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Colleen Regan is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Her practice focuses on defense of employers in wage and hour class actions and single plaintiff employment-related litigation. She has handled class litigation matters in a number of industries, including manufacturing, retail, and gaming. She has tried numerous single-plaintiff cases in state and federal courts.
John Giovannone is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A member of the Labor & Employment Department, he represents employers in the full range of employment law matters, from traditional labor to single plaintiff and class-based wage/hour, contract, discrimination, harassment, and licensing litigation. While Mr. Giovannone’s bedrock skill set lies in employment litigation and trial advocacy, a major component of his practice involves advice and counsel so as to position his clients to avoid disputes where possible, and to prevail via litigation when necessary.
Chelsea Mesa is a partner in the Labor & Employment department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Her practice focuses on advising employers concerning various employment-related issues, including compliance with California and federal anti-discrimination, anti-harassment and leave laws, and other human resources practices, as well as negotiating and documenting employment and severance agreements.
Jonathan Brophy is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A member of the Labor & Employment Department, he focuses his practice on discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wrongful termination cases in state and federal court. Mr. Brophy also represents employers in wage and hour class actions in both state and federal court. Mr. Brophy has extensive experience in trial preparation, discovery, and law and motion.
Coby M. Turner
Coby Turner is an associate in the Sacramento office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A member of the Labor & Employment department, she represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, wage and hour, and class action matters. Ms. Turner has extensive experience in discovery, mediations, and law and motion and regularly represents her clients before administrative agencies and in Department of Fair Employment and Housing hearings.
Emily Barker is an associate in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A member of the Labor & Employment department, she represents management in a broad range of labor and employment matters. Her practice is focused on employment litigation and includes the defense of class, collective, multi-plaintiff and single-plaintiff actions arising out of alleged violations of Title VII, California Labor Code, the Fair Labor Standards Act and state statutes prohibiting discrimination and harassment in employment.
Jeffrey Berman is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw’s Los Angeles office. During more than four decades of representing employers in labor and employment matters, Mr. Berman has done a little bit of everything, and a lot of some things. He has extensive experience representing employers in traditional labor relations matters, including representation elections and collective bargaining. Mr. Berman has served as lead counsel in hundreds of labor arbitrations and civil suits involving such things as wage-hour class actions, wrongful discharge and claims of sex harassment. He also has been involved in many cases, either representing a party or an amicus, before the California Supreme Court and other state and federal appellate courts.
Cassandra Hanley Carroll
Cassandra Hanley Carroll is counsel in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Her practice focuses on defending employers against single and multi-plaintiff claims for discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, as well as against high exposure wage and hour class action claims arising under the California Labor Code. She also routinely handles wrongful termination, breach of contract, and other employment-related tort and contract claims.
Chris Crosman is senior counsel in the Labor & Employment Department of the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He represents employers in all facts of litigation, from inception through trial or arbitration, as well as on appeal.
Catherine Dacre is a partner in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s San Francisco office. Her practice includes wage and hour litigation of California Labor Code and FLSA claims in state and federal court. Ms. Dacre has a 22-year history in litigation, representing clients in the personal services, pharmaceutical, technology, medical, hospitality, security services, restaurant, insurance, financial services, construction, publishing, and entertainment industries, through trial and appeal. She has successfully defended employers in wage and hour class actions, as well as discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, whistleblower and other matters in state and federal court.
Pamela Devata is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She specializes in all aspects of employment defense including counseling, training, and litigation. Ms. Devata’s employment litigation practice includes state and federal court cases involving allegations of sex, race, and national origin discrimination and harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state laws, allegations of retaliation, allegations of disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state statutes, allegations of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), allegations of discrimination under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and wage and hour disputes. She also has extensive experience with employment litigation in administrative agencies.
Lindsay Fitch is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Her practice involves representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, wage and hour violations, business torts, and class action litigation.
Kerry Friedrichs is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. Ms. Friedrichs’ practice is focused on advising and defending clients with respect to wage and hour issues under California and federal law. She provides advice and counseling regarding a wide variety of wage and hour compliance matters, including meal and rest period requirements, implementation of alternative work schedules, development of payroll and timekeeping systems, exempt status determinations, regular rate of pay calculation and other compensation issues. Her experience includes defense of wage and hour class actions and individual claims.
Rachel Gradstein is an associate in the Labor & Employment department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She represents corporate clients in class and single-plaintiff actions, including wage and hour, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Ms. Gradstein also has traditional labor experience. Additionally, Ms. Gradstein is part of the firm’s Pro Bono department, providing legal services and advocacy to the underserved.
Dana Howells is senior counsel in the Labor and Employment Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Ms. Howells focuses her practice on advising businesses on all aspects of employment relationships from pre-hire screening to terminations and reductions-in-force. Areas of concentration include ERISA and employee benefits, discrimination, wage and hour, contacts, severance, compensation, FMLA and mandated leaves, disability/reasonable accommodations, harassment/internal investigations, privacy and workplace violence prevention. In addition to advising employers on compliance and problem-solving, Ms. Howells has represented employers before administrative agencies, self-regulatory agencies, in jury and bench trials, and before state and federal appellate courts. Depending on the client’s goals, she has resolved many disputes through arbitration, mediation and negotiation.
David Kadue, a member of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, has been a partner since 1988 and represents management in all areas of employment law. His practice traditionally emphasized litigation, primarily the defense of claims for workplace harassment, wrongful termination, and employment discrimination. In recent years he has concentrated on defense of class actions alleging patterns of employment discrimination or violation of wage and hour laws. He also advises employers with respect to employment contracts, employment policies, employee handbooks, and investigations of alleged employee misconduct.
Kristina Launey is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She is an efficient and effective litigator and counselor, specializing in all aspects of employment law, who provides clients with options and helps them achieve results in light of their businesses realities.
Brian Long is a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Los Angeles Office. Mr. Long’s practice focuses on representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He represents clients in state and federal court in class and collective wage and hour actions, as well as single and multi-plaintiff actions involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims. Mr. Long has defended and counseled employers in a variety of industries, including retail, transportation, manufacturing, financial services, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceutical and entertainment.
Aaron Lubeley is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw’s Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including age, race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation and disability discrimination and harassment, sexual harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, wrongful termination, privacy rights, independent contractor agreements, and various wage and hour claims. Mr. Lubeley also routinely counsels clients on employment policies and procedures, workplace investigations, employment contracts, severance agreements, equal employment opportunity compliance, employee terminations, reduction-in-force planning and wage and hour compliance.
Laura Maechtlen is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and serves as a Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity Action Team Executive Committee. Ms. Maechtlen’s practice is focused on employment litigation and includes the defense of class, collective and multi-plaintiff actions arising out of alleged violations of Title VII, California Labor Code, the Fair Labor Standards Act and state statutes prohibiting discrimination and harassment in employment. Ms. Maechtlen also has experience litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern-and-practice litigation. In addition, Ms. Maechtlen focuses on litigation of discrimination and harassment cases brought as single plaintiff claims under federal and state statutory laws.
Jon Meer is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is a member of the Labor & Employment Department and has extensive experience representing global clients in class action and collective action lawsuits, as well as several other types of high exposure claims.
Robert Milligan is a partner in the Litigation and Labor & Employment Departments of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice encompasses a wide variety of commercial litigation and employment matters, including general business and contract disputes, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation and other intellectual property theft, franchise litigation, real estate litigation, insurance bad faith, invasion of privacy, consumer and employee class actions, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour disputes, ADA and OSHA compliance, whistleblower and SOX cases, bankruptcy, and other business torts. He specializes in trade secret, non-compete, and data protection litigation and transactional work on a state, national, and international platform.
Lori O’Hara is a partner in the Los Angeles (Century City) office of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. She specializes in labor and employment law and her practice involves representing employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in actions alleging claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, public policy violations, tort claims, and violations of the California Labor Code and wage orders. Ms. O’Hara also represents employers in state and federal court in discrimination and wage and hour class and collective actions. She has experience representing clients in a wide array of industries including transportation, communications, financial services and manufacturing.
Dana Peterson is a partner in the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She is an experienced litigator and powerful advocate with a state-wide practice that enables her to provide exceptional client service in multiple jurisdictions. Her primary emphasis is litigating single and multiple-plaintiff cases in both state and federal courts throughout California. In her seventeen years of practice, she has successfully represented employers against claims of wrongful termination, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, sexual harassment, discrimination and harassment claims based on race, religion, pregnancy, gender, age, national origin and disability, alleged violations of state and federal leave laws, claims for failure to accommodate and failure to engage in the interactive process, fraud, and alleged Labor Code violations.
Jill Porcaro is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in our Los Angeles office. Since 1997, she has focused her practice exclusively on wage and hour class action litigation, complex litigation and labor and employment law counseling. Ms. Porcaro has worked with employers to review their wage and hour practices, conduct workplace investigations, and provided employee anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training. She has worked with national employers in various industries, including retail, pharmaceutical, security, communications, entertainment, trucking, airline, manufacturing, gaming, and financial. Ms. Porcaro has also represented public sector clients, including the Los Angeles Unified School District.
David Rosenberg is an associate in the Labor & Employment department of the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he assists attorneys in representing clients in both single plaintiff and class actions. Mr. Rosenberg’s practice has a strong focus in employment litigation. He has effectively defended employers in lawsuits alleging wrongful termination, discrimination and/or harassment.
Geoffrey Westbrook is an associate in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Sacramento Office. Mr. Westbrook advises and represents employers in a broad range of labor, employment, and business matters. He has successfully represented clients in both single plaintiff and class action trials.
Simon L. Yang
Simon L. Yang, a senior associate in Seyfarth’s Los Angeles office, represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation. Mr. Yang has obtained dismissals in state and federal courts on discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, wage and hour, and class and collective action claims. He also has successfully defended employers in several trials and appeals. Mr. Yang utilizes a well-balanced perspective to labor and employment issues: in addition to postgraduate study in labor and industrial relations, he has prior work experience in human resources and for the National Labor Relations Board.
Ann Marie Zaletel
Ann Marie Zaletel is a partner in the Los Angeles office and a key member of the Workplace Compliance Solutions Group. Her practice is focused on the delivery of proactive, pragmatic solutions that help clients avoid litigation and develop internal compliance initiatives.