Marija Kristich Decker
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Marija Kristich Decker
Ms. Decker is a partner in the firm's Pasadena office.
er practice encompasses both counseling and litigation in the areas of employee benefits, business, and employment law.
er clients include the Boards of Trustees of multi-employer Taft-Hartley Trust Funds, government agencies, and privately held businesses.
has extensive experience representing multi-employer trust funds in ERISA litigation concerning unpaid fringe benefit contributions, fiduciary issues, health and welfare plan issues, and benefit disputes.
also has in-depth knowledge of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders ("QDROs") governed by ERISA.
also routinely advises clients concerning HIPAA and COBRA issues.
has served as outside counsel for the County of Los Angeles
, representing the county in various employment related matters.
has represented the Fire Department and Department of Health Services before the Civil Service Commission
, Employee Relations Commission
, Department of Industrial Relations, and in state and federal courts.
serves as a trusted advisor counseling employers in day-to-day management and decision-making issues, such as terminations, reductions in force, hiring, prevention of harassment and discrimination, retaliation claims, wage and hour issues, disability discrimination and accommodation, training management, administrating leaves of absences, and health care reform implementation.
also prepares employee handbooks, employment and severance agreements, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, as well as independent contractor agreements.
Prior to joining the firm in September 2001, Ms. Decker served as a law clerk for the Honorable Edward J. Damich of the United States Court of Federal Claims, worked on Capitol Hill, and was the national coordinator/lobbyist for the National Federation of Croatian Americans in Washington, D.C.
is licensed to practice law in the states of California, New York, and Texas, and in the District of Columbia.
is admitted to practice in all of the United States District Courts in California, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims
, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
s. Decker is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, the Los Angeles County Bar and Pasadena Bar Associations, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and ProVisors.
n 2012, Ms. Decker
was named by Pasadena Magazine
as one of Pasadena's Top Attorneys in the area of Employment Law.
is very active in her
he serves as the Chairperson of the Palm Crest Elementary School Site Council, and is a member of the La Canada Unified School District (LCUSD) Curriculum Council and LCUSD Budget Committee.
also coaches softball and soccer.
Ms. Decker received her Juris Doctor degree from the Syracuse University College of Law where she was an associate editor of both theSyracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce and The Digest - The National Italian American Bar Association Law Journal.
he received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.