Jennifer Duggan

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Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Sacramento, CA

Duggan McHugh Law Corporation
 | 641 Fulton Ave, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: 916-550-5309
Fax: 916-404-5900
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (80%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Sacramento, California, attorney Jennifer Duggan is a dedicated professional with more than 23 years of experience helping entrepreneurs and businesses. As the founding shareholder of Duggan McHugh Law Corporation, Ms. Duggan represents clients in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Yolo, San Joaquin and other surrounding counties in employment, business and civil litigation defense, as well as employment law advice and counsel.

    A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, Ms. Duggan has successfully represented both public and private entities in state and federal courts. She is admitted to practice in California state courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

    In addition to her law practice, Ms. Duggan is active in several professional and community organizations. She is a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association and Women Lawyers of Sacramento. She is a past President and board member of the Barristers' Club of the Sacramento County Bar Association.

    Committed to professional education, Ms. Duggan taught civil pretrial litigation at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law for almost ten years and recently taught The Business of Lawyering at UC Davis School of Law. She has also published a number of articles for professional journals and participated in many seminars and presentations.

    Ms. Duggan previously served as an advisory board member for the University of Oregon School of Law's Center for Law and Entrepreneurship. She also served on the Women Lawyers of Sacramento's No Glass Ceiling Task Force, the Sacramento Diversity Fellowship Committee and is one of the founding members of the Westlake Charter School, a public school created by parents and teachers in 2005. In 2010 she was honored to receive the Women Who Mean Business Award from the Sacramento Business Journal and in 2017 was honored by the Women Lawyers of Sacramento with the Frances Newell Carr Achievement award.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Employment Litigation: Defense
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
    • 10%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Employment Law - Employer, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020

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    Admitted: 1996, California

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    • Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Scholarship, University of Oregon School of law, 1996
    • Frances Newell Carr Achievement Award, Women Lawyers of Sacramento, 2017
    • Editor- in-Chief, Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, University of Oregon School of law, 1995 to 1996
    • Business Law Certificate, University of Oregon School of law, 1996
    • Women Who Mean Business Award, Sacramento Business Journal , 2010

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Sacramento County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
    • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
    • California
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
    • Barristers' Club of Sacramento, Past President
    • University of Oregon Law and Entrepreneurship Center, Advisory Board, 1996 to 2004
    • Sacramento County Bar Association, Diversity Hiring & Retention Committee, Board Member, 2001 to present

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer Judge at the National Ethics Trial Competition, McGeorge School of Law
    • Pro Bono Advice & Counsel to Westlake Charter School
    • Adjunct Professor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
    • Positive Coaching Alliance, Past Board Member
    • Adjunct Professor, UC Davis School of Law, 2016

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Interviewing Advice Panel, Junior Barristers' Club, 2009
    • Hiring Attorneys Share Interview Do's & Dont's, McGeorge School of Law, 2009
    • Summary Judgment & Other Dispositive Motions, CEB Programs, 2007
    • Slaying the Three-Headed Monster: FEHA, ADA and Worker's Compensation, 2006
    • Civil Trial from Start to Finish: A Practical Approach to Trying a Civil Case in California, National Business Institute, 2004
    • Utilizing Dispositive Motions, CEB Programs, 2003
    • Fundamentals of Civil Pretrial Practice, CEB Programs, 2002
    • On the Job Claim Activity Outside Worker's Compensation Exclusive Remedy, SMUD Supervisor's Workers' Compensation Workshop, 2000
    • Sexual Harassment and Workplace Discrimination Training, UCD Training Seminar for Supervisors, 2000
    • Legal Perspectives on Electronic Communications, UCD & UCDHS Sexual Harassment Education Program, 2000
    • The Lawyer's Dilemma' Nondisclosure and What to Do About It, Symposium on Environmental lssues in Business Transactions, sponsored by the University of Oregon Law and Entrepreneurship Center, 1996
    • "A Guide to Hazardous Recreational Activity Immunity," Claims People Magazine (July 1999)
    • Co-Author, "California's Civil Code § 51.9; Sexual Harassment in Relationships," Professional Responsibility, Legal Ethics and Legal Education News (Spring 1998)
    • Co-Author, "Potential Expansion of Sexual Harassment Liability in California to Clients and Other Non-Employees," The Professional Lawyer (February 1998)
    • "SEC Discipline of Lawyers: In Search of a Firm Foundation," Professional Responsibility, Legal Ethics,and Legal News (Fall 1996)
    • Co-author, "Lawyer Disclosure of Corporate Fraud: Establishing a Firm Foundation," 50 SMU Law Rev. 225 (FalI 1996)
    • Superior Court Boot Camp, Pincus Professional Education, 2010
    • The Annual Application and Interviewing Panel, Junior Barristers' Club, 2010
    • Life as a Partner, Women Lawyers of Sacramento, 2010
    • What Businesses Need to Know About ADA Accessibility, Webinar, 2010
    • Women Lawyers are Surviving/Thriving in this Economy, California Women Lawyers, 2009
    • Bumps in the Road, CSAC, 2009


    • Delgado v. County of Sacramento, et al. [Civil Rights/Excessive Force]
    • Jones v. Stewart Title of Sacramento [Negligence/Breach of Contract]
    • Bardis v. Oates [119 Cal. App. 4tn 1 (2004)]
    • Miller v. California Department of Social Services [355 F.3d 1172 (9th Cir. 2004)]
    • Block v. County of Sacramento [Civil Rights/False Arrest]
    • Hendrick v. Deary [Breach of Express Oral and Implied in Fact Agreement]
    • Watts v. County of Sacramento [False Entry/False Arrest/Civil Rights]
    • Mercedes Jauregui v. Ray Stone, Inc. [2001 Cal. LEXlS 7950]
    • Watts v. County of Sacramento [256 F.3d 886 (9th Cir. 2001)]
    • Aerotek v. Johnson Group Staffing Company [Trade Secret Misappropriation/False Advertising]
    • Gutierrez v. County of Sacramento [Employment Law/Disability Discrimination]
    • Mendoza v. County of Sacramento, et al. [Civil Rights/Excessive Force]
    • Blanford v. Sacramento County [ 406 F.3d 1110 (9th Cir. 2005)]
    • Simmons v. Hambly [536 U.S. 909 (2002)]

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Sacramento Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Award , 2010

    Educational Background:

    • University of California at Davis, B.A., 1992
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    641 Fulton Ave
    Suite 100
    Sacramento, CA 95825

    Phone: 916-550-5309

    Fax: 916-404-5900

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