Corinne Spencer is Senior Employment Counsel and the Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Corinne also spearheads the firm’s Environmental Law practice, including, but not limited to, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) matters. Prior to returning to Pearlman Brown & Wax, Corinne was counsel with Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard, & Smith, a national, full-service law firm listed among the AmLaw 100.
Corinne is dedicated to representing and counseling clients in employment-related matters, including litigation, risk assessment, policy preparation, personnel decisions, and training. She represents employers in State and Federal Courts, and appears before all state and federal employment-related agencies, including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), Employment Development Department (EDD), and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Corinne’s practice encompasses single-party discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination cases, most often arising out of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), wage-and-hour class actions, and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) Representative Actions. She has defended numerous clients across all industries including food service, healthcare, sporting goods, and entertainment. In addition to conducting independent investigations of workplace misconduct, Corinne has extensive experience drafting law and motion, responding to discovery, taking and defending depositions, and arguing substantive and dispositive motions. She also zealously advocates for employers and management in mediations, arbitrations, trial and appellate courts.
Most recently, Corinne successfully appealed a trial court’s decision to deny a motion to compel arbitration. After Corinne argued the case before the California Court of Appeal, the decision issued in favor of her client, the employer, reversing the trial court’s decision with instructions the matter should be ordered to arbitration.
Corinne received her Juris Doctor from University of San Francisco where she was a member of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition and the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition. Corinne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and a minor in law and society from University of California, San Diego.
Outside of her law practice, Corinne is an avid gardener, outdoorswoman, and enjoys exploring new countries, cultures, and cuisines with her husband.
This program will discuss how California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), the Viking River Cruises decision, and Assembly Bill 51 (AB 51), which was scheduled to become law in 2020, intersected to create a conundrum in the ...