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The Law Office of Carmela J. Woll, in Santa Cruz, California, is home to an employee and employer rights lawyer with a personal edge. In our fast-paced society, the word "business" may often feel like code for "impersonal," but we take employer-employee conflict seriously and ensure business needs and career interests are never swept aside.

Law Office Carmela J. Woll

At the Law Office of Carmela J. Woll, we believe in representing the people behind the businesses. Whether you are the owner of a small business or a working-class wage earner, these needs and interests are personal matters that directly affect your livelihood. That's why our efficient and reliable legal representation is aimed at meeting your personal goals above all else.

Our goal is to effectively translate our knowledge of the complexities of employment law into terms, conditions, and options that meet your individual needs. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants in employment law matters, including:

• Wage & Hour Claims
• Payroll Disputes & Exemption Issues

• Contract Disputes
• Wrongful Termination Cases

• Unemployment Insurance Claims (EDD)

Attorney Carmela Woll not only has the legal knowledge but also the razor-sharp business sense to help her clients in a unique way. She draws on both her professional and personal experiences to better aid the interests of all her clients.

Carmela Jean Woll, Esq.

Carmela Jean Woll, Esq.

Areas of Practice:

  • 100% Employment Law
    • Workplace Investigations
    • Title IX Investigations
    • Administrative Hearings & Adjudication
      (Labor Commissioner & E.D.D.)
    • Transactions
    • Employment Contracts 
    • Wage & Hour Laws 
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Policy and Handbook Drafting and Review

      Civil Right Investigator - Level 1


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    J.D. - 2005
  • University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California
    M.S. - 1997
    Major: Marine Science
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, California
    B.A. - 1990
    Major: Biology

Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association, Member
  • Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County, Member
  • State Bar, Employment & Labor Law Section, Member
  • Association of Workplace Investigators, Member
  • ATIXA (Association of Title IX Administrators), Member

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2008

Pro Bono Activities:

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County - Advocate of Foster Children
  • Senior Citizens Legal Services - Member of Board of Directors
  • Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center- Board President & Chair
  • Arts Council of Santa Cruz County - Grants Panelist

Recent Publications:

"Practical Considerations for Employing Private Household Caregivers" in Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin No. 207. June 2016, Co-Authored by Robert Nuddleman (E-book ISBN: 978-0-3271-6747-1)