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  Candice Jackson
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Candice Jackson is a partner in FMG’s San Rafael (Marin County) and San Francisco offices. She is chair of the Firm’s Education Team and also practices in the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law and Government Law Sections. She is one of the country’s foremost education and employment law attorneys, having formerly served as Deputy General Counsel, and Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, in the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Prior to serving in Washington, D.C. Ms. Jackson lived and practiced in Washington State, representing clients in Washington, Oregon, and California in business, employment, and civil rights litigation, advice, and counseling.

In those roles working directly with the Secretary of Education, she developed federal regulations focused on sex discrimination and sexual harassment in schools, colleges, and universities, applicable to students and employees, and supervised hundreds of administrative enforcement investigations under federal civil rights laws.

As Chair of the Firm’s Education team, Ms. Jackson leads an interdisciplinary group of over 20 attorneys nationwide who represent universities, private schools and colleges, charter schools, and local school districts in a myriad of legal matters confronting educational institutions and governing bodies including representation in private litigation and government agency investigations under Title IX (sex and gender identity discrimination, including sexual harassment and assault), Title VI (race, color, national origin discrimination including disparate impact claims and affirmative action policies), Title VII (employment discrimination and Equal Pay Act claims by teachers and faculty, and ADA (disability discrimination including website accessibility claims), IDEA and special education, free speech, Section 1983, funding, accreditation, student discipline, FERPA, and related privacy laws, tenure denials, governance disputes, school safety plans, and tort issues.

Ms. Jackson also brings her substantial government and private practice experience to handle all types of employment law disputes including discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes, and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) representative actions. Also, her practice includes advice and counsel to employers on California, Oregon, and Washington state laws, as well as federal employment laws and regulations, including strategic advice regarding employment policies, handbooks, agreements, best practices for conducting investigations, engaging in the interactive process, and disciplining or terminating employees. 

As a seasoned business litigator and advisor, Ms. Jackson also represents a variety of clients in a range of commercial litigation and transactional matters ranging from restaurants to authors and musicians. Ms. Jackson’s representation of medical clinics, dental clinics, veterinary clinics, and professionals in such health care industries, has included advice and representation in state licensing board proceedings, serving as personal counsel to the insured in professional liability and employment practices litigation, and defense of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and similar tort claims.

Ms. Jackson’s experiences in private practice and government service give her keen insight and dedication to helping educational institutions, and employers in other industries, navigate the complex and evolving legal and regulatory landscape of today’s challenging climate.

Ms. Jackson is a graduate of Stanford University and received her law degree from Pepperdine University. In her spare time, she chases after girl-boy twins, Madelyn and Zachary, and enjoys playing and watching women’s sports including basketball, softball, and soccer.

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