The Firm represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation and effectively counsels our clients on litigation avoidance. We also handle transactional matters pertaining to employment law. Our services include preparation and updating of employer personnel manuals, drafting and amending employment policies and contracts, assisting employers with regard to employee discipline and termination issues, negotiation and preparation of severance agreements, and compliance review with regard to employment records and document retention policies. The Firm also represents employers before the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, and the State Labor Commissioner’s Office in response to claims of discrimination, harassment, unfair employment practices and wage and hour complaints.
Unlike many firms, our attorneys are true litigators with decades of proven trial experience. As seasoned trial attorneys, we are able to provide comprehensive analysis of each matter and develop strategies early on, so as to posture cases with the end in sight. This minimizes the element of surprise for our clients and allows meaningful and informed decisions to be made before substantial costs are incurred. This approach helps manage the costs and burden of litigation and provides a tangible mechanism for predicting results.
We have successfully defended and defeated certification in putative class actions alleging various wage and hour violations, including: meal and rest break violations, misclassification, unpaid overtime, off-the-clock work, inaccurate wage statements, donning and doffing, reporting and record keeping, unlawful rounding, improper withholding, unlawful vacation practices, improper tip sharing, PAGA claims, and various types of discrimination in compensation. We employ strategies designed to address the specific representative claims alleged in the earliest phases of the case, so as to allow affirmative attacks on certification as soon as reasonably possible. We are relentless in producing results that will demonstrate the impropriety of certification and defeat such efforts.
We have also continually obtained favorable outcomes for our clients through filing challenges at the pleading stage, defeating class certification, prevailing on summary judgment, trying cases to verdict, and positioning cases for settlement when that is in the best interests of the client. Although we are retained as “defense” counsel, we are never satisfied to simply react or respond. We believe in proactively litigating cases and shaping issues in a way beneficial to our clients by means of aggressive attention to detail, a commitment to rigorous and effective legal argument, and a lack of hesitance to fully and actively engage even the most contentious of opponents. We believe our clients deserve nothing less than our very best, most effective efforts on their behalf.
The Firm has also earned a national reputation with regard to representing employers facing catastrophic loss due to employee criminal conduct, including sexual harrassment, sexual misconduct, and childhood sexual abuse civil claims. Few firms of any size can rival our depth and breadth of experience in this complex and sensitive area of employment law—and few have the consistent level of favorable results that our Firm has produced over the years. We routinely advise clients regarding the investigation, defense, and resolution of these highly sensitive, potentially high dollar claims. The Firm is capable of handling such matters from the point of initial complaint and investigation through final disposition on appeal, if necessary. Four of our attorneys are former state prosecutors. Our senior partner was a member of the senior staff in one of the most aggressive and successful district attorneys offices in the State and went on to serve as California’s chief elections fraud attorney, investigating statewide elections fraud matters.
We also represent and advise clients regarding immigration matters applicable to employees, as well as prepare, process, and prosecute applications for worker visas and permanent residency applications for employees sponsored by our client employers.