Samantha Evans Becker loves art and her favorite painting is Barnett Newman’s Vir Heroicus Sublimis – “man, heroic, and sublime” in Latin – which resides at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. At the time it was released in 1950, the painting was Newman’s largest attempt yet at 7’ 11⅜” tall by 17’ 9¼” wide. The large composition, a block of saturated red paint separated by vertical narrow bands that Newman refers to as “zips,” encourages viewers to react instinctively. When Samantha first learned about Vir Heroicus Sublimis in her college Art History class, she was drawn to the painting because it invited her to define the meaning of the “zips” as her imagination saw fit. Samantha’s reaction to the painting sparked her interest in Art and set in motion the events that led her to a career as an attorney.
While in college, Samantha spent two summers interning for Curators at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It was during her second summer at LACMA that Samantha met a General Counsel specializing in art repatriation claims. Intrigued by repatriation issues, Samantha found herself asking questions that compelled her to learn more and to spend a year after college working with employment counsel at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Combining her Art History background and the knowledge she gained while attending the University of California Los Angeles School of Law has greatly benefited her career as an attorney.
Samantha continues to appreciate art, frequently visiting museums and galleries both locally and abroad. Similar to her response Barnett Newman’s “zips,” Samantha applies her creative eye and her love of innovation to her litigation practice.
Samantha Evans Becker represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, from single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and retaliation matters to large wage-and-hour class-actions to labor relations issues such as union strike or picketing activity. Her experience includes all stages of pretrial litigation, including initial pleadings, discovery, motions in opposition to class certification, demurrers, motions to strike, and motions to compel. She regularly assists management in the development of sound workplace practices and policies and counsels employers on wage and hour compliance, paid sick leave laws and employee discipline issues.
- Defended international hotel chain against single-plaintiff race discrimination claim. The case was dismissed at the summary judgment stage in favor of the employer by the District Court and was subsequently dismissed by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal.
- Defended national supermarket chain against Plaintiff’s individual and class wage-and-hour and ERISA claims. The case settled at mediation.
- Defended national health insurance company against Cross-Complainant’s equitable estoppel and ERISA claims. The case settled at mediation.
- Defended national property-management company against disability discrimination and wrongful termination claims brought by former employee. After filing a defense-side motion for summary adjudication, the case settled for a nominal amount.
- Defended multiple employers against PAGA representative actions associated with claims for missed meal and rest breaks. Prepared extensive PAGA exposure analyses in connection with these actions.
- Counsels employers in general employment matters such as handbooks, terminations, discipline, and best employment practices.
Professional, Business and civic Affiliations
- Vice President of Internal Competitions for the UCLA Moot Court Board (2009-2010)
- UCLA Moot Court Honors Program awards: "Distinguished Advocate" and "Outstanding Brief Writer"
Other Career Experience
- Associate, Payne & Fears LLP
- Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
- Legal Fellow for Bet Tzedek Legal Services on the Employment Rights Project
- Defining the Scope of Precertification Discovery: California vs. Federal LawOrange County Lawyer, December 2014
- New York
- U.S. District Court
- Central District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals
- Ninth Circuit
University of California Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 2010
Wellesley College, B.A., 2004