Employment Law

Jennifer Duffy | Attorney



About: Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UCLA and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco. In college, she wrote for the Daily Bruin newspaper. During law school, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, as a Judicial Extern with the Supreme Court of California, as Vice President of the Student Body, and as a Public Interest Law Scholar. She returned to her home town of Santa Barbara in 1999 as an attorney and became a Partner at her firm in 2008.

Jennifer loves what she does and enjoys helping people. She says that her favorite part of her work as an employment law attorney is to help companies solve problems. Her favorite part of her work as a family law attorney is to help her clients to a place of empowerment, ready for their next chapter.

Jennifer also loves giving back to the community. She is on many local boards, and she also volunteers weekly in town for the Dream Foundation's Flower Empower program and other events and programs. In 2016, she was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award from the President of the United States for her volunteer work (separate from her board work). She was also named one of the Top 50 Women in Business in the tri-counties for 2017 by the Pacific Coast Business Times.

Specialties: Jennifer has two distinct practice areas: employment law (mostly on the management side) and family law. When asked which she does more of and which she enjoys more, she comments, "My work in each field ebbs and flows, but it is pretty even, over time. I love them both. They keep me balanced and focused."

Quote: "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." —Unknown

Connect: Contact Jennifer at JDuffy@fmam.com or (805) 963-0755, or visit her website below!

member since october 2017

Kristi Rothschild | Attorney & Partner


About: Kristi began working in the legal industry in 1996 as a legal secretary and was inspired to attend law school. As a result, she has been a practicing lawyer since 2002. 

Her focus of practice is employment law. For Kristi, it's a very personal practice, sometimes as much as family law. She notes that we often define ourselves by our careers. It is how we introduce ourselves - by our title rather than our family structure. When something happens in our workplace, it is deeply personal. Kristi's job is to help employees understand what is and what is not illegal and to help them move forward either way. In this way, she tries to make a positive difference each day. 

Specialties: Kristi handles class action wage and hour claims with anywhere from 10 to 100,000 employees. These are typically document and data-intensive matters. She challenges illegal practices and policies that have intended or unintended negative consequences on workers. 

In addition, she focuses on individual claims of discrimination and harassment which most often occur together. Most of her cases concern sex/gender, or gender identity discrimination or harassment. She also handles claims of religious discrimination, disability discrimination, age discrimination, and similar matters.

Quote: “Inspire someone to be inspired. It's the best compliment you can receive."

Connect: Contact Kristi at kristi@ralegal.com or at (805) 845-1190, or visit her website below!

member since november 2017