As part of her employment litigation and consultation practice, she provides workplace training on risk management, as well as discrimination and harassment awareness initiatives. Bringing her Navy background to the table, she has experience in conducting compliance audits and overseeing internal investigations, as well as drafts, negotiates, and provides advice to clients on service and non-competition agreements. Her litigation practice includes defense of sensitive discrimination, harassment and wage claims for her clients. In this arena, Sheila frequently litigates disputed claims under Title VII, the ADA, FLSA, FMLA, FDCPA, FCRA and associated state and local laws.
A Captain (O-6) in the Navy Reserve JAG Corps, she serves in two key senior leadership roles in the Reserve Law Program. Sheila acts as the Reserve Deputy Inspector General, Office of the Judge Advocate General Inspector General, and as Special Assistant for Public Affairs to the Reserve Deputy Judge Advocate General. Previously, she served as the Deputy Force Judge Advocate (legal advisor) to Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command; the Staff Judge Advocate for the Navy Region Southwest Reserve Component Command, the Commanding Officer for two units comprised of attorneys and paralegals, and the Staff Judge Advocate for the First Naval Construction Division (Forward). As part of her service and practice, she has been recognized for many awards, including:
•Judge Advocate’s Association, 2016 Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney, Navy Reserve
•The Gilbert Cup for the Best Navy Reserve Law Unit for her tenure as Commanding Officer
•The Rear Admiral Hugh H. Howell Award for Best Junior Officer, West Coast
•The San Diego Navy League Military Woman of Achievement
Awards & Accomplishments
AV Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell
The Judge Advocates Association's U.S. Navy Reserve Outstanding Career Judge Advocate Award, 2016
Named as a Top Attorney by Pasadena Magazine, 2013 - 2017
Rear Admiral Hugh H. Howell, Jr., Award of Excellence, Junior Officer, West Coast
National Merit Scholar
Navy League Military Woman of Achievement
Events, Seminars & Presentations
CLM New York Conference, Peace, Joy & Happiness: The Zen of Mediating Difficult Positions and Issues with Emotional Parties, December 12, 2018
CLM Construction Insurance Conference, Look Out: Impact of the Labor Crisis on Construction Claims and the Right to Repair, September 26, 2018
2009 International Builders Show, Green Building Products - Can They Perform as Promised?, January 20-23, 2009
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Meeting the Challenge of the Construction Defect Claim: A Pro-Active Risk Management Strategy, October 28, 2008
West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar, Going Green: Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side?, May 5, 2008
National Association of Homebuilders International Builders Show, Meeting the Challenge of the Multi-Family Housing Construction Claim, February 15, 2008
Trial & Appellate Results
Pinnacle Museum Tower Assn. v. Pinnacle Market Development S186149.
Promenade at Playa Vista Homeowners Association v. Western Pacific Housing, Inc., 2012 Cal.App. Unpub. WL 6052034.
VICTORY: WSH&B Wins a Landmark Construction Defect Case!
Changing Demographics Drive Jury Verdicts and Impact Claims Analysis In California’s Central Valley
National Association of Home Builders Construction Law Attorney Forum
Building Industry Association of Southern California
Associated General Contractors of California
U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter
LACBA Construction Law Subsection Steering Committee
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