“Danielle and Jack have dedicated their careers to tackling extremely complex, high stakes matters and uncovering truth to ensure fairness and safe spaces for people. They are leaders who embody the values and principles on which our firm is built,” said OIG Managing Partner Vida Thomas. “Their promotions are well-deserved recognitions of the positive impacts they have made here at OIG, as well as schools and workplaces throughout the state.”
Danielle’s practice concentrates on advancing peaceful workplaces, where organizations and employees can thrive. She is called upon by public and private entities for thorough investigations into claims of misconduct and to provide employee training on a wide range of workplace topics, including anti-bias, discrimination, harassment, equity and inclusion, and conflict-resolution. In addition to delivering high-quality neutral services to public and private entities across the state, she leverages her deep expertise to educate business and legal industry audiences on issues impacting workplace dynamics, such as managing multigenerational workforces, microaggressions, and situations that might involve competing legal standards. Her insights have been featured in The Recorder and ACC Docket, two widely recognized legal trade publications, and in outlets with more general business audiences, including the North Bay Business Journal. She was also tapped as a panelist to present at the League of California Cites City Attorneys Annual Conference, an event designed to help equip city government leaders with tools and resources to advance their communities.
Danielle is based in Santa Barbara. She is an Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) member with Certificate Holder (AWI-CH) distinction and a board member at Congregation B’nai B’rith. She earned her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law and her B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Jack conducts investigations for private and public organizations, including law enforcement agencies, his area of specialty and one in which he provides additional police consulting and oversight services. Like Danielle, Jack’s insights are also leveraged to educate on timely issues and investigations best practices. Recent engagements include presentations to the County Counsels’ Association of California and at the California State University 2023 Systemwide Title IX and DHR Conference, and his co-authored article with fellow OIG attorney Neil Bautista, “Fallout From Supreme Court ‘Dobbs’ Investigation: How an Outside Investigation Could Have Helped,” published in The Recorder. Prior to private practice, he spent several years in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section, where he monitored and investigated law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, and other state institutions. He also spent time working at Orange County’s Inspector General’s office, where he focused on identifying and addressing high-risk potential liability issues.
Jack is based in Los Angeles and serves as a volunteer reserve officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. He is a member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), the California Reserve Peace Officers Association (CRPOA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law and B.A. from the University of Georgia.