Sandra Smith is a retired Administrative Law Judge, and attorney with experience in civil litigation, general civil advice and consultation, employment law – litigation, prevention and investigations, health law compliance and administration. She has considerable background with public entity litigation defense. Ms. Smith is a former partner with a statewide private firm representing public and private entities. Additionally, while working for the California Office of the Attorney General as a Deputy Attorney General, and as a Deputy Attorney for Caltrans, earning an award for excellence in litigation. Ms. Smith defended public entities in federal and state courts, mediations and arbitrations, and a variety of administrative forums.
Ms. Smith’s public sector legal work includes two years with the County of Alameda representing the county in juvenile dependency proceedings, civil litigation, employment and personnel, advice, consultation, and investigations for various Alameda County departments and the Alameda County Medical Center. She demonstrates judicial qualifications while employed as an administrative law judge with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
In addition to her legal experience, Ms. Smith brings a broad array of life experiences and diverse personal history and background to her work. She previously volunteered for the State Bar sponsored “Volunteers in Parole Program” to mentor Youth Authority parolees and to help them become productive in the community, and she has served as an alumni mentor for Hastings students.
Her current practice includes general civil advice and consultation, Health law advice and consultation on compliance issues, Education law, and employment law. Ms. Smith has served as a contributing author of legal publications on employment and labor law.
Ms. Smith graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.