Shauna Correia is a shareholder in the firm’s San Francisco office. She is an accomplished negotiator and experienced trial attorney. Shauna represents businesses in a broad range of litigation matters in both California and Nevada. Many of Shauna’s clients also rely on her for her advisory and risk-management capacities, and her ability to find ways to reduce exposure or avoid litigation.
She defends employers against alleged civil rights, tort, contract, and statutory violations, including discrimination and retaliation under Title VII and the FEHA, wage and hour, PAGA, and wrongful discharge claims under federal and state laws. Her other areas of specialty include contract negotiation and disputes, protection of intellectual property rights, and defense of products liability claims.
In the products liability arena, she has defended manufacturers and retailers against defect claims involving roofing and other building products, pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, cosmeceuticals, gas grills, pet products, and fitness devices.
She also has particular proficiency with obtaining extraordinary remedies when necessary, including prejudgment remedies (writs of attachment and possession), appointments of receivers, and injunctions.
- Obtained a Temporary Restraining Order and won a contested Motion for Issuance of a Preliminary Injunction against our client’s competitor and three individual former employees of our client who accepted jobs at the competitor. The case is pending in the Alameda County Superior Court, and alleges $55 million in trade secret and confidential information and breaches of agreements by the three former employees of our client. The TRO was granted on September 28, 2017 and the Preliminary Injunction was granted on October 26, 2017.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the defendant in Robin Lee-Danridge v. Sisters of the Presentation, a wrongful termination and whistleblower retaliation case alleging violations of CA Labor Code section 1102.5. The motion was granted by the San Francisco Superior Court on December 16, 2016.
- Won a special motion to strike (also known as an anti-SLAPP motion) as to a defamation claim, on behalf of two individual defendants named in a multi-defendant defamation, harassment, and retaliation case, resulting in a dismissal of the defamation claims against those defendants. The motion was granted by the Contra Costa Superior Court on November 14, 2016.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the defendant in Belinda Solis v. Walgreen Co., a 9-count disability discrimination/harassment and retaliation case, also alleging violations of CA Labor Code section 970. The motion was granted by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, on May 9, 2013
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of all defendants in Neva Day v. Sears Holding Corp., an 11-count sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation case also alleging violations of CA Labor Code sections 232.5 and 1102.5. The motion was granted by the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, on March 13, 2013
- Provides employment-related advice and counseling to private businesses and non-profit charitable organizations
- Served as trial counsel in 2011 for a large, 570-unit homeowners’ association in the South District, Superior Court of California, in an action to set aside a special fee assessed by the original developer since 1973. The case went to a multiple-week bench trial, and Shauna’s client won a judgment valued at approximately $95 million (based on the reduced retroactive rate applied and the early termination of the Fee). It was a case of first impression involving California Civil Code section 1098 et seq., a new statute that forbids recurring fees unless certain explicit requirements are met. The case also involved significant lease and contract questions resolved in the association’s favor. Shauna also successfully opposed the defendants’ pre-trial summary adjudication motions, including as to the Civil Code section 1098 and 1098.5 causes of action. (Shauna remained engaged by co-counsel as advisory counsel during the appeal. On appeal, the Court of Appeal agreed with Shauna’s client that section 1098 applied, marking the first time that a California Court of Appeal approved application of the statute. The appellate court, however, applied an exception to section 1098, resulting in further appellate practice now pending. Left undisturbed was the trial court’s finding regarding the original $95 million claim. In an unusual development, the California Legislature declared its intent to overrule the Court of Appeal’s interpretation of the exception, confirming that the trial court’s original reading of the law was correct. The legislation was signed by the Governor on October 8, 2015.)
- Negotiated nuisance value settlements on behalf of product manufacturer in class action products liability case involving allegedly defective siding material.
- Obtained Court dismissal of a breach of contract matter by defeating the plaintiff’s attempt to enforce an unconscionable forum-selection and choice-of-law provision in the parties’ contract.
- Obtained a Writ of Possession of collateral exceeding $500,000 and a Permanent Injunction on behalf of a commercial lender as against a defaulting borrower.
- Negotiated a favorable settlement prior to litigation on behalf of landowner/lessor in a dispute with lessee related to repairs of a boat dock and marina, resulting in an immediate cash payment of more than $60,000 to the landowner and completion, at lessee’s expense, of necessary repairs.
- Acts as outside general counsel to an artists’ collaborative. In that capacity, she has negotiated a buyout of intellectual property rights and a partnership interest, defended an artist against infringement claims, negotiated the licensing agreement permitting the artists’ works to be used in an iPhone app, and prosecuted infringement of an artist’s intellectual property.
- Acted as outside general counsel to a 25-unit mixed commercial/residential owners association in Southern California. In that role, she negotiated a significant rent reduction for a homeowners association whose land lease contained an unconscionable and improperly enforced rent escalation clause.
- Negotiated nuisance value settlement of wage and hour claims against dental practice.
- Negotiated nuisance value settlement on behalf of foreign parent company in a product liability case involving recalled barbecue gas grills after court tentatively granted our motion to quash service of summons and complaint.
- “Recent Developments in Employment Law: Pot, Restrooms, National Origin Discrimination and More!” presentation for the San Francisco Bank Attorneys Association, August 2018
Shauna enjoys giving back to the community, including by acting as the Girl Scout Troop Leader for both of her daughters’ troops, and by serving on the Twin Creeks Elementary School PTA Executive Board.