Monica M. Quinn has experience in both litigation and counseling matters, and handles a wide spectrum of employment disputes at all levels of state and federal court. She has frequently defended employers in litigation involving:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Retaliation

Monica represents management at mediations and arbitrations, as well as before various state and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. She provides practical advice to in-house counsel, human resources professionals, and business owners of a variety of companies, from multinational corporations to startups, on numerous day-to-day employment issues including:

  • Employee handbooks and personnel policies
  • Employment contracts, disciplinary documents, and severance agreements
  • Reductions-in-force
  • Workplace investigations
  • Disability accommodation and leave of absence issues

Recently, Monica has:

  • Obtained summary judgment in a case alleging fraud, promissory estoppel, breach of contract and wrongful termination on behalf of an employer in the financial services industry
  • Obtained summary judgment in a case alleging national origin discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination
  • Successfully defended an employer in arbitration against claims of retaliation, wrongful termination and sexual harassment

Monica has conducted management and employee seminars and provided training on discrimination and harassment.


Professional & Community Affiliations


Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association


Employment Law Section

Los Angeles County Bar Association

News, Analysis & Press

Litigation 101 for the HR Professional

Human Resources

December 1, 2008

Social Networking and Off-Duty-Conduct

Human Resources

January 1, 2008

What are an employee’s (or former employee’s) rights regarding inspection of his/her personnel file?

Orange Appeal

March 1, 2004

Speaking Engagements

New Employment and Labor Laws for 2015

Los Angeles, CA

January 13, 2015

Exacerbating the Exasperating: Untangling the Ever-Changing Leaves of Absence Web

HR.com Webinar

August 1, 2013

New Challenges in the Hiring Process – An Employer’s Guide to Sorting Through this Legal Maze

The 2013 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2013

The Interplay between Workers’ Compensation, FMLA, FEHA, and the ADA

Sterling Education Services, Pasadena, CA

October 4, 2012

Social Media and the Law

Recorder Roundtable, San Francisco, CA

January 12, 2011

Social Media in California: How to Keep Tabs – and Limits – on your Employees Without Getting Sued

Employer Resources Institute Webinar

December 20, 2010

RECON 2011: Recapping New Laws from 2010 and The Who When and What to Expect in 2011

Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter, Torrance, CA

December 8, 2010

ADA/FEHA Accommodation: Protecting Your Organization from Increased Liability Risks

California Worker’s Compensation Forum, Huntington Beach, CA

October 13-15, 2010

How to Limit Golf Course Exposure to Employment Claims

State Golf Course Services Association, Palm Springs, CA

November 1, 2008

New Employment Laws

Strategic HR

January 2007

Employment Law Update Seminar

Sterling Education Services, Irvine, CA

January 2006

Practical Applications of Employment Law – Employee Privacy in the Workplace

Sterling Education Services, Irvine, CA

March 2004

Management Responsibilities including Personal Liability, Harassment, Discrimination and Wage and Hour Violations

Client Presentation

January 2004


  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1998
  • B.A., University of California, Riverside, 1995cum laude

Bar Admission



  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California