Camille Hamilton Pating
Camille Hamilton Pating chairs the Workplace Investigations team, specializing in sensitive investigations involving high profile government officials and employees. She also provides litigation services and employment law advice to public entity employers. Camille was a member of the trial team which successfully defended the City of Richmond against charges of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, winning a unanimous jury defense verdict in a highly publicized trial in 2012.
In her investigations practice, Camille emphasizes neutral, professional, and timely fact-finding. She has exceptional experience as a lead investigator in personnel and internal affairs investigations in over 40 employment related matters. Within the past year she completed major misconduct investigations for some of the largest and smallest public employers in California and the nation. These confidential cases involved claims of retaliation, sexual harassment, dishonesty, misrepresentation, and falsification of official records, gender discrimination, disability discrimination, race discrimination, whistleblower retaliation and conflict of interest regarding elected and appointed officials, department heads and high level managers in southern, northern and central California. Camille investigated ethical misconduct claims regarding the City of Bell, which received extensive media coverage. She was a member of the investigative team that conducted a confidential internal affairs investigation of the officer-involved shooting death of Oscar Grant in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In her litigation practice, Camille advises and defends clients in trial, arbitrations and disciplinary appeals. An engaging and popular trainer, Camille is a frequent presenter on topics including in Social Media, Sexual Harassment, Retaliation and Ethics for Elected Officials. Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Camille served as senior employment and litigation counsel at Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP in San Francisco. For six years, she was a Deputy City Attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney’s office, where she specialized in employment litigation and litigated numerous civil jury trials, court trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings. She also served as the President of the San Francisco Ethics Commission, where she was responsible for the administration and enforcement of conflict of interest laws, campaign finance reform, lobbyist regulation and whistleblower investigations.
- In 2012, served as a member of the trial team which won a unanimous jury defense verdict for the Chief of Police and City of Richmond against charges of discrimination, harassment and retaliation brought by seven high level managers, winning a unanimous jury defense verdict in a highly publicized trial.
- In 2012, investigated claims of retaliation, discrimination and ethics violations brought against executives at one of the largest public health plans in the nation.
- In 2012, investigated claims of whistleblower retaliation brought by a high level manager against executives of a pension trust.
- In 2011, in connection with the City of Bell scandal, conducted internal investigation of numerous allegations that City of Bell police officers engaged in political campaigns while in uniform, and other ethical misconduct claims regarding the City of Bell.
- In 2011, investigated allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation against the President of Bay Area Board of Supervisors.
- In 2010, conducted investigation of claims of discrimination and harassment based on race, gender, age, disability and sexual harassment against the police chief in one of the largest cities in California.
- In 2010, conducted an investigation of claims of whistleblower retaliation and union affiliation discrimination involving a county Sheriff’s Department.
- In 2009, served as a member of the investigative team that conducted a confidential internal affairs investigation of the officer-involved shooting death of Oscar Grant in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- In 2009, conducted an investigation of claims of gender discrimination and retaliation brought by women officers against a police department embroiled in a related complex litigation. The investigation facilitated a settlement of the litigation.
- In 2008, conducted a high-profile investigation of retaliation and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, age and gender involving top-level administrators at a community college district.
- In 2008, conducted internal investigations regarding disability discrimination on behalf of a large East Bay public employer.
- In 2008, assisted in the settlement of three judgments totaling $18 million against a public housing authority, including wrongful death, sexual harassment and sex discrimination. The settlement protected the client from a court-ordered receivership.
- In 2007-2008, litigated a breach of contract lawsuit against a major commercial bank on behalf of a deceased bank executive’s Estate, which resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement after trial.
- Investigated and litigated numerous internal discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims brought by women and minority firefighters on behalf of a major urban fire department, pursuant to a Federal consent decree.
- Investigated and litigated claims of sexual harassment, gender and race discrimination, and retaliation on behalf of a transportation agency and its affiliated boards and commissions.
Conducted high-profile investigations regarding alleged “slumlord” building inspectors in a large municipality.
Presentations and Publications
- Speaker, “How to Lead Without Breaking the Rules,” California Council of School Attorneys (CCSA), 2014
- Speaker, “Employee Discipline and Investigations,” Western Regional IPMA-HR Conference, 2014
- Speaker, “Workplace Bullying: The Next Harassment Claim?,” CALPELRA Annual Training Conference, 2013
- Speaker, “Social Media Firings: The NLRB's Do's and Don'ts,” IMLA Annual Conference, 2013
- Presenter, “Social Media – Creating a Policy You ‘Like’,” Meyers Nave Webinar, 2013
- Speaker, “Facebook ‘Friend’ or Foe – Social Media on and off Campus,” California Council of School Attorneys, 2012
- Speaker, “Ethics 101: A Guide for Public Officials,” California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) Annual Training Conference, 2008
- Speaker, “Lessons Learned from this Year’s Big Employment Verdicts,” CALPELRA Annual Training Conference, 2007
- Speaker, “Ethics 101: A Guide for Human Resources Administrators,” CALPELRA Annual Training Conference, 2006
- Speaker, “Investigation Techniques,” Southern California Public Labor Relations Council, 2006
Professional and Community Affiliations
- Member, The State Bar of California
- Member, The Bar Association of San Francisco
- University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, JD, 1985
- Stanford University, BA, Political Science, 1982