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Laura Rafaty is an attorney who was admitted to practice before the California State Bar and Federal District Court of Northern California in December of 1985. She worked at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco, and at EPRI, a global energy nonprofit in Palo Alto. She has also maintained her own practices in Sausalito and St. Helena.
She is an active member of the Bar and of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Laura is also a writer, newspaper columnist, radio contributor and a former Broadway theatrical producer, with decades of experience in the entertainment industry. She recently served as Producing Director of the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville, California. She is currently the Founding Producer and Artistic Director of NapaShakes Napa Valley Shakespeare.
For over 25 years, Laura has demonstrated a commitment to the protection of civil rights and the heightening of awareness of social issues. As an attorney she was involved in pro bono legal work including the Toussaint prison litigation and co-representation, with the San Francisco Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, of the San Francisco Black Firefighters in their discrimination action against the SFFD. She produced the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Anna Deavere Smith's "Twilight: Los Angeles," and presented "Gate of Heaven," the first play ever produced at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. She continues to be active in nonprofit boards supporting her local community.
She is proud to be the daughter of a Persian-born father who immigrated to the United States in 1956, and of a mother whose grandparents emigrated from Sweden, England and New Zealand.