Trish Higgins has provided employers with effective legal advice and representation for over 25 years. Trish has extensive experience conducting neutral investigations of workplace issues, including complaints of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. She has conducted sensitive investigations for private companies in numerous industries, for public employers, and for non-profit organizations. Trish serves as an expert witness regarding the adequacy of workplace investigations and other employment issues, and she leads trainings on workplace investigation best practices.
Trish also counsels employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring, wage-and-hour issues, reasonable accommodations and leaves of absence, performance management, terminations, and responding to employee complaints. Clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small start-ups rely on Trish to provide practical advice based on each client’s particular business needs and objectives. Trish is also an engaging facilitator who has trained hundreds of managers, employees, and elected officials on how to maintain a respectful workplace that is free of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
Trish has extensive experience litigating employment matters in state and federal court, from wage-and-hour and discrimination class actions to individual claims of sexual harassment and wrongful termination. She also represents employers before administrative agencies, including the EEOC, DFEH, DLSE, and DOL. An experienced negotiator, Trish helps clients resolve disputes through various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. For many years, she has served as a Settlement Judge Pro Tem for the Sacramento County Superior Court.
Trish is a frequent lecturer, author, and commentator on employment issues. She is currently the Chair of the Wage-and-Hour Subcommittee of the ABA Employment & Labor Relations Law Committee and is a past Chair of the Labor & Employment Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association.
On a pro bono basis, Trish represents survivors of human trafficking. She obtained a jury verdict on behalf of a human trafficking survivor, and she was awarded the Community Award by Santa Clara University for her representation of human trafficking survivors.
Prior to joining Shaw Law Group, Trish practiced employment law at a global law firm and clerked for a federal district court judge.
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
Certifications, Memberships, and Awards:
“The Gig Economy: Uber Keeps Rolling Along Despite Challenges,” ABA Employment & Labor Relations Law Newsletter, Winter 2018
“Notice Required for Termination Under USERRA,” ABA Employment & Labor Relations Law Newsletter, Fall 2016
“Medical Marijuana Cards: The New Scarlet Letter?” Law 360 Expert Analysis, February 2015
“Schwab and Class Action Waivers of Employment Claims,” Corporate Counsel, June 2014
“The EEOC’s Pre-Suit Obligations in the Systemic Era,” Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin, June 2012
“What’s Next in Class Actions,” American Bar Association, March 2018
“Arbitration: A Litigator’s Perspective,” Sacramento County Bar Association, March 2018
“Recent Supreme Court Decisions Affecting the Financial Services Industry,” National Association of Women Lawyers, July 2015
“Increasing Momentum of the EEOC and Its Pursuit of Systemic Cases,” Women in Employment Law Network, March 2012
“Building Lasting Client Relationships,” San Francisco County Bar Association, November 2010
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