Danielle Blackhall represents private and public employers in administrative proceedings and all aspects of labor and employment litigation in California state and federal courts. As a litigator, Danielle aggressively defends employers against all types of employment claims, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, defamation, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), often securing dismissal for her clients at the pleadings stage. She also regularly defends and advises educational clients on a variety of topics unique to public entities and educational settings, including governmental immunities, special education, denial of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), personnel matters and due process complaints.
Danielle also enjoys partnering with employers to provide training on a variety of topics, including sexual harassment prevention, anti-discrimination, bullying, workplace investigations, accommodating disabled workers and special education, and counseling on day-to-day issues such as, policy creation/revision, handbook reviews, employee performance, discipline and termination, workplace investigations, disability accommodations, family and medical leave issues, background checks, and contract disputes.
- University of San Diego, School of Law, J.D., 2007
- University of Southern California, B.A. 2003, cum laude
- Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, Associate, April 2012 – present
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael M. Anello, United States District Court for the Southern District of California, March 2010 – March 2012
- Baker & McKenzie LLP, Associate, September 2007 – March 2010
- All California state courts
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California