12800 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
Davina Harden is a partner in the Pleasanton and Cerritos offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Harden represents California public school districts in all aspects of education and employment law. Her areas of expertise include charter schools, student rights and discipline, public employee rights, conflicts of interest, employment discrimination and sexual harassment, and transactional matters, including negotiating, drafting, and reviewing agreements. She works closely with school districts and county offices of education on the full range of issues relating to charter schools, including, but not limited to, analyzing charter petition submittals and negotiating revisions to charter petitions; development of written factual findings and resolutions for action on charter petitions; creation of dependent charter schools; response to Proposition 39 facilities requests; and renewal, revocation and appeal processes. Ms. Harden also 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.
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, 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 sexual harassment laws, student discipline, charter schools, and other current legal issues.