Recent Articles & Publications
  • Breaking Through: How Investigators Balance the Competing Priorities of Claimant and Employer Counsel, AWI Annual Conference (2019)
  • Workplace Investigations: Getting to the Bottom of Complex Matters Without Falling Into a Trap, ABA L&E 7th Annual Conference (2013)
  • Understanding Common Claims.pdf  (AWI June 2012)
  • Techniques for Preparing Your Client for a Discrimination Investigation.pdf  (NELA June 2012)
  • Expert Testimony on Investigations by the Experts, co-author (AWI Quarterly November
  • Workplace Harassment Law, (BNA 2011) Lindemann & Kadue, contributing author
  • Advanced Issues in Workplace Investigations, ERTSC Annual Conference 2011
  • Practice Pointers for Workplace Investigations.pdf  By Nancy Bornn and Debra L. Reilly (SHRM 2010; CAOWI Quarterly January 2010)
  • Workplace Investigations On Trial: How Defendants Conduct Bulletproof Investigations And How Plaintiffs Shoot Them Down (L&E LACBA November 2010), AWI Annual Conference, and (Feb 2010), LACBA L&E Section Symposium
  • Now What? Managing Performance in the Workplace in the Midst of a Discrimination Claim, (EEOC Institute September 2009), EEOC Training Institute.
  • Practical Pointers on Employer Investigations (OCBA June 2009), Orange County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Representing California Sexual Harassment Plaintiffs (James Publishing 2004), updated in part in 2007 (Nancy Bornn A Law Corporation 2007).

*These articles are available for general information only. The information presented in these articles should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer / client relationship.

Nancy Bornn is an Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder and has been a practicing attorney in California since 1978.

Ms. Bornn began her law practice at Levine, Krom & Unger after graduating from Whittier College School of Law. At Levine, Krom & Unger, Ms. Bornn was tasked with handling the firm’s complex business litigation and representing employers in employment disputes. In 1984, Ms. Bornn started her own firm, Nancy Bornn A Law Corporation, where she continues to practice today. In 2000,     Ms. Bornn and attorney Curt Surls formed the Bornn & Surls law firm as the dba for the corporation. The Bornn & Surls firm primarily represented employees in mediations, litigation and arbitration, while counseling employers in compliance matters. Starting in 2007, Ms. Bornn began to focus on neutral-oriented work, including mediating cases for parties, conducting workplace investigations, testifying as an expert witness, and teaching anti-harassment training. Between 2007 and 2012,    Ms. Bornn’s neutral work grew and the Bornn & Surls firm dissolved. Since 2009, Ms. Bornn has focused her practice on solely neutral work.  She testifies as an expert witness in employment matters, conducts independent workplace investigations, and provides one-on-one counseling and training to executives, management and supervisors.

Professional Associations

  • Former Member of Board of Governors of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (CLEL) (2007-2015)
  • Former Member Credentials Committee, CLEL (2011-2015); CLEL Fellow (2003-present); CLEL 9th Cir. S. Regional Chair (2019)
  • Former Board Member and Current Sustaining Member of Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. (AWI) (2009-present)
  • AWI-CH (AWI Certificate Holder as of 2017) and Member of AWI Institute Committee (2012-present)
  • Full-time and Part-time Faculty Member of AWI Institute (2012-present)
  • Member of Publications and Best Practices Committees of AWI (2009-2013)
  • Member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (2009-present)
  • Title IX Investigator Training Certification from Association of Title IX Administrators (March 2015) and from T9Masters (2016)
  • Former Chair (2005-2006) of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA L&E Section)
  • Member LACBA L&E Section (1988-present)
  • Former Chair (1997-1999) of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) and Former Advisory Council member, CELA (2004-2009)
  • Former Executive Board member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) (2002-2008)

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From 1988 to 2006, Ms. Bornn gave the California Annual Updates on Employment Law for the Continuing Education of the Bar.  Since 2009, Ms. Bornn has focused her teachings on Human Resource Practices, including  how to properly conduct workplace investigations, how to properly engage in the interactive process for disability accommodations, and other related human resource compliance issues. 

Recent Teachings Presented by Ms. Bornn at:

  • AWI Institute, Fulltime Faculty 2012 and 2013, 2018; Part-time Faulty 2014-present
  • Association of Workplace Investigators Annual Conferences  (Nov. 2011 and Sept. 2019)
  • Calif. Lawyers Association Labor & Employment Law Section, Webinar (Dec. 2019)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference (June 2016)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Labor & Employment Section Seminar (June 2016)
  • American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Conference (November 2013)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference  (June 2012)

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