Arlene Prater

Partner

Tel: (619) 525-1334

Location(s)

At a Glance

Arlene provides advice, training, litigation representation and investigative services to employers.

She provides legal services to large and small nonprofits.

Arlene also advises public and private employers on all aspects of personnel management.
 

Arlene Prater was a founding partner of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s San Diego Office in 1993. She has almost 40 years of experience representing public and private employers in all aspects of employment and labor matters. She is a leading California attorney in employment law, providing advice, training, litigation representation and investigative services to a wide range of employers. Arlene also focuses on representing higher education institutions in the many legal issues facing these entities, including Title IX matters and faculty, student and staff discipline and complaints. She also advises nonprofits on their unique legal issues. She is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group, a regular speaker at legal conferences, and involved with various legal and nonprofit organizations.

Employment and Labor Work
Arlene represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor law matters throughout California. Arlene’s first 11 years of employment were as deputy county counsel for the County of San Diego, representing the County and school districts in employment litigation. Her public employment law work then continued at a private San Diego firm, before she joined BB&K. She now represents both public and private employers in virtually every type of employment lawsuit involving federal and state rights and obligations of employees and employers. This includes discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination claims, failure to accommodate disability claims, leave claims, First Amendment and privacy challenges, retirement benefit issues, collective bargaining issues, wage and hour claims and class actions, and many other legal claims at the administrative, state and federal court levels and on appeal.

Arlene also advises public and private employers on all aspects of personnel management, including employee discipline and grievance matters, employee handbooks and contracts, wage and hour issues, workplace safety and violence issues, drug and alcohol issues, personnel policies, and compliance with the many constantly changing state and federal employment laws, including discrimination laws, the Family Leave Acts, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Employment Investigations
Arlene has an extensive background in conducting investigations for employers on a wide variety of employment-related issues. She is a certified Title IX investigator through the Association of Title IX Administrators. She has experience in Title IX investigations at all stages of the proceedings. Investigations have involved potential criminal misconduct, threats, discrimination, harassment and retaliation, exercise of protected rights, misuse of public property and many other types of alleged misconduct that could lead to disciplinary action, among other consequences.

Colleges
Arlene is also a leading authority on providing advice and litigation services to private and public colleges on the wide range of issues involving governing boards, students, faculty and staff. This includes all aspects of Title IX matters, student discipline, student and faculty rights, faculty tenure and review issues, faculty grievances and discipline, ADA compliance, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act and many other legal issues. She also litigates on behalf of colleges in judicial and administrative proceedings.

Nonprofits
Arlene provides legal services to large and small nonprofits on the unique legal issues facing them, including contracts, volunteers, ADA compliance, liability and employment. She also serves on nonprofit boards.

Arlene was a State Bar of California Labor and Employment Law Executive Committee Board Member for three years, and is now an Advisor to the Executive Committee. She regularly conducts human resources trainings for clients and is a frequent speaker at employment law seminars for attorneys and human resource professionals on a wide range of current personnel issues throughout the state. Arlene is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A.


Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management, 2016-2019
  • San Diego Super Lawyers, Labor and Employment, for many years including 2014-2018
  • San Diego Daily Transcript Influential Women in Business, 2017
  • San Diego Magazine Top Lawyers List, 2016, 2018
  • San Diego Magazine Spotlight on Women, 2014

 

  • Serving Seniors, Board member
  • San Diego Botanic Garden, Board member 
  • San Diego County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section
  • State Bar of California Labor & Employment Law Section
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Lawyers Club
  • California Public Employers Labor Relations Association
  • Public Employer Labor Relations Association of California
  • National Public Employer Relations Association
  • International Public Management Association for Human Resources

 

BB&K Webinar Dec 13, 2018

Annual Labor & Employment Update

BB&K Free Webinar

[WEBINAR] Annual Labor & Employment Update
Videos Dec 13, 2018

[WEBINAR] Annual Labor & Employment Update

BB&K Webinar

Event Dec 3-7, 2018

CALPELRA Annual Conference 2018

The California Public Employers Labor Relations Association

Best Lawyers in America Lists 27 BB&K Attorneys for 2019
Press Releases Aug 21, 2018

Best Lawyers in America Lists 27 BB&K Attorneys for 2019

Representing a Variety of Practice Areas

San Diego Super Lawyers 2018
Press Releases Apr 13, 2018

San Diego Super Lawyers 2018

Five BB&K Attorneys Recognized on Annual List

[WEBINAR] Labor & Employment Law: What Changed in 2017
Videos Jan 9, 2018

[WEBINAR] Labor & Employment Law: What Changed in 2017

BB&K Free Webinar

BB&K Event Jan 9, 2018

Labor & Employment Law: What Changed in 2017

BB&K Free Webinar

Event Dec 4-8, 2017

Embracing A World Of Difference

CALPELRA 42nd Annual Training Conference

BB&K Attorneys Appointed to State Bar of California Committees
Press Releases Oct 4, 2017

BB&K Attorneys Appointed to State Bar of California Committees

Public, Labor & Employment, Environmental and Insolvency Law Sections

22 BB&K Attorneys  Earn Spot on Best Lawyers in America 2018 List
Press Releases Aug 15, 2017

22 BB&K Attorneys Earn Spot on Best Lawyers in America 2018 List

Two Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

BB&K Ranks No. 23 on San Diego Business Journal Top Law Firms List
Press Releases May 9, 2017

BB&K Ranks No. 23 on San Diego Business Journal Top Law Firms List

San Diego Office Continues to Advance Up the List

Press Releases Feb 22, 2017

Partner Arlene Prater Named One of San Diego’s Most Influential Women in Business

San Diego Daily Transcript Recognizes Women for Impacts in Their Fields

Press Releases Jan 20, 2017

San Diego Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017

Congratulations to the BB&K Attorneys Recognized for their Work

[WEBINAR] Annual Labor & Employment Update 2016
Videos Dec 9, 2016

[WEBINAR] Annual Labor & Employment Update 2016

New Legislation and Case Law Impacting California Employers

BB&K Event Dec 8, 2016

BB&K Webinar: Annual Labor & Employment Update 2016

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. PT | Webinar

Event Nov 1-4, 2016

Play Hard. Play Fair. Play Together.

CALPELRA 2016 41st Annual Training Conference

Event Sep 27-29, 2016

2016 PELRAC Annual Conference

Public Employer Labor Relations Association of California

Press Releases Aug 15, 2016

20 BB&K Attorneys Make Best Lawyers in America 2017 List

Two Named Lawyers of the Year

BB&K Partner Arlene Prater Among San Diego Best Lawyers for 2016
Press Releases Apr 28, 2016

BB&K Partner Arlene Prater Among San Diego Best Lawyers for 2016

SD Metro Magazine’s List Includes the BB&K San Diego Office Managing Partner

Event Feb 9, 2016

Labor & Employment Law Update

Association of Legal Administrators San Diego Chapter

Press Releases Jan 26, 2016

Seven BB&K Attorneys Recognized by 2016 San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine

Five Partners on Super Lawyers List, Two Additional Attorneys on the Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

BB&K Event Dec 10, 2015

BB&K Webinar: Annual Labor & Employment Update 2015

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. PT | Webinar

Event Nov 19, 2015

Lawyers Club Monthly Luncheon

Lawyers Club of San Diego

Press Releases Aug 17, 2015

19 BB&K Attorneys Included on the 2016 Best Lawyers in America List

Partner Iris Yang and Of Counsel Joseph Coomes Selected as Lawyers of the Year

Press Releases Mar 4, 2015

Six BB&K Attorneys Named Top Lawyers in San Diego

San Diego Magazine Picks Attorneys from a Variety of Practices for its List

Press Releases Jan 22, 2015

Six BB&K Attorneys in San Diego Included on the 2015 List of San Diego Super Lawyers or Super Lawyer

Congratulations to These Attorneys

BB&K Event Dec 10, 2014

BB&K Webinar: Labor & Employment Update 2014

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. PT | Webinar

Event Oct 15, 2014

Advanced Issues in Discipline and Layoffs and DFEH Complaints

CALPELRA