Directors of CASA of Los Angeles.
Maureen graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied journalism. She obtained a graduate degree from the Annenberg School for Communication. She then earned a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude while serving as editor-in-chief of the Southwestern Law Review. She is admitted to practice in California, the United States Court of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits, and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Maureen is a former sportswriter, and she is an avid college football fan.