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Christina J.
Ro-Connolly

Partner

T. 925.212.4102

Christina (Tina) previously worked as an attorney advocating for employers. But she grew weary of the constant battles and noticed, when reviewing these matters, that there were often missed opportunities early on for mediation and communication.

She recognized the value of letting all parties be heard earlier in the process, addressing matters and seeking resolution before issues escalated. And, after overseeing many workplace investigations, she was intrigued by the role of a neutral investigator.

That interest, coupled with a stroke of perfect timing, brought her to the firm.

Experience

Tina has more than a decade of labor and employment law experience. Her investigations include allegations of discrimination and harassment, allegations of abusive conduct, sexual misconduct, retaliation and workplace misconduct.

She has handled investigations against high-level executives and elected officials. She has worked in both the public and private sectors.

Tina conducts Title IX investigations and is a Title IX hearing officer. She also leads sexual harassment prevention trainings and workplace investigation trainings.

Tina spent 11 years at the Contra Costa County Counsel’s Office, advising departments on labor and employment matters. This included representing departments in civil service hearings, arbitrations and before the Public Employment Relations Board.

Tina is a member of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the California Lawyers Association, a graduate of the AWI’s Training Institute for workplace investigators and a frequent trainer and presenter on employment law matters.

Outside the Office

Tina is passionate about dance, wine tasting, connecting with friends and family and spending time with her husband and three sons.   

 

“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”  — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Related Publications

Archived Publications

  • “Tips for Creating Virtual Anti-Harassment Training During the Pandemic,” SHRM, Co-Author, August 25, 2020
  • “Addressing the Elephant in the Room: The Impact of Race in Investigation,” The AWI Journal, Co-Author, June 2020

Related Events

2024 AWI Training Institute for Workplace Investigators | AWI - May 13 - 17, 2024
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Conducting Effective Investigations – May 1-2, 2024 | CALPELRA - May 1-2, 2024
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The Investigative Interview: Best Practices When Interacting with Third Persons | LexVid - On-Demand Video
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Resilience With Discretion: Knowing When Enough is Enough in Investigations | CALPELRA - November 17, 2023
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AWI 2023 Virtual Training Institute for Workplace Investigators | Association of Workplace Investigators - October 30 - November 10, 2023
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AWI 2023 Training Institute for Workplace Investigators – Orlando | Association of Workplace Investigators - August 21 - 25, 2023
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CALPELRA LEARN: Conducting Effective Investigations | California Public Employers Labor Relations Association - May 3 - 4, 2023
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2022 New Employment Practitioner Conference | California Lawyers Association - January 20 - 21, 2022
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CALPELRA Annual Conference 2022 | California Public Employers Labor Relations Association - November 14 - 18, 2022
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IAWBH Conference Session: Recent Trends in Investigating Workplace Bullying & Harassment Complaints | International Association on Workplace Bullying & Harassment - September 20 - 24, 2022
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Practical Tips When Partnering with Outside Investigators | League of California Cities - May 4 - 6, 2022
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Abusive Conduct/Bullying in the Workplace — What it is, What it Isn’t, and Why a Civil Workplace Matters | California Lawyers Association - July 14 - 15, 2022
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CALPELRALearn Presents Conducting Effective Investigations | CALPELRA - May 24 - 25, 2022
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CALPELRA’s 2021 Annual Training Conference | CALPELRA - November 16 - 19, 2021
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AWI Conference in Denver, CO | Association of Workplace Investigators - October 14 - 15, 2021
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Intersectionality: What is It and Why Does it Matter to Investigations? | California Lawyers Association - April 22 - 23, 2021
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Pathways to Careers in Employment and Labor Law | California Lawyers Association - April 7, 2021
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AWI Virtual Institute | Association of Workplace Investigators - April 5 - 16, 2021
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Berkeley Law Sexual Harassment in Education Conference | Berkeley Law - January 29 - 30, 2021
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Common Ethics & Bias Issues in Employment Law | California Lawyers Association - January 20 - 21, 2021
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CALPELRA 2020 Virtual Conference | CALPELRA - November 16 - 20, 2020
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Association of Workplace Investigators 2020 Virtual Conference | Association of Workplace Investigators - November 5 - 6, 2020
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Archived Events

  • “Implicit Bias and How It Impacts HR & Investigations,” CalGovHR Conference & Expo, presenter, March 2020
  • “Resolving Interpersonal Workplace Conflict,” CALPELRA, presenter, November 2019
  • “The Impact of the #MeToo Movement on Employment Laws, Investigations, Practices, Policies, and Litigation,” CLA Annual Meeting, presenter, November 2019
  • “Comparative Methods for Harassment Prevention,” Berkeley Law’s International Summit: Globalization of the #MeToo Movement, panelist, May 2019
  • “Workplace Investigations: How the DFEH Wants It Done,” CALPELRA, presenter, November 2018
  • “The Impact of #MeToo on Workplace Investigations,” Berkeley Law’s International Summit: Globalization of the #MeToo Movement, panelist, May 2018
  • California Lawyers Association, Labor and Employment Section, Executive Committee
    • Executive Committee, Vice Chair 2023 – present
    • New Employment Practitioner Conference, 2022 co-chair; 2023 chair
  • Association of Workplace Investigators Institute Committee, member
  • Christina Ro-Connolly Named Vice Chair of CLA Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Committee
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  • Oppenheimer Investigations Group Launches
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  • Tips for Creating Virtual Anti-Harassment Training During the Pandemic
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Education

Loyola Law School, J.D.

University of California, San Diego; B.A.

Areas of Expertise

Investigations

Title IX

Trainings

Climate Surveys & Assessments

Admission

State Bar of California

Credentials

AWI-CH