Dawn Ross

Private: Dawn Ross

Dawn Ross - Retired

Professional Focus

Labor and Employment Law, Business and General Civil Litigation, Trial Work

Contact - Dawn

Phone: (707) 526-4200 x123
Fax: (707) 526-4707

100 B Street, Suite 400
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Dawn has represented employers successfully in state and federal litigation, arbitrations and administrative proceedings. Dawn serves as counsel to a number of prominent wineries, along with many other clients, in the public and private sector.  She assists clients in preparing employment agreements, counseling on legal compliance, layoffs and terminations, and conducting investigations into HR complaints.  Dawn also acts as trial counsel in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters such as breach of contract, real estate transfers, fraud, and trade secret violations. Dawn has a reputation as an aggressive, detail-oriented advocate, who has great success at trial.  She was an associate at Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon and a partner at Marron, Reid & Sheehy prior to founding Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP in 1998.

  • Dawn is rated AV (the highest rating possible) by the Martindale-Hubbell nationwide attorney rating service.
  • Dawn has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer three consecutive years. The selection process includes peer nominations based on ballots to 47,000 attorneys in Northern California, a blue ribbon panel review, and independent research on candidates.
  • Women in Business Award (2011)
  • Sonoma County Bar Association, Past President (2003)
  • Labor & Employment Law Section, Sonoma County Bar Association, Past Chairperson (2000)
  • Sonoma County Women in Law, Past President (1997)
  • Sonoma County Young Lawyers' Association, Past President (1996)
  • Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, Board Member (2010-Presen
  • Summerfield Waldorf School, Board Member (2014-Present)
  • California Parenting Institute, Board Member
  • Association of Workplace Investigators, Member
  • Top Ten HR Risks, North Bay Business Journal, 2015
  • Employment Law Update, North Bay Business Journal, Annual
  • When Layoffs Become Unavoidable, North Bay Business Journal, 2009
  • Misclassifying Workers as Hourly, Salaried Carries Risks, North Bay Business Journal, 2008
  • Name, Rank & Serial Number – the Rules on Reference Checks, 2004
  • Wrongful Demotion – How to Protect Your Organization, 1996
  • Labor Code § 970 – The Ramifications of Overselling the Job, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts, California State University, Fullerton 1985
  • Juris Doctor, School of Law, University of California, Davis 1989

100 B Street, Suite 400
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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