Stefanie Vaudreuil has spent her legal career providing counsel and advice to and litigating on behalf of public agencies, including fire departments/districts, law enforcement, cities, counties, special districts, school districts, charter schools, community colleges, and county offices of education. Stefanie also is experienced in advising and representing independent schools. Stefanie, the daughter of a retired fire marshal, has a special interest in working with fire departments and districts. She understands and appreciates the unique culture that is the fire service.
Stefanie regularly and promptly advises public agencies and independent schools on all aspects of employment law, including employee leaves, disability accommodation and interactive process, discipline, first amendment rights, employment contracts, agency policies and procedures. In addition to providing employment law advice, Stefanie advises independent schools on a wide variety of subjects, such as pupil records, school security, student discipline, enrollment contracts, suspensions and expulsions, student harassment, international students, restraining orders, among others.
Stefanie represents public agencies at administrative hearings for employee discipline appeals and employee grievances arising out of bargaining agreements. She also is an experienced litigator representing public agencies and independent schools in state and federal courts at all phases of litigation from initial pleadings through appeal. Stefanie has obtained favorable results through negotiated settlements, dismissal at the initial pleading stage, summary judgment, trial, and appeal. Stefanie has successfully argued before the California State Court of Appeal.
Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Stefanie was a partner in a national law firm, where she represented public and private employers in discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and civil rights litigation. Before that, Stefanie was an associate with a firm that exclusively represented California K-12 school districts and county offices of education.
Stefanie is also a contributing author to the firm's California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog.