Regina A. Petty

Regina A. Petty is the Chief Diversity Officer and a partner in the San Diego and Los Angeles offices of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm. Ms. Petty’s practice combines counseling employers, workplace investigations, and defense of employment and business litigation. She practices in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate court levels across the country. She is experienced in multi-district, class action, and mass-tort litigation.

Ms. Petty’s trial and appellate experience includes employment, business, and product liability cases. She successfully argued Jones v. The Lodge at Torrey Pines Partnership (2008) 42 Cal.4th 1158 before the California Supreme Court which was noted on Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin’s top ten list of most significant cases and trends in recognition of the Fair Employment and Housing Act’s 50th anniversary in 2009. Ms. Petty was the 1995 President of the San Diego County Bar Association. Her professional distinctions include the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Top 75 Women Litigators in California and the San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Ten Attorneys in Business Litigation, as well as in Labor and Employment. She is a recipient of the San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award, the YWCA’s Tribute to Women in Industry Award, and the San Diego Lawyers Club’s 2019 Belva Lockwood Award. She was profiled in in the inaugural edition of San Diego Super Lawyers.

Ms. Petty authored the article “The EEOC’s Recent Agenda on Work-Faith Conflicts” published by Bloomberg Law Reports – Labor & Employment Vol. 4, No. 31 (2010). She is the co-author of the book chapter “Workplace Violence – From an Employer’s Perspective” in Stalkers, Stalking and Their Victims: Prevention, Intervention, Case Management, Investigation and Threat Assessment (CRC Press 2001). Ms. Petty is a frequent speaker on legal issues and diversity topics for national and local programs.

Ms. Petty is a past member of the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She was the 2008-2010 chair of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s (IADC) CLE Committee and is a former member of the board of the IADC Foundation. She was a Master in the Louis Welsh American Inn of Court and a past faculty member for the American Bar Association (ABA) TIPS Trial Academy and for the IADC Trial Academy. Ms. Petty graduated from Stanford Law School in 1982. She received her undergraduate degree in economics at Stanford University in 1979 and served on the ASSU Council of Presidents. She received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from California Western School of Law in 1995.

Ms. Petty is a member of the Board of Directors of Sharp Healthcare. She chairs the Litigation Committee, is a member of the Audit and Quality Committee, and serves in the office of Secretary. Ms. Petty is also a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chapter of the American Heart Association. In addition, she is a Red Coat Committee Member for the San Diego Bowl Game Association which produces the Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl. She is a past member of the Board and Executive Committee of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.