Deanna Rader is a partner in the Employment practice group at Gordon & Rees. Her practice emphasizes advising clients in a wide variety of matters, including risk assessment, company investigations, discrimination, employment contracts, sexual harassment, disability, retaliation, misappropriation of trade secrets, enforcement and defense of post-employment restrictive covenants, policy development, employee training, reductions in force, wage-and-hour disputes, and compliance issues, including FMLA, FLSA, ADA, ADEA, and Title VII. Ms. Rader is an experienced litigator, representing and defending employers in state and federal court.
Ms. Rader has unique and extensive experience advising public employers on constitutional matters, personnel issues, student rights, conflicts of interest, open meeting law, due process under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and public records issues.
She has a recognized expertise representing school districts, charter schools, and private schools on a comprehensive range of issues including compliance with federal and state statutes applicable to public schools, such as IDEA, FERPA, Title IX, Arizona’s Open Meeting Law, and Public Records Law. Her experience also includes investigations related to allegations of child abuse and unprofessional conduct, negotiating with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Arizona Department of Education, and Arizona State Board for Charter Schools to resolve notices of intent to revoke charters and alleged violations of the Open Meeting Law, statutes pertaining to special education, and other laws applicable to public schools. She also provides training to employers and school administrators regarding personnel policies and handbooks, employee discipline and termination, and student and employee harassment and discrimination.
Ms. Rader has previously served as Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University where she co-taught a graduate-level course on school law for administrators, focusing on special education, student rights, and child abuse reporting and investigation.
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 2005
National Council of School Attorneys
Arizona Council of School Attorneys
Arizona State Bar, Employment and Labor Law Section
Volunteer Lawyers’ Program, pro bono attorney
Victim Witness Advocate, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
J.D., Cum Laude, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University (2000)
B.S.W., Arizona State University (1987)
Arizona's Finest Lawyers (2012)
"demonstrated record of high achievement, excellent legal skills, and a well-earned reputation for integrity."