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Photo of Lindsay E. Hutner Lindsay E. Hutner

Lindsay E. Hutner focuses her practice on employment law, with an emphasis on litigation matters. She represents clients in both federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies, defending companies in both class actions and single-plaintiff cases involving employment discrimination, harassment,

Lindsay E. Hutner focuses her practice on employment law, with an emphasis on litigation matters. She represents clients in both federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies, defending companies in both class actions and single-plaintiff cases involving employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, unfair competition, enforcement of non-competes and other restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, wrongful termination, and breach of contract.

To mitigate risk, Lindsay advises employers on all facets of employment relationships, including the design and implementation of employment practices and handbooks, proper employee classification, wage and hour concerns, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, risk assessment of harassment and discrimination claims, terminations, and various employment laws, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, California wage and hour laws, Business & Professions Code section 17200, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, California Family Rights Act, the federal Family Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.  She also conducts on-site trainings and workplace audits.   She also drafts all types of employment agreements, including executive employment contracts and severance and release agreements.

Photo of Ellen M. Bandel Ellen M. Bandel

Ellen M. Bandel is an associate in the Labor and Employment practice, advising unionized and union-free employers on all aspects of labor and employment law. Specifically, Ellen counsels employers on a range of workplace issues including recruitment; development of handbooks and employment policies…

Ellen M. Bandel is an associate in the Labor and Employment practice, advising unionized and union-free employers on all aspects of labor and employment law. Specifically, Ellen counsels employers on a range of workplace issues including recruitment; development of handbooks and employment policies; employee performance and discipline; administering paid and unpaid time off policies and leaves of absence; compliance with wage and hour and disability accommodation laws; proper handling of employee complaints; workplace audits and investigations; workforce reductions; and mitigating risk associated with employee terminations. Ellen has wide-ranging experience advising employers on compliance with employment legislation “trending” at the state and local level, including paid sick leave laws, legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, pre-employment restrictions relating to use of criminal history or prior salary information, predictable work schedule requirements, and paid medical leaves.

Ellen also represents clients in federal, state, and local administrative proceedings. Additionally, she assists government contractors subject to requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) with the design and implementation of affirmative action programs and navigating the compliance review process.

Photo of Chris Cruz Chris Cruz

Chris Cruz is an experienced employment law litigator and counselor who focuses on representing employers in a wide range of complex, single plaintiff and multiparty matters involving wage and hour, wrongful termination, and retaliation issues. His work as an in-house attorney has provided

Chris Cruz is an experienced employment law litigator and counselor who focuses on representing employers in a wide range of complex, single plaintiff and multiparty matters involving wage and hour, wrongful termination, and retaliation issues. His work as an in-house attorney has provided him with deep insight into the business objectives of his clients and their day-to-day concerns, allowing Chris to provide practical legal advice to his clients on compliance and strategic matters such as employee discipline, reductions in force, accommodations and leaves of absence, development and implementation of policies and handbooks, and other workplace issues. Chris efficiently guides clients and strives to help employers avoid litigation before it begins, but has the courtroom experience necessary to take a case to verdict when it is in his client’s best interest.

In addition to his employment experience, Chris has broad experience in complex commercial, product liability, and financial litigation from pre-litigation assessment and settlement negotiations to trials across the country.