Monique Olivier specializes in complex civil litigation and civil appeals on behalf of plaintiffs, with an emphasis on class actions, workers’ and consumers’ rights, and civil rights issues. Monique regularly serves as lead counsel in employment and consumer class actions. She also represents individuals in employment matters ranging from compensation and severance negotiations to litigation for violations of employment and civil rights laws. Monique has successfully tried and settled individual and class cases involving employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, predatory lending, and fraud and misrepresentation. She also advises businesses on employment law matters.
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 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, including 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.
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 also a member of the Lawyer Representative Committee for the Northern District, a member of the Steering Committee for the Federal Bar Association’s Northern California Chapter, and a member of the Nominating Committee 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-founder of 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 of the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center.
Before joining DPLO, Monique was the Managing Attorney at The Sturdevant Law Firm in San Francisco where she specialized in class actions on behalf of consumers and workers. While at the Sturdevant firm, she was instrumental in obtaining settlements with significant injunctive and monetary relief in favor of statewide and national classes of consumers.
Monique received her J.D. (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 the states of California and Massachusetts, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the federal trial and appellate courts throughout California. She has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2011, and was named to the list of Top 50 women lawyers in Northern California in 2016. In 2015 and 2016, the Daily Journal named Monique to its annual list of the 75 Top Labor & Employment Lawyers in California. In 2016, Monique was honored with a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award for her appellate work in a medical negligence case.