Christine de Bretteville
Christine de Bretteville practices all aspects of employment law and related litigation and represents employers and executives across a broad range of industries including technology, financial services, real estate, telecommunications, healthcare, software, media and entertainment, manufacturing, energy, construction, and consumer products.
Ms. de Bretteville’s employment law practice encompasses advice and counseling, transactional work, management training, investigations, and litigation:
Advice and Counseling: She regularly provides employers with advice and counseling on the full range of personnel issues, including issues relating to hiring, discipline and termination decisions and processes, compensation, leaves of absence, reductions-in-force, restrictive covenants, trade secret protection, social media, compliance issues arising under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the California Labor Code and California Wage Order, and the federal and California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Acts (“WARN”), as well as employment issues arising in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
Transactional Work: Ms. de Bretteville drafts, negotiates, and advises on employment contracts and separation agreements on behalf of companies and executives; she prepares and reviews employment policies for compliance with federal, state and local laws, including employee handbooks and compensation plans.
Training: She prepares and presents critical training to executives, managers and staff on compliance with the anti-harassment laws and other best employment practices.
Litigation: Ms. de Bretteville defends employers and executives before federal and state trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies in matters involving individual and class claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, violations of the wage and hour laws, wrongful termination, defamation, trade secret and unfair competition, and fraud.
- Obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of large medical group in case alleging age, disability and religious discrimination
- Obtained early dismissal of putative rest break class action after “pick-off” settlement with lead plaintiff
- Successful defense of two trade secret litigations
- Successful defense of publicity-sensitive client in discrimination and harassment case in federal court; obtained dismissal of harassment claim for and resolved remainder of discrimination suit in a highly favorable, confidential settlement
- Defended automotive company in putative class action piece-rate litigation, including successfully compelling arbitration, leading to favorable settlement
- Defended payment processing employer in multi-plaintiff litigation in federal court in sales compensation dispute.
- Successfully briefed and argued appeal of a trial court order awarding “catalyst fees” to plaintiffs, resulting in full reversal of trial court and an award of fees to client.
- Successfully briefed and argued motion to compel individual arbitration in wage and hour class action lawsuit.
- Achieved favorable settlement for construction company in multi-plaintiff discrimination and harassment case.
UCLA School of Law
J.D. May 1997
Honors: Order of the Coif. Bancroft-Whitney American Jurisprudence Award in Federal Courts and Lawyering Skills. Association of Southern California Defense Counsel Scholarship for excellence in torts, civil procedure, and oral argument. Federal Bar Association Judge Barry Russell Award for excellence in federal practice.
A.M. in Education with specialty in Art Education.
A.B. in English Literature.
CHAMBERS OF THE HONORABLE HARRY L. HUPP UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA Law Clerk Los Angeles, CA 1997-1998
- Co-author, “Wage Class and Representative Actions: Is Arbitration the “Simpler, Faster, Cheaper” Solution?” Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin (December 2012)
- Co-author, “Minimizing risks in the post-Brinker environment,” Daily Journal (July 18, 2012)
- Co-author, “Avoiding Post-Brinker Liability Risks,” Employment, Appellate, Class Action, and California Law360 (April 24, 2012)
- Author, “Life after Concepcion: California Appellate Courts Continue to Crush Arbitration Clauses,” LexisNexis Emerging Issues Analysis (March 2012)
- Co-author, “AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion: What Sayeth the Board,” Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin, (November 2011)
- Author, “Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.: Deciphering the ‘Rigorous Analysis’ Standard for Determining Whether Rule 23 Requirements Have Been Met in a Title VII Discrimination Case,” Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin, (July 2010);
- Co-author, “Ruling on Sexual Favoritism: Less Than Meets Fearful Eye,” The Los Angeles Daily Journal, (Sept. 16, 2005); and
- Co-author, “Schlage is Victory for Employees, But Carries a Mixed Message for Employers,” The Los Angeles Daily Journal, (Oct. 17, 2002).