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ANGELA J. REDDOCK-WRIGHT, ESQ.

  • Based in All of California
  • Available for Mediation and Arbitration assignments

Introduction

A practicing attorney for nearly 25 years and named a “Southern California Super Lawyer” by her peers each year for the last ten years, Angela Reddock-Wright is regarded as a “go-to” attorney and human resources professional when it comes to any issues dealing with the workplace. Angela is the Founding & Managing Partner of the Reddock Law Group, a boutique, minority, and woman owned dispute resolution and investigations law firm based in downtown Los Angeles, focused on the resolution of employment and labor law, Title IX sexual assault, hazing, and bullying legal claims through the alternative dispute resolution, investigation, and other neutral processes.

Prior to opening the Reddock Law Group in 2011, Angela was an employment and labor law litigator for 15 years. During this time, she represented clients in the full gamut of employment and labor law cases, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, public policy and wage and hour claims. She also developed specialties in handling highly sensitive cases hazing and bullying cases involving K-12 schools, colleges and universities. She litigated two of the nation’s leading hazing, wrongful death and personal injury cases involving two top sororities. She also handled the appeal in a high-profile juvenile criminal case involving a wrongful death resulting from teen bullying. As a full-time neutral and investigator for the last nine years, Angela handles similar cases.

As a workplace and Title IX investigator, Angela is certified through the Association of Workplace Investigators. She has extensive experience investigating and mediating traditional workplace claims, along with Title IX sexual assault, hazing and bullying cases for K-12 schools, colleges and universities. During the time she was a litigator, Angela handled two of the leading hazing, wrongful death and personal injury cases involving two leading African-American sororities. She also handled the appeal in a high profile juvenile criminal case involving a wrongful death case resulting from teen bullying. She also serves on the Los Angeles County Equity Oversight Commission, a panel of expert employment law attorneys who review and provide insight to the County’s human resources and equity investigations.

In her work as a workplace and human resources consultant and professional, Angela has worked on some of the most compelling projects in Los Angeles, including serving as a co-Administrator for the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the So-Fi Stadium where the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers football teams will play; in the wake of the “Me Too” movement, working with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) to assist in updating its member policies relating to the reporting of claims of sexual harassment; and serving as the Compliance Manager for the multi-billion dollar LAMP construction project at LAX. She also has worked in-house in the capacity of General Counsel & Chief Human Resources Officer, among other roles.

Beyond her experience as an attorney, Angela has a breadth of experience working in the government, community and non-profit sectors. She has run for and served in public office and has served on numerous public and non-profit sector boards and commissions. Angela is driven by her life’s mission is to help employers and employees create great and healthy workplaces.

Practice Areas

ADR Highlights

  • "The Ellen DeGeneres Show & Workplace Investigation" Entertainment Tonight, 5 August. 2020

Hobbies & Interests

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, bowling, trying new restaurants with family and friends, going to museums & art shows, spending summers at the Hollywood Bowl and music festivals, and participating in community service & civic engagement.

ADR Highlights

  • "The Ellen DeGeneres Show & Workplace Investigation" Entertainment Tonight, 5 August. 2020

Testimonials

"I worked with Ms. Reddock-Wright on an employment racial discrimination case and she was fantastic to work with. She was knowledgeable in the field and pointed out both the strengths and weaknesses for each side's position. Even when Ms. Reddock-Wright was telling my client the bad facts in his case, my client never felt as though she was advocating for the other side. Instead, based on the way she communicated the information, my client felt as though she doing her job as a mediator. She was relentless and dedicated in getting both sides to bend in order to get the case resolved. I would definitely use Ms. Reddock-Wright for future mediations."
- Plaintiff’s Employment Counsel

"Thank you for the wonderful job you did today. You handled my client so diplomatically. In full honesty, I was concerned that my client would go into today and not offer a penny. You and I are on the same page. And, until today, my client totally disregarded my recommendation. Thank you for your help. This case will settle. "
- Defense Employment Attorney

"Angela is a fantastic mediator. We have used her twice and she resolved both cases. She understands employment law but she also understands people. Both of our clients felt that Angela really understood them and trusted her."
- Attorney on an Employment case

"I recently had the pleasure of working with Angela Reddock-Wright on a very contentious employment law discrimination matter. Throughout the long and arduous process Angela kept the parties on track and worked diligently and professionally to push the parties towards a realistic and reasonable resolution of the matter. While the matter did not settle at the conclusion of the mediation, Angela continued to work with the parties until a settlement was reached. I would have no hesitation working with Angela again."
- Attorney on an Employment Race Discrimination Dispute

"Angela did an extraordinary job in an extremely difficult case, with relatively high-profile players. Creative and patient. She also "read the room" very effectively and pivoted strategy as appropriate. Absolutely top-notch! "
- Attorney on an Employment Wrongful Termination case

"Dear Angela, I want to thank you again for the quick, professional, and prompt manner in which you helped resolve my mediation and bring it to settlement. The other party and I had been entrenched and stalemated for more than a year in our respective positions, and I thought you addressed the issue with both compassion and deliberateness in finding a resolution amenable for both parties. I am indebted to you for your assistance in this matter--it was vitally necessary and greatly appreciated! "
- Client on an Employment Matter

"Angela was bright, well prepared, and tenacious. She was able to overcome many hurdles to get this matter resolved after a very long day."
- Attorney on an Employment/Discrimination matter

"Angela did an awesome job. She is an amazing mediator and just a great person."
- Attorney on an Employment Sexual Harassment Dispute

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Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Mediator & Arbitrator, Judicate West (2020)
  • Founder & Managing Partner, Reddock Law Group, focusing on workplace investigations and mediation and arbitrations (2011-Present)
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, California State University Dominguez Hills, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding Program (2018-Present)
  • Instructor in Human Resources & Employment Law, UCLA Extension (2014-Present)
  • Chief Administrative Officer, Los Angeles Urban League (2013-2015)
  • General Counsel & Human Resources/Employee Relations Consultant, Los Angeles Urban League (2009-2013)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Los Angeles Community College District (2007-2009)
  • Partner & Co-Chair, Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, LLP, focusing on employment litigation (2007-2009)
  • Founder & Managing Partner, Reddock Law Group, representing employers and employees in employment-related matters (2002-2007)
  • Associate Attorney, Jackson Lewis (1999-2001)
  • Associate Attorney, Gartner & Young, APC (1995-1998)
  • Volunteer Panel Mediator, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (2014-Present)
  • Volunteer MSC Settlement Officer, L.A. County Superior Court CRASH Settlement Program(2013-2014)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Juris Doctorate (1995)
  • B. A., Amherst College, cum laude (1991)
  • Semester study in Modern British Literature and Politics, Oxford University (Fall 1989)
  • Postgraduate Fellowship in Public Policy and Public Affairs, Coro Foundation (1992)
  • Straus Institute, Pepperdine University School of Law, “Litigating the Mediated Case” (2011)
  • Immediate Past President & Board Member, Southern California Mediator’s Association (SCMA); President (2019)
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), Member
  • American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, Member
  • National Bar Association, Member
  • California Association of Black Lawyers, Member
  • Board of Trustees & Young Lawyers Division Board, LA County Bar Association, Member and Former Member
  • Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Member
  • John M. Langston Bar Association, Member
  • Women in Non-Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER), Member, Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association, Torts & Insurance Practice, Employment & Labor Law Section, Former Vice Chair, Diversity
  • The Brentwood School, Former Member, Board of Trustees
  • State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology; the County of Los Angeles Small Business & Local Government Services Commission; and the City of Los Angeles Transportation Commission, Former Member

Achievements & Awards

  • Wrote Article for Daily Journal titled "Title IX: Assaults shine spotlight on schools' responsibilities" (2021)
  • Angela Reddock-Wright quoted in Los Angeles Times, “What happens when COVID shuts civil courts?” Ronald White, (September 2020)
  • Named by her peers among The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Labor & Employment Law (2020)
  • Named Among Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Leading Labor & Employment Lawyers (2019, 2010)
  • Named Among Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Top Women Lawyers (2019, 2018)
  • Named Among Los Angeles Business Journal’s Most Influential Minority Attorneys (2020, 2019, 2016)
  • Named Among Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women’s Council and Awards Nominees (2019, 2018)
  • Named Among Los Angeles Business Journal’s Most Influential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles (2018, 2017)
  • Authored, #BlackLivesMatter and conflict resolution, Daily Journal, July 24, 2020
  • Named Among Los Angeles Magazine’s Southern California Super Lawyers (2011- 2020), Super Lawyers Top Women (2016 and 2020), Super Lawyer Rising Star (2004 – 2009)
  • Named Among WAVE Newspaper’s Top Employment & Labor Law Attorneys for Non-Profit Employers (2013)
  • Business & Civic Fellow to Israel, Jewish Federation of Los Angeles (2013)
  • American Marshall Fellow to Europe, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (2010)
  • Named a “Rising Star” in the American Bar Association Book, “The Woman Advocate – Celebrating the Achievements of Women Lawyers” (2010)
  • Named Daily Breeze’s Woman of the Year/Woman of Distinction Nominee (2010)
  • Named Among LA Focus’ Los Angeles Top Black Lawyers (2008)
  • Distinguished Alumna Award, UCLA’s Black Law School Association (2002)
  • “Rising Star” Award from the Los Angeles African-American Women’s Political Action Committee (2002)

Legal Experience

  • All types of Employment-related disputes
  • Wage & Hour
  • Equal Pay Class Actions
  • Title IX
  • Hazing & Bullying
  • Government & Public Sector Disputes
  • Business/Contractual

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases

Employment

Discrimination

  • Settled a race discrimination and retaliation case where the plaintiff was in pro-per and worked out of state. The parties had participated in a prior mediation through an administrative agency with no success. The parties were able to reach an amicable settlement.
  • Settled a disability discrimination case where the plaintiff who worked in the hospitality services industry had permanent medical restrictions and could not lift more than 25 pounds, however, the job required the plaintiff to be able to lift more than 50 pounds. The defendant offered the plaintiff "leave" as a reasonable accommodation, stating that the plaintiff could not perform the essential duties of the job. Plaintiff argued that the defendant failed to engage in the interactive process and should have found other ways to accommodate.
  • Plaintiff claimed she was terminated after being out on intermittent FMLA/CFRA leave for her own medical condition and the medical condition of a family member. Defendant stated Plaintiff was terminated due to a Company wide-layoff and was picked for layoff compared to her peers due to performance issues. Plaintiff denied stating that Defendant used performance as a pretext for disability discrimination.

PAGA

  • Settled federal court PAGA case where the Plaintiff claimed failure to pay internet expenses, misclassification and failure to pay overtime. Case settled with a Mediator's Proposal.

Wrongful Termination

  • Plaintiff claimed unpaid commissions, age, and gender discrimination. Defendant counterclaimed for Plaintiff's failure to return the company laptop and cellphone. With a Mediator's Proposal, the case settled.
  • Settled disability discrimination case where Defendant terminated Plaintiff for an alleged violation of the company's conflicts of interest policy. Plaintiff claimed the termination was a pretext for disability discrimination and that the Defendant terminated the Plaintiff within days of the Plaintiff returning from surgery.
  • Plaintiff worked in a medical office for three months. Plaintiff sued for race discrimination and retaliation after taking sick days off to care for their child and was terminated thereafter. Plaintiff also claimed missed meal periods and rest breaks. The case settled.
  • Settled a case involving a plaintiff employee who alleged that the company terminated the employee for complaining about allegedly discriminatory remarks made by the employee's manager. The company denied the allegations and stated it terminated the employee for legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons.
  • Plaintiff, who worked in a fulfillment warehouse, claimed that the employer discriminated against her based on her pregnancy by placing her on a leave of absence in response to her request for certain accommodations associated with her pregnancy. Plaintiff also claimed a failure to provide reasonable accommodation and to engage in the interactive process.
  • After a full day of mediation, settled a two-plaintiff case against a former restaurant and the former restaurant owners for wage and hour violations (meal and rest periods), disability discrimination, retaliation, and other claims.

Tort

Premises Liability

  • Successfully settled a premises liability case where the plaintiff was a minor and made claims of bullying, physical assault, and negligent supervision by a youth services organization. Defendant claimed that it met its duty of care in providing a safe environment for the plaintiff and that there was no evidence that the plaintiff's injuries were due to any fault of the defendant. After two days of mediation, five months apart, with an opening demand in the seven figures, the case settled in the second session of mediation.