Matingou, Susanna

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Address: 641 Fulton Avenue Suite 200A, Sacramento, CA 95825
Lawyer Firm: Duggan Law Corporation
Phone: 916-550-5309
Fax: 916-404-5900
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Website: http://www.duggan-law.com

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Susanna Matingou is senior counsel with Duggan Law Corporation. Ms. Matingou provides advice and counseling on personnel policies, wage and hour compliance, hiring, discipline and termination of employees, personnel evaluations, workplace investigations, employee inventions, and protection of proprietary information. Additionally, she represents employers in defense of matters involving issues such as wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and discrimination. Ms. Matingou also assists clients with responding to Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) citations and other OSHA matters.

Ms. Matingou comes to Duggan Law Corporation from the national firm of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP. Previously, Ms. Matingou was general counsel for a real estate development firm where she handled a wide range of legal matters, including various business transactions, employment claims, tort, construction defect, premises liability, and breach of contract matters, as well as the negotiation of commercial leasing agreements.

Ms. Matingou regularly presents on pertinent issues in employment law and conducts sexual harassment trainings in both Spanish and English for her clients.

Ms. Matingou is fluent in Spanish.

Representative Experience

• Second chair on team securing a defense verdict on critical wage and hour issues, including off-the-clock claims and meal periods. Notably, the jury upheld the validity of meal period waivers in a case involving seven tow truck drivers who claimed various wage and hour violations. During the trial, which lasted nearly a month, Ms. Matingou, along with lead trial counsel Stacey Cooper, elicited extremely damaging admissions from the plaintiffs on cross-examination, including admissions that they had hours of idle time on the clock each day which they spent reading, sleeping, watching movies, and dining at restaurants. Ms. Matingou and Ms. Cooper pointed out inconsistencies in plaintiffs’ claims and produced documentation and witnesses contradicting their testimony, undermining their credibility before the jury, and resulting in the very favorable verdict.

• Member of the team securing a defense verdict in a ten-day jury trial, with plaintiff seeking over $400,000. Matter involved a sexual harassment lawsuit by a Hispanic factory worker claiming she had been sexually harassed by her Korean supervisor. Plaintiff complained to human resources in 2007 and brought her lawsuit in 2010, following a California Department of Fair Employment and Housing complaint and investigation. Gordon & Rees attorneys pointed out inconsistencies in plaintiff’s testimonies and showed that other unrelated factors, specifically home life issues, occurred at the same time and contributed to plaintiff’s alleged emotional distress.

• Successful representation of a 19-year-old Somali asylum-seeker at trial in federal immigration court in San Diego. Due to the collapse of the Somalia government before the client was born, he had never had documentation or identification papers. He fled to the United States after his father, brother, and uncle were killed by Somali militia, and because he arrived in the U.S. without papers, he was detained for 10 months until trial. Ms. Matingou established his identity at trial through testimony of family members who knew him but had never met him.

• Obtained release on humanitarian grounds of an elderly lawful permanent resident immigration detainee who has lived and worked in the United States for 23 years. The client has a pacemaker and diabetes. Ms. Matingou initially conceded her client’s removability in order to pursue an application for cancellation of removal. However, during the adjudication of that application, the 9th Circuit handed down a decision, Castillo-Cruz v. Holder, which changed her client’s eligibility for removal. Ms. Matingou successfully recognized the applicability of the new decision to her case. Using precedent from the Castillo-Cruz ruling, Ms. Matingou argued that her client was no longer eligible for removal. Complicating the issue further, the parties had already conducted one full day of the cancellation of removal hearing and were preparing for the final day of proceedings. Ms. Matingou requested permission to withdraw the initial plea and moved for termination of proceedings. The Immigration Judge granted termination on June 1, and the government did not appeal. Ms. Matingou was recognized for this work in the Pro Bono Spotlight of the Immigration Justice Project’s Summer 2010 newsletter.

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