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    • David Borgen - Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho
    • Eve Cervantez - Altshuler Berzon
    • James Finberg - Altshuler Berzon
    • Adam Klein - Outten & Golden LLP
    • David Lowe - Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP
    • Michael Rubin - Altshuler Berzon

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San Francisco-based Altshuler Berzon undertakes individual litigation and class and collective actions before state and federal courts and government agencies, and also handles arbitration. The firm represents unions and employees from diverse professions, such as teaching and nursing, in disputes ranging from unfair labor charges to misclassification, discrimination, and wage and hour disputes. James Finberg and recently promoted partner P. Casey Pitts won an Eleventh Circuit collective action appeal against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company and its two hiring agencies, which was brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act by a job applicant. Finberg, in conjunction with Eve Cervantez and Eileen Goldsmith, also brought a wage and hour class action against Pizza Hut on behalf of hourly employees in California restaurants, who alleged prohibited meal and rest breaks and failure to reimburse workers for expenses. Michael Rubin, Barbara Chisholm, Stacey Leyton and Peder Thoreen are also recommended.

Led by Kelly Dermody, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP’s employment-focused practice excels in discrimination, wage and hour, whistleblower and ERISA disputes. The firm is representing a radiologist and class members in a class action filed against Duke University, Duke University Health System and the dean of UNC School of Medicine; the plaintiff alleged that the institutions blocked lateral hires from each other’s faculties through a no-poaching employment agreement and suppressed wages by colluding with one another. Dermody and Anne Shaver, together with co-counsel Sanford Heisler, LLP, are representing female employees in an ongoing $350m gender discrimination class action brought against KPMG that centers on claims pertaining to denied promotions and maternity leave discrimination. Daniel Hutchinson, Lin Chan and New York-based whistleblowing expert Rachel Geman are highly regarded. Named attorneys work in San Francisco unless stated otherwise,

At Outten & Golden LLP, deputy managing partner Adam Klein, Rachel Bien and Justin Swartz lead the class and collective action practice. Ossai Miazad and Klein won a landmark case on behalf of African American and Latino job applications who challenged the US Census Bureau’s hiring policies, alleging that these discriminated against individuals with a criminal record. Wendi Lazar, managing partner Wayne Outten and Katherine Blostein jointly chair the executive and professionals group and, along with Laurence Moy, who jointly heads the financial services practice, are the primary contacts for single-plaintiff mandates. The firm’s expertise includes whistleblowing, breach of contract and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration claims. Cara Greene, Kathleen Peratis, Molly Brooks, Tammy Marzigliano recently promoted partner Darnley Stewart and Melissa Pierre-Louis, who was made up to counsel, are highly respected. Jahan Sagafi leads the San Francisco office and Lori Deem is the main contact in Chicago. David Lopez joined from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as head of the firm’s recently opened Washington DC office, where counsel Peter Romer-Friedman, who joined from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, is also based. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Oakland-based Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho handles discrimination and wage and hour class and collective actions. Of counsel David Borgen won a Seventh Circuit appeal on behalf of female paramedics, who filed a disparate impact discrimination claim against the City of Chicago pertaining to its Physical Ability Test; the court reversed an earlier decision that favored the defendant, stating that its test did not accurately measure the skills needed to perform as a paramedic. Laura Ho has expertise in California and federal wage and hour collective actions, and William Jhaveri-Weeks is well regarded for appellate work and enforcing employee protection laws. Andrew Lee and James Kan are other names to note.

Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP is renowned for wage and hour class actions, including unpaid overtime, minimum wage and employee misclassification cases. The San Francisco-based firm’s expertise also includes retaliation protection, sexual harassment and leaves of absence. Chaya Mandelbaum, senior litigation counsel Erin Pulaski and John Mullan, alongside co-counsel Leigh Law Group, represented lead plaintiff Kevin Woodruff in a putative class action filed against his former employer Broadspectrum Downstream Services (formerly Timec), which alleges failure to pay workers for the time taken to prepare shifts at California refineries; preliminary approval of a multimillion-dollar settlement has been granted. In another highlight, Pulaski and managing partner David Lowe obtained substantial damages for lost wages and emotional distress for a blind physical therapist. Of counsels Mark Rudy, Alan Exelrod and Steven Zieff have a wealth of experience.

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