Desiree O. Cox
Attorney at Law
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Desiree O. Cox
  • Sole Practitioner


Santa Rosa, CA





I am a 30 year trial attorney specializing in sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and sexual assault cases.  My background includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts.  I am committed to obtaining monetary damages and personal vindication for victims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace and victims of childhood molestation, rape and other sexual assaults by family members, acquaintances, or strangers.  I pride myself on being a creative, understanding, and tireless advocate for my clients' civil rights.

Areas Of Practice

  • Sexual Harassment 30%
  • Wrongful Termination 30%
  • Sexual Assault 30%

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1996
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1997


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1984
    • Honors: Litigation Emphasis
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, California
    • B.A. - 1980
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: English, Philosophy, Political Science

Representative Cases

  • Oona R.-S. by Kate S. v. McCaffrey, et al. , 143 F3d 473, 1997, 9th Cir
  • Oona R.S. by Kate S. v. Santa Rosa City Schools, et al. , 890 F.Supp 1452, 1995, No. Dist.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Sonoma County Bar Association, 1994 to Present
  • Sonoma County Women In Law, 1994 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, Associate Counsel, 1985 to 1988
  • Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, Senior Trial Attorney, 1989 to 1993
  • Sole Proprietor Attorney, 1994 to 2002
  • Hinton, Cochran & Borba, LLP, Senior Associate, 2002 to 2006
  • Geary, Shea, O’Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell, LLP, Senior Associate, 2007 to 2011
  • Sole Proprietor Attorney, 2011-Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Sonoma County Women Against Rape, Crisis Line Educator, 1996 to 2000
  • Sonoma County Women in Policing Task Force, 1998 to 2000


  • English

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