Sandy McDonough specializes in representing employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, class action suits and union matters. She also regularly advises clients with regard to employment issues, including employee discipline, terminations, leaves of absence, and wage and hour violations.
Prior to joining Paul, Plevin, Sandy represented public entities in litigation involving the Government Tort Claims Act, civil rights actions, constitutional violations and contract disputes. She also represented insurance carriers with regard to coverage opinions, bad faith actions and declaratory relief actions.
At Paul, Plevin, Sandy has focused her practice in both the private and public sector, representing, among others, The Regents of the University of California, Bridgepoint Education, Rubio’s Restaurants, National University, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Union Bank, and the Trustees of the California State University.
Sandy has a favorable history of obtaining dismissals at the initial pleading stage and through summary judgment, and has also obtained advantageous settlements in numerous matters, both within and outside the mediation process. She also has a favorable record in the appellate courts and significant experience representing large entities in matters brought to arbitration.
Sandy was recognized as one of 2020's 500 Most Influential People in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal. In 2018, Sandy was named to San Diego Super Lawyers for Employment and Labor Law and was added to Best Lawyers list of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Employment Law - Management in 2017.
Sandy has served as an adjunct professor of the Pre-Trial Advocacy class at USC Law School, and was previously an assistant instructor for that course for seven years. In the course, Sandy taught law students such skills as successfully drafting and arguing motions, effective settlement techniques, and the art of depositions. In addition, Sandy has regularly taught masters-level students the legal aspects of human resources management at Webster University. She is also a frequent lecturer on employment law issues for industry and human resources groups. Finally, Sandy was a regular contributor to Matthew Bender’s publication entitled “California Labor and Employment Bulletin” for several years.
- University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1997
- University of California, San Diego, B.A., 1994
- Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP Associate, 2000 – 2005; Partner 2006 – Present
- Richards, Watson & Gershon, Associate
- All California state courts
- All United States District courts in California
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit