Amy loves doing investigations because she is curious, fearless about asking questions and tends to see all sides of things.
Amy is a leading expert in the field of workplace investigations. She has more than 40 years of experience in employment law, as an attorney, investigator, arbitrator, mediator and trainer. She has worked with and for a large range of employers and employees – public and private, large and small – throughout the country. She is also a retired administrative law judge.
Her areas of expertise include preventing workplace harassment and responding to allegations of harassment, investigating workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower claims, diversity in the workplace, how unconscious bias impacts decision-making and other forms of workplace misconduct. Amy frequently does public speaking on these issues.
Amy has investigated hundreds of workplace complaints, including complaints against elected officials, CEOs, founders of startups and board members. She has testified as an expert witness more than 70 times and also as a fact witness regarding her own investigations. She has trained public and private employers in how to investigate workplace complaints, sexual harassment prevention and implicit bias.
Amy led the founding of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), helped develop the association’s curriculum and served as its Chair for several years.
Amy’s first love is the theater. Now that she has had a long and happy career in the law, she has gone back to it – doing solo performing and improv classes. She also loves to travel, especially to places that feel very different from the United States.
University of California, Davis, J.D.
University of California, Berkeley; B.A., Summa cum laude, phi beta kappa
Mediation & Conflict Resolution
Climate Surveys & Assessments
State Bar of California
Virginia State Bar (inactive)
District of Columbia Bar (inactive)
Amy and Vida will travel to the University of Cape Town in South Africa to conduct a three-day course in workplace investigations with a focus on sexual harassment investigations from May 18-20, 2022.
Take these precautions when interviewing nonnative English speakers to help ensure all participants’ voices are heard and accurately included in your findings.
Christina Ro-Connolly will co-present this online training during the upcoming CALPELRA Learn two-day program (May 24-25).