Lead trial counsel in some of the largest class action employment and other discrimination cases tried to date, as well as numerous individual cases. Tried to conclusion 12 major discrimination class actions, more than any other management lawyer in America.
AMAE v. State of California, et al. (9th Cir. 2000) (en banc)
Defended California's K-12 teacher licensing test (CBEST). The successful U.S. District Court defense was affirmed en banc by the Ninth Circuit, which held the state K-12 teacher certification test was subject to Title VII regulation, but, because it tested basic skills, sufficiently related to teaching to withstand disparate impact claims.
Served as co-lead counsel for a world-renowned landscape architect in a post-settlement JAMS arbitration between the client and his former business partners, a Chinese architect and a French urban planning professional, all of whom previously operated a very successful multi-disciplinary commercial design firm in Shanghai, China. During a multi-day hearing before a London-based arbitrator, the parties presented testimony from witnesses in Europe, China and the Philippines. Following the conclusion of the arbitration, the arbitrator entered a substantial award in favor of the client, including broad injunctive relief and a seven-figure monetary judgment. The award was confirmed over objection, and the client prevailed in an appeal to the confirmation order.
Defended suit by 19 plaintiffs claiming violation of constitutional and privacy rights. Addressed resolution compliance issues.
Served as national employment testing and validation counsel on all relevant matters for Edison Electric Institute and its participating members in this national trade association for investor-owned electric utilities.