Acevedo Daniels, principal attorney in the Law Office of Janean
Acevedo Daniels, has over 25 years of experience in employment law
and civil litigation. Ms. Daniels represents employees in wrongful
termination, discrimination, sexual and other unlawful harassment,
whistleblower, breach of contract, and other employment-related
cases; counsels employees facing unlawful conduct in the workplace;
and assists with employment contracts and exit strategies. She also
represents individuals in select tort, contract, insurance coverage,
disability, and personal injury actions.
also advises and represents employers in connection with employment
policies, compliance, wage and hour, and risk management issues,
contract preparation, and employee disputes. She also assists employers
in responding to, and conducting investigations of, employee complaints
and claims of unlawful treatment.
has obtained significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of her
a $3.2 million verdict on behalf of two female police officers in
a Aglass ceiling@ discrimination action against the Santa Barbara
a $1 million plus judgment on behalf of a gay officer in a discrimination,
harassment, and retaliation case against SBPD
widely-publicized settlements against Santa Barbara County on behalf
of its former Director of Human Resources for gender discrimination,
retaliation, and wrongful termination, and on behalf of two female
Sheriff=s Department employees who were sexually harassed
Six-figure settlements and outstanding results for employees against
a variety of private employers, including financial institutions,
health care organizations, airlines and avionics companies, technology
firms, national restaurant and grocery chains, universities, colleges
and other educational institutions, defense contractors, professional
services firms, hotel, travel and leisure businesses, automobile
dealerships, and insurance companies.
OF LAW - J.D., May 1989 (Class Rank: Ninth)
Order of the Coif, 1989.
American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law II, 1987.
Sidney R. Shiffman Memorial Scholarship, 1987.
Traynor State Moot Court Competition, 1989.
Finalist, Roscoe Pound Oral Advocacy Tournament, Moot Court Board
Chicano Law Journal, 1986-87.
OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY - B.A., May 1986.
Summa cum laude in Social Science Field Major (GPA = 3.93)
Honors thesis: "Reproductive Technology: A Critical Examination
of the Social, Ethical, Political, and Legal Issues Underlying Artificial
Phi Beta Kappa, 1985.
Regents and Alumni Scholar, 1982-86.
National Hispanic Scholar, 1983.
Marquez-Frankel Scholarship, Mexican American Women's National Association,
of Janean Acevedo Daniels, Santa Barbara, California - Principal
Full-service employment law counseling and representation, investigations,
training, negotiation, and litigation for employers and employees;
selective contract, insurance coverage, business litigation, and
personal injury matters. (Mar. 1996 - present)
& Brace, Santa Barbara, California - Associate
General litigation and appellate practice. Areas of emphasis included
employment law and litigation, representing both employers and employees,
and insurance coverage, business, real estate, and general tort
litigation. (Sept. 1991 - Feb. 1996)
to Hon. Harry T. Pregerson, U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit,
Los Angeles, California
Analyzed and researched cases presented for appellate review; wrote
opinions, dispositions, and bench memos. (Aug. 1990 - Sept. 1991)
& Myers, Los Angeles, California - Associate
General civil litigation and appellate practice. Represented variety
of corporate and institutional clients, including major utility
in connection with merger application proceedings before the Public
Utilities Commission. Assisted in high impact pro bono litigation
matters. (Associate, September 1989 - August 1990, Law Clerk, May
- July 1988)
Extern to Hon. Irving J. Hill, U. S. District Court, Central District,
Los Angeles, California (Aug. 1988 - Dec. 1988)
& Aronson, Los Angeles, California - Law Clerk
Conducted legal research and prepared memos on a variety of legal
issues. Concentration on health law and litigation. (July - Aug.
Health Law Program, Los Angeles, California - Law Clerk
Conducted legal research and prepared memos and motions on Hill-Burton
regulation, Medicaid, health entitlement, discovery and civil procedure.
Published Clearinghouse Review article. (May - Aug. 1987)
Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, President (1995-1997) and Board Member
William L. Gordon Inn of Court, 1996-1997; 2000-2002
Board Member, Women=s Economic Ventures, 2000-2003 (Secretary, 2001)
Women=s Executive Network, 1998-present
Parent Volunteer/Spanish Teacher, Mountain View Elementary School
California State Bar Labor & Employment Section Member
Santa Barbara County Bar Labor & Employment Section Member
Former Board Member, Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee
Former Chair, ACLU Women's Rights Committee of Los Angeles
the Year, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers (2002)
of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Lois Capps
of Recognition from the California Assembly from Assemblymember
Hannah- Beth Jackson (2002)
of Recognition from the California State Bar (2002)
of Appreciation, Women=s Economic Ventures (2003)
Economic Ventures Annual Businesswomen=s Awards, Professional Services
of the Year, California Trial Lawyers Association (Nov.2002)
Harassment: An Employer's Guide To Prevention, Investigation and
Remediation," Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Reporter,
Vol. 1, No. 3 (8/96)
Superior Court's Latest Word on Sexual Harassment: Harris v. Forklift
Systems," Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Newsletter, Vol.
5, Issue No. 2 (Summer 1994)
Cesareans: A Growing Intrusion into the Lives of Indigent Women,"
13 Clearinghouse Review 1064 (1988)
Association of University Women - Panel presentation, AShattering
th Glass Ceiling@ (Santa Barbara, CA, upcoming Oct. 2006)
County Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference - Presentation,
"Hot Topics In Employment Law: Trends to Watch in 2008 and
Beyond" (Santa Barbara, CA, Jan. 2008)
Association of University Women - Panel presentation, AIssues
and Developments In Sexual Harassment Law@ (Santa Barbara, CA, Oct.
Employment Lawyers Association 19th Annual Employment Law Conference
- Panel presentation, ACELA Member Victories - Teaching Points for
the Rest of Us@ (Long Beach, CA, Sept. 2006).
UCSB Extension Program, Human Resources Certification Program
- Elements of Human Resources Management - Guest instructor
on ALegal Compliance Issues for HR Professionals@ (Santa Barbara,
CA, Oct. 2004).
Women Lawyers - Panel discussion, AVitamin M - The Essential
Nutrient of Mentoring@ (Santa Barbara, CA, May 2004).
County Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference - Panel presentation,
AUsing the Mediation Process/Understanding the Value of the Mediator,@
and AEthics in Mediation@ (Santa Barbara, CA, Oct. 2003).
of California Committee on Women in the Law/Santa Barbara Women
Lawyers/California Women Lawyers - Panel discussion, AWhere=s
the Bias,@ exploring gender bias in the courts and the practice
of law (Santa Barbara, CA, May 2003).
Business Alliance - APanel Discussion with Leading Santa Barbara
Business Women, Achieving Success & Making a Difference in our
(Santa Barbara, CA, April 2003).
Center for Women in Policing - Eighth Annual Leadership Conference,
Panel presentation, APreventing Gender Discrimination and Changing
Police Culture@ (Los Angeles, CA, April 2003).
Employment Lawyers Association 15th Annual Employment Law Conference
- Panel presentation, AThis Year=s Conquests - CELA=s Warriors in
the Courtroom@ (Pasadena, CA, Oct. 2002).
County Bar Association Corporate & In-House Counsel Sections
- Presentation, ADon=t Let This Happen To You: How To Avoid a Multimillion
Dollar Discrimination Case In Your Organization@ (Santa Barbara,
CA, Aug. 2002).
County Bar Association Litigation Section - Presentation, Litigating
a Successful Employment Discrimination Case - Case Study of Hause
v. City of Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA, June 2002).
Program, Human Resources Certification Program - Recruitment, Selection
& Retention - Guest instructor on ALegal Compliance Issues
in Recruiting and Hiring Employees@ (Santa Barbara, CA, May 2001).
County Bar Association In-House Counsel Section - Presentation,
ADisability Discrimination Laws and In-House Counsel: What You Don=t
Know (and Don=t Do) CAN Hurt You@ (Oct. 1999).
Course, Managing Employee Compensation - Guest instructor on
AAn Overview of Wage and Hour Law For the Human Resources Specialist@
(Santa Barbara, CA, July 1999).
Course, Employment Law for Human Resources Professionals - Guest
instructor on ADisability Discrimination Laws and the HR Professional@
(Santa Barbara, CA, Mar. 1999).
Human Resources Association - Presentation, AEmployment Practices
Liability Insurance: Protection From Costly Claims or High-Priced
False Security?@ (Santa Barbara, CA, Nov. 1998).
Human Resources Association - Seminar presentation, ALegal Issues
for HR Specialists in the Technological Age,@ (Santa Barbara, CA,
Women's Day Conference - Presentation on women in law and business
(Santa Barbara, CA, May 1996).
State Bar Women and Law Conference - Panel presentation on maternal-fetal
conflict (Monterey, CA, May 1995).
Women Lawyers/Santa Barbara Women's Medical Association Joint Dinner
- Presentation on maternal-fetal conflict (Santa Barbara, CA, Nov.
Medicus Second National Conference on Women's Health Care -
Presentations, "Maternal-Fetal Conflict: Issues and Controversies"
and "Women's Reproductive Rights: Current Issues in the 90s"
(Las Vegas, NV, Sept. 1993).
of Ventura County - Seminar on Adoptions and Surrogates
Presentation on legal, ethical, and psychological issues surrounding
surrogacy (Ventura, CA, Sept. 1991).
of Los Angeles - Annual Doctor-Lawyer Dinner
Presentation on maternal-fetal conflict and related legal, constitutional
and bioethical issues (Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 1990).