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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 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1995
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employer, Employment Litigation: Defense
Attorney Profile

Laura C. McHugh is a senior partner of Duggan McHugh Law Corporation in Sacramento, California, a WBENC Woman Owned Certified Business. A highly rated litigator with over 25 years of legal experience, Laura 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.

Laura has argued before the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal in cases that have resulted in precedential, published decisions. She also has served as a mediator and arbitrator in employment law disputes and hearings. 

During law school, Laura served as editor for the Santa Clara Law Review, and an extern for Justice Gerome Smith of the Third District Court of Appeal. She graduated magna cum laude from University of California at Santa Barbara, earning recognition for her thesis work through the senior honors program. 

Laura is admitted to practice before all California Courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, all U.S. District Courts in California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She has appeared pro hac vice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii and Arizona.

Highly active in her legal community, Laura serves as an Executive Committee Member and Chair of the Employment Law Section for the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada. She also serves on the Sacramento Superior Court Civil Law Advisory Committee. She is a member of the the Defense Research Institute, Women Lawyers of Sacramento, and the Sacramento County Bar Association / Labor and Employment Law Section, and 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

Selections

5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022

About Laura C. McHugh

First Admitted: 1995, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.dugganmchugh.com/attorney/mchugh-laura-c/

Honors/Awards

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

Educational Background

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Authored article on new 2021 California family leave laws, Author, Article: New Law for Leaves: Employers need to adjust for expansion of family leave opportunities in California, Comstock's Magazine, 2021
  • Opinion article on the California State Bar's proposed paraprofessional program, Co-author, State Bar's Paraprofessional Program Lacks Statistical Support, Daily Journal / California Lawyer, 2021
  • Presented at Sacramento County Bar Association Annual Meeting, Honoring Jessie Morris, Attorney of the Year Recipient, Keynote Speaker, Sacramento County Bar Association - Annual Meeting, 2021
  • 2019 Boot Camp - Basic Training for Civil Defense Attorneys - spoke on topic of written discovery as part of six-part series, Speaker - Webinar, Written Discovery, Association of Defense Counsel of No CA and NV - Boot Camp Series, 2019
  • Santa Clara Law Review, Editor

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Sacramento County Superior Court Civil Law Advisory Committee, 2022
  • Executive Committee Member at Large - Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, 2020
  • Board Member, 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

Industry Groups

  • Business
  • Construction
  • Dental
  • Entertainment
  • Non-Profits
  • Professional
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurants
  • Transportation
  • Trucking
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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

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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