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Marin
1050 Northgate Drive
Suite 520
San Rafael, CA 94903

628-234-6200
628-234-6899 fax

Cerritos
12800 Center Court Drive
Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90703

562-653-3200
562-653-3333 fax

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (Magna Cum Laude)
  • B.A., University of Redlands (Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

  • California

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Orange County Bar Associations
  • American Bar Association

Davina F. Harden

Partner

Practice Areas

Davina Harden is a partner in the Marin and Cerritos offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, where she represents California public school districts in all aspects of education and employment law. She has broad expertise in all matters related to charter schools and works closely with boards and senior administrators at school districts and county offices of education on a full range of issues pertaining to the Charter Schools Act, such as analyzing charter petition submittals and negotiating revisions to charter petitions; developing written factual findings and resolutions for action on charter petitions; overseeing the creation of dependent charter schools; responding to Proposition 39 facilities requests; managing CDE compliance complaints; and advising in renewal, revocation, and administrative and judicial appeal processes. A leader in the field, Ms. Harden has successfully represented charter school clients in a number of highly complex matters, including representing the districts with the only two “Parent Trigger” charter schools in the state. Additionally, she is a highly sought-after presenter at charter school conferences and events, where she speaks on a variety of issues concerning charter authorizers and related parties.

Ms. Harden regularly conducts investigations into allegations of employee/student wrongdoing on behalf of employers and public entities and advises employers and agencies on the conduct of their own investigations. Other areas of focus include student rights and discipline, public employee rights, conflicts of interest, Brown Act and public governance issues, employment discrimination and sexual harassment, and transactional matters, including negotiating, drafting, and reviewing agreements.  

Ms. Harden formerly worked as an associate at Rutan & Tucker, where she specialized in transactional matters pertaining to public entities, particularly municipalities and redevelopment agencies. She has served as Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Yorba Linda and Villa Park, and as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Irvine.

Education
Ms. Harden received her bachelor’s degree, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Redlands. She received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Ms. Harden served as the Writing Program Coordinator for the Hastings Law Journal.

Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Harden is a frequent contributor to the firm's publications. She has presented seminars and workshops to numerous school districts and organizations in California regarding charter schools, sexual harassment laws, student discipline, student attendance options, conflicts of interest, and other current legal issues. 

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