Why I love what I do...
“I enjoy tackling the unique challenges that arise when an employer’s business needs conflict with the employees’ needs. Each employment law case is different, yet they all present a compelling intersection of opposing perspectives and motivations in the workplace. Assisting clients navigate these obstacles with strategic solutions, both preventatively and reactively, is an exciting and rewarding experience.”
Liz is an associate at Villarreal Hutner PC. Liz’s litigation experience includes representing employers in the areas of disability discrimination, workers’ compensation, partnership disputes, and wrongful termination. She also has experience advising clients on compliance with state and federal employment laws, including disability leave laws and reasonable accommodation. Liz has represented clients in a variety of industries, including technology, education, transportation, construction, media, shipbuilding, and trucking. She has successfully resolved matters through settlement negotiations as well as dispositive motions. Liz has conducted training seminars for employers, insurance carriers, and attorneys on the overlap of California employment laws and workers’ compensation laws. Her article about this overlap and its risk to employers was published by LexisNexis Newsroom.
Professional Qualifications and Activities
Liz became interested in employment law during her first year of law school when she participated in the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center’s workers’ rights clinic. Throughout law school, she continued to volunteer for the workers’ rights clinic, took various employment law courses, worked as a law clerk at an employment law firm, and served as a member of Santa Clara Law’s Labor and Employment Law Society. Liz also served as the Communications Editor for the Santa Clara Law Review, competed on the Santa Clara Trial Advocacy Team, and in the Santa Clara Law’s Honors Moot Court program.
Prior to joining Villarreal Hutner PC, Liz worked as a graduate fellow for the dean of Santa Clara law, researching and drafting advisements for employers on emerging employment law issues for an employment law handbook, including advisements on the increasing litigation of employers' social media policies. She also represented employers in workers’ compensation litigation and provided general employment law advice to clients at Schmit Law Offices.
Before Law School...
Prior to law school, Liz worked as a newscast writer for a Bay Area news station. She also lived in Buenos Aires for several months, where she studied Spanish, interned for an Argentine law firm, and learned to tango.