Laura C. McHugh

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor 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: 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Laura C. McHugh is a shareholder of Duggan McHugh Law Corporation in Sacramento, California. A highly rated attorney with over 25 years of legal experience, Ms. McHugh provides her clients with effective solutions to their workplace needs, whether it is an aggressive litigation defense to a hotly-contested employment dispute, or practical day-to-day guidance on workplace issues including discipline and discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leaves of absence, disability accommodation, wage and hour, prevailing wage, the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), meal period and rest break compliance, or trade secrets and unfair competition issues.

    Along with her notable success as a litigator, she has achieved equal success serving as mediator and arbitrator for hearing and administrative proceedings before California and federal employment boards.  She has argued before the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal in cases that have resulted in precedential, published decisions.

    Ms. McHugh graduated magna cum laude in 1989 from University of California at Santa Barbara, and she earned recognition for her thesis work through the school's senior honors program. She then attended Santa Clara University School of Law, serving as editor for the Santa Clara Law Review before obtaining her Juris Doctor in 1995.

    The State Bar of California admitted her to practice that same year, and she is also admitted to practice before all of California's U.S. District Courts, the Supreme Court of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. She also has appeared pro hac vice with the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii and Arizona.

    Highly active in her legal community, Ms. McHugh serves in a number of professional associations, including: board member and chairperson of the Employment Law Committee of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada; member of Defense Research Institute; member of Women Lawyers of Sacramento; and member of the Sacramento County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. She is also a founding member of WomenUp, an organization devoted to mentoring and inspiring professional women in the greater Sacramento area.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Employment & Labor: Employer
    • 50%Employment Litigation: Defense
    Focus Areas

    Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer


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    Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021

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    About Laura McHugh

    Admitted: 1995, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top 10% of Labor and Employment Lawyers by Lawyers of Distinction, 2017, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Board Member and Chairperson - Employment Law Committee - Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, 2019
    • Labor and Employment Law Section - Sacramento County Bar Association, 2019
    • Defense Research Institute (DRI) Member, 2019
    • Founding Member - Women Up, Sacramento, 2019
    • Association of Defense Counsel Northern CA and NV, 2018
    • DRI, Member, 2018
    • Founding Member - Women Up, Sacramento, 2018
    • Labor & Employment Law Section
    • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
    • Supreme Court of the United States of America
    • Supreme Court of California
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court Central District of California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, pro hac vice
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, pro hac vice

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Santa Clara Law Review, Editor

    Educational Background:

    • University of California, B.A., magna cum laude, Honors: Senior Honors Program, Communications Alumni Council, Founding Member

    Industry Groups

    • Business
    • Construction
    • Dental
    • Entertainment
    • Non-Profits
    • Professional
    • Property Management
    • Real Estate
    • Restaurants
    • Transportation
    • Trucking
    Find Me Online
    Twitter - @dugganlaw
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    Office Location for Laura C. McHugh

    641 Fulton Ave
    Suite 100
    Sacramento, CA 95825

    Phone: 916-550-5309

    Fax: 916-404-5900

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    Last Updated: 4/5/2021

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