Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer
9401 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90212
|Phone: (310) 288-3980 x8203
Fax: (424) 281-2577
Web site: www.swerdlowlaw.com
Firm Size: 7 Lawyers
Millicent N. Sanchez
Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer, A Law Corporation, represents management in a wide range of labor and employment law matters. With the formation of the firm in 1984, Sy Swerdlow and Ken Florence combined knowledge and experience acquired as partners in major Los Angeles law firms with a commitment to client attention and efficiency, made possible by the firm’s more personal environment and small size.
Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer takes great pride in its ability to deliver the highest quality labor and employment law services, blending these services with an approach that is geared to the special needs of each client. These characteristics give the firm a special place in the larger legal community, which also recognizes the experience and talents of the firm’s attorneys. Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer is one of a few firms in California to be selected in Best Law Firms® published by U.S. News & World Report (Copyright 2012 Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC) for three categories: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Labor & Employment – Litigation. Martindale-Hubbell also has awarded Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer the highest possible rating of A/V and has included the firm in its Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers.
Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer represents employers in virtually all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including proceedings before federal and state administrative agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board, and all other agencies governing labor relations, job safety, wage and hour administration, and employment discrimination. The firm has extensive experience in collective bargaining and arbitration, which includes actively educating employers regarding the appropriate steps needed to maintain a union-free environment, defend against union organizing campaigns, and maintain a proper relationship with a union.
Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer has an extensive and active federal and state court litigation practice, successfully defending employers in labor and employment litigation, including wage and hour, wrongful discharge, and discrimination actions. In addition, the firm offers comprehensive counseling and planning services, emphasizing a “preventive” approach to avoid problems and minimize legal fees.
While the firm’s billing rates are fully competitive with top firms in Los Angeles, a strong effort is made to control legal expenses. Regular billing discussions are held with clients before and during the performance of work. Duplication of effort is consciously avoided.
Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer clients include numerous multi-billion dollar corporations and medium and small businesses. The firm has clients in most areas of business, including: accounting, advertising, aerospace, apparel, appliances, architecture, art, audio-visual, automobiles, automotive products, baking, banking, beauty, books, casinos, cleaning, commercials, communications, commuting, computers, construction, consulting, consumer products, contracting, cosmetics, dentistry, distribution, education, electronics, employment, engineering, entertainment, environmental matters, financing, flowers, food, golf, health, hospitals, hotels, human resources, import-export, insurance, landscaping, law, lighting, lumber, machinery, magazines, manufacturing, marketing, medicine, metals, mining, mortgages, movies, multi-media, music, newspapers, nurseries, oil and chemicals, paper, pastries, pharmaceuticals, plastics, printing, public health, publicity, publishing, real estate, recreation, recruiting, recycling, restaurants, retail, securities, security, software, surfing, telecommunication, television, toys, transportation, travel and warehousing.
Kari is a 1988 graduate of Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, moot court judge and editor. From 1988 to 1994, Kari practiced with O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, California where she represented employers in all types of labor and employment related matters. In 1994, she joined the national labor and employment law firm of Ford & Harrison, becoming a partner in January 1997, while continuing to represent employers in all manner of labor and employment related issues. In 2003, Kari became senior employment counsel for Warner Bros. Entertainment, and in 2006, she joined Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer on a part-time basis.
Kari advises clients in labor and employment matters, including wage/hour issues, discrimination and harassment issues and charges, disability and leave of absence issues, employment policies and procedures, and employment agreement. She also has extensive litigation experience in both state and federal court, including motion practice, discovery, trials, and mediation. Kari has written and argued appellate matters in both the California Second Appellate District and the Ninth Circuit. Kari has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, A/V, indicating “very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar.”
Janet Swerdlow is a 1991 graduate of the University of Southern California Law Center, where she was an Articles Editor on the Southern California Law Review. Before joining Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer in 1998, Janet practiced for six years in the Labor and Employment Department of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles. Prior to attending law school, Janet spent several years working for TRW as a mechanical and software engineer.
In 2012, Janet received the honor of being selected Lawyer of the Year for the Los Angeles area in the specialty of Labor and Employment – Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America® (Copyright 2012 Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). In addition, Janet has been selected by her peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® for both 2012 and 2013 in the practice area of Labor and Employment – Litigation. Janet is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee’s Employers’ Rights and Responsibilities Subcommittee. Janet has extensive experience in labor and employment law and has represented employers before administrative agencies and federal and state courts. Janet counsels and assists employers in developing, implementing and maintaining practices to minimize the risks associated with litigation.
David Wimmer was born in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 with a B.A. in Natural Sciences, and then from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1991, where he was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review. David is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia and before various federal appellate and district courts. Prior to joining Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer, David practiced labor and employment law with O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles.
David has been honored for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Labor and Employment – Litigation. David has been named in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 a “Southern California Super Lawyer,” and was featured as being one of “L.A.’s Top 100 Lawyers” in the October 5, 2009 Los Angeles Business Journal. David also has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, A/V, indicating “very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar.”
David has extensive experience advising management how to establish effective human-resource policies, maintain a union-free workplace, and comply with federal, state, and local laws. On the traditional labor-law front, he represents companies throughout the country in labor-relations matters, including union-avoidance strategies, supervisory training, election campaigns, proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, collective bargaining, arbitrations, and federal-court litigation. In this regard, David is the only California member of the Labor Lawyers Advisory Committee to the Council for Union-Free Environment.
On the employment-law front, David represents companies in state and federal court litigation, arbitration, and mediation, where he defends employers in single-plaintiff through class-action wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and wage-and-hour matters, and in criminal investigations and prosecutions. He also has represented clients in numerous administrative proceedings involving the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, California Division of Occupational Safety and Heath, California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board, Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, and United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
David is a member of the Los Angeles Estate Counselors Forum, where he provides labor and employment law advice to the region’s preeminent estate-planning practitioners, and of The Defense Research Institute, DRI, the international organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. In his free time, David coaches his sons’ youth sports teams and has served as an arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association. From 1999 through 2005, he also was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica. David, his wife (Leslie), and two sons (Sam and Max) live in West Los Angeles
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