12800 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
Debra Garfinkle works in the Cerritos office, representing public and private entities in a variety of labor and employment matters. Her areas of expertise include employment investigations concerning federal and state discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other claims; public pension issues; and a wide range of trial and appellate litigation matters.
Before joining AALRR, Ms. Garfinkle spent close to nine years as a Research Attorney for the Honorable James W. Meyers, who was then the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California. Ms. Garfinkle reviewed trial and appellate briefs, researched and drafted memoranda, and assisted the judge in crafting trial and appellate decisions.
Ms. Garfinkle received her bachelor’s degree in economics, cum laude, from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, where she served as a teaching assistant for microeconomics classes and volunteered as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
She earned her Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Garfinkle served as an editor of the Journal of Labor and Employment Law and as a teaching assistant for Boalt Hall’s legal research and writing class.
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Garfinkle's recent legal articles include "Anonymity Is as Fragile as a Glass Door" (Daily Journal, Dec. 2017) and "New California Law Expands Baby Bonding Leave to Mid-Size Employers" (CSDA e-News, Nov. 2017).
In addition, she has written articles for the Orange County Register, Writers Digest Magazine, Parenting OC Magazine, and numerous other magazines and websites. She has published five young adult novels with Penguin and two children's books with Scholastic Press.
Ms. Garfinkle regularly volunteers as a judge for the High School Public Debate Program.