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Andrew Paley

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Labor and Employment Department; Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group


Andrew Paley is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in Seyfarth Shaw’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Paley’s practice focuses on defending employers in complex collective and class action litigations. Mr. Paley is co-chair of the firm’s National Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group, Chair of the firm’s California Wage & Hour Litigation group, and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Department Steering Committee. Mr. Paley has litigated more than 100 class and collective actions for alleged wage and hour violations under both state and federal law for clients in the financial services, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, telecommunications, and insurance industries. These cases include claims alleging misclassification of employees as exempt or as independent contractors; “off-the-clock” and regular rate violations; denied reimbursements; miscalculation of commissions and bonuses; failure to pay prevailing wages; and meal/rest break violations. He also advises clients on conducting pre-litigation wage and hour audits. Additionally, Mr. Paley assists clients with regard to wage and hour due diligence matters and potential exposure analyses in connection with corporate acquisitions and transactions. He was named one of the top labor and employment lawyers in California by the Daily Journal.


Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (2004-present); Latham & Watkins LLP (1990-2004); Author, definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation, "Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation"; Writer and Lecturer on numerous employment law topics; Guest lecturer, Stanford, Pepperdine, and Southwestern Law Schools; Honored by the City of Pasadena and received the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Courageous Citizen Award for his pro bono efforts in combating gang violence.


Member of the following Bars: American Bar Association, California State Bar, Los Angeles County Bar Association (Litigation and Employment Law Sections).


JD, Stanford University (1990); BA, Yale University (1987), cum laude

United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Within: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields a team of 'good experts, comprising seasoned lawyers supervising stellar long-term associates'. Noted for its expertise in wage-and-hour class actions and workplace litigation alleging discrimination, the nationwide group is praised for being 'hands on, extremely thorough, and extraordinarily knowledgeable'. Work highlights included Noah Finkel and Andrew Scroggins acting for Epic Systems as co-counsel (alongside Hogan Lovells US LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP) in a landmark case decided by the Supreme Court in May 2018, relating to the enforceability of the agreement into which the plaintiff entered requiring the parties to resolve wage-hour disputes through individual arbitration and waive class and collective proceedings. The 'one-of-a-kind' Gerald Maatman continues to lead a team acting for Sterling Jewelers (together with co-counsel Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP) in an employment discrimination class action. Brian Ashe successfully acted for Digital Realty Trust before the Supreme Court in a case relating to the definition and statutory application of the term 'whistleblower'. Camille Olson is a 'world class lawyer' and Washington DC-based Raymond Baldwin is a ' zealous advocate for his clients with a practical approach'. In Los Angeles, Andrew Paley is an 'extremely well-versed adviser', and Jon Meer is praised for his 'immense knowledge and trial practice'. Atlanta's Robert Stevens is described as an 'expert in restrictive covenant work'; clients also appreciate Kerry Friedrichs in San Francisco and Pamela Devata for 'being leaders in their field and being able to answer questions on the spot'. Further recommended individuals are practice head Laura Maechtlen and Christian Rowley in San Francisco, Boston's Richard Alfred and the 'greatly experienced and knowledgeable' Lisa Damon, Lorie Almon and Gina Merrill in New York, as well as Richard Lapp. In Houston, the team was strengthen by the arrival of Scott Nelson from Baker McKenzie LLP in May 2018, while John Yslas joined the Los Angeles office from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in July 2018. Named attorneys are based in Chicago except where indicated otherwise.

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