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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
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Partner; Labor and Employment


Donna Mezias advises employers on a wide range of employment issues, including management of risks associated with employee terminations; sexual harassment and other employee investigations; reductions in force and facility closures; discrimination issues; trade secret and employee mobility issues; disability accommodation; family and medical leave laws; wage and hour compliance; drug testing; and employee privacy rights. She represents employers in all types of employment litigation including class action and individual discrimination cases; wage and hour class actions and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective actions; retaliation; whistleblower; wrongful termination and employment contract cases; trade secret; employee solicitation; defamation; and unfair competition litigation.

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J.D., Stanford Law School, 1983; B.A., Boston College, magna cum laude, 1977

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has notable experience in class and collective actions, often representing large corporations from the retail, food and drink, sports and services industries. The team, which is led by Washington DC-based Bob Lian, acts in wage and hour class actions, labor issues and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) disputes. Supporting these efforts is Daniel L Nash, a recognized litigation lawyer, with arbitration and litigation specialists Stacey Eisenstein and Esther G Lander also noted in Washington DC. In charge of the Los Angeles office is Gregory W. Knopp, who has experience in PAGA claims. Donna Mezias in San Francisco is a key contact for California labor and employment matters. Gary McLaughlin departed in September 2021 to Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.