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USA Guide

Labor & Employment — California

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第一等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Stands out for its fantastic reputation and excellent bench strength. Well known for class actions, appellate litigation and employee mobility and trade secrets litigation. An impressive client list includes a raft of household-name companies, including entities from the biopharmaceutical and airline industries. 

Strengths Clients support the firm's reputation as the place to call for high-stakes work, with one stating: "When I need the best, they are my go-to for difficult matters."

Another adds: "They have really got outstanding results for us in problematic areas."

Work highlights Achieved a significant win for Amgen, dismissing a claim under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) levied by an employee alleging that he and his fellow senior associate scientists were misclassified as exempt by the company.

Continued to act for American Apparel in a series of claims brought by former CEO Dov Charney, including a $40 million wrongful dismissal claim, grievances with the NLRB and numerous defamation suits.

Significant clients LinkedIn, Activision, Zynga, American Airlines, Samsung.

Notable practitioners  

Senior counsel Kirby Wilcox is "one of the most prominent wage and hour lawyers in the state," say interviewees. He maintains an active practice for a range of clients, who describe him as "phenomenally knowledgeable."

Nancy Abell maintains her reputation as "one of the premier litigators in the country" for employment disputes. She has recently appeared multiple times before the EEOC and the OFCCP, utilizing her unique expertise in statistical proof to close a series of high-profile investigations. 

Respected appellate practitioner Paul Cane is renowned for his successful experiences before the Supreme Court in complex employment proceedings and arbitrations. Peers and clients alike laud him as an "extraordinarily gifted lawyer" and "astounding writer."

Jeffrey Wohl is a San Francisco-based litigator who handles high-stakes wrongful discharge, discrimination and wage and hour cases, particularly in the biotechnology and financial services arenas. One source states: "He is brilliant, probably the smartest lawyer I deal with. He is insightful and a tremendously gifted writer."

Chair of the West Coast employment group Elena Baca has a strong reputation for her trial work, representing clients in big-ticket litigation. A client commends her approach and details the effect she has: "Elena is extremely professional and knowledgeable; she was able to take control of the situation and bring the matter to closure both quickly and cost effectively."

Leslie Abbott cochairs the firm's LA employment practice and is "an expert in wage and hour class actions," according to sources. Clients praise her approach to disputes, stating she is "thoughtful in developing strategies three to four steps down the road."

Paul Grossman is "a legendary name" who "does a great job at developing an overarching theory," according to sources. He continues to advise the nation's biggest employers on matters of extreme complexity and sensitivity.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Noted for the strength of its employment litigation capabilities, particularly in high-stakes disputes with significant financial and reputational risk. Highly regarded for its work on complex class actions, single plaintiff litigation and appellate matters.

Strengths Clients commend the firm's service culture, with one stating: "They have a culture that sets them apart from others - they have a unified response and an emphasis on customer service and relationship building. "

Another adds: "They are excellent creative lawyers, who are always responsive and always looking ahead at the next steps."

Work highlights The firm defended Comcast and several other organizations and individuals against claims by the National Association of African-American Owned Media and Entertainment Studios Network alleging a racially motivated refusal to contract. The firm assisted the clients with achieving two motions to dismiss the claims of $20 billion in damages, with a third pending.

Defended Korn Ferry International against numerous state law claims, including wrongful termination and breach of contract, brought by a former executive chairman.

Significant clients Uber, JC Penny, Michaels Stores, Chevron, GrubHub.

Notable practitioners 

Catherine Conway is noted for her big wins in high-stakes wage and hour litigation on behalf of multinationals. Clients appreciate her ability to "recognize the opportunities for advantageous resolution along the way" and note she is "extremely impressive in her thoroughness and diligence."

Jesse Cripps focuses on defending major employers in trial and appellate proceedings. One source lauds him as "a superstar in the making" who is "calm and smooth during negotiations."

Julian Poon is described as a "very brilliant, dogged and strong" litigator by clients who state that he is "extremely knowledgeable" and "the guy I go to first in bet-the-company litigation." He handles wage and hour class actions, among a variety of other matters.

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第二等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Notable practice that works on a range of issues and is able to draw on the firm's tremendous national presence. Expert in collective actions, as well as defending a range of single plaintiff claims including matters of discrimination, trade secrets and wrongful dismissal, among others. Client base includes entities in the energy, insurance and real estate sectors.

Strengths "They have high-quality lawyers and provide exceptional legal services," notes a source.

They are "one of the top firms for wage and hour defense" asserts another source.

Work highlights Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Charter Communications in a case brought by an employee alleging, among other things, the client had not accommodated their disability.

Acted for Alliant Insurance in overturning a temporary restraining order issued by competitor Aon after Alliant hired several ex-Aon employees.

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Pacific Maritime Association, Best Buy, Hewlett-Packard, Pep Boys.

Notable practitioners  

Debra Fischer is "very good at aligning business and legal strategies," according to sources. Her specialty lies in unfair competition and trade secret litigation, though she also provides broader employment counsel.

Melinda Riechert heads both the Silicon Valley and San Francisco labor and employment practices and focuses her practice on resolving disputes for high-profile groups, particularly in the technology space. Her work additionally extends to employment counsel and acting in wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment suits.

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第二等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for A quality firm noted for defending employers in high-profile individual and class action cases. Frequently handles unfair competition disputes as well as collective bargaining negotiations. Works with clients from a range of industries, including financial services and retail.

Strengths Sources says: "The team is truly outstanding; they have tremendous knowledge of the law and litigation, and provide practical and effective advice."

Another reports: "The firm has gotten great results, they are very efficient and you get great quality from the people you work with."

Work highlights Defended Morgan Stanley before FINRA against claims brought by a high-ranking employee alleging that he had been fraudulently misled about his position and eligibility for severance benefits following a restructuring.

The team achieved summary judgment for Amgen in a suit filed by an employee claiming, among other things, that they had been misclassified as exempt.

Significant clients 99 Cents Only Stores, Yelp, Wells Fargo, Fidelity Investments, Western Asset Management.

Notable practitioners  

Terry Sanchez is renowned for his high-profile employment dispute and internal investigation practice. Clients are extremely satisfied with his service and commend him as "extremely proactive and forward-looking about how the pieces will fit together down the line."

Malcolm Heinicke is noted as an "amazing business partner" who understands "the practical business implications of litigation." He is known for handling large-scale class actions, collective actions and matters concerning employee mobility for major industry players.

Employment litigator Katherine Forster acts on behalf of management in a wide range of issues, including complex wage and hour, discrimination and wrongful termination cases. One source praises her as "practical, savvy and really into cutting-edge issues." 

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第二等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Highly recommended labor and employment outfit, renowned for its work for high-profile multinational clients. Covers a full range of work including high-stakes litigation, arbitration and advisory matters in a range of industries. Areas of expertise include wage and hour, trade secrets and employment mobility litigation.

Strengths One source puts it simply: "Orrick has a really great labor and employment group. They are excellent; I always know the work I get from them will always be top quality and I never have to worry about what they are handling."

Another adds: "They provide an outstanding service." 

Work highlights Acted for American Building Supply in a large scale PAGA lawsuit brought by a former employee, alleging they and similarly situated employees were misclassified as exempt from overtime, in addition to numerous other claims.

Represented a prominent financial institution in a class action relating to the exemption status of employees.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sears Holdings, Sephora USA, Vintage Senior Management.

Notable practitioners  

The "wonderful and incredibly smart" Gary Siniscalco is a considerably experienced practitioner known for his expertise in affirmative action, audit and investigations. He devotes a large portion of his practice to advising on compliance in EEOC and employment dispute.

Industry leader Lynne Hermle is showered with commendations from sources, who call her "a known superstar" and a "force of nature." She is a "phenomenal trial lawyer" and her victories in "gigantic" employment litigation have earned her a tremendous reputation in the field.

Andrew Livingston is regarded as an "excellent trial lawyer" who focuses his practice on defending notable employers against discrimination, wage and hour, wrongful termination and trade secret claims. Clients praise his court abilities as "polished, accessible and he communicates extremely well with the jury."

Jessica Perry advises on high-profile wage and hour cases and provides additional representation in wrongful termination, discrimination and single plaintiff litigation. Clients note she is "practical and proactive in terms of her advice."

Employment litigator Joseph Liburt covers a broad range of disputes, including high-stakes PAGA work. He recently achieved a series of favorable results for client Sears Holdings and its subsidiaries, in various PAGA claims.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Nationally reputed employment practice engaging in all labor and employment matters at a high level, including wage and hour class actions. Services well known multinationals with a highly regarded and deep bench of specialists.

Strengths Clients state: "Every member strives to provide high-quality work. They craft motions that only address the matter at hand, they also subtly advance the client's overall defense strategy whenever possible" 

Sources report: "Everyone we have worked with at Seyfarth has consistently demonstrated a high level of responsiveness, service and incredible knowledge about employment-related legal issues."

Work highlights Represented Digital Realty Trust in a high-profile whistleblower case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concerning the proper definition and statutory application of the term 'whistleblower' as it relates to the Dodd-Frank Act.

Assisted Nike with defeating a $15 million class action brought by assistant store managers across California, who allege they were misclassified as salaried exempt employees.

Significant clients Costco, Anthem, United Technologies, Ferrari, Clorox.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Berman maintains a solid reputation in his work for educational and healthcare clients, especially in complex proceedings before government agencies such as the NLRB. Berman is well thought of by his clients, who state: "His knowledge of the law and the history of our company is invaluable."

Seasoned employment attorney David Kadue chairs the firm's California labor code litigation practice. His specialties include discrimination, wrongful termination and harassment cases.

Brian Ashe focuses on wage and hour and employment litigation, recently he represented Digital Realty Trust in its multimillion-dollar whistleblower case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Clients describe him as  "one of the best - if not the best - employment attorney I've ever had the pleasure of working with."

Diana Tabacopoulos regularly litigates high-stakes wage and hour cases for national clients. Clients appreciate her "effective, no-nonsense style," noting she "gets right to the point" and is "zealous in her representation."

Christian Rowley has a traditional labor relations practice, engaging in complex collective bargaining agreements, class actions and union work. Commentators appreciate his "impeccable customer service" and "terrific litigation strategy."

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第二等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Advises on a variety of labor and employment matters, including course of business issues as well as high-stakes litigation. The team regularly undertakes work on wage and hour disputes, single plaintiff discrimination cases and harassment claims.

Strengths "They have a very strong practice, it's a very good group of people," notes an insider.

A client reports: "They are able to provide excellent overall legal services at all levels."

Work highlights Secured a complete defense verdict in a $122 million PAGA wage and hour claim for Taco Bell. The class action sought damages on behalf of 29,000 employees nationwide.

Won a complete defense verdict for Whole Foods in a sexual harassment case.

Significant clients Keenan & Associates, Chipotle, Pacific Dental Services, Manheim Investments, TM Wireless.

Notable practitioners  

The "phenomenal" Tracey Kennedy is an "outstanding trial lawyer" who represents some of the nation's biggest employers in high-stakes litigation. She recently represented Taco Bell and Whole Foods in large-scale PAGA and harassment cases. 

Richard Simmons is seen as "a wage and hour guru" by several market commentators. He also represents clients in a host of complex wrongful termination, discrimination, affirmative action and union issues.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Undertakes a wide range of work including advising on collective bargaining and National Labor Relations Board work in a range of sectors. Also experienced in advising on a full range of contentious employment matters, including trade secret and whistleblower cases. Bolstered by an impressive national labor and employment footprint, which enables a comprehensive service both in the USA and internationally.

Strengths One client reports: "All of the attorneys I have dealt with have always been very responsive to my inquiries and have provided excellent legal services."

Other clients enthuse: "The team's customer service is absolutely terrific!"

Work highlights Acted on behalf of The Neiman Marcus Group in a national wage and hour class action under PAGA, alleging failure to pay overtime, among other claims.

The firm successfully dismissed a PAGA claim asserting meal, rest and wage violations, on behalf of California Pizza Kitchen.

Significant clients Verizon, Comcast, McDonald's, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, St Joseph Health System.

Notable practitioners  

Former EEOC Commissioner Fred Alvarez represents management in high-profile employment disputes and internal investigations. Commentators commend his reputation and ability, labeling him a "very impressive practitioner."

George Howard is a considerably experienced practitioner with an excellent track record in both employment and union issues across the USA. He continues to advise McDonald's in NLRB proceedings.

Rick Bergstrom litigates on behalf of clients in complex employee mobility, trade secret and wage and hour cases. His recent work includes leading the representation of California Pizza Kitchen in a large-scale PAGA claim.

Clients describe employment specialist Curt Kirschner as an "outstanding attorney" and an "excellent business partner." His area of expertise is in labor disputes relating to the healthcare industry and acts for major institutions in the space. 

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第三等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for A quality firm with a broad-ranging practice that extends to all areas of employment law. The team is notable for its work on employment litigation and it has experience at both state and federal levels. Broad sector coverage includes advising clients in the robotics industry.

Strengths Clients say: "I am very impressed by their work, work ethic and the legal advice provided to our firm."

A source reports: "The team as a whole provides best-in-class service and results that match."

Work highlights Provided national and international counsel to Uber in relation to its independent contractor model.

Assisted Securitas with obtaining a significant defense verdict in the face of a PAGA claim revolving around the client's status as a temporary services provider and its obligation to pay its employees weekly.

Significant clients Pebble Beach Company, Rodrick Management Group, Arch Association.

Notable practitioners  

Garry Mathiason is a seasoned class action litigator that has represented clients before the NLRB, California Court of Appeal and US Supreme Court. He cochairs the firm's robotics group and counsels employers on the legal ramifications of various technologies in the workplace.

Robert Millman is a senior expert in employment dispute resolution, appearing before the NLRB in major class actions, in addition to arbitration and mediation proceedings. He often works with clients in the retail, transportation, hospitality and healthcare sectors.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Highly recommended for its work for employers in the entertainment industry. Offers a broad range of advice on matters including wage and hour class actions and single plaintiff discrimination cases with noted expertise in First Amendment defense and collective bargaining agreements.

Strengths One client notes that the firm "gets excellent results" and its practitioners "are the most responsive lawyers I have ever known."

An insider reveals: "They are well respected by production companies."

Work highlights Acted for Paramount Pictures in a suit alleging the violation of a collective bargaining agreement during the production of a major motion picture, with the plaintiff claiming that the scoring should be done in the USA as the film was produced there. The judge granted the client summary judgment.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Levin focuses his practice on representing household names in the entertainment space. His area of expertise is litigation defending First Amendment rights, particularly in litigation with severe reputational risk. One insider reports: "He has done an excellent job in the cases I've seen him handle."

William Cole maintains a reputation as being "dominant in the entertainment industry," having acted for every key motion picture studio in complex bargaining agreement proceedings. He additionally acts as lead counsel on employment issues including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and ERISA.

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第三等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Provides a full service for clients in all areas of labor and employment law, with a particularly busy litigation team. Its impressive client list includes numerous Fortune 500 companies, from the full spectrum of sectors.

Strengths "Ogletree is client-focused and provides excellent value for the level of expertise offered by the firm," says a source.  

Another adds: "Their attorneys are knowledgeable, practical and sensitive to the competing issues of trying to get the right result without incurring unnecessary fees."

Work highlights Represented Chubb in a disability claim brought by a former employee.

Advised Old Dominion Freight Line in a disability discrimination case brought by an ex-employee. 

Notable practitioners  

Spencer Skeen is a key contact at the firm.

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第三等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Handles a wide range of labor and employment matters, with notable expertise in the issues affecting unionized workplaces, airlines and railway groups. Experienced in both disputes and transactional matters.

Strengths Recipients of the firm's services particularly appreciate its deep firmwide resources and tailored approach: "They cater their work to the specific needs of the client and the requirements of the matter, and they don't go overboard."

Another client adds: "The firm is tremendous and they have specialized knowledge in just about every nook and cranny when you need it."

Work highlights Continues to defend DIRECTV in a series of ten mass actions filed in federal court.

Represented Broadcom in a suit against two former executives and their new startup, Innovium, alleging trade secret misappropriation, among other claims.

Significant clients American Airlines, California Institute of Technology, United Airlines, Marriott International, Robert Half International.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Siegel regularly represents the country's largest airline and railway companies in labor relations and employment matters. Siegel, who is an expert in Railway Labor Act matters, is "one of the most intelligent lawyers in his field," according to a source.

Practice head Apalla Chopra is "very well regarded, smart and aggressive and a mentor to others," according to commentators. She is renowned for her expertise in advising universities on sensitive sexual assault allegations and Title IX investigations and ensuing disputes.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Notable for the breadth of its employment practice which includes advice on everything from collective bargaining agreements to class action litigation. Advises clients across a number of industries, including healthcare, law and entertainment.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's national coverage: "They have a great deal of labor expertise across the country."

Sources commend the "absolutely great client service."

Work highlights Represented Barneys in a wrongful termination case brought by ex-employees of the client's former Barney Greengrass restaurant.

Continues to assist DreamWorks and Chinese/American film production company, Oriental DreamWorks in a series of employment and contract matters across both Asia and the US.

Significant clients Creative Artists Agency, T-Mobile, Cedars-Sinai Health Systems, Ports America, Sprint.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Oncidi is highly respected in the industry, with commentators lauding him as a "phenomenal strategist" and "one of the top employment litigators in the country." He is renowned for his representation of Fortune 500 companies in significant litigation.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Strong Californian firm with a number of offices throughout the state. Has a wide-ranging practice that includes standout work on employment litigation, including wage and hour defense and NLRA matters.

Strengths Sources attest to the firm's responsiveness and commitment to the client: "Client service is always A+++ with this team; I know they will always be there on short notice when issues arise." 

Significant clients AMN Healthcare, Dole Food Company, U.S. Foodservice, Delta Air Lines, Dollar Thrifty Automotive.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Dwight Armstrong engages in a range of employment issues, including litigation, transactions and compliance counsel. One commentator states: "He is practical and intuitive in finding solutions and resolving problems - he is the best labor law attorney that I have seen."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Reputable team that is able to leverage the strength of the firm's global network to advise on national and international labor and employment matters. Works with a diverse client base on transactional and litigious matters.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's capacity to serve them on a global scale, sources say: "They are coordinated and really helpful in organizing and responding to issues globally."

Another client adds: "They have always been able to find the right person in the right country that can help advise us."

Work highlights Assisted Seagate Technology with employment issues concerning the sale of its Evault business to Carbonite.  

Advised Jazz Pharmaceuticals on employment matters relating to its $1.5 billion acquisition of Celator Pharmaceuticals.

Significant clients Symantec, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Netscout, Study Group.

Notable practitioners  

Susan Eandi is a key contact.

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第四等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for A full-service labor and employment group that works with employers in a number of industries including retail and technology. Particularly well known for its work for groups in the entertainment sector. Areas of expertise include wage and hour disputes and negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

Strengths The strength of the firm's legal performance is noted by clients who state: "They have consistently done excellent work: I've been thrilled with them"

Work highlights Aided KPC Healthcare with labor and employment matters arising from its conversion to ownership by an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

Represented Dawn Food Products in a putative wage and hour class action, alleging former drivers of the company were not provided meal and rest periods.

Significant clients Microsoft, Activision, Riot Games, Entertainment Partners, Electronic Arts.

Notable practitioners  

The "very impressive" Howard Fabrick is noted for his work in the entertainment industry. He has over fifty years' experience in the field and engages in complex collective bargaining agreements and compliance counsel for high-profile groups.

Scott Witlin possesses a broad practice, handling the whole spectrum of labor and employment matters, including guild and union agreements and wage and hour class actions. One client praises his thoughtful approach: "He has repeatedly identified strategies and tactics that other lawyers have completely missed."

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第四等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Strong employment practice with a statewide presence. Provides a comprehensive labor and employment service. Notable for work in collective and class action matters. Works with a range of clients, including companies in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors.

Strengths One commentator says: "The attorneys consistently demonstrate outstanding skill and expertise. They provide a clear analysis on a timely basis of the law and the status of our settlement negotiations that is always invaluable to us."

Another adds: "It is one of the best firms I have worked within this area."

Work highlights Successfully defended Imperial Toy in a fraud, whistleblower and breach of contract arbitration levied by a former executive vice president.

Secured a defense judgment for Smart & Final Stores in a disability discrimination claim brought by a former employee.

Significant clients Pfizer, CorVel, Destination Hotels & Resorts, Toys R Us, Herbalife.

Notable practitioners  

Mia Farber and Samantha Hoffman are key contacts.

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第四等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Standout reputation for its employment work in the retail, entertainment and healthcare industries. The team has a growing network of offices throughout the state and works with clients on the full spectrum of labor and employment matters, including wrongful termination, harassment and gender discrimination disputes.

Strengths Commentators note the team's results-oriented approach and strength in wage and hour claims: "We've got nothing but excellent results in every matter we've been represented in."

Another source describes the attorneys as "very thorough and if you need great expertise in wage and hour law, they are excellent."

Work highlights Advised Quemetco in a PAGA putative class action alleging several labor code violations, including failure to pay minimum and overtime wages.

Defended Kinetic Content in a breach of contract dispute brought by a former executive.

Significant clients Target, H&M, Kindred Healthcare, Blue Shield of California, Columbia Pictures.

Notable practitioners  

Alan Brunswick is noted for representing employers in the digital media and entertainment industries in complex guild and union disputes. His employment expertise also extends to wage and hour and ERISA litigation.

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第四等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Recommended for high-stakes litigation involving issues such as wage and hour disputes, discrimination, whistleblowers and wrongful termination. Regularly advises clients on the protection of their trade secrets.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's high quality of service, one source states: "They were brilliant, comprehensive, thorough and helped us bring the case to a satisfying conclusion."

Another source reports: "Not only has every attorney at Morrison & Foerster been extremely smart and knowledgeable, each has also been genuine, warm and likable."

Work highlights Successfully defended Vector Marketing in various nationwide class and collective actions revolving around alleged failure to pay trainees during a period of training.

Represented Ralphs Grocery Company in a wage and hour class action brought by drivers and delivery-support staff alleging the failure to pay overtime, among other claims.

Significant clients Chevron USA, PICS, Staples, XOMA, Obalon Therapeutics.

Notable practitioners  

Senior counsel Karen Kubin is known for her prowess in wage and hour disputes, as part of a wider employment litigation practice. Clients describe her as an "effective advocate, practical and results-oriented."

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第四等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Experienced defending against complex, high-stakes wage and hour litigation. Advises clients on the full spectrum of labor and employment advice, often working in concert with its impressive network of offices. Works with clients from the media and entertainment, healthcare and energy sectors, among others.

Strengths "The team as a whole provides great client service," said a client.

Another adds: "The Reed Smith attorneys have excellent analytic skills. They are creative and strategic."

Work highlights The team successfully represented Hobart Service in PAGA claims brought on behalf of Californian service technicians relating to unpaid overtime. Reed Smith obtained summary judgment on multiple fronts, eliminating the opposition's PAGA claim and obtaining attorney's fees for the client.

Advised GrubHub on multiple wage and hour suits, filled across the country, challenging the legality of the company's independent contractor workforce structure.

Significant clients Estée Lauder Companies, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, NBC Universal, Public Storage, Ryder Systems.

Notable practitioners  

The "very intelligent" and "detail-oriented" Linda Husar has extensive experience litigating Fair Credit Reporting, wrongful termination, discrimination and wage and hour cases. Her clients include MasTec and Ralphs Grocery Company.

Thomas Hill leads the firm's US wage and hour practice and has an excellent track record in disputes across the nation. Clients express their satisfaction with the results he delivers, stating he is "very practical and effective."

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第四等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Strong labor and employment practice that maintains an impressive reputation for its handling of litigation. Frequently defends employers against large-scale class and collective actions, including discrimination claims and wage and hour suits. Also offers expertise in whistleblower and business tort cases.

Strengths "They have been terrific, they have been spot-on in terms of accuracy and I find them to be very efficient too," said a client.

Work highlights Led the defense of National Entertainment Network in class action litigation brought by a former employee alleging she was improperly paid for her time spent commuting in a company car.

Advised an international beauty company in a wage and hour class action, alleging violations of several California Labor Code provisions and California Unfair Competition Law, among other claims.

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Louis Vuitton, Nuveen Investments, SkyWest Airlines, International Paper.

Notable practitioners  

Joan Fife is widely recognized for her class action practice, with one client stating: "She is a fantastic attorney and is often requested on files by our business leaders." She advises on wage and hour class actions, among other disputes.

Laura Petroff's broad practice often sees her representing management in complex sexual harassment, whistleblower, noncompete and wage and hour disputes. Sources rate her as "a great advocate and seasoned litigator."

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Senior Statesmen

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very impressive" Howard Fabrick is noted for his work in the entertainment industry. He has over fifty years' experience in the field and engages in complex collective bargaining agreements and compliance counsel for high-profile groups.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "wonderful and incredibly smart" Gary Siniscalco is a considerably experienced practitioner known for his expertise in affirmative action, audit and investigations. He devotes a large portion of his practice to advising on compliance in EEOC and employment dispute.

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Senior Statesmen

Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Senior counsel Kirby Wilcox is "one of the most prominent wage and hour lawyers in the state," say interviewees. He maintains an active practice for a range of clients, who describe him as "phenomenally knowledgeable."

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Star Individuals

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Industry leader Lynne Hermle is showered with commendations from sources, who call her "a known superstar" and a "force of nature." She is a "phenomenal trial lawyer" and her victories in "gigantic" employment litigation have earned her a tremendous reputation in the field.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Abell maintains her reputation as "one of the premier litigators in the country" for employment disputes. She has recently appeared multiple times before the EEOC and the OFCCP, utilizing her unique expertise in statistical proof to close a series of high-profile investigations. 

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Respected appellate practitioner Paul Cane is renowned for his successful experiences before the Supreme Court in complex employment proceedings and arbitrations. Peers and clients alike laud him as an "extraordinarily gifted lawyer" and "astounding writer."

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Grossman is "a legendary name" who "does a great job at developing an overarching theory," according to sources. He continues to advise the nation's biggest employers on matters of extreme complexity and sensitivity.

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Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Garry Mathiason is a seasoned class action litigator that has represented clients before the NLRB, California Court of Appeal and US Supreme Court. He cochairs the firm's robotics group and counsels employers on the legal ramifications of various technologies in the workplace.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Oncidi is highly respected in the industry, with commentators lauding him as a "phenomenal strategist" and "one of the top employment litigators in the country." He is renowned for his representation of Fortune 500 companies in significant litigation.

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Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Terry Sanchez is renowned for his high-profile employment dispute and internal investigation practice. Clients are extremely satisfied with his service and commend him as "extremely proactive and forward-looking about how the pieces will fit together down the line."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Former EEOC Commissioner Fred Alvarez represents management in high-profile employment disputes and internal investigations. Commentators commend his reputation and ability, labeling him a "very impressive practitioner."

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Berman maintains a solid reputation in his work for educational and healthcare clients, especially in complex proceedings before government agencies such as the NLRB. Berman is well thought of by his clients, who state: "His knowledge of the law and the history of our company is invaluable."

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice head Apalla Chopra is "very well regarded, smart and aggressive and a mentor to others," according to commentators. She is renowned for her expertise in advising universities on sensitive sexual assault allegations and Title IX investigations and ensuing disputes.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Catherine Conway is noted for her big wins in high-stakes wage and hour litigation on behalf of multinationals. Clients appreciate her ability to "recognize the opportunities for advantageous resolution along the way" and note she is "extremely impressive in her thoroughness and diligence."

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Munger, Tolles & Olson

From the Chambers USA guide

Malcolm Heinicke is noted as an "amazing business partner" who understands "the practical business implications of litigation." He is known for handling large-scale class actions, collective actions and matters concerning employee mobility for major industry players.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

George Howard is a considerably experienced practitioner with an excellent track record in both employment and union issues across the USA. He continues to advise McDonald's in NLRB proceedings.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Seasoned employment attorney David Kadue chairs the firm's California labor code litigation practice. His specialties include discrimination, wrongful termination and harassment cases.

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "phenomenal" Tracey Kennedy is an "outstanding trial lawyer" who represents some of the nation's biggest employers in high-stakes litigation. She recently represented Taco Bell and Whole Foods in large-scale PAGA and harassment cases. 

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Simmons is seen as "a wage and hour guru" by several market commentators. He also represents clients in a host of complex wrongful termination, discrimination, affirmative action and union issues.

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Wohl is a San Francisco-based litigator who handles high-stakes wrongful discharge, discrimination and wage and hour cases, particularly in the biotechnology and financial services arenas. One source states: "He is brilliant, probably the smartest lawyer I deal with. He is insightful and a tremendously gifted writer."

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Allen Matkins

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice head Dwight Armstrong engages in a range of employment issues, including litigation, transactions and compliance counsel. One commentator states: "He is practical and intuitive in finding solutions and resolving problems - he is the best labor law attorney that I have seen."

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Ashe focuses on wage and hour and employment litigation, recently he represented Digital Realty Trust in its multimillion-dollar whistleblower case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Clients describe him as  "one of the best - if not the best - employment attorney I've ever had the pleasure of working with."

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the West Coast employment group Elena Baca has a strong reputation for her trial work, representing clients in big-ticket litigation. A client commends her approach and details the effect she has: "Elena is extremely professional and knowledgeable; she was able to take control of the situation and bring the matter to closure both quickly and cost effectively."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Birenbaum of Greenberg Traurig, LLP possess noted strength in both labor and employment law, servicing clients in large scale matters across the state. "His advice and counsel has allowed the business to prosper and have more flexibility in addressing operational issues in real time," said a client.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jesse Cripps focuses on defending major employers in trial and appellate proceedings. One source lauds him as "a superstar in the making" who is "calm and smooth during negotiations."

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Arent Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carla Feldman of Arent Fox LLP's Los Angeles office leads the firm's national labor, employment and OSHA practice and counsels and defends California employers on those issues. She is "without a doubt the brightest employment law specialist that I have ever dealt with," according to one source. 

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joan Fife is widely recognized for her class action practice, with one client stating: "She is a fantastic attorney and is often requested on files by our business leaders." She advises on wage and hour class actions, among other disputes.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Debra Fischer is "very good at aligning business and legal strategies," according to sources. Her specialty lies in unfair competition and trade secret litigation, though she also provides broader employment counsel.

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Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Employment litigator Katherine Forster acts on behalf of management in a wide range of issues, including complex wage and hour, discrimination and wrongful termination cases. One source praises her as "practical, savvy and really into cutting-edge issues." 

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Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Hirschfeld of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP advises on and litigates both complex labor and employment matters for a broad spectrum of clients. "He is an incredible service provider, extremely knowledgeable but simultaneously very practical. He has the ability to cut through the noise and come up with sensible advice and resolutions," reports a source.

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very intelligent" and "detail-oriented" Linda Husar has extensive experience litigating Fair Credit Reporting, wrongful termination, discrimination and wage and hour cases. Her clients include MasTec and Ralphs Grocery Company.

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Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Levin focuses his practice on representing household names in the entertainment space. His area of expertise is litigation defending First Amendment rights, particularly in litigation with severe reputational risk. One insider reports: "He has done an excellent job in the cases I've seen him handle."

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Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Millman is a senior expert in employment dispute resolution, appearing before the NLRB in major class actions, in addition to arbitration and mediation proceedings. He often works with clients in the retail, transportation, hospitality and healthcare sectors.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Melinda Riechert heads both the Silicon Valley and San Francisco labor and employment practices and focuses her practice on resolving disputes for high-profile groups, particularly in the technology space. Her work additionally extends to employment counsel and acting in wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment suits.

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Siegel regularly represents the country's largest airline and railway companies in labor relations and employment matters. Siegel, who is an expert in Railway Labor Act matters, is "one of the most intelligent lawyers in his field," according to a source.

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Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Sulzer of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP is experienced in trade secrets and discrimination matters, among others. "He is creative in figuring out loopholes and applying them in a practical way," notes a commentator.

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Nixon Peabody LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Tanenbaum chairs the OSHA practice of Nixon Peabody LLP and focuses on related disputes. A satisfied client sings his praises: "He really has an incredible depth of experience in OSHA issues but also benefits from significant litigation experience - he seemingly knows the answer to every question."

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Witlin possesses a broad practice, handling the whole spectrum of labor and employment matters, including guild and union agreements and wage and hour class actions. One client praises his thoughtful approach: "He has repeatedly identified strategies and tactics that other lawyers have completely missed."

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leslie Abbott cochairs the firm's LA employment practice and is "an expert in wage and hour class actions," according to sources. Clients praise her approach to disputes, stating she is "thoughtful in developing strategies three to four steps down the road."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Rick Bergstrom litigates on behalf of clients in complex employee mobility, trade secret and wage and hour cases. His recent work includes leading the representation of California Pizza Kitchen in a large-scale PAGA claim.

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Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Brunswick is noted for representing employers in the digital media and entertainment industries in complex guild and union disputes. His employment expertise also extends to wage and hour and ERISA litigation.

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Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Cole maintains a reputation as being "dominant in the entertainment industry," having acted for every key motion picture studio in complex bargaining agreement proceedings. He additionally acts as lead counsel on employment issues including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and ERISA.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Karen Corman of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates handles a broad range of labor and employment issues and demonstrates particular expertise in matters relating to significant M&A transactions. "She is excellent to work with. Her strength is her commercially-minded approach to solving legal issues. She is also measured, a good communicator and has a great sense of humor," says a source.  

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Hill leads the firm's US wage and hour practice and has an excellent track record in disputes across the nation. Clients express their satisfaction with the results he delivers, stating he is "very practical and effective."

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Dentons

From the Chambers USA guide

Cynthia Jackson of Dentons has over thirty-five years of experience in employment counseling and litigation. Clients appreciate her expert counsel in global compliance, workforce expansion and post-M&A integration.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Seasoned employment litigator Judith Droz Keyes of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP represents employers before state and federal agencies on a variety of matters, including union disputes, single plaintiff cases, mediations, arbitrations and class actions. A client states that "she is knowledgeable, calm, practical and a pleasure to work with."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients describe employment specialist Curt Kirschner as an "outstanding attorney" and an "excellent business partner." His area of expertise is in labor disputes relating to the healthcare industry and acts for major institutions in the space. 

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Knopp of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP frequently handles employment litigation across numerous US states. "He is smart as a whip, he knows the law inside and out," according to a client, who adds: "He is one of the strongest legal writers I have ever met, his briefs are beautifully written and compelling."

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Senior counsel Karen Kubin is known for her prowess in wage and hour disputes, as part of a wider employment litigation practice. Clients describe her as an "effective advocate, practical and results-oriented."

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Employment litigator Joseph Liburt covers a broad range of disputes, including high-stakes PAGA work. He recently achieved a series of favorable results for client Sears Holdings and its subsidiaries, in various PAGA claims.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Livingston is regarded as an "excellent trial lawyer" who focuses his practice on defending notable employers against discrimination, wage and hour, wrongful termination and trade secret claims. Clients praise his court abilities as "polished, accessible and he communicates extremely well with the jury."

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Dentons

From the Chambers USA guide

Sandra McCandless of Dentons acts on behalf of management in complex class actions, arbitrations and reductions of force in both unionized and nonunionized sectors. One client lauds her abilities: "She is excellent at quickly assessing highly sensitive, complex situations and advising on best approaches."

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Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, LLP,

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda Miller Savitt of Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, LLP is an experienced trial attorney who predominately acts in discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination cases. Her sectors of expertise include retail, healthcare and public sector.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources state that Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP's Cheryl Orr is "very practical and intelligent" and a "good strategic thinker." Her practice consists of counseling and litigating on behalf of employers in multiparty FLSA and PAGA claims.

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Laura Petroff's broad practice often sees her representing management in complex sexual harassment, whistleblower, noncompete and wage and hour disputes. Sources rate her as "a great advocate and seasoned litigator."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Julian Poon is described as a "very brilliant, dogged and strong" litigator by clients who state that he is "extremely knowledgeable" and "the guy I go to first in bet-the-company litigation." He handles wage and hour class actions, among a variety of other matters.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Maria Rodriguez of DLA Piper LLP (US) heads the firm's Western employment group and is renowned for her international litigation capabilities. Clients say she is "commercial" and "easy to work with."

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christian Rowley has a traditional labor relations practice, engaging in complex collective bargaining agreements, class actions and union work. Commentators appreciate his "impeccable customer service" and "terrific litigation strategy."

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Diana Tabacopoulos regularly litigates high-stakes wage and hour cases for national clients. Clients appreciate her "effective, no-nonsense style," noting she "gets right to the point" and is "zealous in her representation."

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jessica Perry advises on high-profile wage and hour cases and provides additional representation in wrongful termination, discrimination and single plaintiff litigation. Clients note she is "practical and proactive in terms of her advice."

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