PEOPLE

Our professional staff have extensive experience working with management

in both counseling and litigation environments.

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Richard Rybicki
Attorney

Richard Rybicki works closely with employers, helping them navigate a vast array of tough workplace issues. He offers an experienced and practical approach to developing employment policies and managing workplace conflicts. 

When conflicts do not resolve, Rick represents management in individual, representative, and class-action litigation. He has appeared for employers, employer associations, and employee benefit plans in courts and administrative proceedings throughout the United States.  He was lead counsel in the first two cases filed under California's Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act ("PAGA").

Rick also practices under state and federal labor relations laws, including union organizing, collective bargaining, arbitration, and hearings before labor relations boards. He is a longtime editor of The Developing Labor Law (ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law), a leading national labor-management publication.

Rick attended U.C.L.A., the University of Cambridge, and Cornell Law School, receiving his J.D. with Concentration in Advocacy.  He is admitted to practice in California and before various federal District Courts, Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. 

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Jacqueline Loveless
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.

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David Suddendorf
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 nation’s largest medical malpractice insurance 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. 
 
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.