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Ms. Halberda

Ashley Halberda

Partner, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Ashley A. Halberda is a Partner at the law firm of Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP.

Ms. Halberda advises and represents clients in matters involving California labor and employment law. Ms. Halberda is experienced in representing employers before state court in various employment disputes involving claims of wrongful termination, harassment, failure to provide overtime and paid breaks, as well as class actions.

In addition, Ms. Halberda plays an advisory role to California employers and helps them navigate the ever-changing waters of the state's labor and employment laws. She counsels clients on compliance strategies to enable them to take a proactive approach to avoiding future litigation.

Aside from her experience in employment law, Ms. Halberda has a broad range of civil litigation experience, including courtroom experience in matters related to breach of contract, premises liability and insurance defense.

Ms. Halberda is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and received her law degree from University of San Diego, School of Law. She is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

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Ms. Halberda can be contacted at 949-622-1661 or ahalberda@cdflaborlaw.com

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.