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Samantha Zutler is the City Attorney of Healdsburg, a lively community in Northern California. As City Attorney, Samantha advises the City on a wide range of general municipal law issues, including the Brown Act, conflicts of interest, and public records requests. She has also litigated writs challenging public records responses, constitutional challenges to land use decisions, and contractual issues. Samantha also advises regarding general land use matters, CEQA, and constitutional issues.
Samantha also maintains a specialty practice in labor and employment. She regularly defends claims of discrimination and harassment, wage and hour claims, and claims of wrongful discharge. She works with clients at all stages of the disciplinary process, from drafting and implementing new policies to defending employers in disciplinary appeals. Samantha has represented public and private sector clients in individual, collective, and class actions, and has extensive experience in litigating employment discrimination claims. Her clients include the City of Oakland, the City of Petaluma, the County of San Bernardino, and the City of Carmel.
Samantha also conducts and advises on personnel and internal affairs investigations. She has conducted multiple investigations into matters involving sworn and non-sworn employees, and worked with a team of attorney investigators to complete a confidential internal affairs investigation into the officer-involved shooting of Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART station.
Samantha is frequently called upon to conduct training for employees, managers and elected officials throughout California on a variety of topics, including ethics for public officials, Brown Act, prevention of sexual harassment, and best management practices. Her experience ranges from conducting individual, one-on-one remedial trainings to group trainings for over two hundred employees. Her audiences have included engineers, maintenance workers, police officers, firefighters, attorneys, mid-level and senior management employees, human resources personnel, Boards of Directors, City Councils, and the most difficult audience possible – lawyers.
- J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law
- B.A., Sociology, University of Redlands
- State Bar of California
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- 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
- United States District Court for the Southern District of California
- Alameda County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
- Bar Association of San Francisco
- Barristers Club
- Queen's Bench Bar Association
- New Law Establishes Several New Protections For Employees Bringing Harassment Claims
- 2016 Legal Trends
- Court of Appeal Rules that Personnel Investigations are Privileged
- 2015 Legal Trends
- 2014 Legal Trends
- The First District Rules that Police Departments Must Disclose Entire Personnel Files to District Attorneys: Chipping Away at Officer Confidentiality, or No Big Deal?
- Selected to Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013-2015