Botterud Law



With over twenty-five years experience representing and advising employees and employers, Carl’s practice is now focused on providing investigation and dispute resolution services to clients throughout California. Clients include public and private employers, as well as institutions of higher learning. Carl has investigated highly complex and sensitive matters involving allegations of hazing, academic and athletic misconduct, sexual assault, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, ethics violations, and abuse of power. Services provided include:

  • Workplace investigations
  • Student conduct and Title IX investigations
  • Workplace dispute resolution consulting
  • Mediating employment and other civil disputes
  • Hearing officer services (student conduct/Title IX/administrative)

Bar Memberships/Admissions

California State Bar: Admitted December 1992

• U.S. District Court, Central District of California: Admitted December 1992

• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: Admitted December 1992

• American Bar Association

• California Lawyers Association

Leadership/Community Engagement 

• Executive Committee Member, Labor & Employment Section of the California Lawyers Association (2016 to present)

• Association of Workplace Investigators (sustaining member 2013 to present, training institute faculty member 2018 to present)

• National Association of College and University Attorneys (2010 to 2017)

• Occidental College Board of Trustees (member 2004-2010)

• The Waverly School (Pasadena) Board of Trustees (Chair 2007-2008)

• Pasadena YMCA Board of Managers member 2002-2006

• Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation and Labor and Employment

Sections; Access to Justice Committee (formerly Legal Services to the Poor) 1992-1996 (vice-chair 1993-94, co-chair 1994-95, chair 1995-96)

• Equal Justice Works (formerly NAPIL) Board of Directors, ’90- ‘93 (vice president ‘90- ‘91, president ‘91-’92)


Faculty - AWI Training Institute for Workplace Investigators, Santa Barbara 2018, Atlanta 2018, Vail 2019, Scottsdale 2019, Sacramento 2020 (upcoming), Minneapolis 2020 (upcoming). 

• Moderator – “California’s New Rules of Professional Conduct and Their Potential Impact on Employment Law Practices” --  California Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Section Annual Conference, July 2019 

• Moderator -- “Mediation – What Goes on in the Other Room” – California Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Section Annual Conference, April 2018

• “Employment Law 101 - Workplace Investigations” – California Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Seminar, March 2018

• "Cutting Edge Disability Law - Accommodating an Aging Workforce" - California State Bar Labor & Employment Section Annual Conference, July 2017

• "Legal Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know" - Thai Community Development Center, Small Business Program, March 2017

• Southern California Mediation Association Advanced Track Training with the American Institute for Mediation, November 2016.


• AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell 

• 10 of 10 rated by Avvo

• Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH)

• Fellow, American Bar Foundation

• Top Lawyer, Pasadena Magazine 

• Occidental College Alumni Seal A