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Email: wmotooka@rhplawyers.com

Wendy specializes in civil litigation, primarily in the areas of public entity defense (government tort claims and Section 1983 actions) and employment law. She earned her J.D. at the University of the California, Davis School of Law in 2004 where she was a member of Order of the Coif, and served as Executive Editor of the UC Davis Law Review. Wendy is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District, the Northern District, and the Central District, and in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before joining Rivera Hewitt Paul LLP, Wendy was with the Cregger & Chalfant firm from 2007 to 2018, practicing in the areas of public entity defense, employment law, and railroad defense. From 2004 to 2007, while at the firm of Brian Taugher P.C., Wendy did litigation and transactional work primarily involving the False Claims Act and government contracting.

Wendy also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and prior to entering the legal profession, taught English and American literature for approximately 10 years at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.