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Member, Board of Directors, National Assn of Consumer Advocates, 2016 – present
Vice-President, San Francisco, FBA N.D. Cal. Chapter, 2017 – present
Volunteer Supervising Attorney, Legal Aid at Work, 2002 – present
President & Member, Board of Directors, Performing Arts Workshop, 2006 – 2012
Awards & Honors+
California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, 2016
Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2011
Top 50 women lawyers in Northern California in 2016, 2017 and 2018
75 Top Labor & Employment Lawyers in California, the Daily Journal, 2015 and 2016
- University of California, Davis King Hall School of Law (Order of the Coif), 1997
- Boston College, 1991
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Second Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal.
- U.S. District Court, E.D. Cal.
- U.S. District Court, C.D. Cal.
- U.S. District Court, S.D. Cal.
Monique Olivier is a founding partner of Olivier Schreiber & Chao LLP.
Monique’s practice is focused on complex civil litigation and civil appeals on behalf of plaintiffs, with an emphasis on class actions, workers’ and consumers’ rights, and civil rights issues. During her career, she has served as lead counsel in dozens of employment and consumer class actions. Monique also handles individual employment cases at all stages of litigation, ranging from compensation and severance negotiations to litigation for violations of employment and civil rights laws and appeals. She has successfully tried individual and class cases, including employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, predatory lending, and fraud and misrepresentation matters. Her most recent class action trial win resulted in a judgment of over $2.3 million for the first eleven of over 150 class members.
Monique is an Appellate Specialist certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. She has briefed, argued, and won several cases that have led to reported decisions for consumers and victims of discrimination in the California Supreme Court, the California Courts of Appeal, and the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. Among her notable cases include Mansourian v. Regents of the Univ. of Calif., 602 F.3d 957 (9th Cir. 2010), a landmark Title IX case eliminating procedural hurdles for women seeking to remedy the discrimination they have faced through the courts. She has also authored several amicus briefs on behalf of public interest organizations in such notable cases as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S.Ct. 2541 (2011), and Angelucci v. Century Supper Club, 41 Cal.4th 160 (2007), a case involving the interpretation of one of California’s most important civil rights statutes.
Before launching OSC in 2018, Monique was a founding partner at Duckworth Peters Lebowitz and Olivier LLP in San Francisco. Prior to that, Monique was the Managing Attorney at The Sturdevant Law Firm in San Francisco, where she specialized in class actions and appeals on behalf of consumers and workers.
Monique is a frequent lecturer on class actions, appeals, consumer protection and employment issues. She serves as a Mediator and an Early Neutral Evaluator for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California’s ADR Program. She is a former member of the Lawyer Representative Committee for the Northern District, the San Francisco Vice-President of the Federal Bar Association’s Northern California Chapter, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Consumer Advocates. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, where she co-chaired its Diversity Committee and co-founded the San Francisco Trial Advocacy Fellowship Program. She also has a history of non-profit leadership, including roles as the former President and member of the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Workshop, a non-profit organization providing education through the arts to youth throughout the Bay Area. She is also a volunteer supervising attorney of the Workers’ Rights Clinic run by Legal Aid at Work in San Francisco.
Among her many honors, Monique was honored in 2016 with a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award for her appellate work in a medical negligence case. She has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2011, and has been named to the list of Top 50 women lawyers in Northern California every year since 2016. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, the Daily Journal named Monique to its annual list of the 75 Top Labor & Employment Lawyers in California. Monique received her law degree (Order of the Coif) from the U.C. Davis King Hall School of Law and her B.A. from Boston College.
She is admitted to practice law in California and Massachusetts, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the federal trial and appellate courts throughout California.