Erika Shao is a partner in Gordon & Rees’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the Employment and Tort & Product Liability practice groups. Her practice focuses on representing a wide range of business clients, including large corporations and non-profit organizations from various industries in all aspects of civil litigation, including in the pre-trial, and trial settings in state and federal courts throughout California.
Ms. Shao has significant case management experience, including depositions, motion practice, and trial experience. She routinely represents her clients in state and federal court in hearings and in motion practice and has substantial deposition experience. She has worked closely with trial counsel, experts, and consultants to evaluate cases and develop defense and trial strategies. 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. Her primary focus is litigation; specializing in defending employers in wrongful termination suits including claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. 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.
All United States District Courts in CA (Central, Southern, Eastern, Northern)
American Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
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.