Elimination of Bias

Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law


Valorie Bader
Welty, Weaver & Currie

Ms. Bader has practiced in the areas of employment and business counseling, training, mechanic liens, and employment litigation since 1986. She continues to counsel businesses and individuals and litigates in court and before administrative agencies such as the Labor Commissioner, the Employment Development Department, the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, Cal-OSHA, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing/Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, CA Department of Licensing, CA Department of Insurance, Cal-PERS and other Retirement Associations and before the California State Personnel Board and other public entities. Her current practice includes sexual harassment training and other trainings, investigations, mediation and arbitration, as well as other alternatives for conflict resolution. Ms. Bader chairs the Employment Law section of the Sonoma County Bar Association. She has performed numerous workshops and trainings for the Personnel Perspective, Lorman Business Seminars and the Personnel Association of Sonoma County (PASCO), in diverse topics related to employment issues and has taught specific employment law classes for the Santa Rosa Junior College as well as written extensively in the subjects of employment law, and appeared in the Sonoma Business Journal and the Press Democrat.


Theresa Fritz
Fritz Law Offices

Ms. Fritz’s employment law practice of over 28 years focuses on preventative measures for the Employer. She represents businesses and non-profits from start-up (contracts, LLC, leases and handbooks) through compliance, in addition to representation in business matters, litigation and before government agencies.


David C. King
The Law and Mediation Office of David C. King

Mr. King is an AV rated employment lawyer with over thirty years of litigation and trial experience in state and federal courts. He practices in all areas of employment law including wrongful employment termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment retaliation, wage and hour law, trade secrets litigation, contract disputes, and contract drafting. Mr. King has also litigated and tried cases in the fields of personal injury, real estate and contract law. He serves as a mediator in all civil litigation matters. Mr. King currently sits on the Petaluma City Council and has served on the Sonoma County Bar Association Board of Directors and the Sonoma County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee. He was President of the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce from 2005-2006 and was on its Board from 2000-2007.

Thuesen, Victor

Victor C. Thuesen
Law Offices of Victor C. Thuesen

Mr. Thuesen’s 35 years of practice has focused primarily on employment law and litigation in the state and federal courts. He has represented employees in arbitration settings on a wide variety of disputes, including claims of wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination and breach of contract. A graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, he practiced in a mid-size civil litigation firm in San Francisco before locating his office in Petaluma in 1987. He is a Past President of the Sonoma County Bar Association (2005) and served as Chair of the Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. He has participated in the SCBA’s Labor and Employment Section’s annual “Recent Developments in Labor & Employment” Program and is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association.

Watson, Nancy E.

Nancy E. Watson
Law Offices of Nancy E. Watson

Ms. Watson has been in private practice in Santa Rosa since 1989. Beginning in 1996, she was with the firm of Bozman-Moss & Watson and is now a solo practitioner.

Ms. Watson has experience in all aspects of labor and employment law. She began her labor law career in 1977 at the National Labor Relations Board, Division of Advice, in Washington, D.C., later transferring to Region 20 of the NLRB in San Francisco as a trial attorney. Since 1989, Ms. Watson has had a varied practice, which includes working with employers on an ongoing basis to develop policies and procedures to help them avoid litigation and promote fairness in the workplace. She also litigates cases for employers and plaintiffs, and has acted as a mediator.

She was the head of the Labor & Employment Law section of the Sonoma County Bar Association for 10 years and also acts as a volunteer arbitrator, mediator and settlement conference panelist for the Sonoma County courts.

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019

Time: Check-In: 2:45 pm; Presentation: 3:00—6:00 pm

Valorie Bader, Welty, Weaver & Currie

Theresa Fritz, Fritz Law Offices

David C. King, The Law and Mediation Office of David C. King

Victor C. Thuesen, Law Offices of Victor C. Thuesen

Nancy E. Watson, Law Offices of Nancy E. Watson

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
Parking for this seminar is ONLY available in the Public Parking Garage at 555 First Street. Do not park in the parking lot at 111 Santa Rosa Avenue.

MCLE: 3.0 Units Participatory MCLE Credit, including 1.0 Unit Elimination of Bias and 2.0 Units General Law

* Compliance Group 1 (A-G): Complete Your Units Before the February 1st Deadline!

Registration Fee: $100–SCBA Members; $115–Public; ($90–SCBA Labor & Employment Section Members – sign up by phone, fax, or USPS Mail to receive Section Discount Price)
Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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