George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1980
Notes Editor, George Washington Law Review


State University of New York, B.A., summa cum laude, 1977
Phi Beta Kappa

Sandra R. King

Chair; Employment and Labor

Los Angeles



Sandra King is Chair of Manatt's Employment and Labor practice group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of employment law and related litigation. She represents companies in state and federal proceedings regarding discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge and related tort claims, privacy, workplace violence, wage and hour, unfair competition, medical and disability leave, health and safety matters and contract claims. Ms. King represents companies in a variety of industries, including financial services, health care, transportation, insurance, manufacturing and the service industry.

In addition to judicial proceedings, Ms. King represents clients before various State and Federal regulatory bodies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the California Labor Commissioner’s office. She is actively involved in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as private mediation. Ms. King also provides extensive counseling and training to companies on day-to-day issues involving employee relations, management training, policies and procedures, drug testing, discipline, discharge and harassment and discrimination.

Representative Matters

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a national medical products company with respect to claims by a terminated employee for breach of express and implied contract, national origin and age discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and related claims. The ruling was obtained after defeating an attempt by opposing counsel to amend the complaint to add a host of new causes of action involving the whistleblower statute that would have significantly expanded the scope of the lawsuit.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a state agency in federal court with respect to claims by an ex-employee alleging discrimination pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act and related claims to disability discrimination. 

Negotiated a very favorable settlement of three state-wide wage and hour class actions after coordinating three separate law suits, obtaining the removal of the most aggressive plaintiffs' law firm because of conflicts, and positioning the case with aggressive fact development and the streamlining of discovery.

Provide ongoing, high-level strategic advice to Boards of Directors and management teams with respect to such sensitive and challenging situations as alcoholism and drug abuse by high level executives, threats of violence in the workplace, and harassment allegations aimed at key business contributors.

Obtained dismissals of complaints being pursued by the U.S. Department of Justice and Civil Rights Division's Office of Special Counsel with respect to allegations of an ex-employee which included age, national origin and citizenship-related discrimination.

Negotiated quick and efficient resolutions of threatened litigation with respect to a wide variety of potentially dangerous discrimination, harassment and related allegations on behalf of clients through effective and aggressive fact development and communications with opposing counsel, thereby cutting off actual litigation and potential future claims.

Work with management teams of clients in a wide variety of industries on an on-going basis to develop down-sizing and termination strategies, high level executive employment agreements, and appropriate internal policies and procedures to reduce potential legal exposures.

Work repeatedly with government agencies, including the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the United States Department of Labor, to achieve resolutions of claims allegations to the benefit of clients.

Provide regular training to management teams and high-level executives with respect to management best practices to reduce employment litigation exposures.

 Effectively and aggressively utilize alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to achieve early resolutions of lawsuits.

Utilized by clients to provide ongoing advice and oversight regarding the handling of the defense of their employment lawsuits by insurance companies and/or their panel counsel.


Honors & Awards

Honored by both the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics Foundation and the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles for significant legal contributions to their organizations.


Memberships & Activities

Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and California.

Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Board of Directors, Los Angeles County Bar Foundation. 

Ms. King regularly speaks to industry groups on employment-related subjects.

Bar Admissions


Washington, D.C.