With an impeccable track record spanning 36 years, Dave Carothers, Esq. is a trusted and experienced trial lawyer who has successfully litigated cases throughout California. He has expertly litigated claims related to wrongful termination, sexual harassment, breach of contract, ADA, wage and hour claims, and discrimination, in addition to negotiating settlements in many of these cases on behalf of employers and employees alike - deftly avoiding the heavy costs associated with jury trials. Additionally, Mr. Carothers has served as lead trial counsel in large complex actions involving representative actions, class actions and coordinated actions involving hundreds of claimants across various sectors and industries.
In 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger tapped Mr. Carothers to join the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission - a prestigious position that enabled him to be instrumental in reworking the State's pregnancy discrimination statutes over his three-year tenure. During this time, Mr. Carothers also used his expertise as a mediator to resolve adjudicated claims submitted by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).
With an impressive background of nearly 100 jury trials, Mr. Carothers is a sought-after advisor to senior management teams on proactively executing preventive strategies and cultivating positive workplace environments. His expertise has spanned industries from educational institutions, national retail chains and hospitality firms to banking technology companies as well as religious organizations. In addition, Mr. Carothers is frequently invited to speak to various groups on issues related to employment, including diversity in the workplace - all underpinned by his expansive knowledge of labor and employment law.
Mr. Carothers has a long history of giving back to the community through his involvement with Mercy Hospital's Finance Committee, the African-American Managing Partners Network, the San Diego Foundation, San Diego Inner City Games, and the San Diego Citizens Review Board on Police Practices, as well as serving as a board member for organizations such as Neighborhood House Association, CSU Dominguez Hills Philanthropic Board, and United Way of San Diego.
Partner and Senior Trial Counsel, Carothers, Disante & Freudenberger LLP, 2000-2020
Commissioner, Fair Employment and Housing Commission, 2008-2011
Partner, Chapin Shea Fleming & Winet, 1997-2000
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