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Rose-Ellen Fairgrieve Principal


Rose-Ellen Fairgrieve Principal

Attorney Rose-Ellen Heinz Fairgrieve has been a practicing attorney in the public and private sector for over 20 years, with a primary focus on labor and employment law and municipal code enforcement. Her collective experience gives her a range of critical insight on workplace law and litigation defense.

A native San Franciscan, Rose-Ellen represented the City and County of San Francisco for 15 years as a Deputy City Attorney. As a member of the Labor and Employment team, she enforced the city’s labor laws and defended San Francisco against worker complaints and cases by representing its departments and employees.

As Supervising Attorney on the city’s Code Enforcement team, she managed a group of eight litigators and four staff, directing litigation and settlements in civil actions for violations of municipal and state laws by employers related to health, safety and unfair business practices.

Most recently, Rose-Ellen was of counsel in the Employment Practice group with the San Francisco office of Gordon and Rees, where she represented private entities in all types of employment litigation matters in state and federal court.

Rose-Ellen began her legal career as a judicial clerk for a federal judge in U.S. District Court in Michigan. Prior, she served the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, providing legal services to poor and low-income citizens, while studying for her J.D. at the University of Southern California Law Center, where she graduated in May 1995 with honors.

Rose-Ellen received her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Davis in 1992, also with honors.

When not working in law, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, watching the Giants, Warriors, 49ers and whatever sport her kids are playing that season.  Rose-Ellen and her family live in the West Portal neighborhood of San Francisco.