Overview

Shiva Shirazi Davoudian advises and defends a broad range of employers, from family owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies, across a variety of industries such as manufacturing, retail, real estate, and home healthcare. Shiva has achieved cost-effective and favorable outcomes with claims involving:

  • Discrimination involving race, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender and other protected classifications
  • Sexual harassment
  • Disability issues arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • Wage and hour violations
  • Class actions
  • Unfair competition
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Breach of employment agreements

Shiva’s extensive experience in employment litigation includes appearance in state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)  and arbitrates disputes arising under collective bargaining agreements.

Shiva routinely partners with in-house counsel and human resources professionals and draws on her extensive litigation experience to customize compliance strategies designed to reduce risk on a variety of workplace issues, such as:

  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Employee discipline and termination
  • Disability accommodations
  • Medical leaves
  • Harassment and discrimination prevention
  • Workplace investigations
  • Employee handbooks and policies

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Legal Advisory Committee

Anti-Defamation League

2005-present

Speaking Engagements

Where To Sit - Seating and Other Disability Access Issues for Business

KABA Business and Labor Law Forum

October 8, 2015

Commission Agreements in California: A Toolkit for Managing Your Risks and Obligations Within the Law

Annual Legal Update - Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)

January 2013

Current Topics in Hiring

Equipment Manufacturers Conference - American Feed Industry Association (AFIA)

November 2012

Education

  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 2004With Honors
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2000summa cum laude

Languages

  • Farsi
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

Bar Admission

California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California