Caroline Cohen joined Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP in 2020 as an associate in the Emeryville office. Her work includes litigating complex employment law class actions. She also represents individuals bringing claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination.
Prior to joining the firm, Caroline developed significant labor and employment law experience. She successfully litigated numerous complex and novel legal issues in the state and federal courts, as well as in arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and mediations. Her employment and labor law experience also includes presenting two Ninth Circuit oral arguments; a multi-week National Labor Relations Board trial; briefing and arguing a petition for writ of mandate; appellate briefing; negotiating class action settlements and presenting as lead attorney in a state court bench trial and federal jury trial preparation. Caroline edited California Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court briefing that led to creating an important roadmap concerning arbitration agreements’ enforceability.
Caroline’s prior experience also includes work at a fair housing agency where she filed housing discrimination complaints and promoted fair housing awareness through community education. She worked on disparate impact discrimination litigation where she analyzed policies that harmed Section 8 renters.
Caroline Cohen graduated in the top 5% of her class from Golden Gate University School of Law. She earned her B.A. with honors from University of California at Santa Cruz. During law school, Caroline participated in moot court and earned numerous honors, including inclusion in the Jesse Carter Society for Academic Excellence and academic excellence awards in Appellate Advocacy and Evidence. Caroline interned at the U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Rights Advocates, Tenderloin Housing Clinic and the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic. She also held a judicial externship at the Northern District of California with former Magistrate Judge Zimmerman. Caroline was an associate editor on law review and published the article entitled: California’s Campaign For Paid Family Leave: A Model For Passing Federal Paid Leave, 41 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 213 (2011), which has been cited in multiple subsequent articles. As part of a post-bar fellowship program, Ms. Cohen worked with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Caroline Cohen is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in the State of California as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.