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Gina M. Roccanova

Gina M. RoccanovaPrincipalDownload PDFvCard510.808.2000


Gina Roccanova is a Principal at Meyers Nave and Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. With more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Gina brings a practical, problem-solving orientation to her work in negotiations, counseling, investigations, litigation, arbitration and training. Gina’s approach to advice and counseling is pragmatic and people-centered. She aims not only to keep her clients out of trouble, but to help them enhance their operations, increase employee engagement, and live out their organizational values.

Gina has negotiated labor agreements with SEIU, transit unions, IAFF, Stationary Engineers, crafts unions, and other employee organizations for a variety of public sector, non-profit, and private sector clients in health care, public protection, railroad, transit, building management, education, retail, and other settings. She regularly represents clients in discipline, contract interpretation, and interest arbitration, as well as unfair labor practice charges, and fact-finding proceedings. Gina’s experience includes negotiating post-Janus side letters for public agencies.

Gina has also handled representation and decertification petitions for clients before the Public Employment Relations Board, and has defended clients against unfair labor practice charges incident to organizing campaigns. She has advised public and private-sector clients on issues such as permissible parameters of organizational picketing and pamphleting; rules limiting management communication with employees before and during organizational campaigns and elections; proper conduct of elections; and bargaining unit determination.

As a litigator, Gina has prevailed on behalf of clients in high-profile matters, including a constitutional challenge to an Education Code provision, winning summary judgment in a disparate impact challenge to a promotional exam, and successfully defending high-level executives and general counsels. She has particular expertise with employment matters in the areas of discrimination, accommodation, leave of absence laws, wage-and-hour law, medical and recreational marijuana use issues, and NLRB enforcement in non-unionized workplaces.

Gina has defended public and private employers in wage-and-hour litigation claims that allege misclassification, unpaid wages, overtime, commissions, meal and rest breaks, waiting time penalties, off-the-clock claims; split shifts, travel time, and donning/doffing, and joint employment issues. She also has advised public and private sector clients on a variety of wage and hour issues, including employee classification, workweek definition, alternative workweeks, policies and documentation, exemption, the interplay between the Labor Code and collective bargaining agreements, calculation of the regular rate of pay, work schedules, and related issues.

Gina has also conducted workplace investigations for clients in a variety of industries and settings. Her experience as an employment litigator, counselor, and manager inform her investigative approach, which emphasizes objectivity, an understanding of context, and approachability, and strives to balance thoroughness and speed.

Gina’s decade of service as a Deputy City Attorney on the Labor Team in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office provides her with extensive experience handling a wide range of labor matters, including administrative hearings, collective bargaining and labor arbitrations, as well as providing advice and counsel to elected and appointed officials. Examples of her experience include representing management in labor negotiations with numerous employee groups as legal counsel and lead negotiator; successfully defending the City in litigation, arbitration, and unfair labor practice proceedings; and supervising disciplinary and public integrity investigations resulting in improvements and fewer reversals through the grievance process.

Gina has also served as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Civil Service Commission, which oversees all aspects of City employment and serves both a policy-making and adjudicatory function. The five-member Commission handles resolution of discrimination complaints, eligibility and hiring, promotion, qualifications, and job classification. Gina’s experience as an advocate, Civil Service Commissioner, and hearing officer informs both her strategy in litigation/arbitration and her advice to clients. She is also a California State Bar certified mediator.

Gina presents education and training programs on a wide range of legal and regulatory topics, including leave management, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, discipline, disability law, workplace violence, internal investigations, marijuana in the workplace, and Board responsibilities in responding to staff complaints.

Gina clerked for the Honorable Sue L. Robinson of the United States District Court from 1995-1997.


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