Marilou Mirkovich has been an attorney for over 30 years. For more than 15 years, conducting, supervising, and evaluating impartial investigations has comprised the central part of Ms. Mirkovich’s practice. Her impartial investigation practice often concerns complex allegations against high-level employees and focuses on whistleblower, discrimination, and harassment allegations. She has significant expertise in public sector investigations, including compliance with statutory requirements for California public safety officer and firefighter investigations. Ms. Mirkovich is an Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate holder (AWI-CH), which is an ANSI accredited certificate. Before focusing on impartial workplace investigations, Ms. Mirkovich represented employers on all aspects of employment law, and she continues to provide employment advice and counsel to employers.

Additionally, Ms. Mirkovich has received Title IX investigator certification through the Association of Title IX Administrators, and has acted as an external adjudicator for Title IX sexual misconduct hearings. Her training in trauma-informed investigations enhances her skills in conducting sexual misconduct investigations at post-secondary academic institutions. She also trains employees of post-secondary institutions and workplaces to investigate claims of sexual misconduct.

Representative Matters

Ms. Mirkovich has conducted investigations for many entities, including: City of Anaheim, City of Colton, City of Covina, City of Downey, City of Fullerton, City of Long Beach, City of Newport Beach City of Norwalk, City of Santa Ana, City of Santa Monica, City of Whittier, Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles World Airports, Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Sanitation District, Orange County Superior Court, and the University of Southern California. 

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

Ms. Mirkovich’s recent presentations include:

  • “He Said/She Said/They Said: But Who to Believe?” — AALRR Breakfast Briefing, June 2017
  • “Investigate like a Star: The Anatomy of an Effective Internal Investigation” — AALRR Employment Law Conference, March 2017
  • “Public Sector Investigations: Exploring Proper Techniques” — CALPELRA Annual Training Conference, October 2015
  • “Title IX & Clery Act” — Southern California Community College CEO Conference, April 2015
  • “Public Sector Investigations: Exploring Proper Techniques” — AALRR Employment Law Conference, March 2015
  • “Investigations Basics”— AWI (2015-2016)
  • AWI Institute (Faculty 2014-2016)
  • Public Sector Seminar AWI (2014-2016)


Ms. Mirkovich’s recent publications include:

  • “School Districts Should Consider Including Title IX Information in Their Back-To-School Packages,” AALRR Alert, (August 2017)
  • “California Court of Appeal Rules That Investigator’s Report Is Protected from Discovery,” AALRR Alert, (July 2016)
  • “Five ‘Tripping Points’ in Workplace Investigations,” Public Law Journal, an Official Publication of the State Bar of California Public Law Section (Winter 2016)

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

Ms. Mirkovich is currently on the Board of Directors of the Community Family Guidance Center (Center) and has served as its President. The Center provides low cost mental health care to families at risk in Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Norwalk, and Paramount. Ms. Mirkovich has also been on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. She is a member of the following organizations:

  • Association of Workplace Investigators (Founding Member, Executive Board Member 2011-17, Board Member 2009 to 2017, Chair of Member Benefits Committee 2009-2017)
  • Association of Title IX Administrators


J.D., Loyola Law School
B.A., University of Redlands


  • 1985, California
    U.S. District Court, Central District of California
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