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Rowena Santos represents clients facing a diverse range of business and commercial disputes in state and federal courts across California, including arbitrations, as well as provides day-to-day counseling to employers on a variety of human resource matters, such as exempt/non-exempt classification, sexual harassment, leave of absence, and employee hiring, discipline and termination. As a litigator with more than 17 years of experience, Rowena develops and executes individualized litigation strategies. She has broad litigation experience in the defense of employers in litigation matters including breach of contract, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and class wage and hour, as well as in the other areas of corporate and partnership disputes, contract disputes, real estate, intellectual property, breach of fiduciary duty, embezzlement, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Telephone Consumer Protection Act, products liability, and landlord tenant disputes.


  • Business litigation
  • Employment law
  • Real estate and construction litigation
  • Consumer litigation
  • Complex consumer warranty actions
  • Multidistrict litigation (MDL)



  • General Counsel, Kittrich Corporation, 2004-2005

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, 2018


  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara, 1996
  • California