Raquelle de la Rocha, is an experienced trial lawyer and expert in employment law, public policy and ethics. After she received both her B.A. (Philosophy) and J.D. at UCLA, Raquelle began her legal career as an employment lawyer at O’Melveny & Myers. She then supervised the L.A. office of Saperstein & Seligman on the groundbreaking gender discrimination case, Krasweski v. State Farm before joining the faculty at UCLA School of Law where she taught Employment Discrimination and Trial Advocacy. Raquelle was a visiting professor at UCLA’s Department of Gender Studies where she taught Jurisprudence of Sexual Equality, and an Adjunct Professor of Law and Policy at Pepperdine, where she taught Constitutional Law, Policing Policy and Homelessness Policy courses. She has lectured on sex discrimination nationally and at Aoyama University in Toyko, Japan.
As a policymaker, Raquelle served as President of the L.A. Police Commission, President of the L.A. Ethics Commission, Vice President of the L.A. Civil Service Commission, and Vice Chair of the California Parks Commission. She enacted regulations and oversaw enforcement actions as a Commissioner on California’s Fair Political Practices Commission. An active community volunteer, Raquelle has served on the Boards of TreePeople, UCLA Law Alumni, Mexican American Bar Foundation, Zocalo and the Encino/Tarzana Hospitals. She has received numerous awards including Woman of the Future by Comision Feminil de Los Angeles, Woman of the Year by the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation and Lawyer of the Year (Lintz Award) by the San Fernando Bar Association.
Raquelle is a cellist in the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic and the proud parent of three grown children.
She enjoys pottery throwing, carpentry and cooking.