Biography

Significant Cases:

Juarez v. City of Rancho Mirage-$500,000 settlement against the City of Rancho Mirage, which purchased and closed a mobile home park, dislocating 126 low-income families. The City of Rancho Mirage also agreed to issue building permits to construct 126 replacement affordable housing units.

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Desert Sun Report on Settlement

Taylor v. Sherwin View Park – $918,581 Arbitration Award against mobile home park that did not engage in interactive process with resident with a disability.

Employee v. Employer -$725,000 settlement on behalf of long-time employee, terminated weeks after disclosing she is transgender.

Catching v. Nicolas Tank Lines – $1,500,000 Class Action settlement on behalf of approximately 110 truck drivers for wage and hour violations. (Failure to pay overtime and provide meal/rest breaks.)

Hussein v. Certified Transportation Services – $600,000 Class Action settlement on behalf of approximately 120 bus drivers for wage and hour violations.

Employee vs. International Company – $490,000.00 settlement on behalf of long term employee terminated the day after he requested medical leave.

Employee vs. ABC Co. – $450,000.00 settlement on behalf of employee terminated in retaliation for participating truthfully in a Department of Labor investigation.

Tenant vs. Landlord – $450,000.00 settlement on behalf of tenants who were systematically harassed, evicted, and turned away from renting on the basis of their race.

Tenant vs. Landlord– $311,759 judgment against landlord who turned the water off at a triplex in order to constructively evict tenants.

Tenant vs. Landlord – $325,000 for housing discrimination on the basis of disability (landlord’s refusal to enforce a no-smoking policy).

Tenant vs. Landlord – $275,000 for housing discrimination on the basis of disability.

Employee vs. Nonprofit – $180,000 for retaliatory firing after making protected complaint of fraud.

Tenant vs. Landlord– $180,000 for elderly tenant who experienced a war-related PTSD episode, and was subsequently told to leave the apartment complex.

Employee vs. Company – $175,000 settlement for short term employee terminated for making safety complaints and for requesting overtime pay.

Tenant vs. Landlord – $150,000 for housing discrimination against a woman staying in a homeless shelter.

Tenant vs. Landlord – $128,250 for retaliatory eviction after tenant complained of habitability problems.

Tenant vs. Landlord – $100,000 for housing discrimination on the basis of familial status. (HOA refusing to allow children to play outside.)

Tenant vs. Landlord – $88,000 for failure to accommodate tenant with an emotional support animal.

Tenants vs. Landlord – $75,000 settlement on behalf of three families who were subjected to harassment because their children were lawfully playing outside and making reasonable noise in the apartment’s common areas.

Tenants vs. Landlord – $55,000 settlement on behalf of married couple who was told to leave the apartment complex after they had a baby. Discrimination on the basis of familial status.

Recognition

2020 Super Lawyer

2020 Up and Coming 50 Women Attorneys in Southern California

2013-2019 Super Lawyer, Rising Star

2013-2019 Top 100 Women Attorneys in Southern California

 

Bar Admissions:

All California State Courts, United States District Court, Eastern and Central District of California.

Affiliations

California Employment Lawyers Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles

Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

Education

UCLA School of Law, J.D., 2008

Willamette University, B.A., 1998

European Peace University, 1997

Portland Community College, A.A., 1995

Community

Annette provides free legal services at a Santa Monica battered-women’s shelter.

Annette was the “Garden Mom” at her daughter’s elementary school. Annette brought over 500 children into the school garden every year to plant and harvest crops, and to learn about nature in the middle of our urban landscape. Annette wants a tree house.