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Cerritos, CA 90703
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.
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.