Before co-founding Medina Orthwein, LLP in 2017, Felicia Medina stood out as a top litigator rising through the ranks, becoming one of the few queer women of color in a leadership position in a national firm. Under Felicia’s leadership, Medina Orthwein has amassed significant successes litigating against major corporations for employees seeking fair treatment. Felicia currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Center of Lesbian Rights (NLCR) and is on the board of FAIR, an organization that awards scholarships to diverse law students interested in employment law.

Before joining Medina Orthwein, LLP, Shauna Madison was a criminal defense attorney at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office. She is now a Managing Partner at Medina Orthwein where she pursues meaningful cases on behalf of underrepresented and underserved communities. She was recently awarded the 2021 National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Award as well on behalf of marginalized communities.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Felicia and Shauna share how their career in employment law evolved
  • The start of Medina Orthwein, LLP
  • How law is evolving to deal with intersectionality of identity
  • Felicia & Shauna’s advice for younger attorneys
  • Trauma-informed lawyering & the impact of trauma on mental and physical health
  • The rise of “Pet to Threat” in the workplace
  • The power and strength behind speaking up

In this episode…

Kimberle Williams Crenshaw once said, “If we aren’t intersectional, some of us, the most vulnerable, are going to fall through the cracks.” Even though it was coined in 1989, “intersectionality” is not as new as it may seem, and as the years have gone by, we’ve seen how the legal system has progressed (or even regressed) in terms of intersectionality. Medina Orthwein, LLP is a powerhouse in this arena.

In this week’s episode, Sarah sits down with Partners Felica Medina and Shauna Madison of Medina Orthwein, LLP – a Bay Area firm specializing in discrimination law – to discuss their intersectional approach to law practice and those that are most affected by workplace/pay disparities. 

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