Carol Humiston

Carol Humiston

Special Counsel

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Carol Humiston

Carol Humiston joined Bradley, Gmelich & Wellerstein LLP after twelve years as a Senior Assistant City Attorney with the City of Burbank, and ten years as a capital partner with a private civil litigation firm, where she chaired the employment and civil rights practice group. Ms. Humiston has tried more than forty high-exposure employment, civil rights, and personal injury cases to jury verdict, plus numerous court trials and administrative writ proceedings. She has first-chair experience defending class actions, premises liability, employment (ADA, FEHA, Title VII, Labor Code), administrative appeals, internal affairs investigations, discrimination and harassment investigations, SLAPP litigation, and injunctive and declaratory relief.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Rights Litigation Defense
  • Employment Defense
  • High-Exposure Personal Injury Cases – Public and Private Sectors
  • Advisement on the California Public Records Act

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • As a result of Ms. Humiston’s extensive trial experience, she was invited and accepted into the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.
  • California State Bar, Labor and Employment Law section.

Publications and Press

Ms. Humiston has a number of seminal published appellate court decisions, which she handled in the trial court and on appeal.

  • In Raine v. City of Burbank, the Court of Appeal held for the first time that an employer is not required under FEHA to create a permanent light duty position in order to accommodate a disabled employee.
  • In City of Glendale v. Superior Court(Fenton), 95 Cal. App. 4th 1266 (2002), the Court of Appeal held that a municipal entity can affirmatively recover punitive damages, even though it can never be held liable for punitive damages.
  • In addition, Carol successfully tried a federal civil rights action to a defense verdict, that although reversed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, a petition for certiorari was granted by the United States Supreme Court in Ryburn v. Huff,132 S. Ct. 987 (2012), and a defense verdict was ordered entered.


  • J.D., Loyola Law School

Bar Admission

  • State Bar of California


  • State of California
  • United State Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth and Fourth Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California