Vida L. Thomas

Of Counsel


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Vida serves as Of Counsel to the Firm’s Labor and Employment Group. As an AV-rated attorney who has practiced employment law for over 20 years, she heads up the Firm’s workplace investigations unit. She began her career at Kronick Moskovitz as an employment litigator for seven years and then co-founded Carlsen Thomas, LLP, a boutique employment law firm providing top-notch workplace investigations and employee training throughout California for 13 years. Also, as the Co-Chair of the Association of Workplace Investigators (“AWI”) Committee on Best Practices, Vida helped develop AWI’s “best practices” framework for workplace investigations. Vida advises employers regarding all aspects of employment law and human resources management, serves as an expert witness in state and federal employment lawsuits, and mediates litigation and non-litigation matters.

Workplace Investigations

Vida has conducted scores of workplace investigations for private and public employers, and is experienced in complying with the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights. She has considerable experience investigating matters within a union setting and is particularly adept at investigating complex matters involving high-profile employers and individuals. Vida has been certified as an expert on investigations in federal court and frequently trains attorneys and human resources professionals on how to conduct legally effective workplace investigations.


Vida routinely conducts sexual harassment prevention training (including AB1825 compliance training) for state agencies and private companies. She also trains human resources professionals and EEO officers on conducting effective workplace investigations, as well as instructs managers and supervisors on implementing effective performance reviews. She has advised clients and has conducted dozens of seminars on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, employee drug testing and sexual harassment investigations.

Mediation and Expert Witness Work Vida is a highly skilled mediator, with an approach toward leading parties to common ground. She has served as an expert witness in federal court on the subject of conducting workplace investigations and handling harassment and discrimination complaints.

Expert Witness Work

Vida has served as an expert witness in federal court on the subject of conducting workplace investigations and handling harassment and discrimination complaints.


Vida has handled employment litigation before state and federal courts and arbitrators for ten years. She has considerable experience defending federal and state harassment and discrimination suits including “pattern or practice” claims, and employment class actions.

Vida received her Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law in 1993. Prior to entering law school, she worked for five years in the banking and commercial lending industries.

Employment Mediation

With over 20 years of experience as an employment attorney, serving as an expert witness in employment lawsuits and providing employment mediation services, Vida Thomas has the skills and expertise to provide trusted and effective mediation services exclusively in the area of employment disputes. Ms. Thomas assists parties and attorneys in resolving employment claims, including but not limited to: harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims; wrongful termination claims; failure to accommodate and statutory leave violations; whistleblowing claims; wage and hour violations; invasion of privacy claims; and other statutory, tort and contract claims.

For more information about Ms. Thomas’s mediation services, please contact her at 916/558-6058 or, or her assistant, Ramona Carrillo, at 916/558-6046 or To view Ms. Thomas’s rate sheet for mediation services, please click here.


J.D., McGeorge School of Law, 1993

B.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1990


Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI)
Board Member (2011-2012)

AWI Best Practices Committee
Co-Chair (2011-2012)

California State Bar’s Labor and Employment Committee
Member (2010-2012)

Sacramento Employer Advisory Council

Alumni Board of Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Wiley Manual Bar Association of Sacramento
Treasurer (2007)

Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court
Associate Member (2000-2001)

Sacramento County Bar Association
Minority Hiring and Retention Committee
Chair (1998-1999)
Co-Chair (1999-2000)

California State Bar Ethnic Minority Relations Committee
Member (1997-1998)

Chemical Dependency Center for Women
Board President (1999-2000)

Sacramento Neighborhood Housing Services
Pro bono attorney (employment matters,1999)

Meritas, Sacramento


Sacramento Business Journal‘s Best of the Bar 2017