Dawn M. Knepper

Shareholder Orange County

Dawn Knepper is licensed in both California and Texas and she is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including employment litigation and counseling.

Dawn advises and defends clients in federal and state employment-related lawsuits and agency claims, including actions alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.  Dawn’s experience includes successfully defending employers in both jury and bench trials and in arbitration proceedings. She also draws on her background in commercial litigation to represent employers in cases that involve employee theft of trade secrets, non-compete agreements, defamation, fraud, business interference and violations of the fiduciary duties owed by an employee to his/her employer.

Along with her litigation practice, Dawn provides advice to employers concerning litigation avoidance, wage and hour laws, leaves of absence, employee discipline, hiring and termination issues, privacy claims, reductions in force, and other issues arising in the human resources context.

Dawn also has extensive experience reviewing and creating employee handbooks and policies of all types; drafting and negotiating employment agreements (including independent contractor, non-competition, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements) and severance agreements; and providing training for employers on employment-related issues.

Dawn served as a Staff Attorney with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2000 to 2001.


Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Orange County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association (Employment Law Section)
  • Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors and Member)
  • Laguna Beach Professional Council

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Employment Law Update and Trends'' - Costa Mesa - April, 2015
  • Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce - ''The Top 10 Labor & Employment Law Pitfalls Facing'' - Laguna Beach - March, 2015
  • Laguna Beach Professional Council - ''Doing Business in California Is Basic Blocking and Tackling'' - Laguna Beach - February, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Fall Seminar - ''Firing the Company’s Top Brass – Special Considerations for Executive Terminations'' - Costa Mesa - November, 2014
  • Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce - ''ABCs and 123s for California Supervisors and Managers'' - Laguna Beach - July, 2014
  • Laguna Beach Business Club - ''Auditing Employee Handbook and Workplace Policies'' - June, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies - ''Bundles of Joy – Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues in the Workplace'' - Las Vegas - May, 2014
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Webinar - ''Standard Sports Franchise Contracts for Independent Contractors and Class Actions: Assessing the Risk'' - April, 2014
  • Costa Mesa Breakfast Briefing - ''Alphabet Leave - Managing the Convergence of FMLA, CFRA, PDL, ADA, and WC LOA'' - Orange County - April, 2014
  • Napa Seminar - ''California Workplace Investigations - So Much More Than Just the Facts'' - Napa - March, 2014
  • Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce - ''Doing Business in California is Unique - Basic Blocking and Tackling'' - Laguna Beach - February, 2014
  • Webinar - ''Pregnancy Liabilities in California'' - November, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Fall Seminar - ''Employee Mobility in California - Protecting Your Company Against a Former Employee's Unfair Competition'' - Costa Mesa - October, 2013
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Webinar - ''Workplace Investigations - How To Do Them Right!'' - June, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''California's New Pregnancy Disability and Disability Discrimination Regulations'' - Costa Mesa - April, 2013
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Sports and Entertainment Law Conference - ''Helping Your Guests See and Hear the Hottest Ticket in Town! Accommodation of Guests with Vision and Hearing Impairments Under Title III of the ADA'' - Los Angeles - February, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Workplace Investigations—How To Do Them Right!'' - September, 2012
  • Lorman Education Services Webinar - ''Navigating Potential Landmines - Employment Tests and Selection Procedures'' - May, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''FMLA/CFRA/PDL/Worker's Comp -- The Bermuda Triangle of Leaves'' - Costa Mesa - April, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Law Developments Seminar - ''Texas Update: Guns, Losers and Non-Competes'' - Austin - November, 2011
  • Corpus Christi Human Resources Management Association Employment Law Symposium - ''When is Enough, Enough? Dealing with Leaves and Accommodations'' - Corpus Christi - September, 2011
  • 2011 SAHRMA and SAMA Employment Law Conference - ''When is Enough, Enough? Dealing with Leaves and Accommodations'' - San Antonio - August, 2011
  • Communities in Schools Director Training - ''Employment Law 101'' - Austin - June, 2011
  • Communities in Schools Director Training - ''Litigation Avoidance and Reductions in Force'' - Austin - June, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''It's All in How You Say It: Preparing Disciplinary and Medical Leave Documentation'' - Chicago - May, 2011
  • Corpus Christi Human Resources Management Association - ''Boorish Behavior - What Is and Is Not Illegal Harassment (and What You Should Do About It)'' - Corpus Christi - March, 2011

Our Insights

Media

Media Quotes

September, 2014 - Ogletree Deakins Publication - "Quit or Retired? It Makes No Difference When It Comes to Paying Final Wages in California"
March, 2014 - Ogletree Deakins Publication - "California Supreme Court Allows Whistleblowing Doctor to Sue Before Exhausting Judicial Remedies"
December, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Publication - "California Court Further Expands FEHA Protections to Employees Based on Association with Disabled Person"

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