Mary-Alice Coleman received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law in 1980. She also is an honors graduate with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from California State University, Chico.
After practicing law in the public sector for over 20 years, Mary-Alice founded Law Offices of Mary-Alice Coleman, P.C. in 2003. Having been a whistleblower herself, Mary-Alice concentrates on employment and civil rights matters, as well as personal injury law. Her clients come from both the public and private sectors. Mary-Alice’s legal experience includes working with various government agencies: the California Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Personnel Administration, the California State Personnel Board, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Department of Industrial Relations, the Judicial Council of California, the State Bar of California, the University of California, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Mary-Alice’s experience also includes legislative advocacy, administrative adjudication, and neighborhood and local government advocacy. In addition to various legal works, Mary-Alice has authored and edited consumer law and self-help publications. She was the co-author of the Consumer Law Sourcebook for Small Claims Judicial Officers (California Department of Consumer Affairs, 1985, 1988, and 1991). She co-drafted the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act (1988) and the California Small Claims Act (1991, 1992). She also conducted a workshop regarding the ‘California Task Force on the Futures of the Court’ at the Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution workshop, 1992.
Mary-Alice is admitted to the bars of California and the United States District Court for the Eastern District. She served on Chief Justice Lucas’ Future of the Courts Commission. She is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, the California State Bar Labor and Employment Section, the Sacramento County Bar Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Section, the Sacramento County Bar Administrative Law Section, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Sacramento County Bar Association, the Yolo County Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California National Organization for Women, and the Sacramento Women Lawyers Association. Mary-Alice is also a trained mediator for the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Dianne Schaumburg is an attorney who advises and represents employees in a wide range of civil and administrative proceedings, with a special focus on employment issues relating to government employees. Her experience includes all aspects of employment law, including claims for discrimination and harassment, wage and hour violations, whistleblower retaliation, civil rights abuses, and wrongful termination..
Before joining our firm, Dianne was a legislative intent research attorney, a personal injury associate, and a freelance civil litigation attorney. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis, School of Law (King Hall) in 2008, her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from San Jose State University in 2004 and her Paralegal Certificate from the University of San Diego in 1998. Prior to attending law school, Dianne worked for many years as a civil litigation paralegal and legal assistant in the San Diego office of a national law firm specializing in business litigation. She is delighted to have found her niche as an employment rights attorney and finds her extensive litigation background invaluable to her practice.
While in law school, Dianne served as a legal extern for the Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California and as an intern with the Public Rights Division of the California Attorney General’s Office in Sacramento. In addition to her J.D., she received a Public Interest Certificate from King Hall. She was Executive Editor of Environs, the law school’s environmental law journal, as well as a member of the Trial Practice Honors Board and the Milton L. Schwartz/David F. Levi American Inn of Court.
Dianne is licensed to practice in the state of California and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. She is a member of the Litigation Section of the California State Bar and the California Employment Lawyers Association, and is an associate member of the Schwartz/Levi Inn of Court.
Michael Ahmad is an experienced employment law attorney who received his Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California after previously obtaining his BA from San Diego State University in Southern California.
Mike has worked at Law Offices of Mary-Alice Coleman, P.C. as a senior associate attorney since 2010, representing employees against both private and public employers. His practice currently consists of both individual and class litigation, as well as some personal injury claims.
Mike is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) and the Capital City Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA). Mike is also bilingual in English and Spanish.
In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.
Matthew received his Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California in 2010. Matthew was a Dean’s List member in 2008-2009, and was both a staff writer and editor for the McGeorge Law Review. Matthew graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 2005 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Government.
Matthew began his law career right out of law school in civil litigation representing injured Californians in personal injury, medical malpractice, and products liability matters. Matthew joined Law Offices of Mary Alice Coleman, P.C. in January, 2013, where his practice currently consists of representing employees in all types of employment matters, as well as representing some injured persons in personal injury matters.
Matthew is licensed to practice law in all of courts in the state of California and before the Eastern District Court of California. Matthew is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association and the Sacramento County Bar Association.
In his free time, Matthew enjoys running, cheering on his favorite baseball team, the Texas Rangers, and chasing his young son around the house.
Bianca Saad is an experienced employment law attorney who received her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, where she was recognized on the Dean’s List and an active member of the student body. While in law school, Bianca obtained firsthand courtroom experience by interning with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, as well as the San Diego City Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit within the Criminal Division. Prior to law school, Bianca attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where she graduated cum laude, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with minors in Business Law and Spanish.
Bianca has practiced employment law since 2010, and she joined the Law Office of Mary-Alice Coleman, P.C. in 2016. Prior to her endeavors in employment law, Bianca worked as a Volunteer Assistant District Attorney for the County of San Francisco. As a prosecutor, Bianca represented the County in three jury trials, all of which resulted in guilty verdicts. From the start of her career as an employment law attorney, Bianca has successfully applied the courtroom skills that she learned in the criminal sector to her employment litigation cases. Over the years, Bianca has tried cases as lead trial counsel and second chair.
In addition to her California State Bar admission, Bianca is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California. Bianca is also member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA).
In her spare time, Bianca enjoys going outdoors and spending time with her husband and daughter.