Samantha Acuna

Associate

Samantha Acuña is an associate in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Samantha represents employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, ADA access, and trade secret litigation. Her practice also includes a robust defense repertoire of PAGA and wage and hour class action claims. She also provides preventative counseling to employers regarding all employment practices, including drafting and auditing employee handbooks, preparing employment and severance agreements, presenting sexual harassment prevention seminars, conducting workplace investigations, and evaluating termination decisions.

Prior to joining the firm, Samantha represented individuals and corporate clients in a variety of areas, including complex litigation, product and premises liability, environmental, toxic torts, auto-UM, wrongful death, insurance defense, and personal injury. Before starting her litigation career, Samantha performed transactional work on the in-house legal teams for two Fortune 500 tech companies, tackling a variety of commercial and contractual disputes and corporate governance matters. In law school, she was a law clerk at a labor and employment law firm for two years where she worked on wage and hour class actions, sexual harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, and workers' compensation matters. Prior to her legal career, Samantha provided business consulting, business development, marketing and sales services.

In addition to her role at Lewis Brisbois, Samantha is a small-business owner, who created a platform for practitioners in the alternative healing space (i.e. yoga, meditation, reiki, acupuncture, etc.), and designs and sells leather briefcases and laptop sleeves for professionals.

Foreign Language Capabilities

  • Tagalog
  • Hiligaynon
  • Spanish

Certifications

  • Mediation, UC Hastings College of the Law
  • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, UC Hastings College of the Law
  • Marketing Strategy, Cornell University

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Associations

  • Filipino American Bar Association of Northern California
  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section

Awards & Honors

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Mindfulness, Emotional Truthfulness, and Lie Detection in Trial, Dispute Resolution and Negotiation
  • Witkin Award for Mindfulness, Emotional Truthfulness, and Lie Detection in Trial, Dispute Resolution and Negotiation
  • Lawyers of Distinction Nominee

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Juris Doctor, 2017

London School of Economics and Political Science

Master of Science in Management, Organizations, and Governance, 2017

  • High Merit

Cornell University

Postgraduate Program in Marketing Strategy, 2014

University of California, San Diego

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, cum laude, 2013

  • Provost Honors

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