Jenica Maldonado is a seasoned labor and employment attorney who represents public and private entities in sensitive and complex labor and employment matters. She aims, first and foremost, to be a strategic partner for her clients and to help them navigate not only the legal issues, but the myriad of practical, political, and business considerations that are often also in play.  Her practice includes advice and counsel, labor negotiations, workplace investigations, litigation, arbitration, and training. Her areas of expertise include discrimination, harassment, retaliation, disability accommodation, leaves of absence, whistleblower retaliation, First Amendment, due process, rights specific to public safety officers, and labor law issues.   Ms. Maldonado also advises her public sector clients on government law issues, including California’s open meeting and open records laws and political conflicts of interest.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Maldonado served as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office and in private practice at other nationally-recognized law firms. During law school, Ms. Maldonado externed for California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard.

The Daily Journal, one of California's largest legal periodicals, recognized Ms. Maldonado as a Top Labor & Employment Attorney in 2022 and 2023.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment
  • Daily Journal Top Labor & Employment Attorney, 2022 and 2023

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

  • January 18, 2023, "New Mayors and Council Members Academy," League of California Cities, Sacramento, California
  • August 23, 2022, “Violence in the Workplace – Mitigating Risk and Proactively Responding to Threats” California Special Districts Association, Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA
  •  August 23, 2022, “Boards Behaving Badly: How to Stay Out of Trouble” California Special Districts Association, Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA
  • August 23, 2022, “Boards Behaving Badly: How to Stay Out of Trouble” California Special Districts Association, Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA
  • May 4, 2022, "Police Reform: Legal Challenges and Solutions," 2022 Legal of California Cities - City Attorneys Spring Conference, Carlsbad, CA
  • February 8, 2022, “What Special Districts Need to Know About the CPRA” California Special Districts Association, Virtual
  • February 4, 2022, "Safety for Who," The Labor and Employment Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Virtual
  • August 23, 2021, “Harassment Prevention Training for Board Members and Supervisors” California Special Districts Association, Annual Conference, Monterey, CA


"Avoid Knowing Too Much," Law.com, November 16, 2012

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • The Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
  • Marin County Women Lawyers’ Association, Member

  • Chief, Member


J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, magna cum laude
B.S., Santa Clara University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • 2009, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California
    U.S. Supreme Court
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