Caren P. Sencer


Telephone: (510) 337-1001

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, 2004
Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1999

Caren Sencer is a shareholder in the Alameda office of Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld. The firm’s practice is limited to the practice of labor and employment law on behalf of unions, jointly trusteed benefit funds and working people. Since 2004, she has represented unions in all aspects of labor and employment law, as well as provided institutional advice to unions. Her practice has afforded her with extensive litigation experience, including cases arising out of anti-discrimination laws, duty of fair representation, and wage and hour matters. Ms. Sencer regularly practices before the National Labor Relations Board in both representation matters and unfair labor practice proceedings. She has represented union clients in more than 100 hearings before the NLRB, including cases that have resulted in important precedents.  Her practice also extends to arbitrations, contract negotiations and matters under both the Railway Labor Act and California’s laws governing public sector employees.  Ms. Sencer’s experience includes administrative, federal, and state trial court practice as well as appellate advocacy before the state and federal appellate courts.

Ms. Sencer has extensive experience in training officers, business representatives and union stewards on many labor and employment law topics, including grievance processing, contract negotiations, expressive activity, wage and hour law, sexual harassment, discrimination, ADA, FMLA, and other protected leaves. She has written papers and presented before union attorney groups on various subjects.

Ms. Sencer received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and graduated from Berkeley Law at the University of California (Boalt Hall), Berkeley. While at Berkeley, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. In 2012, Ms. Sencer taught a core curriculum course at the Summer Institute on Union Women, and in 2013 and 2014, she was selected for Super Lawyers’ Northern California Rising Stars list. Ms. Sencer has testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce and in open hearings of the National Labor Relations Board.

Practice Areas:
Labor Arbitrations and Collective Bargaining Negotiations
Class Actions and Wage and Hour Litigation
Employment Discrimination
Enforcing Labor Standards on Public Works Projects
Labor Compliance and Labor Harmony Coalitions
Public Sector