Lisa Lawson has over 20 years of experience litigating high-stakes employment-related cases and advising California employers and executives. She represents companies and executives in state and federal employment litigation, including arbitrations, administrative claims, and mediations. 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 also has niche expertise in litigating employee mobility issues involving executives under fixed-term contracts in the entertainment industry. She has achieved successful results for dozens of clients involved in such claims.
Ms. Lawson also negotiates employment and separation 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.
Ms. Lawson has served on the Executive Committee of the State Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Ms. Lawson also has been peer rated “Preeminent” (5 out of 5) by Martindale Hubbell and has been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” for each year since co-founding Pennington Lawson.
Ms. Lawson has written and lectured on a broad array of employment-law issues, including wage-and-hour law, sick leave, wrongful termination, leaves of absence, retaliation, discrimination, remote working arrangements, and employee disability rights.
Ms. Lawson lives with her husband and two daughters in Piedmont where she served for six years as a member of that city’s Civil Service Commission, which hears disputes between the City and its employees.
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