Our People

Jennifer Brown Shaw

Principal

Jennifer Shaw is the founder of Shaw Law Group. 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.

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D. Gregory Valenza

Principal

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.

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Trish Higgins

Of Counsel

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.

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Eric Glassman

Of Counsel

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.

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Alayna Schroeder

Of Counsel

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.

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Julia Melnicoe Insel

Associate

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.

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Brooke Kozak

Associate

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.

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Matthew Roberts

Associate

Matthew Roberts’ practice primarily focuses on conducting neutral, third-party workplace investigations and advising private and public sector employers on employment law issues. Before joining Shaw Law Group, Matthew’s law practice focused on civil litigation, representing clients on both sides of the courtroom. Matthew’s litigated employment claims related to wage and hour; anti-discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; accommodation; and whistleblower protection laws.

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Vanessa Lemrond

Associate

Vanessa Lemrond is an Associate at Shaw Law Group, PC. Her practice focuses on providing employment law advice to private and public sector employers, reviewing and revising employee handbooks and policies, and conducting independent workplace investigations. Prior to joining Shaw Law Group, Vanessa practiced at a boutique civil law firm.

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Sacramento, CA 95825
Tel: (916) 640-2240
Fax: (916) 640-2241
71 Stevenson Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
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