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20 Pacifica
Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92618

949-453-4262 fax


  • J,D., Hamline University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court of Colorado

Memberships and Affiliations

  • California State Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • Orange County Bar Associations, Employment Law Section
  • 211 OC, Board Member
  • Dana Point Yacht Club, Board Member
  • PIHRA South Orange County, Board Member

Carol A. Gefis


Practice Areas

Carol Gefis has over 25 years of experience representing and advising employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including alleged wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, unfair competition, and wage and hour issues.

Ms. Gefis counsels clients through all stages of the employment relationship, from hiring through discipline and termination. Ms. Gefis advises her clients in an effort to retain good employees and avoid claims, where possible. However, when the inevitable charge or complaint is filed, Ms. Gefis vigorously and efficiently, defends employers before state and federal courts, from the initial filing through trial or arbitration. She also represents clients in administrative proceedings before the Labor Board, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Ms. Gefis’s representative clients include product manufacturers and distributors, food and product importers, retailers, restaurants, engineering, architectural, and design firms, maintenance companies, professional service companies and fitness studios.

Ms. Gefis graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point campus, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

Ms. Gefis earned her Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. During law school, Ms. Gefis served on the Jessup International Moot Court team. She also had the opportunity to take liberal arts and law classes at the Albert–Ludwigs-Universitat in Freiburg, Germany.

Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Gefis is a popular speaker and contributes to the firm’s various publications and blogs.



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