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SAFFIRE LEGAL

Combining years of litigation and transactional experience to provide employers and employees with education, training, and legal advice on forging and maintaining successful employee/employer relationships.

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SAFFIRE LEGAL was founded by Southern California attorney Teresa A. McQueen. Who, after years of litigating civil rights based employment law disputes and providing general counsel services to employers, saw the need for a different type of employment law firm. One free from the partisan obligations of litigation representation that could provide education, training, and sound legal advice from a perspective that assesses risk from a knowledgebase solid on both the employee and employer perspectives.

Teresa A. McQueen is principal of SAFFIRE LEGAL. A former Named Associate at the Orange County Law Firm of Pedersen • McQueen, APLC. Teresa is an experienced trial attorney and provider of general counsel services to various California businesses. Developing statutorily complaint policies and procedures, advising clients on HR best practices and consulting on training opportunities have long been a practice mainstay. In her career as a litigator Teresa successfully represented plaintiffs in civil rights litigation matters protecting against discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on race, sex (including pregnancy and gender), sexual orientation, mental and physical disability, age, denial of family and medical care leave, and denial of pregnancy disability leave. While at Pedersen McQueen, APLC Teresa was also heavily involved in planning and implementing defense side strategies on all of the firms employer-related litigation matters.

At SAFFIRE LEGAL, Teresa now applies the skills and strategies learned as a litigator and general counsel attorney to providing employers and employees with education, training, and legal advice on forging and maintaining successful employee/employer relationships.

Teresa’s outstanding efforts on behalf of her clients have earned her recognition among her peers as she was selected in 2007, 2012 and again in 2013 as a Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and was recognized as a 2013 Top Women Attorney – Southern California Outstanding Young Women Lawyers by Law & Politics and the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine.


Curriculum Vitae

Teresa is admitted to practice before all California courts.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

J.D., Chapman University School of Law, Orange, CA, May 2002

Bachelor of Dance, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, December 1988

 

  • California Basic Practice Handbook, Published by Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), November 2015 (Editor, Chapter 4 Pre-Trial Discovery); Editor Update pending Fall 2016

 

  • California Basic Practice Handbook, Published by Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), November 2015 (Editor, Chapter 3 Preparing, Filing, and Serving Complaints and Answers and Chapter 4 Pre-Trial Discovery)

 

  • Handling Motions to Compel and Other Discovery Motions, Published by Continuing Education of the Bar, December 2013 (Editor) Updated (October 2015)

 

  • The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law Office, Published by the State Bar of California Fall 2012 (Contributing Author)

 

  • Op-Ed: California Attorney Guidelines of Civility and Professionalism Big News – Magazine of the Solo/Small Firm Section of the State Bar of California (November-December 2007)

 

  • Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District, et al., v. United States: Takings Victory or ESA Reform Test Case? Hot Topics Report Published in the ABA Nat’l Quarterly on State and Local Govt. Law the Urban Lawyer Vol. No. 37, Issue No. 3. (Summer 2005)

 

  • Beyond Litigation: Case Studies in Water Rights Disputes, Published by the Environmental Law Institute, January 2002, Chapter 3 pages 79-101. (Student author, First Edition, January 2002)

 

  • California Motions in Limine, Published by Esquire One Publishing , May 2000, updated October 2001 (Research Assistant First Edition, May 2000, Editor/Co-Author and Research Advisor 2001 Update, October 2001)
  • 2017 Employment Law & Legislative Update. (January 2017) SAFFIRE LEGAL, PC & Owen-Dunn Insurance: Solo presentation providing updates on current employment law and legislative changes impacting employers and employees in 2017.

 

  • Sexual Harassment In The Workplace. (February 2017) KUCI Radio Program Ask A Leader Claudia Shambaugh host: Discussions concerning sexual harassment in the workplace and the laws protecting employees.

 

  • Becoming A Professional: Joint Law School Program (March 2017) Orange County Bar Association: Solo presentation focusing on the “how & why” of developing personal and social skills necessary in preparing for a successful professional career in the law.

 

  • Becoming a Professional: The 24/7 Professional & How to Effectively Network. (April 2017) Student Professional Development Chapman University School of Law: Solo presentation focusing on how students can begin developing the skills necessary to build strong professional brands, balance the 24/7 professional persona and network effectively for professional success.

 

  • Building Successful Relationships (May 2017) Orange County Jewish Federation and Family Services: Solo presentation on learning how to build successful relationships with an easy 5-step method utilizing the core principals of consideration, respect, and honesty.

 

  • CA Employee Handbook Workshop (May, September 2017) SAFFIRE LEGAL, PC: Half-day Workshop providing model handbook materials with the goal of giving attendees, in real-time, a completed and customized legally compliant Employee Handbook ready to distribute to their organization’s Employees.

 

  • The Laws Concerning Privacy In The Age Of Technology. (May 2017) OC Institute of Management Accounts: Solo presentation providing legal insight into the various laws of privacy and their impact on the workplace.

 

  • Building Your Brand (July 2017) Orange County Legal Recruitment Association: Solo presentation focusing on building and strengthening the individuals personal and professional brand.

 

  • Disability Discrimination and the California Fair Employment & Housing Act (“FEHA”) (August 2017) PIHRA CA HR Conference: Solo presentation focusing on the requirements of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) when it comes to conducting the “good faith interactive process” and determining whether or not a “reasonable accommodation” can or should be provided, new state rules, and decisions defining covered “disabilities” and employer obligations.

 

  • Building Balanced Relationships (August 2017) Orange County Jewish Federation and Family Services NextGen OC Young Women’s Initiative: Solo presentation discussing how basing personal and professional activities on the principals of etiquette allows individuals to make choices that will build strong relationships and enhance their image in all aspects of their life.

 

  • Building Successful Relationships (November 2016) Corporate Client: Manager/Supervisor training focusing on utilizing the core principals of consideration, respect, and honesty to become more effective and build team success.
Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” by Law & Politics and the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine for 2007, 2012, and 2013. Recognized as a 2013 Top Women Attorney – Southern California Outstanding Young Women Lawyers by Law & Politics and the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine.

State Bar of California (Bar Number 225094)

  • Solo and Small Firm Executive Committee Member 2006 – 2013
  • Chair Solo/Small Firm Executive Committee 2010-2011
  • Chair-Elect Solo/Small Firm Executive Committee 2010
  • Treasurer Solo/Small Firm Executive Committee 2009
  • Solo and Small Firm Section Member 2004 – Present
  • Labor and Employment Law Section Member 2010 – Present
  • Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations: OCBA Delegate 2004 – Present

Orange County Bar Association Member:

  • OCBA Board Member –YLD Appointee 2007; Elected Terms 2008 – 2011; 2011-2013
  • Bridging the Gap Committee Member – 2006 – Present
  • Charitable Fund Committee Member – 2012
  • Co-Chair Mentor on Demand – 2008 – 2011, 2014 – Present
  • Co-Chair Bridging the Gap Committee – 2009 – Present
  • Chair Resolutions Committee – 2011
  • Resolutions Committee – Employment Law Specialty Group Leader – 2003 – Present
  • Solo/Small Firm Section – Section Chair 2006; Section Secretary 2005
  • Solo/Small Firm Section Executive Board Member – 2003 – 2010
  • Solo/Small Firm Section Member 2003 – Present
  • Solo/Small Firm Section Member 2003 – Present
  • Young Lawyers Division – Chair 2007; Chair-Elect 2006; Ed. Comm. Chair 2005;

California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) 2008-2016

Contact

Teresa McQueen
Principal
SAFFIRE LEGAL
[email protected]
2372 Morse Avenue, Suite #442
Irvine, CA 92614
T (949) 535-5266


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