Patricia Jeanne Howze

Patricia Jeanne Howze

20 Sunnyside Avenue, #A-120
Mill Valley , CA 94941
Office: 415-290-5290

Ms. Howze provides expert testimony on all employment issues, including, but not limited to, discrimination, ADA reasonable accommodation, family leave, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and retaliation. She has been involved in 300-400 workplace investigations in her 30+ years experience and has advised on HR practices and policies. Ms. Howze has extensive experience training company executives and HR personnel. She has been certified as an expert by courts and arbitrators.

Areas of Expertise
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Human Resources
  • Labor Law
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Workplace Violence
  • Wrongful Termination

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: DePaul University, Chicago - Bachelor in Science, cum laude. Major - Elementary Education
University of Chicago - Master in Arts with distinction. Major: Administrative Education
University of Hawaii - Masters in Elementary Education Program
DePaul University Law School, Chicago - Juris Doctor
Law Review, DePaul University Law School, Chicago
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL), Lifetime Member
CABL: Chair, Judicial Evaluation Committee
CABL Foundation: Board of Directors, 2004 to present
National Bar Association (NBA), Lifetime Member
Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)
Charles Houston Bar Association, 1990 to Present
Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
CABL: Board of Directors, 1997-2002
BASF: Committee on Diversity & Minority Employment, 1998
BASF: Minority Scholarship Committee, 1998
BASF: Equality Committee - Co-Chair of Sub-Committee on Women, 1995
BASF: Delegate to State Bar Conference of Delegates, 1994
Black Women Lawyers of Northern California (BWLNC)
California Women Lawyers (CWL) Board of Governors, 1993
Wells Fargo Foundation, 1992-2000
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: San Jose State University, “Legal Aspects of Employment”, Human Resources Professional Certificate Program. 2006-2007

“Sexual Harassment Training for Managers and Supervisors” – Compliance with AB1825 –
Web-based seminars and on-site training. 2005

State Bar Conference, Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California. “Diversity in the Legal Profession”, October 2004

Defense Research Institute. Employment Law Seminar. “Perils and Pitfalls to Avoid in Conducting Internal Investigations”, 2002

State Bar Conference, Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California. “Update in Wrongful Termination and Discrimination Law”, September 2001

Continuing Education of the Bar. “Overview of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination”;
San Francisco and Sacramento, September 2001

CEB – “Fundamentals of Employment Law Practice”, 2001

“Overview of Harassment & Discrimination Investigations in the Workplace”, San Francisco, 2001

San Francisco Woman Education Services. “Business Development & Marketing for Lawyers”,
San Francisco, 2001 Internet Speaker. “Elimination of Bias”, December 2000

University of Southern California, Law School Institute of Corp. Counsel Conference.

“Employment Check Up for Employers”, 2000

“Preventing Sexual Harassment”. San Jose, CA, 2000

“Effective Hiring Under the Law”. San Francisco, CA, 2000

Training Program. “Managing in the 21st Century”, 2000

National Professional Network Conference, August 1999

Sixth National Conference for Women Employment & Labor Law Counsel, Seattle. “Investigating Employee Complaint”, 1999

National Conference of Women Law Partners. “Insights into the Minds of Corporate Counsel”, 1999

Women’s Leadership Forum, 1997

Professional Women’s Business Conference, Santa Clara. “Beijing and Back”, May 1996

BASF. “How to Deal Effectively with Gender Bias Issues”, September 1996

BASF. “Workplace Privacy, Reasonable Expectations: Making Sense of Workplace Privacy Rights and Obligations”, September 1996

NAACP Youth Awareness; Resource Narrative Project, Various TV Spots, December 1996

California Bankers Association. “Spectrum: The Prime Directive of the Future”, 1996

United Nations 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing China. BASF Representative, 1995

California Minority Counsel Program. Minority Corp Counsel Conference, Los Angeles, 1995

National Counsel of Women Corporate Counsel. “Guide to Managing Diversity in Workforce 2000”. October 1994

Recorder Roundtable on Employment Law – “Employment Law Issues”, 1994

University of California, Berkeley. “Minorities in the Legal Professional”, 1994

“Multicultural Women in Law: Burden & Barriers”. BASF, 1994

California Bankers Association, 1993

California Bankers Association. “Recent Trends in Employment Law”, April 1993

“Sexual Harassment Investigations”, San Diego, June 1993

Conference, San Diego. “Wrongful Termination”, San Diego, June 1993

Bay Area Urban Bankers Association. Various employment-related topics, January 1992

Minorities in House Counsel “Career Strategies”, August 1992

Chapman University. “Overview of Employment Issues”, 1992

American Bar Association. Panelist – “Wrongful Termination”

Training Program. “The Art of Writing Effective Performance Evaluations”

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Family Leave; wrongful termination; sexual harassment; retaliation; adquacy of investigation; age discrimination; nationality discrimination; racial discrimination; disability discrimination; employment policies and practices.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 25%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 75%
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting; reports; evaluation of file; expert witness testimony
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: 395.00 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: 395.00 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: 395.00 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: 395.00 per hour
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: travel expenses; copy fees; mailing expenses.


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