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Bryan Schwartz Law Hires DeCarol Davis as an Associate at the Oakland-Based Civil Rights, Employment Law Firm

November 7, 2017 Oakland – DeCarol Davis, who worked at Bryan Schwartz Law as a legal assistant before law school and an Employee Justice Fellow during her 2L year, rejoins the firm as a full-time Associate.

Davis attended Berkeley Law, hoping to become a civil rights employment attorney. In law school, she volunteered at the Berkeley Law Wage Claim Clinic as well as the Workers’ Rights Clinic, where she served as a co-Director. In 2014, Davis clerked for the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (now known as Legal Aid at Work), representing low-income workers in hearings and helping clients negotiate employment law violations. In honing her trial advocacy skills, she became a two-time mock trial national champion. By the time she graduated, Davis had become known throughout the Berkeley Law community for her outstanding commitment to social justice, and her devotion to public service earned her the Francine Marie Diaz Memorial Award.

Davis, a queer African American woman who has faced her own share of employment struggles, says, “I have my dream job. I’m finally doing the work I was meant to do.”

Before embarking on her path to lawyering, Davis employed law in a different way, serving as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.  Davis, who graduated top of her class at the Coast Guard Academy in 2008 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, served as a marine inspector, the author of Coast Guard field regulations, and a law enforcement officer. She served as the Waterways Safety Branch Chief for Sector San Francisco and worked as a marine inspector in New York City.  During her service, she was awarded the Judge Advocate General Field Regulations Award, Meritorious Team Commendation, and Department of Defense STEM Role Model Award.

Since 2009, Bryan Schwartz Law has dedicated itself to continuing the struggle for civil rights and equality of employment opportunity, and helping Americans from every background to achieve their highest career potential. The firm focuses on individual, class, and collective actions involving discrimination and retaliation, harassment, denied disability accommodations, whistleblower reprisal, wage and hour violations, federal employees' rights, and severance negotiations.