Our professional staff have extensive experience working with management
in both counseling and litigation environments.
Richard Rybicki advises clients on a broad range of labor and employment law issues. He has represented employers, employer associations, and employee benefit plans in courts and administrative proceedings throughout the United States.
He also practices under state and federal labor relations laws, representing management in collective bargaining, arbitration, and matters before the National Labor Relations Board, the California Agricultural Relations Board, and the California Public Employment Relations Board.
Richard speaks and writes frequently on employment issues. He is a longtime contributing editor for The Developing Labor Law, a leading labor-management publication, and has chaired both the Napa and Sonoma Bar Association Labor & Employment Law sections. He has taught or lectured in programs such as the Napa Valley College Hospitality Management Program, the Sonoma State University Wine Business Program, and Stanford Law School's Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program.
Richard received a B.A. in Philosophy from U.C.L.A., his law degree from Cornell University, and an advanced qualification in legal philosophy from the University of Cambridge. He is admitted to practice in California and before various federal District Courts, Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.
Attorney of Counsel
Heather Bussing has over 30 years' experience practicing labor and employment law. She has represented employers in wage and hour claims, termination and discipline issues, discrimination and civil rights matters, and union bargaining, grievance, and arbitration disputes. She especially enjoys advising employers to help prevent problems including crafting policies and conducting training.
She speaks regularly on employment and HR Technology issues and writes for the HRExaminer, exploring the intersection of people, technology and work. She has been quoted on employment issues in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Mashable, Business Insider, and NPR. She also teaches Advanced Legal Writing and Social Media and Internet Law.
Heather received both her B.A.in Philosophy (honors) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas. She is licensed to practice in California and Washington (inactive) and admitted to all state and federal courts in California and the United States Supreme Court.
Attorney of Counsel
Jacqueline Loveless has more than two decades of experience including counseling, negotiation and litigation for private and public employers throughout California.
She first practiced employment law at one of the largest public-sector management firms in California. She has been active in the local legal community as well, including the Sonoma County Bar Association's Labor and Employment section and the Public Justice Foundation.
Jackie continues to advise both private and public-sector employers on all aspects of employment compliance. Her practice also includes the defense of wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other employment-related claims as well as assisting management on labor relations, leaves of absence, and managing workplace solutions.
Jackie received a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Northridge, and a J.D. from Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles. She is admitted to all state and federal courts in California.
Attorney of Counsel
David Suddendorf is a longtime trial lawyer and general counsel with broad experience in both law firm and corporate environments. He has obtained significant jury verdicts and settlements in cases involving major corporations and tried employment-related cases involving issues such as wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, insurance coverage and personal injury. He is also an experienced appellate lawyer.
Dave is former General Counsel of The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest medical malpractice insurance company, where his executive team participated in strategic planning and day-to-day operations of a $3 billion company. In private practice, Dave was the Managing Partner of a 100-plus lawyer San Francisco law firm and has managed both small plaintiff law firms and corporate legal and business departments. He has represented UK insurer/names, major domestic insurers and industry organizations, as well as international wine growers, high net-worth individuals, and all of the major California ski areas.
Dave’s experience affords him a rare perspective on trial preparation and maximization of results. He has long been recognized by colleagues and opponents alike for his ability to reduce complex issues to simple, understandable stories and solutions.
Dave is a graduate of Duke University where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar. At the University of Cincinnati College of Law, he was a National Finalist in the National Moot Court Competition and received the Lewis F. Powell Jr. medallion for excellence in advocacy. He is admitted to practice in California and various federal trial and appellate courts.