South San Francisco: 650-615-4860

Walnut Creek: 925-322-8889

Christina Kotowski


Location: Walnut Creek, California
Phone: 925-322-8889 Ext. 143
Fax: 925-322-8890
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christyMs. Kotowski has provided efficient and effective representation, advice, counseling and training to employers of all sizes since 1998.  Her experience includes litigating and arbitrating a wide variety of matters from pre-litigation demand letters through appeals, including claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation under Title VII, the ADA, ADEA, FEHA, and comparable state laws as well as individual and class claims under the California Labor Code and the Private Attorneys’ General Act.  She regularly handles administrative charges and investigations involving the EEOC, DFEH, NLRB, DOL, California Labor Commissioner, and other federal and state enforcement agencies.

Ms. Kotowski’s broad experience allows her to offer practical and effective solutions to a wide range of complex workplace problems.  Her subject-matter expertise includes advice on hiring, discipline, termination, FMLA, pregnancy disability leave, military leave and other leaves of absence; reasonable accommodations; I-9 immigration compliance and E-Verify; internal investigations; wage and hour compliance, including exempt/non-exempt status analysis; reductions in force and WARN Act notices; drafting and review of employee handbooks, bonus plans, commission plans and other policies; workers’ compensation discrimination (Labor Code § 132a) claims and allegations of serious and willful misconduct.

Before joining Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi P.C., Ms. Kotowski served as in-house employment counsel for a Silicon Valley research and development company and for a Fortune 200 company.

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Prevention and Counseling

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Labor and Employment Law


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. with honors - 1998
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, California
    • B.A. - 1993


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Employment Law Section (Board Member 2017), Women's Section
  • California Women Lawyers
  • Women Lawyers of Alameda County
  • Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), Contra Costa Chapter (Board Member 2017)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Past Member


Past Employment Positions

  • Morrison & Foerster LLP, Associate, 1998 – 2001
  • Kauff, McClain & McGuire LLP, Associate, 2002 – 2006
  • Fisher & Phillips LLP, Of Counsel, 2006 – 2011
  • Waste Management, Senior Employment Counsel, 2011 – 2014
  • Contract Employment Counsel, Silicon Valley 2014 – 2015


Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Northern California SuperLawyer 2016 & 2017 – one of the Top 5% of lawyers in Northern California
  • Northern California SuperLawyer Rising Star 2010 & 2011


Pro Bono Activities

  • Hastings Law Journal, Alumni Advisory Board 2014 – 2016



  • Kappa Delta

Our Locations

Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi, P.C.
601 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 950
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Map and Directions

Tel: 650-615-4860
Fax: 650-615-4861

2175 N. California Blvd, Suite 710
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Map and Directions

Tel: 925-322-8889
Fax: 925-322-8890