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.
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.