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Dana Peterson

Partner

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-5265
Fax: (310) 282-6960
San Francisco
Direct: (415) 544-1076
Fax: (415) 397-8549
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Ms. Peterson is a partner in the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  She is an experienced litigator and powerful advocate with a state-wide practice that enables her to provide exceptional client service in multiple jurisdictions.  In addition to litigating single and multi-plaintiff cases in both state and federal courts throughout California, Ms. Peterson is an active member of the Firm’s California Workplace Solutions Group.  In that capacity, she provides advice, counseling and training on every conceivable aspect of California employment law and has extensive expertise on conducting workplace investigations and customized audits to ensure legal compliance.  In her nineteen years of practice, she has successfully represented employers against claims of wrongful termination, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, sexual harassment, discrimination and harassment claims based on race, religion, pregnancy, gender, age, national origin and disability, alleged violations of state and federal leave laws, claims for failure to accommodate and failure to engage in the interactive process, fraud, and alleged Labor Code violations.  Ms. Peterson has represented clients at well over 100 mediations, and is skilled at negotiating favorable settlements and creatively resolving disputes.  However, she also has successful trial and arbitration experience, and has obtained results ranging from early dismissal to defense judgment.

Ms. Peterson is a partner in the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  She is an experienced litigator and powerful advocate with a state-wide practice that enables her to provide exceptional client service in multiple jurisdictions.  In addition to litigating single and multi-plaintiff cases in both state and federal courts throughout California, Ms. Peterson is an active member of the Firm’s California Workplace Solutions Group.  In that capacity, she provides advice, counseling and training on every conceivable aspect of California employment law and has extensive expertise on conducting workplace investigations and customized audits to ensure legal compliance.  In her nineteen years of practice, she has successfully represented employers against claims of wrongful termination, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, sexual harassment, discrimination and harassment claims based on race, religion, pregnancy, gender, age, national origin and disability, alleged violations of state and federal leave laws, claims for failure to accommodate and failure to engage in the interactive process, fraud, and alleged Labor Code violations.  Ms. Peterson has represented clients at well over 100 mediations, and is skilled at negotiating favorable settlements and creatively resolving disputes.  However, she also has successful trial and arbitration experience, and has obtained results ranging from early dismissal to defense judgment.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law (1995)
    Moot court award winner

  • B.A., California State University, Sacramento (1991)
    magna cum laude
  • University of Swansea, Wales (1989-1990)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California

Affiliations

  • San Francisco Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)

Presentations

  • “Managing Leaves of Absence and Reasonable Accommodation,” California Hospital Association’s Hospital Employee Health and Safety Seminar, Sacramento CA
  • “Tips and Strategies for Navigating California Leaves and Reasonable Accommodation,” California Employment Law Counsel Summer Educational Series, San Francisco CA
  • “Worker Misclassification: Risks, Trends and Updates,” Silicon Valley Compensation Association, Santa Clara CA
  • Webinar: “HR Investigations Workshop:  A Guide to Legal and Effective Inquires,”  Business Management Daily
  • Webinar: “Employee or Independent Contractor?  Inquiring Minds Want to Know…” Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • “Conducting a Workplace Audit,” Employers’ Group Workplace Employment Law Update,  Anaheim and San Francisco
  • “The Hunger Games - the World After Brinker,” Webinar presenter
  • “The Do’s and Don’ts of Workplace Investigations,”  Employers’ Group Workplace Employment Law Update,  Anaheim and San Francisco
  • “Legal Update,” Disability Management Employer Coalition, Northern CA Chapter
  • “Managing Leaves of Absence,” Employers’ Group, Ontario & Oakland, California
  • “The Potential Pitfalls of Social Media,”  San Francisco Breakfast Briefing
  • “The Perfect Storm: Navigating Your Way Through Intersecting Leave Laws,” San Francisco Bar Association 
  • “California Peculiarities” (Webinar presenter and multiple live presentations throughout the U.S.)
  • “Regulatory Changes to the FMLA: What California Employers Need to Know,” San Francisco and Sacramento, CA
  • “Leave Laws: What California Employers Need to Know,” Alameda County Employers’ Advisory Council
  • “H.R. in California: Employee Communication, Privacy and Compliance,” Northern California Human Resources Association, San Francisco Chapter
  • “HR Family Feud,” Northern California Human Resources Association, San Francisco Chapter
  • “Privacy in the Workplace,”  Northern California Human Resources Association, Dublin Chapter
  • “How to Conduct Effective Workplace Investigations,”  University of California, Berkeley, Human Resources Certification Course, Guest Lecturer
  • “Legislative Update:  New Sexual Harassment Training Regulations,”  San Francisco, CA
  • “Privacy in the Workplace,”  Northern California Human Resources Association, Oakland Chapter
  • “Employment Discrimination Law Update – Family and Medical Leave Practices,“ National Employment Law Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • “Burgeoning Issues in Employment Law:  What You Do and Do Not Want to Know about Your Employees,” Council on Education in Management, Personnel Law Update, San Jose, CA
  • “HR Squares – Employment Law Update,”  Northern California Human Resources Association, San Francisco Chapter
  • “HR Squares – Employment Law Update,”  Northern California Human Resources Association, Santa Rosa Chapter
  • “HR Squares – Employment Law Update,”  Northern California Human Resources Association Annual Conference and Trade Show, Oakland
  • “Privacy in the Workplace,”  Northern California Human Resources Association, Dublin, California
  • “Privacy in the Workplace,”  Northern California Human Resources Association, Walnut Creek
  • “Privacy in the Workplace,”  Northern California Human Resources Association, Dublin Chapter
  • “Privacy in the Workplace,”  Northern California Human Resources Association, San Francisco Chapter
  • “Employment Law Basics,” The Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution and Cornell University’s Employment Law Mediator Training Program in Monterey
  • Question & Answer Dinner Presentation with Marin based female-owned small business club
  • “Preventing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace” San Francisco Bar Association pro-bono presentation for non-profit organizations
  • “Avoiding Discrimination and Retaliation: The Definitive Guide to Employment Law for HR Professionals,” Council on Education in Management
  • “Employment Law Update,” San Francisco Employer Advisory Council, San Francisco
  • “HR Squares,”  Northern California Human Resources Association, San Francisco Chapter
  • “Privacy in the Workplace,”  Northern California Human Resources Association, Sonoma County Chapter
  • “Privacy in the Workplace,”  Northern California Human Resources Association, San Francisco Chapter
  • "HR Squares,”  Northern California Human Resources Association Annual Conference and Trade Show, Oakland
  • “Privacy in the Workplace,”  Northern California Human Resources Association, Fremont Chapter
  • "The Electronic Workplace:  Establishing Policies and Practices for Successfully Managing Employees and Protecting Privacy Rights," Council on Education in Management, San Jose
  • "If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again:  Practical Tips for Reasonable Accommodation and the Interactive Process under AB 2222," Seyfarth Shaw Breakfast Briefing, San Francisco and Sacramento
  • “Privacy in the Workplace,”  Northern California Human Resources Association, East Bay Chapter
  • "HR Squares,"   Northern California Human Resources Association Annual Conference, San Jose

Publications