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Overview

Amberly offers practical advice to employers as they navigate challenging labor and employment issues during day-to-day compliance and through unexpected disputes.

Amberly provides advice and counsel on day-to-day employment matters, helping employers navigate complex labor and employment issues in California, often the first state to pursue employee-friendly statutes. She enjoys working with Fortune 500 companies and family businesses alike. Amberly’s advice to clients includes:

  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Leaves of absence
  • Disability accommodation
  • Paid sick leave
  • Performance management
  • Tip pooling
  • Employee handbooks and policies
  • Severance agreements

As a former entrepreneur, Amberly appreciates the groundwork and passion behind every successful business, and works with clients to develop practical solutions tailored to the client’s goals.

When a dispute occurs, she is a vigorous advocate and skilled negotiator, working tirelessly to reach favorable outcomes for clients. She has defended single-plaintiff, class action and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) matters. Amberly represents clients in arbitration and litigation as well as before government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).


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Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • B.S., University of Texas at Dallas
    • Biology
    • cum laude

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Not admitted to practice in Texas.

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)

Clerkships

  • The Hon. M. James Lorenz, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • The Hon. Peter C. Lewis, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California


*Amberly works remotely in California. For a virtual or in-person meeting, please contact Amberly via email or phone. For mail or other deliveries, please use the firm's Austin office address: 111 Congress Avenue, Suite 1400, Austin, TX 78701.
Experience

Litigation

  • Obtained appellate court decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirming order granting summary judgment on former employee's claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Social Media

  • Successfully developed and implemented strategy to obtain removal of negative social media posting by former employee by prosecution of action under unfair competition statutes.
  • Develops and audits social media policies.

Crisis Management

  • Counseled numerous clients on COVID-19-related issues, including reductions in force, unemployment insurance and compliance with the leave requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
  • Served on legal task force advising numerous employers on Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, including Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), FFCRA leave tax credits and Employee Retention Credits during COVID-19.
Outside the Office

Amberly enjoys pilates, yoga and anything that gets her outdoors. She loves taking time out with her husband and friends for camping, hiking, and bicycling. Amberly and her husband have maintained a yearly tradition of camping in Death Valley during the Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy exploring off and on road together on their dual sport motorcycles.

Community Leadership

Amberly loves dogs and, while she does not currently have any permanent pets, she fosters dogs and supports Frosted Faces Foundation, a local San Diego rescue for elderly dogs.

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