LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Mediation Law Offices of Claudia Viera, Esq., 2004 - Present
Mediator, Trainer, Investigator  

Mediate cases at various stages of the legal process with focus on employment and family disputes; teach mediation and conflict resolution/communication skills to workforces and private groups; teach harassment prevention and employment law programs to workforces; investigate claims of harassment or discrimination in the workplace.  Private mediator since 2001.  

  • Five-term Co-Chair Mediation Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Three-term President: SEEDS Conflict Resolution Center Bd. of Director
  • Sloan Fellow of the Center for Mediation in Law 

ELT-Legal Learning Group/Littler Mendelson, San Francisco, CA
Assistant Director of Training & Content Development/Employment Law Trainer

Taught workplace harassment, EEO, and managing within the law courses to thousands of managers and employees nationwide; created and customized employment law training programs for national clients; facilitated two-day Conducting Lawful Investigations programs with actors; jointly developed diversity programs with legal overlay; created marketing materials; managed relationships with Premiere Partners; strategically organized firm’s legal knowledge on intranet sites. 

Littler Mendelson, P.C., San Francisco, California
Employment Attorney

Represented employers of all types in a variety of employment litigation and counseling matters; wrote pre-trial motions, DFEH responses and client advice letters; reviewed and drafted multi-state employee handbooks; handled significant portion of workers’ compensation matter through trial; prepared for and assisted with ADA trial;  interviewed managers and employees in extensive wage and hour audit; gave in-depth advice on immigration issues; led harassment prevention trainings.

Internal Dispute Resolutions, San Francisco, California
Independent Investigator

Investigated sexual harassment claims:  designed interview plan, interviewed witnesses, reviewed employee personnel files, gathered evidence, wrote up report of findings, made recommendations.

Graham and James LLP,  San Francisco, California
Associate Attorney

Researched and drafted memoranda on employment, labor and general litigation issues; wrote memo on Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidance on Psychiatric Disabilities; summarized real estate documents; advised on international estate tax issues.

Graydon W. Dimkoff, P.C.,  Fremont, Michigan
Law Clerk

Researched and wrote memoranda on family, estate, personal injury and criminal legal issues; wrote trial and settlement briefs; attended pre-trial conferences and settlement hearings; interviewed clients; prepared deposition questions; drafted complaints.

U. S. Dept. of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Oakland, CA
Equal Opportunity Specialist Intern

Researched employment discrimination laws and conducted on-site investigative reviews; assisted in reviews by researching company files, interviewing employees and writing up findings.