Jennifer Duggan

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in Sacramento, California

Duggan McHugh Law Corporation
Jennifer Duggan
Duggan McHugh Law Corporation

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 1996

Education: University of Oregon School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

Duggan McHugh Law Corporation

641 Fulton Ave
Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95825 Visit website


Jennifer Duggan specializes in employment law and litigation. She brings more than 26 years of experience representing employers of all sizes. Jennifer founded the firm in 2013 with a focus on representing employers to proactively minimize their risk of employment lawsuits, and to make sure that, in the event of a legal claim, they are in the strongest possible position to defend themselves. Jennifer and her team have successfully defended wage and hour class action lawsuits, PAGA claims, as well as individual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims of all kinds, contract and tort-based employment litigation, and unfair competition and trade secret litigation. Jennifer also works closely with clients to avoid litigation in high-risk employment disputes and in every day personnel challenges.

Jennifer graduated with a B.A. in 1992 from the University of California at Davis. She then graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1996 with a business law certificate. While at the University of Oregon School of Law, Jennifer served as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation and was awarded the Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Scholarship.

From 2004 to 2013, Jennifer served as an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where she taught civil pretrial litigation. In 2015, Jennifer taught the inaugural class, “The Business of Lawyering” at UC Davis School of Law. Jennifer has participated extensively as a moderator and panelist in a number of MCLE presentations, including CEB seminars. She has successfully argued before both the Third District Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit. Since 2001, Jennifer has also served as an arbitrator and private mediator.

Previously, Jennifer practiced employment law at one of Sacramento's largest law firms. There, she represented employers in a broad range of industries, drafted employer policies, handbooks, severance agreements, employment contracts, and appeared in both state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. She also represented a variety of private and public entity clients in a broad range of litigation matters, in the areas of civil rights and governmental tort Iiability, general negligence/personal injury work, auto liability, wrongful death, and ADA public accommodation and disability access law.

When she's not at work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and cheering for Oregon Ducks Football.



Practice areas

Employment Litigation: Defense, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation: Defense

Focus areas

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

  • 80% Employment Litigation: Defense
  • 10% Business Litigation
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Defense

First Admitted: 1996, California

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Educational Background:
  • University of California at Davis, B.A., 1992
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
  • 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)]
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
  • 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
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
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Sacramento Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Award , 2010

Office location for Jennifer Duggan

641 Fulton Ave
Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95825

Phone: 916-550-5309

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