Biography

Chandra Andrade specializes in counseling employers in workplace disputes and defending them in single-plaintiff, class-action, and PAGA litigation. Although she advises clients in a broad range of industries, the bulk of her work is for technology firms, food and beverage companies, and wineries. Chandra handles a wide variety of issues including wage and hour compliance, harassment and discrimination claims, performance management, and workplace policies and training.

Chandra’s practice falls into two broad categories. First, Chandra is a skillful and effective litigator. Her experience includes successful early resolution to numerous cases through demurrer, dismissal and favorable settlement. When settlement is not optimal, she is an effective advocate on her feet, with broad experience defending clients at agency, trial, and appellate levels. She is an active member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, where she served as chair of the Leadership Development Committee.

Second, Chandra works with clients on compliance and proactive resolution of pre-litigation disputes. With a practical, business-oriented approach that seeks the best results in the most efficient manner, she is particularly effective at working with growth companies that have limited experience with employment issues. Employment law can be an emotionally loaded undertaking, where careers, dignity, and livelihood are at issue. Chandra approaches potentially volatile situations in a calm, matter-of-fact, and collaborative manner that emphasizes working together to find solutions. She brings sensitivity to the day-to-day realities of her clients’ personal and business priorities and pride in being a reliable, responsive resource for her clients. 

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, 2017 Chair, Leadership Development Committee, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Firm Highlights

Publication

Employment Law Symposium Recordings & Articles

Employers Face Significant New Requirements for Severance Agreements and Non-Competes  (Recording) Conducting Effective, Defensible Investigations (With Lessons Learned from Summary Judgment & Trial)  (Recording) California Employment Law Updates: What to Look Out for in...

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A Summary of New Laws Coming for California Employers in 2024

In 2023, California has adopted several new employment laws either introducing new employee protections or codifying existing practices into state law. With these changes, employers will need to examine and adjust some of their...

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Conducting Effective, Defensible Investigations (With Lessons Learned from Summary Judgment & Trial)

Farella's 2024 Employment Law Symposium provided invaluable insights that will keep you and your talent team at the forefront of California employment law trends. The Symposium offered a unique chance to deepen your understanding of new...

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Trial Courts’ Tool Box Doesn’t Include PAGA Manageability Authority

In Estrada v. Royalty Carpet Mills, Inc. , the California Supreme Court jump-started 2024 with a boon to employees, ending trial courts’ inherent authority to dismiss unmanageable claims under the Private Attorneys’ General Act...

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California’s Estrada Decision and Impact on Employers and PAGA Claims

Following Estrada v. Royalty Carpet Mills, Inc. , the California Supreme Court’s employee-friendly Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) ruling earlier this year, employers must remain more diligent than ever to prevent and mitigate costly...

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Compelling Employees to Arbitration Suddenly Has Less of an Upside

On July 17, the California Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Adolph v. Uber Techs Inc., as to whether employees still have standing to sue for "non-individual" PAGA claims when they have been...

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