Audrey was named as the inaugural Outstanding Woman Lawyer by the Contra Costa Bar Association’s Women’s Section in 2018. Audrey has received a ratings of 10.0 on Avvo for litigation and employment work. Audrey has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in Northern California. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the State are named to the list.
Audrey serves as a volunteer Discovery Facilitator through the Contra Costa Superior Court. Audrey is also a member of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance. Audrey Chairs the Human Capital group, a membership of professionals devoted to human resources and workforce matters. Audrey is the 2012 Past President of the Contra Costa County Bar Association and served on the CCCBA’s Board of Directors, its Executive Committee and in other leadership roles for many years.
Audrey has been active in the Contra Costa Bar Association, initiating the CCCBA’s first public service fellowship through partnering with Equal Justice Works, whose fellows have provided legal service in Contra Costa to stop predatory lending on the elderly, as well as providing legal assistance to low-income disabled persons living with mental illnesses. Audrey serves on the Charitable Contributions committee and has served on the CCCBA nominating committee for the Board and Executive Committee. Audrey also served on the Bar Association’s Board of Directors for the Employment Law Section and the Women’s Section, as well as having served as the Chair of the Judicial Nominations Committee and Past President of the Women’s Section.
Audrey has been a speaker on issues concerning trial practice, mediations, employment laws and compliance, legislative updates, women & minorities in the legal profession, and law practice management for groups such as Lorman Education, the Employers Advisory Council for the EDD Contra Costa, Vistage, ProVisors, and the CCCBA for various sections and the MCLE spectacular.
Audrey has been involved in a number of community activities over the years including the Tuesday Forum, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce East Bay Women’s Conference, the Walnut Creek Fountain for Youth and the East Bay Leadership Foundation. Audrey’s pro bono activities have included legal work for HomeAid, the Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank, Diablo Ballet, Markum Arboretum, and the Napa Valley Symphony.
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., History
Santa Clara University, School of Law, J.D.
Audrey is a trusted advisor to businesses and their management teams. She provides sound legal advice on issues ranging from personnel disputes to corporate governance chess matches and charting a path to early resolution or a powered litigation win.
Audrey’s clients have been startups to publicly traded companies, non-profits and public entities in wide and varied industries: food & beverage, natural & organics, transportation and logistics, technology, security, professional services, wellness & health care, manufacturing, financial services, real estate development and construction, energy, and green businesses. Matters are in State and Federal court, mediation and arbitrations, or before government agencies.
Audrey litigates individual and class actions involving a vast range of employment and workforce issues: wage and hour, meal and rest breaks, employee misclassification and independent contractor status, compensation and commission, theft of trade secrets, founder disputes, compliance with disability and medical leave laws (including reasonable accommodations), discrimination and harassment (sex, race, age, religion, disability and medical condition), wrongful termination, employee discipline, employee privacy, layoffs, reductions in force, & severance, contract claims, and employment related torts such as defamation, negligence, emotional distress, fraud and misrepresentation.
Audrey has also litigated a wide range of business matters including contract disputes for multi-billion dollar companies, breach of fiduciary duty, mismanagement and fraud claims against corporate directors and officers, shareholder claims, trade secret thefts, complex multi-plaintiff residential construction claims for publicly traded homebuilders and private construction companies, $100 million dollar contract and fraud claims between banks, and all manner of ordinary business disputes in between, including land sale acquisitions, trademark infringement, business to business collections, and issues arising out of the sale, merger, acquisition, or dissolution of businesses and partnerships.
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Christopher J Gonzalez