Whitney, a native Portlander, returned home to join Mechanic Law after starting her legal career in San Francisco more than a decade ago, where she developed her skills as a litigator representing employees in complex, class action litigation, as well as people facing housing and other discrimination because of their gender, race or disability. Whitney collaborates closely with her clients and approaches her cases strategically, creatively and effectively to meet each client’s unique needs.

At Mechanic Law, Whitney represents individuals in employment, civil rights, and consumer litigation, and labor unions, applying her talents to all types of employment matters, from contract negotiations to litigating discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases. She also litigates civil rights cases, including fair housing and Title IX gender discrimination cases, and consumer cases such as violations of the unfair trade practices law and illegal robocalling by companies.

Whitney served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Magistrate Edward Chen of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

SAMPLE PUBLISHED DECISIONS

  • Lushe v. Verengo, Inc., No. 13-07632, 2014 WL 5794627 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 22, 2014). Successfully drafted briefing arguing that the court should deny defendant’s motion for summary judgment in case alleging that the defendant was responsible for robocalls.
  • Lazarin v. Pro Unlimited Inc., No. 11-03609, 2013 WL 3541217 (N.D. Cal. Jul. 11, 2013). Drafted briefs and arguments in support of motion for final approval of settlement obtaining $1.25 million in FLSA class action and wage and hour class action lawsuit.
  • O’Donovan v. CashCall, Inc., No. 08-03174, 278 F.R.D. 479 (N.D. Cal. 2011). Lead counsel in case brought on behalf borrowers of unsecured consumer loans in which court granted class certification.
  • Sonoda v. Amerisave Mortg. Corp., No. 11-1803, 2011 WL 3957436 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 7, 2011). Briefed and successfully argued against Defendant’s motion for certification of interlocutory appeal.
  • Mansourian v. Regents of Univ. of Cal., 602 F.3d 957 (9th Cir. 2010). Contributed significantly to discovery, case management, and briefing in 9th circuit decision reversing district court’s grant of summary judgment in case alleging University of California violated Title IX.

CONTACT INFO

EDUCATION

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • California State Bar (2004)
  • Oregon State Bar (2009)
  • Washington State Bar (2013)

COURT ADMISSIONS

United States of Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States District Courts for the District of Oregon, Western District of Washington, and Northern, Southern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

Recognized as a “Rising Star” in Northern California and Washington by Super Lawyers®

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

  • Member, Oregon Trial Lawyer Association
  • Member, Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS)
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Professionalism Committee
  • OWLS Working Parent Committee
  • Former President, General Assistance Advocacy Project (GAAP) Board of Directors (2006-2012)

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