Billie Wenter

Billie D. Wenter

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Billie’s practice includes all aspects of employment compliance and litigation under federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Before specializing in employment law, Billie focused on complex business litigation and class action defense. She also has extensive experience in a variety of substantive areas, including business disputes, white collar criminal defense, consumer protection, intellectual property, and products liability. Prior to entering private practice, Billie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard C. Tallman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and to the Honorable Alicemarie H. Stotler, U.S. District Judge, Central District of California.

Practice Focus

Billie has significant experience defending a broad range of complex litigation matters in federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. Billie represents employers in single-plaintiff and collective-action matters, including wage and hour, harassment and discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination, unfair business practices, and trade secret disputes, before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and in arbitration and mediation. In addition, Billie’s practice includes counseling clients in litigation avoidance. She frequently assists employers with investigations, policy reviews, management training, and in settling and negotiating employment-related claims.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Senior member of team involved in conducting high-profile investigations into allegations of sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and retaliation and negotiating early resolution of pre-litigation matters for multinational company.

  • Senior member of defense litigation team that successfully defended national retailer in age discrimination arbitration.

  • Obtained summary judgment in disability discrimination and failure to accommodate matter for multinational company.

  • Obtained summary adjudication of gender discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent supervision claims for multinational company.

  • Obtained summary judgment for client on FMLA and CFRA claims for a staffing and outsourcing company.

  • Successfully defeated certification in consumer class action for multinational automotive company.

Professional Honors

  • Named, Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • Named, Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, San Francisco Magazine

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Labor and Employment Section, State Bar of California - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Labor and Employment Section and Litigation Section, Contra Costa Bar Association - Member
  • Northern California Employment Roundtable - President, 2017 - 2019


  • California~United States (2004)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit~United States
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California~United States
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California~United States
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California~United States
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California~United States


  • Loyola Law School (J.D.,, Dean's Scholarship Recipient, Order of the Coif) (2004)
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (B.A. Speech Communication) (2001)


  • English