Keri L. Bush


  • location icon Orange County, CA
    650 Town Center Drive
    Suite 1400
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Keri Bush is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice, specializing in defending and advising businesses in the labor and employment field.

She handles the following types of matters:

  • Litigation/mediation/arbitration and appeals in all California state and federal courts on issues of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation and other employment related issues
  • Preventive measures such as in-house investigations, creation and review of policy manuals, auditing of personnel files and in-house training
  • Administrative investigations and hearings before the EEOC, DFEH, California Unemployment Appeals Board, California Labor Commission


  • Jones v. Regents of the University of California (2008) 164 Cal.App. 4th 1072
  • Chambi v. Regents of the University of California (2002) 95 Cal.App.4th 822
  • Author - DRI Employment Practices Guide: Internal Investigations, 2004
  • Co-Author - Women in the Courtroom: Best Practices Guide, 2007
  • Co-Author - A Career In The Courtroom: A Different Model For The Success Of Women Who Try Cases, 2004
  • Contributing Author - California Lawyer
  • Contributing Author - The Job Description
  • Contributing Author - For The Defense

Professional Presentations

  • Speaker - “Workplace Violence – Training management to prevent and respond to employee and active shooter and open carry incidents.” (FIRMA Conference, 2017)
  • Speaker - “Timely and Tricky Ethics Issues: When Is Your Client Really Your Client?” (DRI Women in Law Seminar, 2016)
  • Speaker/Moderator - "Negotiations" (DRI Sharing Success Seminar 2012)
  • Speaker - "Female Litigators" (Canadian Defence Litigators Seminar, 2009)
  • Speaker - “Violence in the Workplace: Preventing the Nightmare & Coping with the Aftermath” (DRI Annual Meeting, 2008)
  • Speaker/Moderator - “Case Evaluation: Making it Matter” (DRI Sharing Success Seminar, 2008)
  • Speaker - “Retention of Top Female Litigators: Best Practices Guide” (DRI Sharing Success Seminar, 2008)
  • Speaker - “A Career in the Courtroom: A Different Model for the Success of Women Who Try Cases” (North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys Seminar on Strategies for Success for Women Litigators and Their Firms, 2007)
  • Speaker - “Less Talk, More Action: Retaining and Advancing Women in the Legal Profession” (NALP/ALI-ABA Professional Development Institute 2007)
  • Speaker - “The Ethics of “Doing the Right Thing”-Handling Diversity in the Legal Profession” (DRI Annual Employment Law Seminar, 2006)
  • Speaker/Moderator - “Gender Matters- A Practical Examination of How Jurors Perceive Attorneys” (DRI Annual Meeting, 2006)
  • Speaker - “Challenges Facing Women Who Try Cases” (Lawyers Club of San Diego, 2006)
  • Speaker & Moderator - “A Career in the Courtroom” (Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Summit on Women & the Law, 2006)
  • Speaker - “Where Do We Go From Here?” (DRI 2005 Products Liability Seminar Women’s Networking Luncheon)
  • Speaker - “He Said, She Said: Defending the Sexual Harassment False Allegation Claim in the Employment Setting” (DRI Sexual Torts Seminar 2003)
  • Speaker - Numerous educational seminars to in-house counsel, risk managers, human resources representatives, and outside counsel




DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar

  • Law Institute (2008-2014)
  • National Director (2004-2007)
  • Founding Chair, Committee on Women in the Courtroom (2005-2007)
  • Member of Employment Law Steering Committee
  • Regional Editor of The Job Description
  • Chair of Lawyers Professionalism and Ethics Committee (2001-2003)
  • Program Chair for Sexual Torts Seminar 2003
  • Member of Strategic Planning Committee

Awards & Honors

  • AV rated (highest Martindale-Hubbell rating) by peers, clients and court system
  • Selected Top Attorney in Orange County
  • Selected “Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law” by Fortune Magazine and Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected one of the “Most Powerful Women” in the Legal Marketplace by Fortune Magazine
  • Selected Preeminent Woman Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected Southern California “Super Lawyer” by peers (top 5% of lawyers)
  • Selected "Super Lawyer" Corporate Counsel Edition in Employment Litigation: Defense
  • Selected Super Lawyers Business Edition
  • Selected “Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers” (top 1% of lawyers)
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Moot Court Top Oralist


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Juris Doctor

University of the Pacific

Bachelor of Science, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Pharmaceutical Science

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