Elizabeth Roth focuses exclusively on employment law, advising individual and corporate clients on a wide range of issues and keeping them informed about the frequent changes in California statutes.  She provides a broad range of employment-related legal services including drafting, review and implementation of employment policies; compliance review and planning for federal and state law requirements; advising on hiring, severance, reductions in force and general termination issues; alternative dispute resolution; and participation in proceedings before such state and federal agencies as the California Labor Commissioner, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Employment Development Department, and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Ms. Roth works collaboratively with her clients, providing preventive counseling in connection with issues that arise in the employment law arena, including hiring and discipline, employee relations, reasonable accommodation matters, employment terminations, independent contractor classification, wage and hour concerns, severance negotiations, and exempt/nonexempt classifications.

In addition to her employment counseling practice, Ms. Roth also has extensive experience with handling confidential investigations of workplace issues for employers.  She has been retained numerous times by Human Resources executives, Boards of Directors and Corporate Governance Committees as a neutral third party attorney investigator.

In 2016, Ms. Roth was selected to participate in the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University.  More information about the Stanford DCI 2016 program is available at this link:


Recent matters include:

  • Advising a public company regarding a reduction-in-force in California and other states
  • Conducting five confidential investigations for California employers
  • Updating numerous leave-of-absence policies in light of California’s new statute, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014
  • Drafting commission plans for clients, in accordance with California’s recently amended statute relating to payment of commissions
  • Negotiation of executive severance agreements

Other Professional Activities

She has written over 50 articles on employment law issues and other developments in the legal profession.   Her articles have appeared in a variety of publications such as The Recorder, The Daily Journal, California Lawyer, The American Journal of Legal History, Ms. Magazine, Commercial Law Journal, and Business Lawyer Update.  Many of her articles and speaking engagements have also explored various aspects of the growing presence of women in the legal profession.  She contributed a chapter to the American Bar Association Section of Law Practice Management book Breaking Traditions: Work Alternatives for Lawyers and her articles were included and cited in The Woman Advocate, a publication of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation.  For 11 years, she served as an editor of the American Bar Association’s Litigation News, for which she wrote articles six times per year; for 10 years she served on the Board of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley.

Selected Publications

  • A Presumption in Favor of ‘California’ Employers, Law 360, November 26, 2014, co-authored with GCA law partner Barbara Tanzillo
  • Courts Split on Overtime for Pharmaceutical Reps, Daily Business Review, August 25, 2011, co-authored with GCA law partner Bob Luckinbill
  • ‘Love and Other Drugs’ in Real Life, Law360, April 18, 2011, co-authored with GCA law partner Bob Luckinbill
  • Sonia Sotomayor and Roger Traynor: The Job Interviews, The Judges’ Journal, Winter 2010
  • Season’s Greetings and Legal Challenges, The Daily Journal, November 24, 2010, co-authored with GCA law partner Barbara Tanzillo
  • The Complications of Overtime Exemption Laws in a Service Economy, Daily Journal, January 26, 2010, co-authored with GCA law partner Barbara Tanzillo
  • Women as cross-Examiners: Remember Mom? Litigation News, July 1998
  • The Civil Rights History of “Sex,” Ms. March/April 1993, reprinted in the college textbook Issues in Feminism: An Introduction to Women’s Studies

Professional Background

Ms. Roth joined GCA Law Partners LLP in 1990, as its third attorney and partner.  Prior to GCA, she was a litigator in the employment law group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California.

Before attending law school, she was an Assistant Professor of English at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an Instructor in English at the University of Washington in Seattle.   She also lived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and taught English at Haile Selassie I University.


She earned her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, her Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Washington, and her B.A. in English from Cornell University.  When working on her Ph.D. dissertation, she was a Postgraduate Recognized Student at Oxford University.