Candace R. DesBaillets

San Francisco Office
415-981-3233, ext 1207
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Favorite Quote: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

In My Spare Time, I Enjoy: Spoiling my rescue dogs, tabletop roleplaying games, fiber arts, and getting outdoors.

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Candace DesBaillets works with employers to implement practical solutions and mitigate risk.  She advises employers on a broad range of issues including wage and hour compliance, employee termination risk assessment, family and medical leave, and disability accommodation.  She defends employers in individual and multi-plaintiff litigation matters including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, contracts, employment-related torts, and wage and hour claims.  DesBaillets has defended and advised employers of all sizes across numerous industries including technology, retail, food and beverage, construction, healthcare, and aerospace.  She has represented employers in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as before agencies including the EEOC, DFEH, and DLSE. 

Prior to joining CDF, DesBaillets served as a judicial extern to Administrative Law Judge Steven Berlin of the US Department of Labor.  While in law school, DesBaillets served as Managing Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice and worked as a researcher for the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice.  DesBaillets regularly pulls from her background in critical gender studies in her advice and counsel for employers to help them mitigate risk in the ever-evolving California legal climate.

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University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 2016

  • Managing Editor, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice
  • Vice President, Animal Law Society
  • Law Students for Reproductive Justice

University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., Philosophy, 2007

  • Highest Honors


"Litigation Avoidance in 2022," Co-Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel, Labor and Employment Summit, March 2022

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Member, San Francisco LGBT Bar Association Member (BALIF), 2022

Member, Washington LGBT Bar Association (QLaw), 2022

Pro Bono

Election protection pro bono work, 2020 & 2022


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