CONTACTS

Tel: 619-573-4488
tdow@ddwklaw.com

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Business Advisement & Risk Management
Employment Litigation
Business Litigation

EDUCATION

Suffolk University Law School, Juris Doctorate, 2011
University of Maine, B.A. Political Science, B.A. Public Management, 2007

Ms. Dow’s practice focuses on advising clients on employment law and litigating labor, employment and workers’ compensation matters throughout the state of California. Her goal is always to construct the best possible resolution on behalf of each client whether it be preventative counseling, an innovative and cost-effective early resolution, or aggressive litigation.

With a hands-on, roll up the sleeves approach, Teagan works directly with clients to provide guidance and proactive advice regarding wage and hour issues, disability/leave management, and preventative counseling geared toward minimizing potential risk. Teagan also works with clients to draft, implement, audit and update custom employee handbooks and employment policies and procedures that reflect each business’s corporate culture and complies with applicable state and federal laws.

A native New Englander, Teagan attended the University of Maine in Orono, Maine where she was captain of the University of Maine women’s rugby team. Teagan then earned her law degree from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she competed as an advocate on Suffolk’s nationally ranked trial team, earning an invitation to the prestigious Tournament of Champions hosted by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

Professional Sports

Teagan has represented professional athletes in the State of California in workers compensation actions and collaborated on NFL concussion litigation and injured player grievance actions with the NFLPA. Teagan has also provided advice and counsel to a variety of NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL teams and their insurers regarding workers compensation, injury cases and employment-related disputes.

Breweries and Food Service Industry

Teagan’s experience includes providing employment counseling to clients in California’s boutique craft beer and food service industries. This includes serving in an advisory capacity regarding reductions in labor force, providing harassment and discrimination trainings, as well as assistance complying with ever-changing wage and hour requirements by the U.S. Department of Labor as well as the California Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement. She has also drafted numerous custom employee handbooks, employment agreements, and workplace policies and procedures for these uniquely California businesses.

Employment and Labor Litigation

Teagan has defended employers and supervisors in both state and federal court, before the California Labor Commissioner and EEOC, as well as in arbitration proceedings, against claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, defamation, violation of privacy rights, and violation of wage and hour laws. She has also defended lawsuits involving Labor Code violations, including failure to provide meal and rest periods, unpaid overtime, failure to reimburse employees’ business expenses, and unfair business practices.

Workers’ Compensation

Teagan has experience with Workers’ Compensation proceedings of all types defending and counseling self-insured employers, third party administrators, and insurance carriers.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Assisted in the resolution of a complex coverage dispute regarding the asset-only sale of a Major League Baseball franchise, which involved claims for millions of dollars in workers compensation and injured worker benefits.
  • Successfully obtained defense judgment in favor of client at trial where court found no jurisdiction over employee based on lack of sufficient contacts within the state of California
  • Successfully obtained defense judgment in favor of client at trial where court found no jurisdiction over employee based on lack of sufficient contacts within the state of California
  • Represented nationwide insurance carrier and obtained dismissals of dozens of professional athlete claims based on lack of coverage and jurisdiction
  • Provided ongoing advice, counsel, and representation to California-based branches of International Non-Governmental Organization globally known for its environmental activism in employment-related claims

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School, Juris Doctorate, 2011
  • University of Maine, B.A. Political Science, B.A. Public Management, 2007

Admissions

  • All Courts of the State of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California

Memberships

  • The State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club

Presentations

  • Since 2012, Teagan has lectured and spoken across the state of California on a variety of topics including recent developments in employment and workers compensation law, best practices for workplace accommodations under the FEHA, FMLA, and ADA. Teagan has presented numerous webinars on employment law topics involving employee social media liability exposure, prescription and recreational drugs in the workplace, harassment and discrimination prevention and sensitivity training.