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Samantha C. Grant

Partner, through her Professional Corporation - los angeles

Experience

Legal Expertise

Represents employers in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, fraud, wage and hour, public policy violations, defamation, invasion of privacy, and trade secret/unfair competition. Represents employers in state and federal court and before state and federal administrative agencies (e.g. EEOC, DFEH, DLSE, and NLRB). Conducts workplace investigations and provides advice and counseling to employers regarding compliance with state and federal law (including FMLA, ADA, Title VII, FEHA, and NLRA), personnel policies and manuals, and difficult personnel decisions.

Representative Matters

  • Seconded as in-house employment counsel for international food company (2003-2005).
  • Obtained non-suit on claims for discrimination, retaliation, interference with prospective economic advantage, and unfair business practices.

  • Obtained defense award for video service company in a four-day arbitration involving discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims.

  • Obtained defense award for aerospace company in a week-long arbitration involving discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims.
  • Obtained defense award for video service company in arbitration involving disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, and wrongful termination claims.
  • Obtained dismissal of breach of collective bargaining agreement claim for international beverage company.
  • Successfully represented major motion picture company in jurisdictional dispute before the NLRB.
  • After defeating class certification, successfully resolved wage and hour class action for global consumer goods company. 
  • After successfully demurring, negotiated favorable resolution of wage and hour representative action on behalf of a major television network.
  • Obtained summary judgment for employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment cases.
  • Obtained dismissals on behalf of employers of unfair labor practices charges before the National Labor Relations Board.

Honors & Awards

  • "Most Influential Minority Lawyers Award", Los Angeles Business Journal (2016)
  • "Diversity Leader Award" Profiles in Diversity Journal (2016)
  • “Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment," Who’s Who Legal (2013-2015)
  • "Most Powerful and Influential Women of California," California Diversity Council (2012)
  • “Presidential Award,” National Bar Association (2012)
  • "Attorney Spotlight" Profile, California Minority Counsel Program E-Newsletter (January/February 2011)
  • "Top Labor & Employment Lawyers in California," Daily Journal (2011)
  • "Southern California Rising Stars," Super Lawyers (2005-2010)
  • "California's Top Women Litigators," Daily Journal (2007)
  • "10 Up and Coming African American Lawyers to Watch," Diversity & the Bar by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (2007)
  • "Rising Legal Star," LA Focus (2007)
  • Black Law Students Association Alumni Achievement Award, UCLA School of Law (2007)
  • "One to Watch" in the labor and employment field, Daily Journal (2006)

Professional, Business and civic Affiliations

  • Member, N-Gen Advisory Board, Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Commissioner, Commission on Women in the Profession, American Bar Association
  • Council Member, Section of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, American Bar Association
  • Board Member, Constitutional Rights Foundation
  • Executive Committee, Litigation Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Board Member, Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Employment Law Council
  • Council Member, Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, American Bar Association (2014-2015)
  • Nominations Committee, National Bar Association (2012-2014)
  • Board of Governors, National Bar Association (2012-2013)
  • President, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. (2011-2012)
  • Attorney Admission Fund Board, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (2009-2012)
  • Executive Committee, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (2010-2012)
  • Co-Chair, Central District Delegation of Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit (2008-2009)
  • Lawyer Representative, Central District Delegation of Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit (2006-2009)

Other Career Experience

  • Labor and Employment Legal Extern for the United States Information Agency, Washington, DC (1997)

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Admissions

  • California, 1998
  • U.S. District Courts
  •   Central District of California, 1998
  •   Northern District of California, 2001
  •   Eastern District of California, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
  •   Ninth Circuit, 1998
  •   Third Circuit, 2016

Education

University of California Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 1998

Editor, Women's Law Journal; Moot Court Honors Program

University of Toronto, Honors B.A., 1994

APUS Scholastic Award
 

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