Melanie Ross has over 25 years of experience practicing in all areas of employment law, with a particular emphasis on employment litigation. She defends employers and managers against claims brought in state and federal court and arbitration.
Ms. Ross has successfully tried jury cases in California Superior Court and has conducted numerous successful arbitrations before JAMS and AAA on behalf of a Fortune 500 health care company. She has also successfully defended against preliminary injunctions involving former employees who were accused of misappropriating trade secrets and confidential information from their former employer.
Ms. Ross zealously represents clients in mediations and other forms of informal alternative dispute resolution (ADR) when settlement is the best solution for a particular case. She also still believes in settling cases the "old school" way; with a telephone call or informal meeting with opposing counsel, thereby avoiding costly mediation fees.
Recognizing that no two clients have the same goals in mind and every case is based on unique facts, Ms. Ross prides herself on tailoring a unique defense strategy to each new matter with the goal of achieving a successful and cost-effective result for each individual client.
Ms. Ross has also developed a niche practice representing individual managers, supervisors and employees in harassment cases, serving as co-defense counsel with the company's outside counsel. Where a conflict of interest may arise, Ms. Ross is the attorney other attorneys look to for competent representation for individual defendants.
Personal Background: Ms. Ross was born and raised in BayShore New York and moved to Los Angeles in 1987. She graduated from Emory University, Phi Beta Kappa in 1987 and USC Gould School of Law, Notes Editor of USC Law Review in 1990. She gained her early training at the national law firm Paul Hastings.
Lora Silverman counsels employers on a broad spectrum of issues pertaining to the employment relationship. She works closely with clients to resolve personnel problems when they arise and to implement corrections to employment practices where necessary so that future risk can be minimized. In her counseling practice, Ms. Silverman endeavors to hear the "whole problem" not just the legal issues, as many times successful resolution requires understanding of the business needs and personal concerns of the parties involved.
Ms. Silverman regularly responds to pre-complaint attorney demand letters and administrative charges from the DFEH and EEOC, DLSE and DOL. She often participates in early mediation to avoid threatened civil litigation, when appropriate and desired by the client.
Ms. Silverman represents businesses of every size, including non-profit organizations. Her client list includes a Fortune 500 national food manufacturing company, a local museum and cultural center, restaurants, property management companies, physical offices, film and production companies, an internal advertising company and several local synagogues.
Ms. Silverman has also developed a niche practice of advising and representing high net worth individuals and celebrities with regards to managing their personal household and family office staff. She implements contracts and policies at the outset of employment and has resolved numerous claims by former nannies, housekeepers, personal assistants and pilots for wages, tort and statutory claims in a highly confidential manner.
Personal Background: Ms. Silverman was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985 and her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Order of the Coif and Editorial Board of the Loyola Law Review in 1991. She gained her early training at the law firm Irell & Manella.
Melanie is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and Who's Who 2018-2019 Top Attorneys in North America.