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Sarah Nichols

Title: Faculty   -   Lecturer
Email Address: snichols@law.berkeley.edu

Ms. Nichols is an attorney with 10 years of experience counseling and defending employers. She has an active advice practice, partnering with clients to develop and implement national and international policies relating to recruiting, hiring, background checks, training, performance management, leave, compensation, stock options, benefits, investigations and terminations.

She provides strategic advice and counseling to clients on all challenges related to the cross-border transference of a workforce and the hiring and handling of employees overseas. Admitted to practice in both California and Australia, she enjoys using her experience to translate a variety of foreign legal concepts so that U.S. companies can ensure their policies, contracts and payroll processes comply with local laws across the globe.

Ms. Nichols has defended employers against class actions and claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower claims, wrongful termination and wage and hour issues. In addition to her active labor and employment litigation practice, Ms. Nichols has litigated a range of business disputes including contract, defamation, business interference, trade secrets and unfair competition claims. She has represented both private and public employers in a broad array of industries including technology, retail, banking, biotechnology, education, hotel, construction and transportation industries.

Ms. Nichols is a frequent speaker for trade groups and associations as well as private employers and provides compliance and liability prevention training for managers. She is involved in the community through her work on the boards of Youth Speaks, an educational non-profit empowering youth through spoken word and Community Boards, a grassroots conflict resolution service.

Education:

B.S., University of Sydney (1998)
LL.B., University of Sydney (2001)

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