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: 9 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.
Attorney BiographiesMillicent N. Sanchez
Millicent Sanchez graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, where she was a member of the UCLA Law Review. Millicent is admitted to practice in Hawaii and California.
Millicent 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.” Millicent also has been honored as a Southern California Super Lawyer, as seen in the 2007 and 2008 editions of “Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine.” She has also been named to Best Lawyers for 2016 and 2017.
Millicent is the current President of Worklaw® Network, an international network of independent law firms with over 350 attorneys that limit their practice to management-side labor and employment law. The Worklaw® Network’s website is found at www.worklaw.com.
Millicent is experienced in all areas of labor and employment law. She has successfully represented employers before state and federal agencies and in state and federal-court labor-and-employment litigation, including employment-discrimination, sex-harassment, and wrongful-discharge lawsuits. An integral part of her practice is to educate the firm’s clients on various issues and legal developments. She actively counsels and assists companies on personnel issues and in their development and maintenance of effective personnel policies and practices, which includes avoiding litigation by structuring creative solutions and approaches.
Millicent is a frequent speaker before employer and professional organizations where she discusses various labor-and-employment issues, including employment discrimination, sex harassment, discipline and discharge, privacy concerns in the workplace, wage-and-hour matters, independent contractors, violence, drugs and other unlawful conduct in the workplace, investigations, and union avoidance.
Millicent is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor Law Section, the Board of Governors of California Women Lawyers, the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, and HOBY Trustees. Additionally, Millicent has served as the President of the Philippine American Bar Association and Chair of the State Bar of California’s Ethnic Minority Relations Committee. Millicent worked for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee as a member of the Torch Relay Foundation and supervisor in Public Information.
Janet L. Swerdlow
Janet Swerdlow is a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 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). Janet has been selected for inclusion on the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers list. In addition, Janet has been selected by her peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 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.
Janet is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles and the executive committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section.
David A. Wimmer
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, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 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, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 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 currently the Chair, and 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 Board of Directors of Jewish Vocational Services. He also 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. David also has served as an arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association and as 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.
Karen E. Rhodes
Karen graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1996 with High Honors as a member of the Order of the Coif Honors Society. While in law school, Karen served as the Executive Editor of the Texas Law Review. Karen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
After law school, Karen clerked for the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson III, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Karen joined Swerdlow Florence Sanchez Swerdlow & Wimmer in 2002 and provides the firm’s clients with practical legal advice on a wide range of labor and employment law issues.
Emily G. Camastra
Emily received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008, where she served as a Senior Editor on the Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law and Policy. In 2005, she received her B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science and English Literature from UCLA.
Emily’s practice includes all areas of labor and employment law. Prior to joining the firm, Emily practiced labor and employment law for four years in Irvine and Los Angeles, where she litigated single- and multi-plaintiff claims of employment discrimination, provided client counseling, handled class-action litigation, and advised on traditional labor-law matters.
Emily was selected in 2014, 2015 and 2016 to the Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.
Emily is fluent in Spanish, and is on the Board of Directors and Secretary of A.S.S.E.T. Uganda, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for students in Uganda.
Lori M. Yankelevits
Lori received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1991, and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. After graduating from law school, Lori returned to Los Angeles and began her practice in the Litigation Department of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. In 1993, she joined the Litigation Department of Hill Wynne Troop and Meisinger. Over the next nine years (which included two firm name changes and a department move to Howrey Simon Arnold & White), Lori practiced commercial litigation. Lori’s experience includes representing corporate clients in a wide range of labor and employment litigation matters. Her litigation experience in state and federal courts includes trials, arbitrations, and mediations. Lori has handled numerous class-action lawsuits on behalf of employers, and has represented clients in NLRB proceedings. Lori has argued before the California Court of Appeals.
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.”
Allison Musante advises employers on labor and employment issues. Ms. Musante started her career as an attorney practicing in the Labor and Employment Department of O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles, where she handled a wide range of labor and employment matters and assisted and handled all aspects of employment litigation in federal and California courts. Ms. Musante continued her career as a lawyer for ABC in the Litigation and Employment Practices Group, where she worked on a wide range of employment issues. After opting to take a hiatus to spend time at home with her children, she has returned to continue her practice of law at the firm.
Admissions – State of California; Education – Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, magna cum laude
, Order of the Coif , Sayre Macneil Scholar, 1994; Senior Note & Comment Editor, Loyola Law Review
; University of Pennsylvania, B.A., magna cum laude
, American History, 1991
Meghan O'Kane focuses her practice on a wide range of labor and employment law issues. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. O'Kane gained extensive experience defending employers before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. Before attending law school, Ms. O'Kane contributed to a publication in the Journal of Biological Chemistry while completing a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. While earning her undergraduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ms. O'Kane lettered in three varsity sports.
Admissions – State of California; Education – The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2011; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., Biology, 2006