Stoel Rives Welcomes Labor & Employment Attorney Vida L. Thomas to Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. Stoel Rives LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Vida L. Thomas has joined the firm’s Labor & Employment group in Sacramento. Bringing more than 20 years of experience to the firm, Thomas advises employers regarding all aspects of employment law and human resources management, serves as an expert witness in state and federal employment lawsuits, and mediates litigation and non-litigation matters.

“We are delighted to welcome Vida to our Sacramento office,” said California Offices Managing Partner Melissa Jones. “She is well known and respected in the area, and as well as adding to our L&E practice here, we expect her extensive experience will be a great complement to the work done by other practice groups in the office.”

In her extensive career, Thomas has conducted hundreds of workplace investigations for private and public employers and investigated matters within union settings, sometimes involving high-profile employers and individuals. Thomas has handled employment litigation before state and federal courts and arbitrators and defended federal and state harassment and discrimination suits, including “pattern or practice” claims, and employment class actions. She has served as an expert witness in employment lawsuits and provided mediation services in employment disputes.

“I am very excited about joining Stoel Rives at this stage my career,” Thomas said. “I look forward to providing employment advice and counsel to the firm’s existing clients and helping attract additional clients. I also want to help the firm grow by further expanding my workplace investigations practice into the private sector and into the higher education setting, where the demand for sexual harassment and on-campus sexual assault investigations is growing rapidly.”

Thomas joins Stoel Rives from Weintraub Tobin, where she led that firm’s workplace investigations unit. She began her career at Kronick Moskovitz as an employment litigator, later co-founding Carlsen Thomas, LLP, a boutique employment law firm that for 13 years provided workplace investigations and employee training throughout California. She received her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law and B.A. from California State University, Sacramento.

The Stoel Rives Labor & Employment Group consists of more than 30 attorneys practicing throughout the firm’s 10 offices. The group works with private and public companies in a wide variety of industries including health care, retail, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, and telecommunications.

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