Nossaman LLP

Veronica M. Gray

Partner

T 949.477.7663
F 949.833.7878
18101 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1800
Irvine, CA 92612

Veronica M. Gray is a prominent trial attorney in Orange County, California with over three decades of experience litigating and negotiating employment issues for her clients.  She chairs Nossaman's Employment Practice Group and represents employers throughout California, as well as meeting their out-of-state needs. 

Ms. Gray provides counseling, advice, and litigation services to private and public companies and public entities in a broad array of employment and labor related matters, including sole plaintiff and class actions, wrongful terminations, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, unfair competition, trade secrets, executive employment agreements and benefits, severance and separation agreements, leave laws, reductions in force/WARN Act, record retention, e-discovery, audits, and labor relations.  Ms. Gray counsels employers on how to execute workplace standards that both contribute to the overall stability of their organizations and comport with state and federal laws.  Ms. Gray's experience runs the gamut of strategizing and negotiating to mediation, arbitration, and trials on a federal and state level.

Ms. Gray leads a team of accomplished litigators, with a track record of success in high profile cases.  Her team regularly counsels clients and  appears before state and federal agencies such as the DLSE, DOL, FEHA and EEOC. 

Ms. Gray partners with her clients to understand and embrace their unique issues to ensure attainment of their goals and objectives.  A high-performing, effective trainer and mentor, Ms. Gray regularly presents to public agencies and industry groups on employment topics and industry trends impacting employers.

Over the span of Ms. Gray's career, she has taken on leadership roles in many professional and philanthropic organizations on a local and international level with a focus on micro-enterprise and children's education.  Ms. Gray is also a passionate photographer and her remote travel has allowed her to capture the striking close-up images of the indigenous people she interacts with in places like Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, India, China, Kenya, Ecuador, Peru and Nicaragua (www.veronicagrayphotography.com).  She has donated her photography to many non-profits to support their fund raising efforts and her work has been on display at the Chapman University School of Law and the Peter Blake Gallery in Orange County and in Orange Coast Magazine

Ms. Gray has been recognized by Los Angeles magazine as a Southern California "Super Lawyer" in Employment & Labor and included in OC Metro magazine's annual list of "Top Attorneys" as one of the region's top-rated Employment lawyers.  She is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Gray regularly comments on news, events, and court decisions impacting employment law on the Employment Law E-Buzz blog, www.EmploymentLawEBuzz.com

Representative Work

  • Retained by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to handle multiple employment related actions against IndyMac Bank and its affiliates; including wage and hour class actions, discrimination/harassment matters, executive compensation and wrongful terminations.
  • Retained by the City of Oakland to handle a broad array of employment and labor matters including advising, counseling, and defending on a variety of wage and hour, contracting-out, termination/discipline, and leave law issues and representing the City in arbitrations and before the Public Employee's Relations Board.
  • Successfully defended/settled actions for various alleged wage and hour violations.
  • Successfully defended employers in actions for alleged wrongful termination of employment in violation of public policy, discrimination, and/or retaliation.
  • Successfully defended employers in actions for sexual harassment.
  • Successfully defended employers in actions for misclassification of employees.
  • Successfully represented employers in Department of Labor Audits.
  • Successfully represented clients in unfair competition and trade secret litigation.

Awards & Honors

Named a Southern California "Super Lawyer" for Employment & Labor by Los Angeles magazine

Selected as a "Top Attorney" for Employment by OC Metro magazine 

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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Practices

Education

J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 1976, with honors

M.A., Syracuse University, 1973

B.A., State University of New York, Buffalo, 1970, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

California

U.S. District Courts, Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)

Member, Vistage International, Inc.

Board Member/Executive Commitee of Girl Scouts of Orange County

Advisory Board, Fistula Foundation

California State Bar, Employment and Intellectual Property Law Sections

Board of Directors, Orange County Bar Association

Chair, Bench/Bar/Media Committee, Orange County Bar Association

Member, Gender Bias Committee, Orange County Bar Association

Long Range Planning Committee, Orange County Bar Association

President, Orange County Women Lawyer's Association

Chair, Public Affairs Committee, California State Bar

Board of Directors, California State Bar, Litigation Section

California Young Lawyers, Board of Directors, District 8

President, Inland Counties Women at Law

 

Community Activities

Advisory Board, The Fistula Foundation 

Advisory Board, Integrity Wealth Management

Belizean Grove

Board of Directors/Co-Chair, Voice for Girls Task Force, Girls Scout Council of Orange County

Board of Directors, Secretary, Orange County Museum of Art

Board of Trustees, Vice President of Corporate Development, South Coast Repertory

Board of Directors, International Forum of Corporate Directors

Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society of Orange County

Chair, Executive Women's Council, Center Club

Founder, Women's Forum

Home Aid

United Way, Women's Philanthropy Fund/Chair of Women Starting A Business

WilFund/Women of Vision/World Vision 

Awards & Honors

Named a Southern California "Super Lawyer" for Employment & Labor by Los Angeles magazine

Selected as a "Top Attorney" for Employment by OC Metro magazine 

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

     
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