Lawsuit filed challenging Florida law that discriminates against trans and nonbinary teachers

On December 13, 2023, Altshuler Berzon LLP, together with the Southern Poverty Law Center and Southern Legal Council, filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Florida challenging Florida’s so-called “pronoun ban.”  The relevant portion of the challenged statute prohibits teachers and other school personnel from “provid[ing]” any students with titles and pronouns like “Ms.” and “she/her” if those titles and pronouns do not “correspond” to Florida’s definition of sex.  As a result of this law, plaintiffs and other transgender and nonbinary teachers are facing an effective gag-order that prevents them from expressing who they are both inside and outside the classroom.

The lawsuit alleges that the Florida law, Fla. Stat. § 1000.071(3), violates Title VII, the First Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause, and Title IX.  Plaintiffs seek damages and injunctive relief against Florida’s Department of Education, its State Board of Education, its Commissioner of Education, its Education Practices Commissioner, and various local school boards.

The complaint can be found here.

P. Casey Pitts Sworn in as United States District Judge for the Northern District of California

Altshuler Berzon LLP congratulates Judge P. Casey Pitts on becoming a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Casey joined the firm as a lawyer in 2009, becoming a partner in 2017. Prior to that, he worked at the firm as a paralegal (2003-05) and summer associate (2007). Casey was a brilliant, generous, and creative partner. While we will miss him, we are certain he will be a great addition to the federal bench. The firm is very proud that Casey is the fourth former Altshuler Berzon LLP attorney to serve as a federal court of appeals or federal district court judge.

Read the news release from the Office of the Circuit Executive of the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit here.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Honored in Annual “Best Law Firms” Publication by U.S. News – Best Lawyers

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to announce its inclusion in the 2023 edition of “Best Law Firms” from U.S. News.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers awarded Altshuler Berzon LLP Tier 1 national rankings in two practice areas: Appellate Practice and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs.

In addition to its national rankings, the firm earned Tier 1 regional recognition in four practice areas: (1) Appellate Practice; (2) Employment Law – Individuals; (3) Litigation – Labor and Employment; and (4) Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Plaintiffs.

Michael Rubin Named to the Daily Journal’s “Top 100” California Attorneys list

Sixth time the Altshuler Berzon partner has been honored


September 21, 2022 – The California Daily Journal named Altshuler Berzon LLP partner Michael Rubin as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California, for the sixth straight year. Referring to his “distinguished pedigree as an appellate and impact class action lawyer at Altshuler Berzon LLP,” the Daily Journal focused on Rubin’s efforts in Viking River Cruises v. Moriana, U.S. Supreme Court No. 20-1573, and the upcoming Adolph v. Uber Technologies, Inc., Cal. Sup.Ct. No. S274671, two cases in which employers tried to use mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements to strip workers of their right to pursue pursuing representative action claims under California’s Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”). Rubin is quoted as being “upbeat” about the eventual result in these and many similar cases, which ultimately turn on an issue of California law. Although the U.S. Supreme Court’s characterization of that California law favored the employer, Rubin predicted that, Viking River “may turn out to be one of the shortest-lived Supreme Court victories [for employers] in history” because he believes the California Supreme Court will likely reject that characterization in Ubereffectively transforming an 8-1 loss in the Supreme Court into a near-complete victory for workers seeking to vindicate their state statutory rights, including under PAGA.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes 2022 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to welcome its 2022 Summer Associates: Aaron Kelley (Yale Law School), Annie Kors (University of Chicago Law School), Faith Lewis (Yale Law School), Jack Bartholet (Harvard Law School), Jared Milfred (Stanford Law School), Juan Fernando Luna (Yale Law School), and Kevin Vazquez (Harvard Law School).

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

Altshuler Berzon LLP Named West Coast Labor & Employment Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation honored Altshuler Berzon LLP with its Labor & Employment Firm of the Year – West Coast Award. Benchmark Litigation’s annual awards recognize distinguished litigators and firms for the work they’ve conducted in the past year, using peer review-based research and submissions to help determine the most impactful cases and the lawyers and law firms behind them. At a ceremony in San Francisco on April 7, 2022, attended by many members of the West Coast legal community, Altshuler Berzon LLP partner Jim Finberg accepted the award on behalf of the firm. Altshuler Berzon LLP is humbled to receive this award and extends congratulations to the other award winners and nominees for their excellent work in 2021.  

 

Jim Finberg accepts the Labor & Employment Firm of the Year – West Coast Award on behalf of the firm.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes 2021 Fall Law Clerks

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to welcome two 2021 Fall Law Clerks: Madelyn O’Kelley-Bangsberg (Northeastern University School of Law) and Tiffany Deguzman (University of California, Berkeley, School of Law). We also congratulate Tiffany on accepting post-graduation judicial clerkships with Judge Ronald M. Gould of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and with Judge Dolly M. Gee of the Central District of California.

The law firm typically hires five or six summer associates each year, as well as school-year law clerks on a case-by-case basis. Information about recruiting is available by clicking here.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes New Attorneys

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to welcome five attorneys who will be joining the firm in the fall of 2021: Annie Wanless, who is joining the firm as a Law Fellow; Christine Salazar, Robin Tholin, and Jonathan Rosenthal, who are joining the firm as Associates; and Nicole Collins, who is joining the firm as the Altshuler Berzon-NRDC Joint Fellow.

Annie Wanless is a graduate of Stanford Law School and will be clerking for Judge Richard Paez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit following her fellowship.

Christine Salazar is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and clerked for Judge Yvette Kane of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Robin Tholin is a graduate of Harvard Law School and clerked for Judge Marsha Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Jonathan Rosenthal is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley School of Law and clerked for Judge Patricia A. Millett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Judge Vince G. Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Nicole Collins is a graduate of Stanford Law School and clerked for Judge Mary H. Murguia of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Thank you to our Altshuler Berzon LLP 2021 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP thanks its 2021 Summer Associates for their extraordinary work this summer: Amanda Le (University of California, Irvine School of Law), Andrew Toney-Noland (Stanford Law School), Edgar Melgar (Yale Law School), Isaac Green (Harvard Law School), Michael Migiel-Schwartz (Harvard Law School), Nina Oishi (Yale Law School), and Simon Jacobs (University of Chicago Law School).

We know they will go on to be superb lawyers and wish them the very best as they return to their final year of law school.  We also congratulate them on accepting the following post-graduation judicial clerkships:

Nina will be clerking for Judge Robert E. Bacharach of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Edgar Melgar will be clerking for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Isaac Green will be clerking for Judge Alison J. Nathan of the Southern District of New York and for Judge David J. Barron of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Simon Jacobs will be clerking for Justice Scott L. Kafker of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

The law firm typically hires five or six summer associates each year. At times, we also have clerking opportunities available during the school year. Information about recruiting is available by clicking here.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes 2021 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to welcome its 2021 Summer Associates: Amanda Le (University of California, Irvine School of Law), Andrew Toney-Noland (Stanford Law School), Edgar Melgar (Yale Law School), Isaac Green (Harvard Law School), Michael Migiel-Schwartz (Harvard Law School), Nina Oishi (Yale Law School), and Simon Jacobs (University of Chicago Law School).

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