Two Altshuler Berzon LLP Lawyers Named Among Top 75 California Labor and Employment Lawyers of 2019

On July 10, 2019, the California Daily Journal announced its 75 top California labor and employment lawyers for 2019.  Two Altshuler Berzon LLP partners, Michael Rubin and Jim Finberg were included in that select group.  Michael’s work enforcing low-wage workers’ rights under the California Labor Code, and protecting their ability to do so through California’s Private Attorney General Act against employers’ attempts to undermine that law, were cited by the Daily Journal.  Jim’s work enforcing California’s Fair Pay Act to combat wage discrimination against women in the tech sector, including pending cases against Google, Inc., and Oracle America, Inc., were highlighted by the Daily Journal.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes 2019 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to welcome its 2019 Summer Associates: Hannah Begley (Stanford Law School), Annie Hollister (Harvard Law School), William Hughes (New York University School of Law), Luke Taylor (Harvard Law School), and Zoe Tucker (Yale Law School).

Additionally, Altshuler Berzon LLP congratulates them on accepting the following post-graduation judicial clerkships:

Hannah Begley will be clerking for Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court for the 2020-2021 term, and with Judge Marsha Berzon of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2021-2022 term.

Annie Hollister will be clerking for Judge Marsha Berzon of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2020-2021 term.

Luke Taylor will be clerking for Judge Robert N. Chatigny of the District of Connecticut for the 2020-2021 term.

The law firm typically hires four or five summer associates each year. Information about recruiting is available by clicking here.

Michael Rubin Honored by Center for Workers’ Rights

The Center for Workers’ Rights honored Altshuler Berzon LLP Partner Michael Rubin with its “Legal Advocate Award” on June 12, 2019.  At a ceremony at the Citizens Hotel in Sacramento, the CWR recognized Michael for his successful advocacy on behalf of low-wage workers throughout California, especially in such notable and well-known California Supreme Court cases as Armendariz, Gentry, Brinker, and Dynamex.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes New Associate Amanda Lynch

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to welcome Amanda Lynch, who joined the firm in October 2018 as an associate. Amanda is a graduate of Yale Law School and clerked for Judge Marsha Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Judge Vince Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Thanks Its 2018 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP is extremely grateful to its 2018 Summer Associates, who were wonderful colleagues and performed exemplary legal work: James Baltzer (Stanford Law School), Nicholas DeFiesta (Stanford Law School), Dylan Saba (Berkeley Law), Robin Tholin (Harvard Law School), and Daniel Yablon (Berkeley Law).

Additionally, Altshuler Berzon LLP congratulates them on accepting the following post-graduation judicial clerkships:

James Baltzer will be clerking for Judge Marsha Berzon of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2019-2020 term, and with Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar of the California Supreme Court for the 2021-2022 term.

Nicholas DeFiesta will be clerking for Judge J. Paul Oetken of the Southern District of New York for the 2020-21 term.

Robin Tholin will be clerking for Judge Marsha Berzon of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2020-2021 term.

Daniel Yablon will be clerking for Judge William A. Fletcher of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2019-2020 term, with Judge Alison J. Nathan of the Southern District of New York for the 2020-2021 term, and with Judge David S. Tatel of the D.C. Circuit for the 2021-2022 term.

The law firm typically hires four or five summer associates each year. Information about recruiting is available by clicking here.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes 2018 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to welcome its 2018 Summer Associates: James Baltzer (Stanford Law School), Nicholas DeFiesta (Stanford Law School), Dylan Saba (Berkeley Law), Robin Tholin (Harvard Law School), and Daniel Yablon (Berkeley Law).

Additionally, Altshuler Berzon LLP congratulates them on accepting the following post-graduation judicial clerkships:

James Baltzer will be clerking for Judge Marsha Berzon of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2019-2020 term, and with Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar of the California Supreme Court for the 2021-2022 term.

Nicholas DeFiesta will be clerking for Judge J. Paul Oetken of the Southern District of New York for the 2020-21 term.

Robin Tholin will be clerking for Judge Marsha Berzon of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2020-2021 term.

Daniel Yablon will be clerking for Judge William A. Fletcher of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2019-2020 term, with Judge Alison J. Nathan of the Southern District of New York for the 2020-2021 term, and with Judge David S. Tatel of the D.C. Circuit for the 2021-2022 term.

The law firm typically hires four or five summer associates each year. Information about recruiting is available by clicking here.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes New Partners Eric P. Brown and Matthew Murray

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to announce that Eric P. Brown and Matthew Murray became members of the partnership on January 1, 2018.  Eric is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.  Prior to joining the firm, Eric served as a law clerk to Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and to Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  In 2016, he was named a “California Lawyer of the Year” by the California Lawyer magazine for his work in the Walmart warehouse litigation.

Matt is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School, and also received a Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.  Prior to joining the firm, Matt served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Margaret Marshall of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  Matt is a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.  He was a contributor to the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s The Fair Labor Standards Act, 2nd Edition, 2012, 2015, and 2016 Cumulative Supplements.  He was named a “Rising Star” in the 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers listings in San Francisco Magazine.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Announces New Associates Andrew Kushner and Megan Wachspress

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to announce that Andrew Kushner and Megan Wachspress will be joining the firm as associates.

Andrew was an outstanding Summer Associate at the firm in 2014, has since graduated from Stanford Law School and clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He is currently clerking for Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar of the California Supreme Court and will join the firm in October 2017.

Megan is a graduate of Yale Law School and clerked for Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court.  She is currently clerking for Judge William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and will join the firm in January 2018.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Thanks Its 2017 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP is extremely grateful to its 2017 Summer Associates, who were wonderful colleagues and performed exemplary legal work:  Rebecca Chan (Yale Law School), Jennifer Davidson (University of Virginia School of Law), Jared Dummitt (Harvard Law School), Melissa Greenberg (Harvard Law School), and John He (University of Michigan Law School).

Additionally, Altshuler Berzon LLP congratulates them on accepting post-graduation clerkships with the following federal judges:

Rebecca Chan will be clerking for Chief Judge Virginia Phillips of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for the 2019-20 term.

Jennifer Davidson will be clerking for Judge Gregg Costa of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for the 2018-19 term, and Judge Wendy Beetlestone of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the 2019-20 term.

Jared Dummitt will be clerking for Judge Michael Daly Hawkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2018-19 term, and for Judge Kimba Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for the 2019-20 term.

John He will be clerking for Judge Marsha S. Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2018-19 term.

The law firm typically hires four or five summer associates each year.  Information about recruiting is available by clicking here.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Lawyers Named 2017 California Lawyers of the Year

On March 15, 2017, the California Daily Journal awarded its 2017 California Lawyer of the Year (“CLAY”) awards to attorneys throughout the state, including two at Altshuler Berzon LLP.

Partner Michael Rubin and Associate Connie Chan were each awarded a 2017 CLAY award in the category of Worker Health & Safety.  Michael and Connie were recognized for their successful efforts in obtaining a unanimous California Supreme Court decision in Kilby v. CVS Pharmacy, a decision that guaranteed workers throughout California the right to “suitable seating” at their workstations when the nature of their work reasonably permits the use of a seat.  The “suitable seating” law at issue was initially adopted in 1913 but rarely enforced.  Not until the California Legislature created a private right of action for civil penalties in the 2003 Labor Code Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”) could workers sue for violations of their seating law rights under California law.  Shortly after the Kilby ruling in April 2016, the Ninth Circuit applied the State’s newly-construed seating law in three pending class actions that Michael and Connie were also handling on appeal, affirming the district court’s class certification order in a case brought by Walmart checkout cashiers, and reversing the denial of class certification in cases brought by JPMorgan Chase bank tellers and CVS checkout cashiers.  Shortly after that, Michael and Connie’s efforts resulted in the largest pure PAGA settlement ever, in a seating case brought by Bank of America tellers, which resulted in a $15 million settlement (almost half of which was paid to the State labor agency and earmarked for labor law enforcement and education) plus comprehensive injunctive relief that guaranteed all Bank of America tellers the right to seats at their teller counters.  This was Michael’s sixth CLAY award since 2003 and Connie’s first CLAY award.