Recent Articles & Publications
  • 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.


From 1988 to 2006, Ms. Bornn gave the California Annual Updates on Employment Law for the Continuing Education of the Bar. She continues to teach classes on employment law for numerous statewide and national institutions, bar organizations, administrative agencies, colleges and high schools.

Recent Seminars:

In the past several years, Ms. Bornn presented seminars regarding human resource management issues to the following organizations:​

  • Orange County Bar Association (June 2009)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association in Rancho Mirage (June 2009)
  • EEOC Technical Assistance Program Seminar in Pasadena, California (September 2009)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section (February 2010)
  • Association of Workplace Investigators (June 2010)
  • California State Bar (June 2010)
  • CAOWI Annual Convention (November 2010)
  • State Bar of California (Oct. 2011)
  • Employer Round Table of Southern California (Nov. 2011)
  • Association of Workplace Investigators Annual Convention (Nov. 2011)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association annual convention (June 2012).
  • Faculty Member, Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. Institute (June 2012, and March 2013)
  • American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Convention (November 2013)
Professional Associations
  • Member of Board of Governors of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (CLEL) (2007-present)
  • Member Credentials Committee, CLEL (2011-present); Fellow (2003-present)
  • Member of Publications and Best Practices Committees, AWI, Inc. (2009-2013)
  • Member of Publications and Best Practices Committees, AWI, Inc. (2009-present)
  • Member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (2009-present)
  • Title IX Investigator Training Certification from Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) (March 2015)
  • 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)
  • Former Advisory Council member, CELA (2004-2009)
  • Former Executive Board member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) (2002-2008)

Nancy Bornn's Bio

Nancy Bornn has been a practicing attorney

in California since 1978.

She began her practice at the law firm of 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 trials. 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-oriented work grew and the Bornn & Surls firm dissolved. Ms. Bornn now limits her practice to testifying and consulting as an expert witness in employment matters, conducting workplace investigations, and providing one-on-one counseling and training to executives, management and supervisors.

Curt Surls continues to represent employees in mediation, litigation, and arbitration.

Curt Surls can be reached at

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