Danielle believes in the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Her passion for advancing peaceful workplaces, where organizations and employees can thrive, led her to OIG. She is proud to be part of this dynamic and diverse team.
For 10 years, Danielle represented local government agencies and provided legal advice on a wide range of matters. Her diverse clientele of government employees and elected officials included social workers, county boards of supervisors, law enforcement personnel, county planning commissions, public defender attorneys, and land-use planners.
Danielle started her career in private practice, defending Los Angeles County in some of the highest-exposure civil rights and employment cases, before moving to county counsel positions at Los Angeles county and later Santa Barbara county. She defended public entities and public officials in federal and state court, including claims arising under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, California Family Rights Act, and Family and Medical Leave Act.
Danielle also represented social workers and their employers in claims arising from child abuse and neglect investigations. At the Santa Barbara County Counsel’s Office, she served as lead counsel in a civil rights class-action lawsuit against the county’s jail, which led to sweeping system-wide changes to improve inmates’ living conditions.
Danielle lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and three kids. She enjoys exploring nature, taking ski trips with friends and family, and baking challah for her family, friends, and neighbors.
“If you want to be a true professional, do something outside yourself, something to repair tears in your community, something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you.”
– Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Congregation B’nai B’rith, Board Member (current)
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A.
Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D.
State Bar of California
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