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Louise Ann Fernandez

Partner
LFernandez@JMBM.com
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Tel: (310) 201-3522
Fax: (310) 712-8522

1900 Avenue of the Stars
7th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067
USA

Assistant
Mary Jane Shubsda
310.203.8080 Ext: 6681
MS3@JMBM.com

Louise Ann Fernandez, whose practice has spanned more than 25 years, is chairperson of the Labor & Employment Group, is co-chair of the Appellate Practice Group, and is a member of the Firm's Global Hospitality Group and Family Office Group.

Louise Ann's practice emphasizes labor relations and employment counseling, employment litigation, sexual harassment and other employment discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour and other class actions and unfair competition laws for companies and their owners.

Louise Ann also counsels and advises employers in all aspects of employment relations, including employee discipline, affirmative action trade secrets issues, and wage and hour issues. During her career, she has acted as chief trial counsel in numerous employment cases in both State and Federal courts. She has briefed and argued dozens of labor law appeals in both the state and federal courts including a hearing en banc before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal.

Named as one of the Daily Journal's Top 50 Labor and Employment Lawyers in California

Representative Experience:

  • Lead trial attorney in numerous employment, trade secret, and wage and hour cases on behalf of employers throughout California
  • National Labor Relations Board, Los Angeles, Trial Attorney (litigation of unfair labor practices and representation of cases for the National Labor Relations Board)
  • Successfully defended employers in the entertainment, manufacturing, consulting and banking industries in sexual harassment, employment discrimination and other employment claims in both state and federal courts

Education

J.D., George Washington University Law School, 1978

B.A., Stanford University, 1975

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California
Federal Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Associations

Labor and Employment Law Section, State Bar of California
Member

Labor and Employment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association
Member

Executive Committee, 1987-1989
Member

American Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Named as a "Super Lawyer," by Los Angeles Magazine in 2004 through 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, AV Rating
  • Named by the Daily Journal as one of California's Top 50 Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Regular speaker on new developments in employment law for Practicing Law Institute, American Law Institute-American Bar Association and other groups
  • Regular speaker on new developments in employment law for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research, Advanced Civil Law Seminar for California State and Appellate Judges, 1996-2003
  • Speaker, Annual Institute on Employment Law on "Workplace Claims, Common Law and Public Policy Suspecting Wrongful Termination, Internal Investigation and Privacy" for the Practicing Law Institute, 1996-2003
  • Regular Expert Commentator on KNX 1070 News Radio on Labor and Employment Issues
  • Speaker, "Contingent Workforce Issues" for the 1998 Legal Update for the Professional and Human Resources Association
  • "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," presentations to Justices of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, 1995
  • Speaker, "Summary of Critical Labor Issues Involved in the Acquisition and Sale of Hotels" and "A Checklist of Basic Labor Issues for Purchase or Sale of Hotel Properties" presentations at the JMBM Hospitality Industry Conference, 1994
  • Speaker, "Explosive Employment Issues in Hotels Today," JMBM's Hospitality Industry Forum, Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • UCLA Entertainment Symposium, "Rush to the Future: New Rights and Wrongs in the Entertainment Industry," Los Angeles, 1994
  • Panelist, Sexual Harassment for the USC Entertainment Law Symposium, 1993
  • Speaker, "Contingent Workforce Issues" at the Institute for Corporate Counsel, 15th Annual Seminar presented by the University of Southern California Law School
  • Guest lecturer on labor law, Stanford University Law School
  • Lecturer on labor and employment issues: State Bar of California, California Business Law Institute, California League of Cities, The Rutter Group and other trade associations and groups