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Felicia Medina, Esq.

Board Member

Felicia Medina is a founding partner of Medina Orthwein LLP, a civil rights and employment law firm in Oakland, CA. Her practice focuses on individual and class action employment discrimination cases relating to race, gender, sexual orientation, and other protected classifications, as well as wage and hour collective actions.  Medina Orthwein has also joined the fight to combat discrimination against transgender people in the prison system.  In the early part of her career, Felicia stood out as a top litigator helping to secure the largest employment gender discrimination class action verdict in U.S. history. She quickly rose through the ranks from Associate to Managing Partner in her prior firm’s San Francisco office, an office she opened, becoming one of the few queer women of color in a leadership position in a national law firm. Since then, Felicia has secured an $8.2 million gender discrimination class action settlement with Daiichi Sankyo, the first case to be conditionally certified under the Equal Pay Act in the 9th Circuit, and a pre-suit $19.5 million gender discrimination class action settlement with Qualcomm that is pending court approval. Felicia has also successfully argued a sixth circuit appeal in a race harassment case and has secured multiple pre-suit settlements on behalf of individuals or groups of employees.

Felicia regularly speaks on impact litigation strategy, racial justice and equal pay issues and has been honored as a 2017 Daily Journal Leading Labor and Employment Attorneys in California; a 2016 National LGBT Bar Association – Best LGBT Lawyer Under 40; a 2015 National Diversity Council Most Powerful and Influential Woman; and a Law360 2014 Minority Power Broker. Felicia received her law degree from Yale Law School in 2006 and then worked at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Prior to attending Yale, she was a political consultant and a public school teacher.

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