Arlene Yang Appointed to the 2022-2023 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Board of Governors

Labor & Employment partner Arlene Yang was recently appointed as the Southern California Regional Governor of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

Arlene will be sworn in with the other 2022-23 Board of Governors – comprised of officers, directors, regional governors, and at-large board members – during the 2022 NAPABA Convention in Las Vegas on November 5. In addition, Public Law partner Rich Pio Roda will speak at the convention on November 4.

NAPABA is the nation’s largest Asian Pacific American membership organization representing the interests of 60,000 attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students.

Congratulations to Arlene!

Meyers Nave Represents the Tongva Community in Historic Reclaiming of Ancestral Land in Los Angeles Area After 200 Years

Meyers Nave lawyers Russell Morse, Jon Goetz and Blake Senet represented the Tongva Taraxat Paxaavxa Conservancy in one of the first private land returns to Native Americans in the Los Angeles area. This historic event was widely reported by several Los Angeles media outlets and marks the first time in the nearly 200 years since the California mission system ended that land has been returned to the Tongva people.

Reclaiming ancestral land is rare for any Native American nation, tribe, or band. It is particularly complicated for the Tongva, who lack federal tribal status. Because the tribe was not equipped to process the bequest, Meyers Nave stepped in to provide legal support and advice to the Conservancy which resulted in the successful donation of the property, located in Altadena.

As noted in last week’s Los Angeles Times, “Tongva leaders said they hope the land can provide paths for the community to reconnect with its culture and promote healing from the centuries of trauma.”

Meyers Nave is proud to represent the Conservancy and to have helped secure this landmark victory for the Tongva people.

Meyers Nave Obtains Dismissal of Two High-Stakes Federal Lawsuits Against the City of Los Altos Under the Telecommunications Act

Meyers Nave successfully obtained the dismissal of two high-stakes federal lawsuits brought by AT&T and Verizon, respectively, asserting claims against the City of Los Altos under the Telecommunications Act.

The carriers filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Judge Davila) after their combined 13 small cell wireless facility applications were denied by Los Altos for allegedly failing to comply with the City’s 2019 wireless ordinance. The carriers each filed motions for summary judgment, contending that the City’s denials of their small cell sites were not supported by substantial evidence, and that the denials violated the Telecommunications Act for effectively prohibiting the provision of wireless services in Los Altos.

While the motions for summary judgment were pending, Meyers Nave led a team of land use and telecommunications experts to devise a state-of-the-art wireless ordinance for Los Altos that achieved the City’s land use policy objectives while avoiding provisions that were at a greater risk of being successfully challenged under the Telecommunications Act.

In addition to drafting the ordinance, the Meyers Nave team shepherded the ordinance through the complex CEQA process and approval by the Planning Commission and City Council after a series of public hearings. The process required for the development and adoption of a new wireless ordinance – while the prior wireless ordinance was the subject of federal litigation – was highly nuanced and strategic, requiring careful guidance of the City in the face of scrutiny from the carriers and the public alike.

Following the successful adoption of the new ordinance, the Meyers Nave team moved the Court to dismiss the carriers’ pending cases on mootness grounds. Although hotly contested by the carriers, Judge Davila sided with the City and dismissed both cases on the precise grounds articulated in the briefing.

Deborah Fox, who led the Meyers Nave team on this matter, said: “The rights of localities to regulate wireless facilities under the Telecommunications Act is a rapidly evolving area of the law where the advocacy of legal counsel plays an especially critical role in shaping the developing jurisprudence in this area. That, combined with simultaneously litigating an existing wireless ordinance while developing a new wireless ordinance, made this case particularly intellectually and strategically complex. We were happy to both defeat the two federal cases while at the same time assisting Los Altos with the adoption of a new state-of-the-art wireless ordinance.”

The Meyers Nave team included Deborah FoxDavid Mehretu and Kristof Szoke. Learn more about our Trial and Litigation capabilities.

Meyers Nave Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15, honoring the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

At Meyers Nave, we are committed to increasing and promoting diversity among our employees while improving the inclusion and belonging experience.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we asked our Latinx and Hispanic employees to share what this month means to them and the impact of their culture on their careers.

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Brenda Quezada, Legal Secretary

Why is your heritage important to you?
Heritage is part of my herencia de vivir and being connected so deeply to my roots and the culture from my parents’ life and history in Mexico has always been important to me. I always remind myself not only of the struggles and sacrifices my parents had in Mexico as well when they came to the United States.

Keeping our heritage and traditions alive is an important way to honor and to show our pride in our culture. Speaking Spanish, appreciating Mexican culture when it comes to music, food and art are part of my everyday life, and I hope to pass that appreciation to my son as he continues to learn and grow.

What impact has your heritage had on your career?
My parents always stressed the importance of working hard, being humble but also offering what you can and learning what you don’t know. I think about the sacrifices they made and the opportunities those sacrifices have opened for me, which makes me proud of my contributions at work.

Who are some of your favorite Latinx/Hispanic artists or authors?
Sandra Cisneros, Frida, Cesar Chavez and Lin-Manuel Miranda to name a few.

Any favorite Latinx/Hispanic local businesses?
There are many great shops in Downtown Sacramento I like to visit such as Casa De Mercado, Kulture Imports and Chulo Baby. When it comes to food, I love Cantina Alley or locating Jefitaz Menudo, a local food truck that does pop-up events.

What are your favorite cultural traditions/dishes?
In terms of cultural traditions, I enjoy Dia de Los Muertos altar and family gatherings where we make weekend carne asadas and tamales during the holidays. When it comes to food, I love chiles rellenos, albondigas and buñuelos during the holidays.

 

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Erica Gonzalez, Associate

Why is your heritage important to you?

My heritage gives me great pride. It is the celebration and appreciation of the history and traditions of my ancestors from Mexico and Peru as well as the foundation of my identity and values. My parents assimilated into U.S. culture during a time of reclamation for their cultural pride and identity fueled by the civil rights movement. They taught me the importance of understanding my culture, and inspired me to work hard while giving me the courage to embrace the unique insights and qualities my culture affords me.

What impact has your heritage had on your career?

My heritage is intertwined with my professional and personal identity. I am the first in my family to attend law school, and have seen firsthand the importance of representation in the legal profession and how it can influence my community. The exposure that I gained from my upbringing taught me to approach each experience with determination, warmth and understanding.

Who are some of your favorite Latinx/Hispanic artists or authors?

Maná, Celia Cruz, Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Frida Kahlo and Lalo Alcaraz.

Any favorite Latinx/Hispanic local businesses?

I’ve recently been exploring wine country by supporting members of the Mexican American Vinters Association. Some of my favorites include Mi Sueño and Tres Perlas. For Latin-inspired coffee drinks I love Tierra Mia coffee and La Ventana Café. Other businesses include Kuali Salsa and a French inspired bakery owned by my dear friend and Latina local business owner, Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie.

What are your favorite cultural traditions/dishes?

My favorite traditions center around the Christmas holidays when my entire family gathers to celebrate with food and music. I hold especially dear the memories of my grandparents by carrying on the annual traditions of making tamales and re-creating my grandfather’s hot chocolate.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

The most impactful words in my legal career came to me as words of motivation while studying for the bar exam. I remember telling my law professor that I was doubting my abilities because “statistically I was not meant to succeed in law.” She told me to hold my head high and never doubt myself again because statistically I wasn’t supposed to be where I was sitting that day and yet, there I was breaking barriers and defying the odds. I carry that with me as inspiration to this day.

 

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Alex Kat, Law Clerk

Why is your heritage important to you?
My heritage is important to me because being connected to the past whether it’s culture, traditions or legacy, helps shape the future I want to create. Knowing where I came from lays the foundation for me to continue to persevere and aspire to not only provide for my family but set up the next generation for success.

What impact has your heritage/culture had on your career?
My heritage reminds me where I came from and keeps me rooted. It fuels my passion, it keeps me humble, and I am reminded I am never alone on my journey because my actions represent an entire group.

Who are some of your favorite Latinx/Hispanic artists/authors?
I love the sound of Latin music. Marc Anthony, Carlos Vives, Shakira are a few of my favorite musicians.

Any favorite Latinx/Hispanic local businesses?
Mujeres Brew House and Tacos El Gordo.

What are your favorite cultural traditions/dishes?
Making tamales for the holidays has always been my favorite. However, my daughter recently fell in love with the movie Coco and is getting old enough to learn about Dia de los Muertos and honoring the memories of family we have lost.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Change your mindset to see the magic happen.

Tell us about any volunteer activities.
I have currently put everything on hold as I make my transition from student to attorney. Once I’m settled in, I hope to get involved serving with the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association and continuing to serve as a mentor and resource for law students in the San Diego community.

Viviana Heger

Viviana Heger, Of Counsel

Why is your heritage important to you?
It’s important to hold on to the history that shaped my grandparents, parents and extended family.

My parents carried on the traditions of their parents and so did I with my children. We grew up with a “Yes you can” (“Si, se puede”) type of upbringing where achievement was viewed as always possible. For my parents to immigrate from Argentina to the United States – without knowing English – took a lot of courage and determination. This type of heritage is important because it helps me remember to strive as much as they did for the benefit of my children and theirs.

What impact has your heritage/culture had on your career?
My parents were very expressive and passionate, and the active level of communication we shared led all of us to excel in school and particularly in language arts. Family discussions could turn to disagreements quickly and then to resolution. This was very different from my American friends, but it helped us appreciate the importance of expression, being candid, being honest and striving to sharpen each other. This level of communication shaped my career immensely because it allowed those communication traits to be honed into skills and later into legal tools.

Who are some of your favorite Latinx/Hispanic artists/authors?
Honestly, Spanish literature is just too wildly complicated having studied more Jorge Luis Borges than I wanted in Spanish Lit; nonetheless, I did enjoy Isabel Allende “House of the Spirits” and “Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Marquez.

Any favorite Latinx/Hispanic local businesses?
My family’s: Grand Casino bakery in Culver City! Any Argentine steakhouse that is authentic, probably Lala’s and Carlito Gardel’s.

What are your favorite cultural traditions/dishes?
Empanadas, faturas (pastries), milanesa, flan and the list goes on.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Not surprising my best career advice was from my parents. My dad could easily see law school made sense for me because I loved legal studies during college. Then, as I started to become more senior in my career, my mother – a strong businesswoman – taught me not to stress over slow periods of workload because work would come. Their advice has greatly helped me.

Tell us about any volunteer activities.
In the past, I volunteered with Christian Legal Aid where many clients were Latinos or low-income and needed legal advice. That was quite rewarding and tearful at times. I’ve also been able to handle special education cases, most notably one matter that kept me busy for about six months and resulted in a successful Individualized Education Program (“IEP”).

My most rewarding volunteer activity was providing volunteer income tax assistance to mostly Latino populations. Volunteering with elementary school-age reading programs has been rewarding. Most recently, most of my volunteer activities are at church with the funeral team, which is really more uplifting than it sounds.

Christina Keegan, Receptionist

Why is your heritage important to you?
My heritage is important to me because simply put, it makes me who I am. My sister and I are first-generation Americans. My mother was born and raised in El Salvador; she grew up very differently than we did. Listening to stories of her past was always interesting to me. I wish I had asked more questions.

What impact has your heritage/culture had on your career?
My culture has absolutely helped my career in that I can communicate with people in Spanish (and German) when they call or visit our office. Our household growing up was trilingual, my parents would speak to us in their languages, and my sister and I would answer in English. Now that I am older, I wish I would have used my languages more, but I can get by pretty well with what I do know.

Who are some of your favorite Latinx/Hispanic artists/authors?
If I had to pick a favorite Latinx artist, it would be Carlos Santana. My husband and I enjoy going to rock concerts. I have yet to see Carlos Santana, so I will need to put him on our list.

What are your favorite cultural traditions/dishes?
My all-time favorite tradition was on Christmas Eve. We celebrated Christmas and opened presents on Christmas Eve, not Christmas morning. After opening presents at our house, we would get in the car and drive one hour to San Francisco to my aunt’s house to visit our extended family, make tamales and stay up late into the night and then open our presents with our cousins at midnight.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
The best “life” advice I have ever received is from my dad. It’s actually in German, and it’s three words “Immer Weiter Machen,” which means “always keep going.” Often, he will just text me IWM. It’s short and sweet, and truly the best to me.

Richard Macias, Operations Manager

Why is your heritage important to you?
My heritage is important to me because it’s my identity and the foundation of who I am. Not until recently did I know I’m 51% indigenous American – Mexico and 25% Spanish – Spain. On my mother side our ancestors were “Called People of the Land,” on my father side we are descendants’ from the Apache Tribe. Growing up I didn’t know anything about where our family came from other then my grandfather and grandmother on my mother’s side were from Baja California. Knowing this information now is very important to me because of some of the traits I have and can now understand from where they came.

Who are some of your favorite Latinx/Hispanic artists/authors?
A few of my favorite artists are Diego Rivera, Salvador Dali, Rita Moreno and Isabel Allende.

Any favorite Latinx/Hispanic local businesses?
I like Molcajete Cocina Mexicana on Webster Street, near our Oakland office, they make killer nachos.

What are your favorite cultural traditions/dishes?
My family makes the traditional tamales for Christmas and Menudo for New Year’s Day (helps with hangovers).

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Someone once wisely said to me, “Be confident in what you are doing and turn your mistakes into a learning experience.”

Tell us about any volunteer activities.
I volunteer for the Salvation Army and deliver food on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. My husband and I are big dog lovers and are always willing to foster them while they wait for a new home, we are considered “Foster Fails” as they wind up staying with us. in fact, we rescued our dog Frankie from Taiwan. He was with us for almost 14 years, and we couldn’t have asked for a better companion.

Meyers Nave Welcomes Jeffrey Wilcox as Of Counsel to the Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Practice

June 15, 2022 (Oakland) – Meyers Nave is continuing its strategic growth and strengthening its client offerings with the addition of Jeffrey (Jeff) Wilcox as Of Counsel in the firm’s statewide Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Practice.

Jeff advises public agencies, public utilities, transportation authorities and other municipal and state authorities in all phases of the condemnation process, from the pre-acquisition planning phase of eminent domain proceedings through trial and appeal.

Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Jeff was a Deputy Attorney with the California Department of Transportation where he represented the California High-Speed Rail Authority and Department of Transportation in eminent domain and inverse condemnation actions arising from construction of the High-Speed Rail Project through the San Joaquin Valley.

In addition, he advised the California Department of Transportation on its most complex real property matters arising from road and rail infrastructure construction throughout northern and central California.  Jeff is also an experienced litigator of matters arising under CERCLA, CEQA, NEPA and the Coastal Act, as well as administrative civil liability matters relating to stormwater protection.

“We are delighted to welcome a lawyer of Jeff’s caliber to the firm. Given his prior state land use, environmental and construction litigation experience, and his strong public infrastructure background, he will be a great asset to our clients and the firm.” said Managing Principal David Skinner.

“I am excited to return to private practice and could not think of a better firm at which to grow my practice than Meyers Nave,” says Jeff.

About Meyers Nave
Founded in 1986, Meyers Nave is celebrating more than three decades of prominent clients, dedicated employees and precedent-setting work. Meyers Nave is a full-service California law firm providing transaction, litigation, regulatory compliance and general counsel legal services in more than 20 areas of law to corporations, public entities, non-profits and public-private partnerships. Learn more about Meyers Nave.

Super Lawyers Distinguishes Meyers Nave Lawyers in San Diego

Meyers Nave is pleased to announce our attorneys have been listed as 2022 “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” in San Diego. Published in Super Lawyers Magazine, only up to five percent of the lawyers in California are named to the Super Lawyers list and only up to 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

The recognitions demonstrate Meyers Nave’s highly regarded expertise in numerous areas of law including Labor & Employment, Employment Litigation, Business Litigation, and General Litigation. We congratulate our team for this important recognition of their legal expertise and professional accomplishments in their geographic region and their areas of specialty. Our distinguished lawyers include:

Super Lawyers

Janice Brown, Principal – Top 25 Women San Diego Super Lawyers (2017, 2018, and 2022); Super Lawyer – (1) Employment Litigation: Defense, (2) Employment & Labor: Employer and (3) Business Litigation (2007-2022)

Suzanne Roten, Senior Of Counsel – (1) Employment Litigation: Defense and (2) Employment & Labor: Employer (2019-2022)

Arlene Yang, Principal – (1) Employment & Labor: Employer, (2) Employment Litigation: Defense and (3) General Litigation (2017-2022)

Rising Stars

David Middleton, Associate – (1) Employment & Labor: Employer

Meyers Nave Elevates Camille Hamilton Pating to Equity Principal

Meyers Nave is pleased to announce the elevation of Camille Hamilton Pating as an Equity Principal of the Firm effective January 1, 2022. She serves clients in a range of complex and labor employment matters, among other areas, providing excellent client service and a high degree of legal expertise throughout the state.

Managing Principal David Skinner notes that “Camille is an outstanding Practice Group Leader for Meyers Nave’s dynamic Labor & Employment Group. Her leadership and dedication embody our values and principles. We are excited and proud that Camille will be joining us as an Owner of the Firm.”

Camille Hamilton Pating earned her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and her B.A. in political science from Stanford University. She is a highly respected lawyer for more than 35 years. Known for her skill, innovation and high-profile labor and employment practice, Camille is recognized as one of the most sought-after workplace investigators in the state. She established a preeminent investigations practice after serving as a member of the Meyers Nave Team that conducted an internal affairs investigation of the officer involved shooting of Oscar Grant. Camille is often consulted by elected officials, C-Suite executives, tech and digital media companies and non-profit leaders for investigations, employment law advice, litigation DEI initiatives and training. She is recognized by the Daily Journal as a Top Labor and Employment lawyer.

Camille explains that “Meyers Nave has been an exceptional match for me personally and professionally. This Firm invests in attorneys for the long term. I came here as a part-time contract attorney. Over the years, I was given the opportunities to lead an exceptional team, develop new practice areas, and provide leadership in areas of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. I am excited to become an Equity Principal and Owner of Meyers Nave.”

Meyers Nave Elevates David Mehretu to Principal

Meyers Nave has elevated Of Counsel Attorney David Mehretu to Principal of the Firm, effective January 1, 2022.

Managing Principal David Skinner notes that “David has the unique ability to effectively grasp and communicate complex issues in difficult and high stakes litigation matters. His calm demeanor, and his personable and respectful approach with clients, judges and opposing counsel set him apart as an advocate. We are fortunate to have David become a Principal with the Firm, and we look forward to his leadership for years to come.”

David Mehretu earned his undergraduate degree from New York University (B.A., philosophy and politics) and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He is an experienced litigator in areas of commercial law, employment law, civil rights and constitutional law, and land use law. He represents private sector and public entity clients on high impact matters in federal, state and appellate courts. He is widely recognized by his clients and colleagues for his ability to handle complex matters which require particularly creative and nuanced legal solutions.

David Mehretu explains that “Meyers Nave has afforded me the opportunity to work with leading experts in several areas of law involving economically significant and politically sensitive litigation matters. I appreciate the collaborative culture, including the Firm’s demonstrated support for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. I am excited to become a Principal and leader with the Firm.”

Meyers Nave Secures Key Victory In California Supreme Court Confirming Application of Automatic Stay Pending Appeal to Mandatory Injunctions

In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court confirmed that the automatic stay pending appeal applies to a superior court judgment that orders mandatory injunctive relief. The trial court judgment ordered the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to vacate the Third District seat and then immediately fill the vacant seat with a new appointee selected by Governor Newsom, based on an alleged Brown Act violation in the process the Board had originally employed to fill the vacant seat. The challengers had argued that the judgment was prohibitory in nature, and therefore excepted from CCP § 916’s automatic stay. Agreeing with the Board, the Supreme Court instead held that the judgment ordered mandatory injunctive relief because it altered the status quo of the parties at the time the judgment was entered, and the judgment was therefore subject to the automatic stay.

Gomez Daly v. San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, S260209, came to the California Supreme Court in a unique procedural posture. Petitioners Michael Gomez Daly and Inland Empire United (“Petitioners”) filed a petition for writ of mandate in the San Bernardino County Superior Court alleging that the Board had violated the open meeting requirements of the Brown Act when it filled a vacancy on the Board in appointing a supervisor to the Third District seat. Over the Board’s strenuous objection, the superior court found that the appointment violated the Brown Act, and was therefore “null and void” under the Brown Act’s provisions allowing a court to nullify action taken in violation of the Act. The superior court then entered judgment requiring the Board to vacate the seat and to allow the Governor to make a new appointment. The Board immediately appealed the decision, alleging several errors committed by the superior court. In connection with the appeal, because Petitioners were attempting to immediately enforce the judgment notwithstanding the appeal, the Board sought writ of supersedeas in the Court of Appeal on the basis that CCP § 916’s automatic stay applied to the judgment pending appeal. The Court of Appeal denied the petition for writ of supersedeas, the Board petitioned to the Supreme Court for review, and the Court granted review.

The Supreme Court laid out the familiar rule: mandatory injunctions are ones that alter the status quo and are therefore subject to the automatic stay; prohibitory injunctions, on the other hand, seek to preserve the status quo and are not subject to the automatic stay. While many cases identify the status quo as the point in time before the injunction is ordered, Petitioners urged the Court to use another definition—the last peaceable, uncontested status preceding the controversy. The Supreme Court harmonized these two competing definitions by explaining that the latter could be used where an injunctive order seeks to prevent injury from future conduct rather than remedy a past wrong. The Court next turned to the facts of the case, and explained that the judgment here was a mandatory injunction. Although the relief stemmed from a finding that the Board’s action was “null and void,” the relief was nonetheless properly characterized as a mandatory injunction because it required a mandatory act that would change the relative position of the parties by removing the Supervisor from office. Now that the Supreme Court has confirmed the automatic stay applies, the case is back to the Court of Appeal to address the merits of the Board’s appeal.

With this decision, the Supreme Court affirmed that California law sets the “default rule” to be that mandatory orders are stayed pending appeal. The decision has far-reaching consequences, providing added clarity and guidance for all appeals from injunctive relief judgments. The decision should also provide comfort to public entities by ensuring that injunctive relief will generally be stayed pending appeal, reducing the potential for erroneous judgments to interrupt or impede stable governance.

Women’s Initiative: Meet The Women Who Lead Practices at Meyers Nave

Meyers Nave is proud of our demonstrated commitment to recruit, train, mentor and advance women attorneys throughout our firm. Half of our attorneys are women, one of three executive committee members is a woman, five of our eight Diversity Fellowship Program participants are women, and Law360 highlighted our commitment to diversity as a key to our merger with Brown Law Group, a prominent woman- and minority-owned law firm.

Welcoming Women Attorneys
Meyers Nave proudly continues to increase the number of women attorneys throughout our firm, including the following who joined us this year.

Meet Our Women Leaders

To help introduce the women listed below who lead practice groups at Meyers Nave, below briefly describes each attorney’s areas of expertise.

  • Julia Bond – Writs & Appeals Practice
    Expertise: Trial and appellate court litigator focusing on complex land use and environmental law litigation, particularly for significant civil infrastructure projects on behalf of public agencies and large business expansion projects for private entities.
  • Stephanie M. Downs – Economic Development, Real Estate & Housing Practice
    Expertise: Economic development and public finance practice focuses on business incentive programs, mixed-use developments, affordable housing, purchase and sale transactions, leases and loan documents, and tax-exempt and taxable financings.
  • Deborah J. Fox – First Amendment Practice, Trial & Litigation Practice, Crisis Management Practice
    Expertise: First Amendment issues, particularly those involving the convergence of First Amendment, land use, and zoning laws and regulations. Trial and appellate work in state and federal courts, as well as administrative hearings and other regulatory agency proceedings.
  • Camille Hamilton Pating – Labor & Employment Practice, Workplace Investigations Practice
    Expertise: Independent attorney fact-finder for high-profile internal investigations, experienced litigator advising and defending employers, employers’ go-to counsel for labor and employment law advice, and thought leader on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives.

Minority Woman Managing Principal
In 2004, Meyers Nave became one of the first among very few law firms in the U.S. to name a minority woman, Jayne Williams, as Managing Principal. Jayne began her legal career in 1974 in the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Oakland. She eventually led the department and served as Oakland’s City Attorney for 14 years. In 2000, Jayne joined Meyers Nave and served as the Firm’s Managing Principal for two terms from 2004 to 2010. During her tenure in the chief executive position, Meyers Nave experienced significant growth by opening offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and Santa Rosa. Jayne has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being selected to The Recorder’s “Women Leaders in Law” list, being named UC Hastings College of Law’s “Black Alumni of the Year” and being honored by the California Association of Black Lawyers and the National Association of Black Public Administrators, among several others.

Awards and Recognition
Meyers Nave women attorneys have received recognition for their legal expertise and leadership, and have been featured in publications that cover the legal profession throughout California. For more information, visit our Awards page.

Sharing Their Stories to Help Lead the Way
The women who help lead Meyers Nave share their insight and experience at conferences that focus on professional development and career advancement for women in the legal profession. For example, Meyers Nave proudly served as a Gold Sponsor of the Daily Journal’s inaugural Women Leadership in Law conferences held in San Francisco and Los Angeles which brought together women who are leading all sectors of the legal profession, including in-house law departments, law firms and the judiciary. Deborah Fox, Chair of our First Amendment Practice, Trial & Litigation Practice and Crisis Management Practice, spoke at the Los Angeles event.

Camille Hamilton Pating, Chair of our Labor & Employment Practice and Workplace Investigations Practice, participated in the panel discussing “Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome” at the Women of Color Forum at the California Minority Counsel Program’s Annual Business Conference. Camille also participated on a panel discussing “Organizational Transformation: A Conversation on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” for the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment.

Janice Brown, a Principal in our Labor & Employment Practice, spoke about “Building a Plan for Social Equity” at the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce in association with The San Diego Union Tribune.

Supporting Change throughout the Legal Profession
Meyers Nave proudly supports the efforts of many organizations that help advance women in the legal profession. Our sponsorships include serving as a Gold level sponsor of the Daily Journal’s inaugural Women Leadership in Law conferences in Los Angeles and San Francisco, a Gold level sponsor of the No Glass Ceiling Conference created by the Women’s Impact Network of the Bar Association of San Francisco, a Silver level sponsor of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Board Balance/Find Your Path to a Board Conference, a Silver level sponsor of Lawyers Club of San Diego, and a lead sponsor of the annual conference of the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment (AWWEE).