Carol Humiston joined Bradley & Gmelich LLP after twelve years as a Senior Assistant City Attorney with the City of Burbank, and ten years as a capital partner with a private civil litigation firm, where she chaired the employment and civil rights practice group. Ms. Humiston has tried more than forty high-exposure employment, civil rights, and personal injury cases to jury verdict, plus numerous court trials and administrative writ proceedings. She has first-chair experience defending class actions, premises liability, employment (ADA, FEHA, Title VII, Labor Code), administrative appeals, internal affairs investigations, discrimination and harassment investigations, SLAPP litigation, and injunctive and declaratory relief.
Civil Rights Litigation Defense
High-Exposure Personal Injury Cases – Public and Private Sectors
Advisement on the California Public Records Act
Professional & Community Affiliations
As a result of Ms. Humiston’s extensive trial experience, she was invited and accepted into the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.
California State Bar, Labor and Employment Law section.
Publications and Press
Ms. Humiston has a number of seminal published appellate court decisions, which she handled in the trial court and on appeal.
In Raine v. City of Burbank, the Court of Appeal held for the first time that an employer is not required under FEHA to create a permanent light duty position in order to accommodate a disabled employee.
In City of Glendale v. Superior Court(Fenton), 95 Cal. App. 4th 1266 (2002), the Court of Appeal held that a municipal entity can affirmatively recover punitive damages, even though it can never be held liable for punitive damages.
In addition, Carol successfully tried a federal civil rights action to a defense verdict, that although reversed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, a petition for certiorari was granted by the United States Supreme Court in Ryburn v. Huff,132 S. Ct. 987 (2012), and a defense verdict was ordered entered.
J.D., Loyola Law School
State Bar of California
State of California
United State Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth and Fourth Circuits
United States District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
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