Laura J. Clark

Ms. Clark joined P.C. in 2011 as an associate. Her practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling.

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Education

  • University of Iowa, B.A., majoring in Political Science, Psychology and Communication Studies, graduated with Honors and Distinction
  • University of Iowa, College of Law, J.D., Senior Note Editor for the Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems
  • Semesters Abroad:  Semester at Sea, Fall 1996; Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, Summer 1998

Admissions

Ms. Clark is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice law in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and California Supreme Court.

Key Accomplishments

  • Successfully defeated a challenge to Rite Aid’s termination of a 29-year retail clerk who was cited following her sale of beer to an Alcohol Beverage Control decoy.   In arbitration before Frederic R. Horowitz, UFCW 770 argued that the clerk’s 29-year history, without discipline, should have precluded termination.However, the arbitrator disagreed, based on (i) the undisputed sale of alcohol to a minor; (ii) the employee’s admission that she did not request identification because she thought the purchaser “looked” over 30; and (iii) the retailer had taken extensive measures to communicate the seriousness of the policy to its employees.  Indeed, the retailer here changed their cash registers to require entry of a birthdate into the system, and had twice yearly electronic training sessions where employees were warned that even one instance of sale of alcohol to a minor would lead to immediate termination.  Read the Arbitrator’s Opinion.
  • Proactively defends corporate clients in general commercial litigation and employment litigation matters including harassment and discrimination claims based on race, sex, religion and/or disability and wage and hour disputes
  • Defends clients in administrative actions before governmental agencies, including the EEOC, DLSE, DFEH, and OSHA
  • Defended a public company in a class action brought under the California Unfair Competition Law alleging destruction of exempt status through violations of California wage and hour law
  • Defended a wage and hour class action based on a mischaracterization of exempt status claim
  • Negotiated and drafted employment contracts for executives at high-tech and publicly traded companies
  • Multi-phase trial experience
  • In-house counsel experience advising Human Resources and management clients in addition to crafting policy changes and responding to administrative complaints nationwide, including EEOC, DLSE, DFEH, ONLR and OSHA
    • Speaker, Labor and Employment Update Seminar (November 2007); Speaker, Labor and Employment Law Seminar (December 2006)
    • Co-author, Is the Executive Employment Agreement Dead?, Compensation & Benefits Review, Vol. 39, No. 4, 50-54 (2007); Co-author, Sarbanes-Oxley Planning and Compliance, Thompson Publishing Group, (2003)

Affiliations/Hobbies

  • San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association