Partner, Retail Team Leader
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Samantha practices labor and employment law, with a focus on defense of employers in all types of labor and employment matters, as well as on proactively advising employers to avoid litigation. Samantha has handled single plaintiff discrimination, retaliation, harassment, failure to accommodate, wrongful termination, and defamation cases, as well as other statutory, contract and tort-related claims, and has developed an expertise in California and national wage and hour issues. She has a significant amount of experience representing employers in class actions, both within California and nationwide, as well as representing employers before administrative agencies. Samantha regularly advises management on wage-and-hour issues, leave laws, workplace violence prevention, the disability accommodation process, and the discipline and termination processes. She also regularly reviews and prepares handbooks and other employment-related documents, as well as conducting large-scale audits to identify potential violations. Samantha has been active in influencing legislative changes of interest to her clients both inside and outside California.