Chandra Russell represents employers in workplace disputes as well as other businesses in pursuing and defending complex commercial litigation. Her clients range from global corporations to small family companies, spanning several industries, from technology and media to retail and food.
For employers, Ms. Russell handles a wide variety of matters involving wage and hour compliance, workplace environment issues, discrimination claims, performance management, workplace rules, and trade secret protection. In addition to frequently appearing on behalf of clients before administrative agencies and state and federal courts, she routinely counsels and advises businesses on their employment policies.
With an approach that seeks the best results for her clients in the most efficient manner, Ms. Russell’s experience includes successful early resolution to numerous cases through demurrer, dismissal and favorable settlement. She recently obtained dismissal on demurrer of a suit brought by a former senior executive against a leading Internet retail company alleging wrongful termination in violation of public policy. When settlement is not in her clients’ best interests, Ms. Russell also has significant trial and pretrial experience, including serving as lead associate in a 6-week jury trial for a Silicon Valley company that resulted in a complete defense verdict.
Ms. Russell also maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients in employment and civil rights matters. In a recent civil rights case, she successfully convinced the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reverse a trial court’s unfavorable ruling on a key constitutional issue.