Jeff, Lisa, Tom, Kathy, and Heather bring decades of employment law experience to your pressing concerns.  Through those years of experience, we have represented employers in virtually every forum employers may find themselves, including state and federal courts throughout California and elsewhere, arbitrations, mediations, and administrative hearings before the DLSE, DOL, DFEH, EEOC, and NLRB.  We specialize in keeping employers out of litigation, helping our clients resolve employment concerns quickly and efficiently.  But we will litigate when called upon and take cases through trial and appeal when doing so is in our clients'  best interests.  Our practice includes all of the following:

TRIALS

CLASS AND COLLECTIVE ACTIONS

Class actions are multiplying, and our teams can help you manage the risks they pose.  We will analyze your exposure upfront, discuss options for resolution and litigation, and implement the agreed-upon plan.

We will take your case to trial to win it.  We are available to take cases upon initiation or at any stage up to trial in appropriate circumstances.  We also are happy to consult with other counsel on winning trial strategies, focus group exercises, and voir dire.

APPEALS AND DISASTER MITIGATION

PAGA REPRESENTATIVE ACTIONS

Faced with class certification hurdles, plaintiffs and their counsel increasingly turn to the California Private Attorneys General Act ("PAGA") to seek sky-high penalties for technical violations.  The strategy for defending a PAGA action may be vastly different from the strategy when facing class action allegations.  We work with our clients to determine the best course of action.

Whether you are faced with an adverse jury verdict or judgment, or want to defend a victory on appeal, we have the specialized knowledge required for post-trial and appellate proceedings.  We also have experience working closely with trial counsel as the set of “fresh eyes” needed to win at the appellate stage.  Our appellate team has strong analytical and writing skills, a proven record of oral advocacy, and a practical, strategic approach to successful appeals.

SINGLE PLAINTIFF LITIGATION

ADVICE AND COUNSEL

We offer practical and strategic advice to address our clients' daily needs on all aspects of labor and employment law. We regularly work closely with employers to develop or revamp workforce policies and processes, build "best practices," proactively audit and diagnose problem areas, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations impacting a wide array of personnel practices. We have a strong business sense and can boil down complex legal concepts into pragmatic, understandable solutions, and then help you achieve those solutions.

 

From the demand letter (and sometimes before) through trial, you can rely on our team to provide careful and diligent representation.  We focus at all times on a winning strategy, while also keeping an eye open toward early resolution through motion practice or, where appropriate, settlement.  Our success record on summary judgment and at trial is enviable.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS

We are prepared to defend our clients not just in courts, but before state and federal administrative bodies. We will investigate the allegations, work with the government agencies to try to limit the scope of their inquiry where appropriate, prepare responsive documents, negotiate for a successful resolution of the claims, and, if necessary, present the defense in the administrative hearings.  Our attorneys have successfully represented clients before the DLSE, DOL, DFEH, EEOC and the NLRB.