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Christina J.
Ro-Connolly

Partner

T. 925.212.4102

Christina (Tina) previously worked as an attorney advocating for employers. But she grew weary of the constant battles and noticed, when reviewing these matters, that there were often missed opportunities early on for mediation and communication.

She recognized the value of letting all parties be heard earlier in the process, addressing matters and seeking resolution before issues escalated. And, after overseeing many workplace investigations, she was intrigued by the role of a neutral investigator.

That interest, coupled with a stroke of perfect timing, brought her to the firm.

Experience

Tina has more than a decade of labor and employment law experience. Her investigations include allegations of discrimination and harassment, allegations of abusive conduct, sexual misconduct, retaliation and workplace misconduct.

She has handled investigations against high-level executives and elected officials. She has worked in both the public and private sectors.

Tina conducts Title IX investigations and is a Title IX hearing officer. She also leads sexual harassment prevention trainings and workplace investigation trainings.

Tina spent 11 years at the Contra Costa County Counsel’s Office, advising departments on labor and employment matters. This included representing departments in civil service hearings, arbitrations and before the Public Employment Relations Board.

Tina is a member of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the California Lawyers Association, a graduate of the AWI’s Training Institute for workplace investigators and a frequent trainer and presenter on employment law matters.

Outside the Office

Tina is passionate about dance, wine tasting, connecting with friends and family and spending time with her husband and three sons.   

 

“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”  — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

  • “Investigating Employee Complaints: Managing Expectations,” Corporate Compliance Insights, Co-Author, November 2, 2020
  • “Tips for Creating Virtual Anti-Harassment Training During the Pandemic,” SHRM, Co-Author, August 25, 2020
  • “Addressing the Elephant in the Room: The Impact of Race in Investigation,” The AWI Journal, Co-Author, June 2020
  • “Common Ethics & Bias Issues in Employment Law,” CLA New Employment Practitioner Conference, Panelist, January 2021
  • “Non-disciplinary/Non-litigation Responses to Allegations of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence,” Berkeley Law Sexual Harassment in Education Conference, Moderator, January 2021
  • “Using Emotional Intelligence to Manage Occupational Burnout,” CALPELRA, Presenter, November 2020
  • “Addressing the Elephant in the Room: The Impact of Race in Investigations,” CALPELRA, Presenter, November 2020
  • “Intersectionality: What Is It and Why Does it Matter to Workplace Investigations?” AWI Annual Conference, Presenter, November 2020
  • “Implicit Bias and How It Impacts HR & Investigations,” CalGovHR Conference & Expo, Presenter, March 2020
  • “Resolving Interpersonal Workplace Conflict,” CALPELRA, Presenter, November 2019
  • “The Impact of the #MeToo Movement on Employment Laws, Investigations, Practices, Policies, and Litigation,” CLA Annual Meeting, Presenter, November 2019
  • “Comparative Methods for Harassment Prevention,” Berkeley Law’s International Summit: Globalization of the #MeToo Movement, Panelist, May 2019
  • “Workplace Investigations: How the DFEH Wants It Done,” CALPELRA, Presenter, November 2018
  • “The Impact of #MeToo on Workplace Investigations,” Berkeley Law’s International Summit: Globalization of the #MeToo Movement, Panelist, May 2018
  • California Lawyers Association, Labor and Employment Section, Executive Committee, member
  • Association of Workplace Investigators Institute Committee, member

Education

Loyola Law School, J.D.

University of California, San Diego; B.A.

Areas of Expertise

Investigations

Title IX

Trainings

Climate Surveys & Assessments

Admission

State Bar of California

Credentials

AWI-CH