Carina Novell helps companies navigate complex California employment laws and defends both single-plaintiff and complex class action lawsuits.

Areas of Practice

Carina focuses her practice on labor and employment law matters, as well as advising and representing management clients. Carina handles various types of employment litigation, including wage and hour class actions, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and harassment lawsuits.

She works regularly with companies in the food and beverage industry. She also assists companies in the Healthcare and Retail space.

Carina serves as a mentor for the University of San Diego Women’s Law Caucus and is actively involved in the firm’s Women Lawyers Group.



Wage and Hour

  • Defends complex class actions, identifying creative solutions to fend off inappropriate class petitions
  • Defends Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) lawsuits, analyzing the best possible strategies for each situation
  • Obtaining stays on later-file copy-cat class and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) actions

Single Plaintiff Discrimination Claims

  • Obtains dismissals of actions on motions for summary judgment
  • Taking and defending depositions
  • Enforcing arbitration agreements

Advice and Counseling

  • Advises management on wage-and-hour issues and the discipline and termination processes
  • Reviews and prepares employee handbooks and other employment-related document
  • Conducts comprehensive audits to identify potential violations



J.D., University of California, Davis, 2019

B.S./B.A., Saint Mary's College of California, 2016, summa cum laude


  • Judicial extern for the Hon. Russell L. Hom, Sacramento Superior Court


  • California 
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