SUZANNE K. ROTEN

SUZANNE K. ROTEN

Experience:

Brown Law Group: San Diego, CA

Partner

June 2011 to Present

 

Ms. Roten’s practice focuses on labor and employment law. She advises management on federal and state employment law compliance. She defends employers against claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, retaliation and wage and hour disputes in state and federal courts and before governmental agencies. Ms. Roten has expertise in the area of disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation, and in public accommodation compliance under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She also provides assistance with executive employment contracts, arbitration agreements and confidentiality agreements, as well as conducting employee complaint investigations. Ms. Roten is experienced in writing appellate briefs for presentation to the California Court of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

 

Ms. Roten’s clients include both small and large employers in private sector businesses, as well as non-profit corporations.

 

Ms. Roten also has considerable experience representing public sector employers, including representing a large federal agency in employee disciplinary appeal proceedings and in discrimination charges brought by federal employees before the EEOC.

 

Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC: Knoxville, TN

Senior Associate, November 2001 to June 2011

Ms. Roten practiced at Tennessee’s preeminent management-side labor and employment law firm, defending clients in employment discrimination and wrongful discharge lawsuits and before the EEOC, DOL, and the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. She also provided advice and training to clients on employment law matters. Ms. Roten also advised clients with facilities in California on California employment law, including providing mandatory sexual harassment training for supervisors in California in 2005.

Ms. Roten was appointed by the Mayor of Knoxville to serve on the City of Knoxville Civil Service Merit Board from 2009-2011, where she participated in the review of personnel issues and employment policies for the City of Knoxville.

 

Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, LLP: Palo Alto and Menlo Park, CA

Associate/Special Counsel, November 1990 to September 2001

 

Ms. Roten practiced in the Labor & Employment Group defending clients in employment-related claims in federal and California state courts, the EEOC, DFEH and DLSE. She also counseled clients on employment law matters and provided management training on employment law issues.

 

Pre-Law Experience:

Librarian, University of San Diego and University of California, San Diego (1979-1987)

 

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Roten managed departments and branches in her earlier career as a librarian. This experience provides Ms. Roten with insight into the challenges faced by supervisors and managers in navigating the requirements of state and federal employment law.

 

Press & Media:

Ms. Roten has been a frequent speaker on employment law and related topics. She has published articles on these subjects in the Knoxville Business Journal, Dicta (journal of the Knoxville Bar Association), and the San Diego Business Journal, including “Social Media Policy Can Stumble Over Words,” (San Diego Business Journal, March 2012).

Community Involvement:

Ms. Roten is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Lawyers Club of San Diego, and the Knoxville Bar Association. Ms. Roten served on the Knoxville Bar Association Publications Committee from 2008-2011, and she authored the monthly “Management Counsel” column for the Bar Association’s journal. She was awarded the Knoxville Bar Association’s 2010 Dicta Award for outstanding writing. Ms. Roten actively supports Habitat for Humanity, and she volunteered on the building crews for two homes in Knoxville. Ms. Roten is active in her home community of Ocean Beach, where she participates in community clean-up projects. Ms. Roten also actively supports the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Humane Society, and the UCLA School of Law.

Personal Service:

Ms. Roten enjoys outdoor activities, including running, hiking, bicycling, and walking on the beach. She is also an avid college and professional sports fan, and is a big fan of the San Diego Padres. In addition, Ms. Roten and her husband enjoy traveling in the United States and Europe, and her current favorite destinations are Italy and Great Britain. Ms. Roten also enjoys reading modern fiction and watching a variety of films.

 

Education:

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law,  Los Angeles, CA
J.D. 1990
Activities: Member, UCLA Law Review, 1988-90
Chief Managing Editor, Law Review, 1989-90
Teaching Assistant, Legal Research & Writing, 1989-90

 

University of California, Berkeley, School of Library & Information Sciences, Berkeley, CA
M.L.S. 1978

 

University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
B.A. (Honors) English and American Literature, Political Science minor, 1970

 

Member of the California State Bar since December 1990
Member of the Tennessee State Bar since November 2001