Oppenheimer Investigations Group has been named to the “Top Boutiques 2021” list by the Daily Journal, California’s largest legal newspaper. The annual list recognizes specialty firms in California with a large portfolio of complex and impactful matters. One of only 20 firms honored, OIG is recognized in the area of employment law.
In its coverage of the honor, the Daily Journal overviews the firm’s trajectory from what was originally a solo practice to becoming a team of 16 attorneys and a host of supporting professionals, and the largest law firm in the Bay Area devoted exclusively to creating and maintaining safe, equitable and harassment free workplaces through its school and workplace investigations practice. The profile describes how the firm’s steady rising caseload – in part attributed to #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, and other recent movements – has helped bring misconduct issues to the forefront, leading the firm to evolve to meet growing demands. Although much of the firm’s work is confidential, the profile notes that the firm has been hired by public and private entities, cities, counties, nonprofits and schools to conduct impartial probes into allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, workplace bullying and other misconduct, as well as provide executive coaching and training, climate assessments, expert testimony and mediation services.
Following 25 years as the Law Offices of Amy Oppenheimer, the firm relaunched in 2021 as Oppenheimer Investigations Group LLP and ushered in a new partnership structure, adding Vida, Christina (“Tina”), Zaneta and Alezah to the rank. When asked what sets the firm apart, partners Tina and Vida credit the team’s diversity across gender, race, age, religion and sexual orientation to better understand complaints and the perspectives of those involved.
“Some employers see diversity as a bottom-line issue, or do it because they feel pressure from their clientele or the public,” Vida said. “Amy supported diversity long before those pressures came out, because she honestly believed that when you work with people from a diverse background, the work you do is more enriching, and the quality is better.”
You can read the Daily Journal profile here.