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David E. Aron
Gayle M. Athanacio
Stephen L. Bacon
Merri A. Baldwin
Robert J. Breakstone
Dennis J. Callahan
Thomas H. Carlson
Jeffery M. Chiow
Alecia E. Cotton
Joshua M. Deitz
Robert C. Goodman
Lucas T. Hanback
John G. Heller
Dennis C. Huie
Suhani Kamdar
Lauren B. Kramer
S. Amber Lee
Mark J. Linderman
E. Jacob Lubarsky
James Robert Maxwell
Joseph C. McGowan
Patricia A. Meagher
Robert S. Metzger
Brian D. Miller
Alexis J. Morris
Nicholas T. Niiro
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Dean D. Paik
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
Aaron M. Scolari
Aaron P. Silberman
Katherine M. Svinarich
Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Paul M. Zieff

Sharon Ongerth Rossi
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Areas of Practice

Ms. Rossi is a member of the firm's Labor & Employment, Complex Commercial Litigation and Attorney Liability and Conduct Practice Groups.

Professional Qualifications

Ms. Rossi’s practice is focused on complex litigation in state and federal courts, with an emphasis on class action defense.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Rossi routinely counsels both large and small employers upon a wide array of workplace issues, including wage and hour compliance, leaves of absence, engaging in the interactive process and providing reasonable accommodations, disciplinary issues, terminations (including reductions-in-force), contingent workforce arrangements and workplace violence threats. She conducts investigations for clients relating to internal complaints of discrimination, harassment and other unlawful conduct and also regularly drafts and reviews employer policies for compliance under federal, state and local laws.

Ms. Rossi also has experience defending employers before federal and state administrative agencies including, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Department of Labor, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

Before joining Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, Ms. Rossi was an associate with Fisher Phillips, SNR Denton and Seyfarth Shaw. While in law school, Ms. Rossi served as an extern for the Honorable Kim M. Wardlaw, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Honorable Lourdes G. Baird (Retired), U.S. District Court, Central District of California and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division. 

Ms. Rossi currently serves as Chair for the Contra Costa Region of the Northern California Human Resources Association. She has also served on the Board of the San Francisco affiliate of Dress for Success, an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women.


J.D., Loyola of Los Angeles, Law School
Executive Research Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
Mabel Richards Wilson Scholarship Recipient

B.S., University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Bar Admissions

Attorney Liability and Conduct
Complex Commercial Litigation
Labor & Employment

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

FEHA, ADA, CFRA, FMLA and Worker’s Compensation: Addressing Complex Interactions, Speaker, California Legal & Legislative Conference, Nov. 17, 2016

Blacklisting Provisions and Arbitration Restrictions of “Fair Payand Safe Workplaces” Rules On Hold … For Now; Paycheck Transparency Provisions Go Into Effect January 1, 2017, RJO Update, Oct. 2016 (co-authored)

Fair Pay-Safe Workplaces: The “On-Hold” Rules and Guidance, RJO Update, Oct. 2016 (co-authored)

Presented two workshops on Labor & Employment Law Compliance, for members of the California Grocers Association, held in Los Angeles and in Sacramento on August 23 and August 26, 2016 (co-presented)

All Employers, Including California Employers, Should Review their Compensation Practices for White Collar Employees, RJO Update, May 2016 (co-authored)

California Employers: New Harassment and Discrimination Regulations Go Into Effect April 1, 2016, RJO Update, Mar. 2016 (co-authored)

New California Family Rights Act Regulations: Employers with 50 or More Employees in California Should Ensure Existing Policies, Practices, Forms and Postings Are up to Date, RJO Update, July 2015 (co-authored)

California Employers Must Provide Paid Sick Leave Benefits to Most Employees,
RJO Update, July 2015 (co-authored)

Key Changes to California Employment Law in 2015, RJO Update, January 2015 (PDF) (co-authored)

San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance Takes Effect August 13, 2014: San Francisco Private Employers and City Contractors and Subcontractors Face Significant New Restrictions on Inquiries and Use of Criminal History, RJO Update, July 2014 (PDF) (co-authored)

Key Changes to Employment Law in 2013, RJO Update, December 2012 (PDF) (co-authored)

The Dos and Don'ts: How to Prevent Misclassification of Independent Contractors, AGC of California Spring Conference, May 2012

Labor and Employment Newsletter - Some Employers May Not Be Able to Afford Unpaid Interns, April 20, 2012

Labor and Employment New Laws Alert: California Supreme Court Issues its Long Awaited Decision in Brinker, April 12, 2012

Workers' Compensation and FEHA/ADA and Alphabet Soup (FMLA, CFRA, GINA, CMIA) Alameda County Office of Education, March 2012

Labor and Employment New Laws Alert -- Significant Changes to California Employment Laws for 2012, December 27, 2011

Workplace Violence: Risks, Prevention and Practical Advice, HR Advisor, March/April 2010

The Ramifications of Megan's Law for Employers, Empl. Relations Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 2, Fall 2005


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