I represent clients in all aspects of commercial litigation with a special emphasis in the areas of labor and employment law. I represent employers in all aspects of labor and employment law including advising employers about the discipline of employees, payroll (wage and hour) issues, claims of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation made by employees, and leaves of absence.
I also represent employees in all facets of labor and employment law. The decision to represent both employers and employees provides me with a balanced approach to the practice of this area of law and affords me the ability to advise both sides in a fair, effective, and aggressive manner. I understand and can appreciate both the employer and the employee’s situation and always work towards achieving the resolution that is the most appropriate for my client.
I represent clients before both state and federal courts as well as in binding arbitrations. I also represent clients before numerous administrative agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Workers Compensation Appeals Board, the Employment Development Department, and the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
I routinely provide advice to employers on preventative measures to protect their trade secrets and proprietary information from being inadvertently and/or intentionally misappropriated and represent clients in state or federal court to protect this vital information. I have represented multi-million dollar insurance companies, recruiting agencies, mortgage brokers and other financial services companies in lawsuits to protect the disclosure to their competitors of the companies’ primary asset – information pertaining to the customers that utilize their services. I also provide advice to employees considering leaving their current employment regarding the duties and responsibilities they owe to their employer and set up policies, procedures and strategies to ensure they compete in a lawful and productive manner.
I have expertise representing construction companies, owners, and property developers in construction law matters. Based on my knowledge of construction law, I have developed a rather unique practice of advising construction companies on labor and employment matters of particular interest to those clients. For instance, I regularly represent construction companies that perform public works projects before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and/or other labor compliance agencies with respect to prevailing wage matters.
I also assist construction companies fulfill their obligations to maintain certified payroll reports and respond to third party requests (non-owner) to audit the payroll reports. I also negotiate collective bargaining agreements with labor unions and represent clients before the National Labor Relations Board.