Ashley A. Halberda advises and represents clients in matters involving California labor and employment law. During her years of practice, Halberda has gained extensive experience in representing employers before state, federal and appellate courts in various employment disputes involving claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour violations for clients in the banking, retail, insurance, food and beverage, hospitality and manufacturing industries.
Defending clients against class actions and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) matters is a considerable part of Halberda’s practice. She has an undefeated record at trial, as well as on appeal. Her trial experience consists of defending high profile retail and bank clients against claims of misclassification of employees. She has also been successful at arbitration.
In addition to her litigation practice, Halberda plays a critical advisory role to California employers. As she counsels clients on business strategies to ensure compliance with the daunting array of employment laws regulating California businesses, she becomes an extension of her clients’ management team and a true business partner. Her proactive approach alleviates her clients’ worries and staves off potential costly future litigation.
Areas of Practice
Wrongful Termination and Workplace Tort Litigation
Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
Wage and Hour Issues
Workplace Solutions, Advice and Training
University of San Diego, School of Law, J.D., 2010
- San Diego International Law Journal, member, 2009-2010
University of California, Los Angeles., B.A., Majored in French, 2005
"5 Ways to Comply With Efforts to Crack Down On Sexual Harassment in The Hotel Industry," Hotel Executive, March 2019
"#WhatToDo about #MeToo? An Employer's Guide to Preventing Liability for Workplace Sexual Harassment," Thomson Reuters, February 2018
"The New Shade of Grey Created by California’s Fair Pay Act," Law Practice Today, March 2016
"The New Wave of EEOC Discrimination Claims: Unlocking the Bathroom Door and Other New Focal Points for the EEOC in 2015," Co-Author, HR Advisor: Legal and Practical Guidance, August/July 2015
"Shirts and Shoes Required - But No Hijab," Co-Author, Orange County Attorney Journal, July 2015
"Exempt Employee Overtime Pay: A Very Expensive Oxymoron," Co-Author, Orange County Lawyer, February 2015
"To Waive or Not to Waive? California Employers Question Whether to Include Class Action Waivers in Their Employment Contracts After Emerging Case Law," Orange County Lawyer, July 2013
"The Fallacy Behind Recent Employment Class Action Decisions: Why A Second Look Into the Seemingly Pro-Employer Opinions Reveals More Employee Friendly Case Law," The Advocate, August 2012, at 89-93
Listed, Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars, 2018 - 2019
Orange County Bar Association, 2010 - present
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2010 - present
Public Law Center Volunteer- Dissolution for Victims of Domestic Violence, 2013