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Kimberly A. Lucia / Shareholder

Detailed Practice Description

Kimberly Lucia counsels clients in all areas of employment law, including drafting employee handbooks and policies, negotiating severance agreements, and conducting employment investigations. She routinely provides advice and counseling to public and private employers on wage and hour issues, discipline and termination, disability accommodations, and Family and Medical Leave Act/California Family Rights Act leaves of absences. Kimberly also counsels clients on pre-litigation strategies and represents employers in employee grievance proceedings. She has represented employers before the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement in wage and hour hearings and has conducted employment investigations into discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour claims.

Kimberly has also represented clients in federal and state court in wrongful termination in violation of public policy, wage and hour, discrimination and harassment lawsuits. She has mediated several cases to successful resolution and has represented clients in arbitrations before JAMS and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Prior to attending law school, Kimberly worked for eleven years in the financial industry as a securities trader for Jefferies & Company, Chase Hambrecht & Quist, JP Morgan Chase, and RBC Capital Markets.

The Basics

I practice labor and employment law. I handle both litigation and advice and counseling work for employers.

Delivering for Clients

Recently, I persuaded a plaintiff to dismiss her claim against my client after several months of litigation. I was able to convince the plaintiff her case had no merit and was frivolous. This does not happen often, but I think it demonstrates our ability to make a very persuasive case for our clients.

One thing I really enjoy about my practice is the challenge of California employment laws, which are a veritable mine field.  Employers I work with really want to do the right thing, and when I can help them navigate tricky discipline procedures, leaves of absence, and other laws—that makes me feel good.

  • Practices
  • Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Education
  • University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D. 2009
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City, M.A. in Forensic Psychology
  • Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania, B.A. in Psychology, Sociology
  • Honors
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star: 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • Sacramento Business Journal Best of the Bar, 2016
  • Sacramento Magazine 2016 Top Lawyer
  • Law School Honor, graduated Order of the Coif
  • Witkin Awards for the highest grade in Civil Procedure, Employment Discrimination, Criminal Law, Health Law, and Intellectual Property Law
  • Senior Notes and Comments Editor, UC Davis Law Review
  • Patrick J. Hopkins Memorial Writing award for article on the Federal False Claims Act
  • Recipient of the Frank and Margaret Johns Award for her demonstrated commitment to the University of California, Davis School of Law
  • Bar Admissions
  • California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Member and Former Board Member, Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Board of Directors, King Hall Alumni Association
  • Executive Committee, Milton L. Schwartz David F. Levi American Inn of Court
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section, SacLEGAL, and the Sacramento Barrister’s Club

Articles and Presentations

Articles

2009

“United States v. Baylor University Medical Center: Impact of FRCP 15(c)(2) on the False Claim’s Act’s Seal Provision,” 42 U.C. Davis Law Review 255 (2009)

Presentations

2010—Present

Boutin Jones, “Employment Law Year in Review,” Presenter

The biggest change I’ve seen in employment law is the proliferation of wage and hour litigation, particularly in the class action context.  It is now more important than ever to have clearly articulated and legally accurate employment policies.

Representative Experience

Employment Counseling

Development of Employee Handbooks, Executive Employment Agreements, Employee Severance Agreements, Sales Compensation Plans, Trade Secret and Confidentiality Agreements, Independent Contractor Agreements, and Technology and Social Media Policies

Employment Litigation

Associate counsel in successful defense of private employer in California state court against a claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy and whistleblower statutes

Defended employers against claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement

Investigator for claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, and wages by public employees against special districts

Investigator for claims of sexual harassment and discrimination against private employers

Lead counsel in defending employers against wage claims brought by former employees to the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement

Associate counsel in successful summary judgment motion on behalf of private employer on state court action claims of sexual harassment, failure to prevent sexual harassment, disability discrimination and harassment, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in interactive process, gender discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault

Lead counsel in obtaining dismissal of federal court action for claims of age, race, and religious discrimination in violation of federal and state law