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.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Announces New Associate Andrew Kushner

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to announce that Andrew Kushner will be joining the firm as an associate. 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.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Congratulates 2014 Summer Associate Julie Veroff

Altshuler Berzon LLP congratulates Julie Veroff, one of its 2014 Summer Associates, on her clerkship with Justice Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court’s October 2017 term.  Julie previously clerked for Judge Marsha S. Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Announces 2017 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to announce its 2017 Summer Associates: 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 federal judges:

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.

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 Thanks Its 2016 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP is extremely grateful to its 2016 Summer Associates, who were wonderful colleagues and performed exemplary legal work: Lisa Bixby (Stanford Law School), Ming Cheung (Harvard Law School), Hannah Kieschnick (Stanford Law School), Zach Manfredi (Yale Law School), and Adán Martínez (Yale Law School).

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

Lisa Bixby will be clerking for Judge Richard A. Paez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2017-18 term.

Ming Cheung will be clerking for Judge Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for the 2017-18 term and for Judge Valerie Caproni of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for the 2018-20 terms.

Hannah Kieschnick will be clerking for Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2017-18 term and for Judge Christopher R. Cooper of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia 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 Welcomes New Partner Casey Pitts

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to announce that P. Casey Pitts became a member of the partnership on January 1, 2017.  Casey is a 2008 graduate of Yale Law School.  He joined Altshuler Berzon as an associate in 2009 after completing a clerkship with Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He is a member of the amicus and judiciary committees of BALIF, the San Francisco Bay Area’s LGBT bar association, a volunteer attorney with the Workers’ Rights Clinic of Legal Aid at Work, and was named a “Rising Star” in the 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers listings in San Francisco Magazine.  As a partner, Casey will continue his practice focusing on representing workers, labor unions, consumers, and public interest organizations in complex impact and appellate litigation.

Partner Michael Rubin named by Daily Journal as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California 2016”

This month, the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal legal newspapers announced the “Top 100 Lawyers in California 2016.” Altshuler Berzon LLP partner Michael Rubin was featured for the victories he and his colleagues at Altshuler Berzon LLP recently achieved in two groundbreaking cases: the Vergara teacher tenure case, in which the California Court of Appeal upheld against constitutional challenge the California Education Code provisions governing public school teacher hiring, retention, dismissals, and lay-offs; and the Walmart warehouse workers litigation, which resulted in a $22.7 million settlement for low-wage, immigrant warehouse workers employed in four Walmart-owned warehouses in California’s Inland Empire.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Lawyers Named 2016 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year

Recognized for Employment Law Achievement

On March 15, 2016, the Daily Journal awarded its 2016 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Awards to attorneys throughout the state, including three at Altshuler Berzon LLP.

Michael Rubin (who has won five CLAY awards), Jonathan Weissglass (who has won three CLAY awards), and Eric P. Brown won in the category of Employment Law for a class action on behalf of 2,000 low-wage immigrant warehouse workers in four Inland Empire warehouses owned by Walmart.

After four years of litigation, U.S. District Court Judge Christina A. Snyder granted final approval of a $22.7 million settlement on behalf of warehouse workers at the Walmart warehouses going back to 2001. As a result of the settlement, several class members received more than $80,000 each, while dozens received more than $20,000 each. The litigation also obtained a TRO and three preliminary injunctions to require accurate recordkeeping and prevent the mass retaliatory termination of warehouse workers.