Laura C. McHugh

Laura C. McHugh

Location:
Sacramento, California
Phone:
916-550-5309
Fax:
916-404-5900
Email:

Laura McHugh is a shareholder in the firm. She defends and counsels employers of all sizes in labor and employment law matters. In 2017 and 2018, Laura received recognition by Lawyers of Distinction as being in the top 10% of labor and employment lawyers in the country.

For over 22 years, Laura has successfully represented employers in court proceedings, binding arbitrations, mediations, and administrative proceedings, including hearings before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB), the California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board (OSHAB), and the California State Labor Commissioner.

Laura regularly advises employers on workplace issues including discipline and discharge, employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, FMLA/CFRA and family rights, disability and reasonable accommodation, wage and hour issues those involving meal and rest breaks, pay stubs and prevailing wages, compliance issues, and trade secrets and unfair competition issues. She also represents and counsels employers in traditional labor law matters including labor arbitrations, unfair labor practices, and grievance resolution.

Laura has litigated a wide variety of employment disputes and has tried several cases, including individual and class actions. She has argued before the California Supreme Court and Third District Court of Appeal, in cases that have resulted in precedential, published decisions. Before joining Duggan Law Corporation, Laura co-founded a successful management labor and employment law firm, where she practiced for over 18 years.

During law school, Laura served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Jerome Smith of the California Court of Appeal in San Francisco. She graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she served as editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. She earned her B.A. magna cum laude from UC Santa Barbara, where she received recognition through the Senior Honors Program for her thesis work.

Before practicing law, Laura worked in corporate human resources for a large bank in Los Angeles. During her free time, she enjoys her family, her dogs, serving as a founding member of WomenUp, light surfing, and an occasional hack at the golf ball.

Litigation Percentage

  • 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, pro hac vice

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, California
    • B.A. magna cum laude
    • Honors: Senior Honors Program

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Founding Member, Communications Alumni Council
  • Women Up, Sacramento, Founding Member