Lisa Lawson has over 15 years of experience advising California employers and executives and litigating high-stakes employment-related cases. She provides advice and counsel on all aspects of state and federal employment law, including wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, retaliation, employee movement, disability law, leaves of absence, employee privacy, and wage-and-hour issues. She represents companies and executives in state and federal employment litigation, including class actions, as well as arbitrations, administrative claims, and mediations. She negotiates and prepares employment agreements and assists corporate clients with developing and implementing personnel policies and procedures. She also provides corporate clients with training regarding harassment and serves as an independent investigator of sensitive workplace complaints.
Prior to co-founding Pennington Lawson, Ms. Lawson worked in the nationally-recognized employment law departments of Paul Hastings and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. In addition, she served as in-house employment counsel at a major Silicon Valley technology company. She also formerly worked with noted San Francisco plaintiffs’ employment attorney Cliff Palefsky. In that role, Ms. Lawson was a member of the trial team that obtained a judgment in excess of $3 million for its executive client in a dispute alleging breach of an employment contract.
Ms. Lawson was appointed by the State Bar in September 2011 to serve on the Executive Committee of the Bar's Labor and Employment Law Section. Ms. Lawson also was named a Northern California "Super Lawyer" for 2012 and 2013.
Ms. Lawson has written and lectured on a broad array of employment-law issues, including wage-and-hour law, wrongful termination, leaves of absence, retaliation, discrimination, and employee disability rights.
Ms. Lawson received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles and her bachelor's degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. Ms. Lawson lives with her husband and two daughters in Piedmont and serves as a member of that city’s Civil Service Commission, which hears disputes between the City and its employees.
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