Sandra R McCandless

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Practice Areas

Represents employers in litigation/disputes; wage and hour, restrictive covenants, discipline/termination, contracts/policies, mergers/acquisitions/corporate restructuring; all aspects of union/management relations. Clients include multinational and US companies, government contractors and Native American tribes. Long track record of employment case victories.


Dentons Partner; Named Best Lawyers, Employment Law - Management; Named “Top Labor & Employment Lawyer," by Daily Journal; Awarded Commendation for High Quality Performance by National Labor Relations Board, Appellate Court Litigation; Named Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business; Recipient of American Bar Association Liberty Achievement Award for enhancing diversity in the legal profession.

Professional Memberships

College of Labor and Employment; American Employment Law Council; American Arbitration Association Arbitrator; Early Neutral Evaluator for US District Court for the Northern District of California; American Bar Association Board of Governors/House of Delegates; Inter-Pacific Bar Association; National Native American Bar Association Foundation.


Author, “California's Employment Regulatory Scheme: PAGA in Wake of Epic Systems,” International Law Office, June 26, 2019

Co-editor, "Sexual Harassment and Retaliation: A Practical Handbook for Plaintiff and Defense," American Bar Association, Spring 2019

Author, “Mediations and Releases,” Practitioner's Guide to Defense of Employment Practices Liability Claims, Fourth Edition, 2018


Georgetown University Law Center; Harvard College, with Honors.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Board of Trustees.