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Carmen Plaza de Jennings


Carmen Plaza de Jennings is a partner in the firm's San Francisco office.  In addition, she is head of the firm's Latin America Practice Group.  She practices in the area of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on the representation of public sector employers, including cities, counties, institutions of higher education, and special districts.  She has spent her entire career as a labor and employment lawyer, representing both public and private employers. Carmen’s practice involves all areas of labor and employment law, including labor negotiations, advice and counseling, labor arbitrations, training, investigations and litigation. She provides ongoing advice to clients regarding labor and employment matters, including employee discipline and performance issues, sexual harassment, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Carmen also advises community colleges on instructional program issues and such matters as the hiring, retention, discipline, and dismissal of faculty and staff, and on matters of student discipline and student rights. She has presented workshops and provided extensive training to institutions of higher education and other public and private sector employers. From 1978 to 1990, Carmen worked as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. From 1985 to 1990 she was a Supervisory Attorney in the San Francisco Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board.  As a Supervisory Attorney, Carmen handled complex trials and supervised all aspects of Board work, including the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases, and representation matters.

Representative Matters

  • Successful representation of municipality at union contract negotiations for fire and general unit
  • Successful representation of colleges in tenure and discipline proceedings
  • Served as neutral investigator for community college concerning discrimination/harassment complaints made against manager
  • Served as neutral investigator for major museum concerning discrimination complaints made against manager (Spanish language investigation)

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Member of Advisory Board, California Public Employee Relations (CPER)
  • Member of Advisory Board, La Raza Centro Legal
  • Chair of Princeton University Prize in Race Relations Committee (Northern California); Member of Alumni Schools Committee 
  • Member of California Bar Association
  • Member of American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Member, National Hispanic Bar Association

Representative Public Presentations and Articles


Carmen  Plaza de Jennings
Office: Northern California
Phone: 415-835-9000
Fax: 415-834-0443
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  • J.D. - University of San Francisco, School of Law - 1978
  • B.A. - Princeton University - 1975

Bar/Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit