Samantha Evans Becker loves art and her favorite painting is Barnett Newman’s Vir Heroicus Sublimis, which resides at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The painting is a large block of red paint separated by vertical narrow bands that Newman refers to as “zips.” When Samantha first learned about the painting in her college Art History class, she was drawn to Newman’s invitation to all viewers to define the meaning of the “zips” as their 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 the museum’s General Counsel, who specialized 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 in-house 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 Samantha’s 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. 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.
- Successfully defended hotel chain through trial proceedings against single-plaintiff disability discrimination claim.
- Defended entertainment studio against disability, race, sex and gender discrimination and wrongful termination claims brought by former employee. The case settled for a nominal amount at mediation.
- 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.
- Prepared position statements in response to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Fair Employment Housing Administrative Charges of Discrimination.
- Counsels employers in general employment matters such as handbooks, terminations, discipline, and best employment practices.
Honors & Awards
- "Southern California Rising Stars," Super Lawyers (2017 - 2018)
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"
- 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