Wendy Musell has made a career of holding employers accountable when they violate worker’s civil rights. Since 1999, she has dedicated herself to representing employees in wage theft, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and whistleblower actions. She is a recognized expert in representing federal, state and other public employees, including many high-profile whistleblowers who have called out government corruption.
Wendy is a recognized leader in California representing employees and their interests, including serving as a member of the board and past President of the California Employment Lawyers Association. CELA is a statewide organization of over 1,200 California attorneys who devote the major portion of their practices to representing employees in individual employment cases and class actions. Wendy remains very active in legislative and education efforts on behalf of workers. In 2018, Wendy was honored, along with four other colleagues, with the “Strike Force 5” award for their initiative in pressing for sweeping legislative change to California’s sexual harassment laws.
The Daily Journal named Wendy as Top 75 Labor and Employment Lawyer in California in 2020. In 2019, she was named as one of the Top 100 Women Attorneys in California by Northern California Super Lawyer Magazine, which has also honored her as a Super Lawyer for multiple years. She has also been named in 2019 and 2020 as a top 100 national trial attorney by National Trial Lawyers. Since 2016, she was named among the top ten percent of attorneys in the United States, according to “Lawyers of Distinction,” which is published bi-annually in USA Today and the New York Times. She was also named as a member of the Top 500 Plaintiff’s employment in the nation by LawDragon in 2019 and 2020.
Additionally, Wendy is a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows comprise a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Fellows are recommended by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.
Many important legal organizations have called on Wendy to speak or present at conferences on topics central to the practice of employment law, including employment discrimination, the rights of federal employees, disability rights, and sexual harassment. Her recent appearances include presentations to Consumers Attorneys of Los Angeles, Alameda County Bar Association, San Mateo County Bar Association, the U.S. EEOC’s Technical Assistance Program, CELA, and Golden Gate University School of Law. She has also served as an adjunct professor for the University of San Francisco School of Law as part of a clinical education course concerning employment law.
Wendy’s commitment to civil rights and pro bono legal representation of people living with HIV earned her the Hero Award from the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. CELA also awarded her a Leadership Award for her continued service on behalf of workers.
When Wendy is not at work (and sometimes when she is), you’ll find her walking her chocolate labs, reading books, hanging out with her troublesome and equally terrific teenagers and attempting to talk her family into some sort of adventure.