Our cases

January 7, 2018

psychologist says transgender advocacy led to demotion

Medina Orthwein represent State Prison Psychologist, Lori Jespersen, in her discrimination and whistleblower claims against the California Department of Corrections for exposing LGBTQ and Prisoner Abuse.


December 12, 2017

BET & Viacom SEttle discrimination suit with ex-programming head

May 4, 2017

Hollywood Executive, zola mashariki, Files Lawsuit Against Viacom, BET, and stephen hill.

Medina Orthwein represented the former BET executive in her claims against the media conglomerate.  Ms. Mashariki stated the discrimination she endured was rooted in mysoginistic culture.  

in the community

October 25, 2018

Felicia Medina Speaking on Equal Pay Class actions @ Harris Martin’s Women’s Issues in Litigation Conference - October 25, 2018, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

September 22, 2018

MEDINA ORTHWEIN LLP Volunteers at BALIF’s and the SF LGBT Center’s Community Legal Clinic

August 9, 2018


Medina Orthwein LLP is proud to endorse and support the National Prison Strike. The strike, which will take place from August 21 to September 9, 2018, was called in response to the April 15, 2018 violence at the Lee Correctional Institution and the inhumane conditions found in prisons throughout the United States.  For more information about the strike and how to get involved, please visit the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee’s website at https://incarceratedworkers.org/campaigns/prison-strike-2018.

February 6, 2018

Reentry Legal Services: Representing Former Prisoners in SSI Advocacy webinar

Jennifer Orthwein will be a panelist on this informative webinar, hosted by the Legal Aid Association of California.  The event will focus the mental health-related requirements for disability benefits eligibility, with particular applicability to certain vulnerable populations: prisoners who have been adversely impacted by solitary confinement and transgender prisoners who have been traumatized by their prison experience. The panelists will address special issues that may arise in working with these clients. The program will also describe how legal services providers can go into correctional facilities to prepare pre-release Social Security applications.  Please visit the Legal Aid Association of California website for more information.

October 13, 2017

empowered trans woman online summit

Jennifer Orthwein and Felicia Medina sit with host, Cassie Brighter, for a segment on protecting your rights in the workplace and understanding the internalization of employment discrimination and its effects on the psyche.  

October 10, 2017

{S}Heros: #Smashtheglass                                                            a conference for women in technology

Felicia Medina and Ella Zhang from Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP give keynote speech on creating an equitable work for women in technology at the Ohio conference.

September 28, 2017

Traiblazing Latina Alumna of Morrison Foerster

Felicia Medina joined Executive Director of the California Bar Foundation, Sonia Gonzales; Associate General Counsel at Uber Technologies, Angela Padilla; and the Hon. Maria Rivera, Associate Justice of the First District Court of Appeal for a panel on their experience in the legal field and their trajectory from their time at Morrison Foerster to their current roles. 

August 1, 2017

From the streets to the courts: fighting for lgbtq rights

The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center invited Felicia Medina to be part their brown bag lecture series to discuss innovative legal and grassroots strategies to defend and promote LGBTQ rights.

June 8, 2017

The Hundreds of seniors wait for an Application to be considered for Subsidized Housing in Oakland 

Jennifer Orthwein talks to ABC7 about witnessing the unbelievable lines.


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May 2, 2017

Felicia Medina, Jennifer Orthwein Announce Medina Orthwein LLP, a Civil Rights and Public Interest Law Firm in Oakland

Practice focused on employment discrimination, wage and hour, whistleblower protections and civil rights.