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Susan A. Rodriguez:

A Leading Employer Defense Attorney in California

Susan A. Rodriguez, owner of the Law Offices of Susan A. Rodriguez, APC, has nearly 30 years of experience as an employer defense attorney in California.  Experienced in all aspects of federal and California employment law, Susan specializes in Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), wage and hour, and class action claims.  The depth and breadth of Susan’s experience, coupled with her attentive and accessible nature, make her a perfect choice for businesses in need of immediate or ongoing employer defense services.

Susan represents companies from all over the world on California employment issues in the California state court system and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and before state and federal agencies such as the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the United States Department of Labor (DOL).

Relationships Are Important to this Employer Defense Attorney in California

Susan’s continuing success as an employer defense attorney in California is rooted in her client-centered focus.  Both privately held and publicly traded mid- to large-sized companies have benefited from her results-oriented, partnering approach to representation.  Susan focuses on listening to her clients and tailoring services to fit their individual needs.

Key to every successful attorney-client relationship is open communication.  Susan embodies this principle by making herself accessible to clients.  Susan is the point of contact for each client, always open to questions and focused on keeping them informed.  This makes her unique among California employer defense attorneys.

Focusing on California PAGA, Wage and Hour, and Employer Class Action Legal Defense

Susan’s services are in high demand because of her focus on and expertise in defending employers against PAGA, wage and hour, and employment class action claims.  All of these types of lawsuits require aggressive legal defense from an attorney with extensive experience in all aspects of employment law.

Employers doing business in California look to Susan for experienced legal counsel, thorough and strategic defense, negotiation and litigation skills and her deep understanding of the ever-changing landscape of labor and employment laws.

Experienced In All Areas of California Employer Defense

Although Susan’s current practice focuses on PAGA, wage and hour, and employer class action defense, her career includes all types of employment law.  She shares that expertise as a contributing author of Labor and Employment in California: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations, and Practices, published by Michie under the LexisNexis umbrella.

In addition to publishing, Susan helps clients both in and out of the courtroom.  She is a seasoned litigator of employment defense matters but also serves as outside general counsel for employers, working proactively to advise on all areas of employment law.  Susan works with a knowledgeable team of experts and co-counsel to help each of her California employer clients demonstrate compliance with federal, state and local requirements.

Susan’s nearly three decades of experience include advising on and litigating cases as an employer defense attorney in California labor and employment matters like these:

Harassment and


Wrongful Termination

Employee Theft and Misappropriation

Trade Secret

DFEH Complaints and EEOC Charges


Susan’s clients have included one of the world’s largest food companies as well as engineering firms, manufacturing companies, human services and insurance businesses and technology companies.  Many clients continue to turn to Susan for advice even after their immediate legal need ends; this is a testament to her abilities and approach to California management-side employment law.

An Employer Defense Attorney in California Who Shares with the Community

Long recognized for her expertise in California employment law, Susan also contributes to her community.  From 2008 to 2017, she was a board member on the So Cal Chapter of the California Unemployment Insurance Council, and, from 2008 to 2015, she served as president of the Los Angeles Convention Center & Exhibition Authority.

Susan graduated from Yale University and the University of Michigan Law School.  She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1990.

If you are looking for an employer defense attorney in California or for more information on how Susan A. Rodriguez can help your company, call (213) 943-1323 or fill out her online contact form.