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Erika L. Shao

Partner

(213) 576-5034
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Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071


San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101


Orange County
2211 Michelson Drive
Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92612


Education

J.D., Southwestern Law School

  • Notes and Comments Editor, Southwestern Law Review
  • Member, Southwestern Moot Court Honors Program
  • Octa-finalist Oralist, Intramural Moot Court Competition
  • Recipient. Dean’s Merit Award (2007-2009)
  • Recipient, Exceptional Achievement Award: Civil Procedure
  • Recipient, Witkin Award for Academic Excellence: Products Liability

B.A., Mass Communications & Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Externships

The Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon, Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Honors

Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Southern California (2016-2017)

Erika Shao is a partner and trial attorney in Gordon & Rees’s Los Angeles office and a member of the Employment, and Tort & Product Liability practice groups. Ms. Shao specializes in litigating single and multi-plaintiff employment cases in state and federal court for a wide range of business clients, including large corporations, public entities, and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Shao has significant case management experience, including complex case evaluations, depositions, motion practice, and trials. She routinely works to develop defense and trial strategies from the onset of litigation. In addition to an active civil court practice, Ms. Shao has also successfully represented her clients before administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Ms. Shao also litigates cases concerning alleged violations of wage and hour laws. Ms. Shao also defends aviation actions as well as manufacturers in wrongful death and personal injury actions involving claims of product defects, toxic exposure, and negligence.

In addition to litigating employment matters, Ms. Shao regularly counsels employers on employment law issues such as employee discipline and termination, hiring, reductions in force, wage and hour issues, misconduct investigations and sexual harassment training. Ms. Shao also provides advice and counseling to employers regarding drafting policies and employee handbooks and making presentations on current trends in employment law.

Admissions

California
All United States District Courts in CA (Central, Southern, Eastern, Northern)

Memberships

American Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association

Community Involvement

Ms. Shao was previously on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), whose mission is to ensure that every member of the school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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Contact

(213) 576-5034

eshao@grsm.com


Offices

Los Angeles

San Diego

Orange County

Education

J.D., Southwestern Law School

  • Notes and Comments Editor, Southwestern Law Review
  • Member, Southwestern Moot Court Honors Program
  • Octa-finalist Oralist, Intramural Moot Court Competition
  • Recipient. Dean’s Merit Award (2007-2009)
  • Recipient, Exceptional Achievement Award: Civil Procedure
  • Recipient, Witkin Award for Academic Excellence: Products Liability

B.A., Mass Communications & Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Externships

The Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon, Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Honors

Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Southern California (2016-2017)

Erika L. Shao

Partner

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Biography

Erika Shao is a partner and trial attorney in Gordon & Rees’s Los Angeles office and a member of the Employment, and Tort & Product Liability practice groups. Ms. Shao specializes in litigating single and multi-plaintiff employment cases in state and federal court for a wide range of business clients, including large corporations, public entities, and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Shao has significant case management experience, including complex case evaluations, depositions, motion practice, and trials. She routinely works to develop defense and trial strategies from the onset of litigation. In addition to an active civil court practice, Ms. Shao has also successfully represented her clients before administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Ms. Shao also litigates cases concerning alleged violations of wage and hour laws. Ms. Shao also defends aviation actions as well as manufacturers in wrongful death and personal injury actions involving claims of product defects, toxic exposure, and negligence.

In addition to litigating employment matters, Ms. Shao regularly counsels employers on employment law issues such as employee discipline and termination, hiring, reductions in force, wage and hour issues, misconduct investigations and sexual harassment training. Ms. Shao also provides advice and counseling to employers regarding drafting policies and employee handbooks and making presentations on current trends in employment law.

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Admissions

California
All United States District Courts in CA (Central, Southern, Eastern, Northern)

Memberships

American Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association

Community Involvement

Ms. Shao was previously on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), whose mission is to ensure that every member of the school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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