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Alexandria M. Witte

Alexandria M. Witte

Senior Associate / Los AngelesSan Francisco

Alex Witte defends and counsels employers on all aspects of employment law, with an emphasis on defending against wage and hour class actions.

Alex has extensive experience navigating complex class action and representative action disputes under California's Private Attorney General Act of 2004.   Alex also has significant experience defending against single plaintiff claims for violations of California's wage-and-hour laws including claims for missed meal and rest breaks, unpaid overtime, business expense reimbursements, and misclassification, as well as claims for wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, and discrimination.  Alex has been named by Super Lawyers as a "Southern California Rising Star" in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

At FordHarrison, Alex has prepared numerous cases for trial, as well as achieved favorable rulings on dispositive motions.   Alex also helps clients resolve cases prior to trial through mediation, resulting in economized litigation for her clients through reasonable settlements.  She represents clients in the aviation, retail, restaurant, and medical industries. 

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Alex practiced law at a well-known Los Angeles based plaintiff-side class action law firm.  In this role, she drafted class and representative action complaints and motions for class certification in both state and federal court. She also interviewed witnesses for gathering declarations, deposed corporate designees, class members and managerial employees, and has played an integral role in preparing for and going to trial in certified class actions.  Earlier in her career, Alex served as a Legal Extern for the U.S. Department of Health Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals. In this role, she drafted Medicare claim analyses, appellate briefs, and rulings for Administrative Law Judges.


Representative Experience
  • Successfully litigated, narrowed the scope of, and settled a case on an individual basis that was initially filed as a representative action under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 ("PAGA") for missed breaks, unpaid overtime, unpaid minimum wages, wage statements, and waiting time penalties brought against a baking company.
  • Defeated a plaintiff's attorney's motion for attorney's fees in a disability discrimination case against a plastics manufacturing company after a defense victory at trial.
  • Obtained summary adjudication in Santa Clara Superior Court on retaliation, harassment, failure to prevent retaliation and harassment, and wrongful termination claims in a multi-plaintiff age discrimination lawsuit brought against two casinos.
  • Resolved a lawsuit for a reasonable settlement at mediation for gender/sex discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination lawsuit against a high end fashion design company.
  • Successfully resolved a case through a reasonable settlement at private mediation in a whistleblower retaliation and PAGA lawsuit brought by a human resources director against her former employer.
Honors & Awards
  • "Southern California Rising Stars," Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2017
Languages

  • French (fluent)
  • Italian (fluent)