Nancy Aeling


Nancy Aeling has specialized in advising and defending California employers for over ten years.  A former adjunct faculty member at New York University and analyst at Goldman Sachs, Nancy’s practice focuses on both class action wage and hour defense as well as counseling local and national companies and non-profit organizations on employee management and workplace practices.  Nancy’s practice emphasizes counseling employers on policies and best practices to maintain a productive workforce and avoid employee conflict.  She has tried cases in state and federal court, from individual wrongful termination claims to class action wage and hour complaints, prepared defense in binding arbitrations, and successfully negotiated modest settlements of actual and potential claims.

Nancy advises many San Diego non-profits and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Timken Museum of Art.  In addition, Nancy worked as a research attorney in the San Francisco Superior Court, where she provided legal research and writing for the Appellate Division of the Court.  In private practice, she has drafted state and federal appellate briefs and participated in the presentation of oral argument to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and published articles on developments in California labor and employment law.



  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., May 2003, Summa Cum Laude
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts, 1979

Professional Experience

  • Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, Associate, January 2014 - present
  • Carothers, DiSante & Freudenberger, LLP, Litigation Associate, Labor and Employment, September 2005 - January 2014
  • Cooper, White & Cooper, LLP, Associate, August 2004 - September 2005
  • San Francisco Superior Court, Legal Research Attorney, September 2003 - July 2004


  • All California state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of California

Professional Activities

  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association—Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, State Bar of California—Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections
  • Board of Directors, Timken Museum of Art
  • Volunteer scoring judge for San Diego Defense Lawyers’ Mock Trial Competition




  • California Fair Pay Act Imposes New Standards for Employers, ACC, October 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Management and Agreement Exits, PPSC Annual Employment Law Update, October 2014
  • mplicit Bias and Management of a Diverse Workforce, training for non-profit organization
  • Sexual harassment prevention training for profit, non-profit and government agency clients

Representative Matters

  • Provides on-going advice and counseling to clients of all sizes regarding employee relations, lay-offs, policy development, leaves of absence and disability issues.
  • Negotiated and facilitated challenging and sensitive changes in top management personnel for profit and non-profit entities.