Goldstein, Sarah K. Partner

Goldstein, Sarah K. Partner

Practice Focus

Sarah Goldstein is Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Group and a partner in the Employment Litigation practice. She represents organizations of all sizes in employment-related matters and advises companies on proactive compliance with employment and wage and hour laws. Sarah is an experienced trial lawyer in both the Federal and California Superior Courts, with a focus on harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, and wage and hour matters. 

Her litigation practice includes defending employment actions under the Fair Employment and Housing Act including gender, pregnancy, race, ancestry, color, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, wrongful termination claims, whistleblower claims, wage and hour claims, and retaliation matters. Sarah also represents employers in administrative actions before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Tressler, she served as Director of the Employment practice group at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck for the Los Angeles office. In 1998, Sarah received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services. An active member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), Sarah currently serves on the Board of Trustees and she chaired the Women’s Leadership Network event in Los Angeles in September 2012. From 2009 to 2011, she served as Southern California Chapter Chairperson.


• “R U Looking @ My Cookies? Sexual Harrassment in the Age of Technology,” PLUS
International Conference, November 4, 2013
• “Communication in the Workplace: Addressing Both Positive and Negative Employee
Interactions,” ePlace Solutions webinar, August 15, 2013
• “The New Era of Retaliation and Whistleblowing Claims: What This Means for Employers and How They Can Protect Themselves,” ACI’s 19th National Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance, June 24, 2013
• “Hot Topics in International Commercial Insurance,” 4th Annual ABA International & Israel Bar Association Joint Conference, May 26, 2013
• “One Degree of Separation Between Employees’ Use of Social Networking and
Employers’ Exposures,” PLUS International Conference, November 2, 2011
• “The Latest and Not So Greatest Developments in Employment Law,” San Luis Obispo Employer Advisory Council, January 31, 2011
• “Watch Out! Hidden Risks of EPLI Discrimination Claims,” PLUS International Conference, November 10, 2010
• “Real Stories from the Trenches,” January 1, 2008
• “The Devil is in the Emails: E-Discovery, EGADS!,” PLUS International Conference, November 7, 2007

Press Quotes

• “California companies don’t have to enforce employee breaks: State Supreme Court
decision clarifies employers’ obligations,” Inside Counsel, April 13, 2012
• “California Employers Must Give Workers Breaks, Court Rules,” Bloomberg News and San Francisco Business Times, April 12, 2012
• “Force Feeding,”HRE Daily, April 12, 2012

Memberships & Affiliations

  • California Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)


Representative Experience

  • Trial counsel in a breach of employment contract action in San Diego Superior Court that achieved a defense verdict.
  • Counsel in a binding arbitration related to sexual harassment, racial harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation case in which all of claimant’s claims were denied.
  • Achieved a defense verdict on a FEHA cause of action in a wrongful termination and retaliation case in San Bernardino Superior Court.
  • Trial counsel in a wrongful termination, violation of public policy and retaliation case at Santa Clara Superior Court where the verdict achieved was less than the plaintiff’s lowest settlement demand.
  • Assisted on several additional trials including a disability discrimination case in which a defense verdict was attained in Federal Court.