Overview

Sandra J. McMullan defends and represents employers in single plaintiff and class action litigation in state courts and arbitration proceedings in matters involving:  

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Leaves and accommodation
  • Retaliation
  • Wrongful termination
  • Breach of contract
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Wage and hour

Sandra has experience preparing discovery, taking and defending depositions, negotiating settlements, and providing advice to employers on a wide variety of employment related issues. In addition, she has experience with pre-trial law and motion practice, has second chaired two trials, and obtained numerous litigation victories at the summary judgment and demurrer stages. Some notable examples of her successes include:

  • Settled case involving more than 450 class plaintiffs following submission of motion for summary judgment in complex disability discrimination case
  • Settled multi-million dollar, multi-jurisdictional lawsuit involving complex claims for indemnification and allegations of breach of fiduciary duties, violation of the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, and fraudulent conveyance of assets
  • Served as second chair for corporation and corporate officers in preliminary and permanent injunction involving claims for tortious interference with employment covenant, breach of post-employment covenant, civil conspiracy, corporate oppression under Section 12.56 of the Illinois Business Corporation Act, excessive compensation, and corporate indemnification
  • Served as second chair defense counsel in employment case involving claims for race discrimination and harassment as well as complex commercial case involving claims for injunction, removal of trustee, breach of fiduciary duties, accounting, declaratory judgment, and applicability of shareholders' agreement to valuation of corporate shares held in trust
  • In collaboration with lead counsel, drafted two submissions to the Illinois Appellate Court as well as trial submissions; drafted petition for leave to appeal, and opening, and response brief - granted by the Illinois Supreme Court

Prior to joining Littler, Sandra worked in several other law firms in Los Angeles and Chicago. She was also a consultant in the Human Capital Services division of Arthur Andersen.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Sonoma County Bar Association

2014-present

Member

American Inn of Court, Chicago Chapter

2002-2009

Member

Women's Bar Association of Illinois

2002-2009

Member

Chicago Bar Association

2002-2009

Co-Chair

Civil Litigation Committee

2006

Judge

National Advocacy Competition

American Bar Association

2004

News, Analysis & Press

Education

  • J.D., University of Miami, 1996
  • M.A., University of California, San Diego, 1993
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1990

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Italian

Bar Admission

California
Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois