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The Law and Mediation Office of FRED ENGBARTH; EMPLOYMENT LAW CONSULTANT Office Phone/Text:(707) 479-2317

Mailing Address: Post Office Box 1517; Sebastopol, CA95473-1517

California State Bar # 95093


Results oriented and highly effective attorney and employment law consultant with more than 40 years of experience handling complex workplace disputes through advice, counseling, mediation, negotiation, and training for private and public sector clients.

Demonstrated history of exercising sound judgment and discretion; working well under pressure; meeting deadlines; developing imaginative and innovative solutions to workplace problems; building consensus; strong interpersonal and negotiation skills; and, resolving highly sensitive, complex and/or unprecedented problems. Able to learn, interpret, and apply policies and procedures independently; and possesses the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and complete detailed tasks to completion.

Additional experience defending individuals with professional licenses issued by the State of California.

On a personal note, I have lived and worked in Sonoma County since 1971; have a strong sense of intellectual curiosity; enjoy conducting research on a broad range of topics;  am a devoted life-long learner;  am a vociferous reader;  a cinema buff;  and  a “whole-food plant based” foodie.


Law and Mediation Office of Frederick J. Engbarth  37 Old Courthouse Square;Suite 203; Santa Rosa, CA95404

As a sole practitioner, I managed all aspects of the firm including marketing,  billing, accounting, client relations, legal research, and the drafting of legal  documents

Represented more than 1000 public and private sector employees (staff, supervisors, managers, and administrators) and successfully resolved claims arising under state and federal laws including: violations of the FMLA, FLSA, RLA, ERISA; discrimination claims based on age, race, gender, religion, disability, perceived disability, national origin, sexual harassment, retaliation; wrongful termination; defamation; intentional infliction of emotional distress; and constitutional claims for public sector clients

Successfully, represented and defended individuals holding professional licenses (dentists, psychologists, care providers, nurses, teachers, and the like) issued by the State of California in disciplinary actions and administrative hearings.

  SEIU-Local 707 (now Local 1021)  600 B St Santa Rosa, CA 9540

Retained as advisor/consultant in the areas of employment and labor law to Local 707’s Field Agents and membership providing services such as: legal research; legal counseling, mentorship on negotiations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution; case analysis; strategy; issues related to applications for disability or service retirement disputes; workshops; drafted proposed policies and handbooks; and, when requested, participated in collective bargaining negotiations with employers.

Sonoma State University; 1801 East Cotati Avenue; Rohnert Park, CA94928

Retained by the University to assist the California Attorney General’s Office and California State University’s Office of General Counsel in the litigation and resolution of several complex and highly sensitive employment lawsuits filed against the University by members of the faculty and administration.

Sonoma State University    Full-Time Emplkoyment

Assistant to the President/Judicial Affairs Reported directly to the University’s President as “in house” legal advisor, with broad discretion and wide latitude for independent judgment

Providedl”in house” legal advice andcounsel  to the President of the University.

Provided direction and support for compliance with laws, regulations, and human resource policies

Served as a consultant to the campus community.

Conducted investigations related to violations of campus policy, state or federal law.

Interfaced with Campus Managers, Staff, Faculty, Labor Representatives, University Legal Counsel, Academic Personnel, other HR Staff, as well as individuals at the California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor, other campuses within the CSU, Attorney General, State if California and other external entities, agencies, and individuals as appropriate.

Associate Dean (Students/Judicial Affairs Officer

While serving as the Associate Dean of Students, the University’s administration  gave me the responsibility for investigating campus-wide complaints, grievances and disciplinary actions.

Represented the University, in consultation with the Office of the General Counsel and the State’s Attorney General, in the management and resolution (a) grievance hearings; (b) disciplinary actions; (c) inquiries made state and federal enforcement agencies; and (d) lawsuits filed against the University

Developed, and was promoted into the position of Assistant to the President, Judicial Affairs.

Student Affairs Professional  In the course of my tenure with the University, I received frequent promotions as a Student Affairs  I & II, Student Affairs Officer,and Assistant Director of Student Activities-Student Union before my promotion to Associate Dean of Students.


Instructor, Empire College School of Law (1984-1990) Developed and taught classes to first year law students in the following subjects: (1) Legal Research and Writing; (2) Orientation to Legal Studies; and (3) Legal Practice & Writing

Instructor, Extended Education, Sonoma State University (1982) taught paralegalstudents Legal Research and Writing.

Throughout my career as an attorney I have led workshops and training programs on a variety of topics related to employment law, labor law and, alternative disputE Resolution.


★ Juris Doctor (J.D.) Empire College School of Law; ★Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) University of California, Irvine (Asian and United States History; ★ Other Post Graduate Study: ♦ Conflict Resolution Sonoma State University; ♦ Psychology, M.A. Sonoma State University (Thesis Not Completed), and ♦Continuing Legal Education


★ Supreme Court of the United States of America (1984); ★ United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth District (1981); ★United States District Court, Northern District of California (1980); and, ★ Supreme Court of California (1980)


Sonoma County Courts Judicial Arbitration Program; Small Claims Judge (Pro Tem) and assisted the Superior Court  and the State Bar in closing an abandoned law practic

Twin Hills Fire Protection District EMT, Firefighter, and Board Member

North Bay Rowing Club  Open Water Rower and Co-Vice-President