Fatima Hasanain

(415) 421-7151 ext. 354
fhasanain@altshulerberzon.com

Education
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., Columbia Law School

Fatima is a FAIR Fellow at Altshuler Berzon LLP. She spent the first half of her fellowship at Legal Aid at Work. In law school, Fatima served as a Max Berger Public Interest/Public Service Fellow and participated as a student attorney in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. She was also a Managing Editor on the Columbia Law Review, which published her note, Laboring After Labor; Applying USERRA’s Just Cause Protection to Pregnant and Postpartum Workers. Columbia awarded Fatima the Pauline Berman Heller Prize for outstanding academic achievement in the service of gender equality and the Valentin J.T. Wertheimer Prize in Labor Law.

 

Colin Clemente Jones

(415) 421-7151 ext. 363
cjones@altshulerberzon.com

Education
B.A., Linfield University
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School

In law school, Colin volunteered with the Transgender Empowerment & Advocacy pro bono project and interned for the Transgender Law Center, the EEOC, and law firms working on nonprofit and civil rights issues. He was named Best Oralist in the Keedy Cup moot court competition and served as an Articles Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. His law review comment, Systematizing Discrimination: AI Vendors & Title VII Enforcement, received the Herman Lazarus prize for best employment law paper and he was recognized with the M.H. Goldstein Memorial Prize for excellence in the field of labor law.

Prior to law school, Colin worked in program, communications, and compliance roles for grantmaking foundations in Portland, Oregon, supporting investments in community-based organizing and civil rights initiatives.

 

Katherine G. Bass

(415) 421-7151 ext. 320
kbass@altshulerberzon.com

Education
B.A., Middlebury College
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Clerkships

Hon. Marsha S. Berzon, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Hon. Rowan D. Wilson, New York Court of Appeals

While a law student, Kate served as a Toll Public Interest Scholar, the co-president of the Democracy Law Pro Bono Project, and a law clerk for the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante and the Migrant Farm Worker Division of Colorado Legal Services. She also participated in the Transnational Legal and Child Custody and Support Assistance Clinic.

Prior to law school, Kate worked as an organizer and program officer to strengthen voting rights in the United States and women’s political participation and civil society in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Talia Stender

(415) 421-7151 ext. 321
tstender@altshulerberzon.com

Education
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., Yale Law School

Clerkships

Hon. Sidney R. Thomas, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Hon. Goodwin H. Liu, California Supreme Court

While in law school, Talia participated in Yale’s Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and the Law & Political Economy student group. Before law school, Talia worked in local politics in the Bay Area.

Alina Pastor-Chermak

(415) 421-7151 ext. 382
apastorchermak@altshulerberzon.com

Education
B.A., New York University
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

Clerkships

Hon. Susan R. Bolton, United States District Court for the District of Arizona

Alina is the Altshuler Berzon LLP-NRDC Joint Fellow. Before her clerkship, Alina served as a cross-border advocacy fellow at Immigrant Defenders Law Center in San Diego, where she worked with an impact litigation team to challenge discriminatory immigration policies. She also provided direct representation to Haitian migrants seeking humanitarian parole and work authorization in the United States.

While in law school, Alina served as Articles Editor for the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law and participated in the Violence Against Women Act constitutional redrafting practicum. She was also a student-attorney in the Domestic Violence Clinic, for which she received an award for outstanding advocacy.

Before law school, Alina worked as a full-time caregiver.

Eve H. Cervantez

(415) 421-7151 ext. 353
ecervantez@altshulerberzon.com

Education
B.A., Washington University
J.D., Harvard Law School

Clerkships
Hon. Charles A. Legge, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Eve’s practice consists primarily of representing workers and consumers in class action lawsuits, with a particular emphasis on civil rights, employment discrimination, wage and hour, and privacy cases. She also represents individual professors in tenure matters.

Eve is currently on the Senior Editorial Board of The Fair Labor Standards Act and is a chapter author and contributor to Wage and Hour Laws, a State-by-State Survey. She also lectures regularly on wage and hour, employment discrimination, and class action law. Eve is proud to serve on the Board of Equal Rights Advocates, where she chairs its Litigation Committee and serves on the Luncheon Committee. Eve previously worked as a staff attorney at the Prison Law Office representing inmates challenging unconstitutional conditions of confinement and was a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, where she represented plaintiffs in class action employment and consumer lawsuits. She was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Eve was honored as a 2018 “California Lawyer of the Year” for her work on consumer privacy as co-lead counsel in the In re Anthem Data Breach litigation. Eve has been selected to Northern California Super Lawyers every year since 2010, has been named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California, and is a “Leading Lawyer” listed in The Legal 500 United States.

In her spare time, Eve enjoys watching her four sons play baseball, football, basketball, and soccer, and curling up with a good book.

Representative matters include:

  • Obtained settlement for comprehensive injunctive relief for women and minority workers alleging employment discrimination by a national retailer.
  • Secured multi-million dollar settlements for numerous classes of workers asserting violations of wage and hour laws, including:
    – Pizza delivery drivers deprived of proper reimbursement for miles driven;
    – Auto mechanics paid on a piece rate basis below minimum wage;
    – Bank tellers denied suitable seating.
  • Appointed by federal district court as co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel in federal multi-district litigation involving hundreds of consumer class actions alleging that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated Blue Cross-Blue Shield companies failed to maintain the confidentiality of the personal information of approximately 80 million Americans, in one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history, and obtained $115 million settlement plus mandated improvements to Anthem’s cybersecurity practices.
  • In six-week arbitration trial, represented truck drivers who alleged that military contractor failed to pay them for all hours worked in Iraq supporting the U.S. military.
    Obtained $1.3 million arbitration award for security guards who were not paid for their on-duty meal periods.
  • Part of legal team that prevented state budget cuts for in-home care workers who enable disabled and elderly Medicaid beneficiaries to live safely in their own homes.
  • Represented numerous classes of workers to vindicate their workplace rights, including truck drivers misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees; fast-food workers deprived of meal and rest breaks; industrial laundry workers paid below the mandated living wage; help desk employees, insurance claims adjusters and exterminators deprived of overtime compensation; high-tech employees not paid promised bonuses; and delivery drivers subjected to a racially-discriminatory test.

Stacey Leyton

(415) 421-7151 ext. 304
sleyton@altshulerberzon.com

Education
B.A., Stanford University
M.A., Stanford University
J.D., Stanford Law School

Clerkships
Hon. Stephen Breyer, United States Supreme Court
Hon. Stephen Reinhardt, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Hon. Susan Illston, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Stacey has litigated numerous cases in state and federal court, at both the trial and appellate levels. She has regularly argued major motions and appeals. Her litigation practice involves representation of labor unions, environmental groups, individual workers and public benefits recipients, advocacy organizations, and public entities. The cases have involved a wide variety of issues under federal and state law, including federal labor law, antitrust prohibitions and exemptions, voting rights statutes, Medicaid, the Americans with Disabilities Act, RICO, state choice-of-law issues, state employment law, and protections afforded by the federal and state constitutions. Stacey’s practice also includes legislative drafting and client advice.

Stacey has previously served as an Appellate Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, as a United States District Court Northern District of California Lawyer Representative, on the Board of Directors of Public Interest Clearinghouse (now OneJustice), a volunteer at Legal Aid at Work’s Workers’ Rights Clinic, and a volunteer in San Francisco public schools and youth soccer programs. She is currently on the board of directors of Or Shalom Jewish Community.

Stacey was named a “California Lawyer of the Year” by California Lawyer Magazine in 2011 for her work in a case challenging budget cuts to the California program providing in-home care to Medicaid recipients. She has been selected to Northern California Super Lawyers, Benchmark Plaintiff California Local Litigation Stars, and Benchmark Plaintiff Top Women in Litigation on numerous occasions.

In addition to being a member of the California state bar, Stacey is admitted to the state bar of Washington.

Stacey enjoys watching sports (especially the San Francisco Giants), paddle boarding and other water activities, biking, good TV, and spending time with friends and family.

Representative matters:

  • Represented Writers Guild of America in litigation against Hollywood agencies regarding conflicted agency practices and supporting mass action by writers who terminated their agents for those conflicts. Defeated preliminary injunction motions and motions to dismiss before agencies agreed to comply with Guild’s code of conduct.
  • Successfully argued in the California Supreme Court to obtain ruling that nonprofit organizations have standing under California’s Unfair Competition Law.
  • Obtained dismissal of hotel operator’s lawsuit against unions and union officials asserting antitrust, RICO, and state law claims.
  • Defended school district’s non-discrimination policy against challenge by religious group seeking to require potential leaders of student club to agree to oppose same sex relationships.
  • Secured Ninth Circuit ruling holding that janitors protesting sex harassment and low wages were protected under the NLRA, reversing NLRB decision upholding their terminations.
  • Obtained, and defended on appeal, federal court injunctions preventing California budget cuts to in-home care program that would have eliminated services, reduced hours, limited eligibility, and cut compensation to providers.
  • Secured preliminary injunction requiring North Carolina to restore to the registration rolls thousands of voters whose registrations had been unlawfully cancelled in the months preceding the 2016 election.
  • Helped defeat International Franchise Association federal court challenge to Seattle $15 minimum wage ordinance.
  • Defended City of Seattle against federal lawsuit filed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeking to strike down Seattle ordinance allowing for-hire drivers to organize and collectively bargain.
  • Obtained dismissal of RICO cases alleging that international union officials pressured union staff to contribute to union’s political action committee.
  • Secured reversal on appeal of federal district court decision applying Texas law to determine whether California workers were employees or independent contractors.
  • Part of habeas team that successfully challenged murder conviction based on prosecution’s failure to disclose exculpatory evidence.
  • Obtained and successfully defended on appeal California state court injunction invalidating legislative amendments to voter-enacted initiative that required drug treatment rather than incarceration.
  • Represented labor union in overturning multi-million dollar defamation verdict based on speech in course of labor dispute.
  • Represented California cities and counties in defending on appeal a judgment requiring lead paint companies to establish a $409 million fund to pay for the abatement of lead paint hazards in California homes.

Emanuel A. Waddell

(415) 421-7151 ext. 318
ewaddell@altshulerberzon.com

Education
B.A., summa cum laude, Morehouse College
J.D., Yale Law School

Clerkships
Hon. Paul J. Watford, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

While in law school, Emanuel was a co-champion of the Morris Tyler Moot Court competition and served on the Moot Court Board.  Emanuel also participated in Yale’s Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, and volunteered teaching debate classes to incarcerated women at the York Correctional Institution in Connecticut, and teaching moot court to middle schoolers as part of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.

Derin McLeod

(415) 421-7151 ext. 342
dmcleod@altshulerberzon.com

Education
B.A., summa cum laude, Yale University
MPhil, Cambridge University
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., Stanford Law School

Clerkships
Hon. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, California Supreme Court
Hon. Guido Calabresi, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

While in law school, Derin served as a Public Interest Fellow and participated in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. He also worked with the Three Strikes Project and the Social Security Disability Project.

James Baltzer

(415) 421-7151 ext. 338
jbaltzer@altshulerberzon.com

Education
A.B., The University of Chicago
J.D., Stanford Law School

Clerkships

Hon. Marsha S. Berzon, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Hon. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, California Supreme Court
Hon. Goodwin Liu, California Supreme Court

While in law school, James served as a Public Interest Fellow, participated in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic and in the Legal Studies Workshop, and won a Steven M. Block Civil Liberties Award for scholarship concerning the constitutional rights of those who struggle with mental illness.