Office of General Counsel/Trial Attorney @ U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, DC
Deputy Public Defender @ City and County of San Francisco
Co-Founder @ The Center for Diversity in Finance and Industry, LLC
Bachelor's degree @
San Francisco State University
Ms. Rubenstein is an AV-rated employment lawyer listed in the National Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers in Employment and Labor Law. She actively practices law in state and federal courts throughout the country. Ms. Rubenstein is highly experienced in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes, contract, public policy
Ms. Rubenstein is an AV-rated employment lawyer listed in the National Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers in Employment and Labor Law. She actively practices law in state and federal courts throughout the country. Ms. Rubenstein is highly experienced in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes, contract, public policy and whistle-blower matters. Expert handling of every stage of the litigation process, including severance negotiations and mediations/arbitrations. Ms. Rubenstein is experienced in complex litigation and is a seasoned trial lawyer who has obtained sizeable jury verdicts and substantial settlements. Ms. Rubenstein has represented literally hundreds of individuals, including high profile clients (plaintiffs and defendants) in the public arena requiring a high level of adeptness at handling the press. Ms. Rubenstein is unique in that she will provide management-side counsel to employers in addition to representing employees. She is listed in "Who's Who of American Lawyers (Millennium Edition), and received "Top Lawyer" distinction for 2013.
Attorney (AV rated and Preeminent status) @ Ms. Rubenstein represents individuals in all aspects of employment related litigation, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes, whistle-blower actions, contract and public policy cases. Expert and experienced handling of every stage of civil litigation. Excellent writing skills. Represented literally hundreds of individuals, including high-profile clients (plaintiffs and defendants) in the public arena requiring a high degree of competency in dealing with the press. Mediator for San Francisco Superior Courts for more than a decade. Private mediation. Lead counsel in approximately 27 jury trials, obtaining sizeable jury verdicts. Active law practice in both state and federal courts throughout the country. In addition to representing employees. Ms.Rubenstein also provides on-going management side legal counsel to employers regarding a myriad of employment/personnel issues, including training, diversity, Dodd Frank compliance, and internal sexual harassment investigations. Skilled in litigation management, working in teams, mentoring, and counseling clients. From January 1978 to Present (38 years) Co-Founder and General Counsel @ The Center for Diversity in Finance and Industry, LLC (CDFI) is dedicated to providing diversity training and policy and public relations consulting to firms regulated by the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank" legislation). Retained by private sector employers to assist in developing strategies to foster diversity in the workplace and compliance with Section 342 of the Act.
Ms. Rubenstein served as General Counsel to the Center for Diversity in Finance, an organization committed to working with employers to diversify the financial industry. Presently, Ms. Rubenstein works as an on-going consultant and provides diversity training and policy consulting to financial industry employers. Consulting includes working with a team of professionals to create best practices for employers in personnel matters, including providing assistance to HR professionals. From January 2011 to Present (5 years) Senior Litigation Counsel (AV Rated) @ Sanford Heisler LLP is a boutique class-action litigation law firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.
Sanford Heisler specializes in civil rights and general public interest cases, representing plaintiffs with employment discrimination, labor and wage violations, predatory lending, whistleblower, consumer fraud, and other claims. Along with an expertise in class actions, Sanford Heisler also represents select individuals and has developed a particular expertise in the representation of executives in employment disputes. While at Sanford Heisler, Ms. Rubenstein devoted the majority of her time litigating a class action gender discrimination case in the Southern District of New York (federal court). Also while working at this firm, Ms. Rubenstein served as Trial Counsel in a federal race discrimination case in Indiana. From July 2012 to January 2014 (1 year 7 months) Deputy Public Defender @ While a Deputy Public Defender, Ms. Rubenstein represented indigent persons charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses from arraignment through jury trial. Appeared in court on a daily basis handling every aspect of criminal defense practice. Successful at winning several jury trials. From January 1982 to September 1985 (3 years 9 months) Office of General Counsel/Trial Attorney @ Ms. Rubenstein litigated complex class actions under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act through trial. Also litigated enforcement of Consent Decrees for the United States Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division). At the EEOC, duties included researching, writing, and presenting advisory opinions and recommendations to the Commission regarding the litigation worthiness of Title VII cases throughout the country. Received special award of merit for work on nation-wide gender discrimination class-action. Hand-selected to participate in the Department of Justice's advanced trial training conducted by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. From January 1979 to December 1981 (3 years)
Juris Doctorate, Law @ Lincoln University School of Law From 1974 to 1978 Bachelor's degree, Sociology @ San Francisco State University From 1969 to 1973 Susan Rubenstein is skilled in: Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Civil Litigation, Trial Practice, Employer Training, Jury Trials, Civil Rights Law, Legal Writing, Dispute, Legal Research
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