Ours is a story of empowerment. We are in the business of moving our clients from victims to victors. We help them find an elegant ending to a horrible or horrific story of discrimination or retaliation or harassment. We guide our clients to write their own ending, and live a life on THEIR terms.
Brandi grew up hearing stories of discrimination and harassment in the workplace from her father, Carlos, who immigrated to the United States from Argentina in 1969, at the age of sixteen. Carlos spoke no English but learned enough to get by in school and work in the fast food industry. In those early jobs, Carlos was mocked for his thick accent, and was excluded from certain jobs, like working the drive-thru, because his employer did not want customers hearing his accent. This impacted Carlos for life – even 20 years later as a successful businessman, husband, and father Carlos would not order at a drive-thru for fear people would mock his accent. Carlos worked as an appraiser in real estate, and was told by more than one company that he was the “token” Hispanic hire. At times he was mocked by certain peers and supervisors, and Brandi saw how that harassment was impactful on a daily basis, and caused Carlos to spend a lifetime trying to prove he was good enough, and that he belonged.
Witnessing this type of injustice instilled in Brandi a desire to help people find their voice when they felt powerless. In law school, Brandi took what was supposed to be a temporary job at a firm working on a class action involving age discrimination against writers in Hollywood. This “temp job” turned into a two year awakening that called Brandi to the field of employment law. Brandi’s job was to interview all of the plaintiffs to answer discovery questions. In doing that, Brandi was able to connect with so many creative and wonderful minds who had actually written the television shows she watched growing up. Hollywood had decided these writers were not young enough to write for the coveted 18-35 demographic, and excluded them from the very industry they had created. It was a true gift to bear witness to these experiences, and be part of a team that turned pain into progress.
Brandi has dedicated her professional life to representing employees who have endured harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Brandi takes on new challenges each day, and is not afraid to test the limits of the law and find new paths to justice. Brandi has tried cases based on entirely new causes of action, including the first failure to rehire case in the State of California, resulting in justice for a nurse who was retaliated against after advocating for her patients’ safety. Brandi is someone who believes in the power of the law to heal the wounds caused by injustice, and is honored to be trusted by her clients to transform oppression into an opportunity to make the world a better place.
Fearless champions of employee rights.