Cara Ching-Senaha is a Shareholder in the San Francisco, California office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
She practices employment law exclusively and represents employers and management in a variety of venues regarding myriad employment-related matters, such as claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, invasion of privacy, breach of contract, wrongful termination, and trade secrets among many others.
Ms. Ching-Senaha's practice consists of practical and effective employment trial and litigation, employee dispute resolution, litigation avoidance and day-to-day counseling of employers and managers, preparation of employment policies and handbooks, and assisting employers in responding to complaints filed before the federal EEOC, California's DFEH, the California Workers Compensation Appeals Board, and Hawaii's Civil Rights Commission, among others. She has successfully tried cases to verdict in California and Hawaii, on a variety of claims including race discrimination, national origin discrimination, disability discrimination and disability failure to accommodate, workplace harassment, and retaliation. Cara also represents businesses in access claims brought under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and California's Unruh Act.
Ms. Ching-Senaha frequently serves as speaker, author and moderator on topics ranging from Litigation Basics Prior to Trial, Disability Accommodation and Compliance, Workplace Investigations, Leaves of Absence, Litigating Harassment Claims, Managing Alcohol and Drug Use In the Workplace, Employee Free Speech Issues, Employee Privacy, Winning Discovery Motion Practice, Ethics in Employment Law, Motions for Summary Judgment in Employment Cases, and Employment Law for New Attorneys, among others.
Ms. Ching-Senaha is honored as a Northern California Super Lawyer (2012, 2013 and 2014), and in the national publication, Who's Who In American Law (2008). She is a graduate and served as mentor (2013) of the acclaimed WilPower Program for leading women professionals throughout the Bay Area.
Since 2004, she has served on the State Bar of California's Labor & Employment Law Section's Executive Committee in a multitude of capacities, including as Member (2004-2007), Vice-Chair and Chair of the Section's Annual Labor and Employment Law Program (2005 and 2006, respectively), and Advisor (2007 - present). She serves as Co-Editor in Chief (2011 - present) of the State Bar's bi-monthly, award-winning publication, The Law Review. She also served as founding member (1996-2000) and Chair (1998-2000) of the State Bar of Hawaii's Gender and Other Fairness Committee. Ms. Ching-Senaha has served in a variety of roles for the national defense organization, Defense Research Institute (DRI), ranging from as Regional Editor and Editor in Chief (2001-2008), Executive Committee Member, and Vice-Chair, Chair and Chair Ex-Officio of DRI's nationally-acclaimed annual Employment Law Program (2009 through 2011, respectively).
Ms. Ching-Senaha is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in California and in Hawaii, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She earned both her B.S. (1992) and her J.D. (1995) from Santa Clara University.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•Recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers for 2012, 2013 and 2014
•Rookie of the Year, Employment Law Committee, Defense Research Institute, 2003
•Chair, Gender and Other Fairness Committee, Hawaii State Bar Association, 1998-99
•Editor-in-Chief, The Advocate, Santa Clara University School of Law, 1994-95
•Managing Editor, The Advocate, Santa Clara University School of Law, 1992-94
•Recognized in the nationally recognized publication, Who's Who In American Law (2008)
United States Supreme Court Gives Green Light for Retaliation Claims Under Two Civil Rights Statutes
The Job Description (August 2008) [Author] City of San Francisco Requires Employers to Offer Paid Sick Days
The Job Description (December 2007) [Author] United States Supreme Court Watch (recurring)
The Job Description (August 2007) [Author] Employer Recommendations to FMLA Regulations Featured in Labor Department Report
The Job Description (August 2007) [Author] New California Employment Laws for 2007
California Law Review (December 2006) [Co-Author] Rise In Claims Likely After Supreme Court Loosens Standard in Retaliation Lawsuits
The Job Description (August 2006) [Author] New California Employment Laws for 2006: The Legislature Takes a Breather
California Law Review (December 2005) [Co-Author] The Ultimate Decision-Maker Doctrine: A New Twist?
The Job Description (Defense Research Institute) (Spring 2004) [Author] Key ADA Concepts: Handling and Defending Disabled Access Claims
For The Defense (Defense Research Institute) (March 2004) [Author]