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Heather Appleton

For more than twenty years, Ms. Appleton has focused her professional pursuits on California employment law issues. Ms. Appleton obtained her law degree from Loyola Law School, where she worked for the Western Law Center for Disability Rights to prepare discrimination cases for trial. After graduating from law school, Ms. Appleton developed her practice in the area of employment law, gaining experience through her practice at numerous employment law firms in the California area. A successful and experienced litigator, Ms. Appleton also has considerable experience in the practice of mediation and has assisted at all stages of the mediation process.

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Wage & Hour Law
  • Contract Issues

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Nuts & Bolts II Seminar: Disability/Reasonable Accommodation, January 29, 2011
  • Speaker, United Shoe Retailers Association, “HR: Tips to Avoid Employment Lawsuits and Prevent them From Destroying Your Business,” May 2, 2011
  • Speaker, Orange County Bar Association, Life Cycle of an Employment Case, “Maintaining Positive Relationships Across the Bar During Discovery Disputes,” June 4, 2011
  • Speaker, The Liberty Company Insurance Brokers, Seminar for Employers, Managers and Human Resources Professionals, “Human Resources and Employment Law: Tips to Avoid Employment Lawsuits and Prevent Them from Destroying Your Business,” June 22, 2011
  • Speaker, Bridgeport Continuing Legal Education, Litigating Discrimination & Harassment Claims, “Motions for Summary Judgment & Other Dispositive Motions,” May 11, 2012
  • Speaker, California Employment Lawyers Association, “Tales From the Dark Side,” November 14, 2012
  • Speaker, Community Associations Institute, Community Association Law Seminar, “Employment Practices and Practicing Employment: Trends in Risk Management and Insurance,” January 26, 2013
Bar admissions
  • California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1994
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • J.D., Loyola Law School,1992
    • Honors: Dean's List, 1991-1992
  • B.A., University of California at Davis, 1989