Virginia Villegas is the managing partner at Villegas/Carrera, LLP (formerly Talamantes Villegas Carrera, LLP). She received her B.A. cum laude from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles in and a J.D. from UC Hastings College of Law where she graduated from the Public Interest Law Program and received the 1995 Hastings Outstanding Student Leader Award.
After graduating from Hastings College of the Law she worked at La Raza Centro Legal, a community based non-profit organization until May 2001. As the Supervising Attorney of the Workers’ Advocacy Project, a project created to represent and educate Latino workers of their employment rights, she won significant victories for some of the most vulnerable and exploited workers such as day laborers, janitors, restaurant workers and domestic workers. She also developed training and curricular materials, in English and Spanish, to provide educational workshops to other attorneys, advocates, student volunteers, law student interns, and low-wage workers. While at La Raza Centro Legal, she also served as an instructor at San Francisco’s City College where she taught a bilingual Workers’ Rights and the Law course.
As the managing partner at Villegas/Carrera, LLP, she concentrates her practice on employment litigation including wage and hour claims, discrimination and harassment matters, and wrongful termination in violation of public policy. She also has substantial experience in representing groups of workers in wage and hour class actions and representative claims under the California Private Attorney General Act. She represents workers in both state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies, including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
She currently serves on the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San the Francisco Bay Area and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Young Women’s Development. She was also appointed to the Sweatfree Procurement Advisory Group by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and served on that Board for two years. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Center for Young Women’s Development, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, Discrimination Research Center and the Homeless Prenatal Program.