Jennifer Shaw is the founder of Shaw Law Group and a 2019 recipient of the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” award. A well-respected expert in employment law for more than 20 years, employers rely on Jennifer to counsel them on a broad range of employment law issues. Jennifer’s practical advice covers a wide array of employment law subjects including wage-hour compliance, anti-discrimination and harassment policies and procedures, reasonable accommodation/leave of absence issues, and hiring/separation processes.
Megan is an experienced human resources professional who conducts impartial investigations, provides employment law advice and counsel, and conducts training on workplace issues. As an investigator, Megan evaluates complex and sensitive workplace complaints of sexual and other workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wage-hour violations.
Eric Glassman has provided legal advice, training and litigation-related services to private corporations, non-profit organizations, and public agencies for more than 25 years. Eric has conducted hundreds of seminars and workshops for managers and employees on a wide variety of topics. Attendees praise Eric’s comfortable and relatable style, and his ability to convey complex legal concepts without resorting to using “legalese.” He has an enthusiasm and talent for making workplace topics come alive.
For more than 20 years, Trish Higgins has provided employers with effective legal advice and representation. She 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.
Julia Melnicoe Insel
Julia Melnicoe Insel’s practice primarily focuses on defending employers in employment law matters and providing advice and counsel on workplace topics. Julia reviews employee handbooks and policies for employers, and provides practical advice to help clients stay out of court. She is also an experienced litigator and effective advocate. Julia has done extensive work for the Firm’s health care clients.
Brooke Kozak is an accomplished and well-respected investigator and counselor. She has served as the lead investigator on a variety of complex and sensitive workplace investigations involving high-level executives, elected officials, and multiple respondents, among other challenging circumstances.
J.R. Riddell is an outgoing communicator experienced in conducting complex and sensitive investigation work. As an Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) Certificate Holder, J.R.’s practice focuses on conducting impartial workplace investigations for employers in the public and private sectors.
Alayna Schroeder provides advice and counsel to employers in all areas of employment law, including wage and hour, leaves of absence and accommodation, harassment, discrimination and retaliation. She regularly reviews handbooks, policies, and forms; drafts employment, separation, and compensation agreements; conducts human resources audits; and strategizes with clients to address concerns that arise at all stages of the employment relationship.
D. Gregory Valenza
Greg Valenza advises the Firm’s clients regarding the gamut of employment law issues. From reasonable accommodation to layoffs, wage-hour compliance to arbitration and other employment agreements, Greg helps clients comply with ever-changing and expanding federal, state, and local employment laws and ordinances. He is well-known among lawyers and human resources professionals as a knowledgeable employment lawyer who gives practical and accurate advice.
Melissa Whitehead’s practice primarily focuses on providing advice and counsel to employers, conducting impartial workplace investigations, and providing substantive training to employers and HR professionals. She also represents clients before administrative agencies on a wide variety of employment matters, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, FEHA/EEOC claims.