Astineh Arakelian focuses her practice on the representation of employers in labor and employment disputes.

Astineh has advised employers on a wide range of employment law matters including claims of retaliatory wrongful termination, constructive termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation (based on age, gender or sex, race, national origin, sexual orientation, religion and disability), sexual harassment, hostile work environment and wage and hour matters.  Astineh has worked with clients in the financial, manufacturing, restaurant and healthcare industries. 

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Astineh served as an associate in the labor and employment practice group of a large national general practice firm. Her prior experience includes the litigation of numerous single and multi-plaintiff, employment matters, from initial pleading stages up to trial. Specifically, law and motion litigation, including drafting of complaints, complex briefs, defending and taking of depositions, and arguing motions in state and federal courts and before the Courts of Appeal.

During law school, Astineh served as an editor for the Southwestern Law Review and was a member of the Moot Court Honors Program.

Representative Experience
  • Obtained dismissal in Los Angeles Superior Court on race harassment and constructive discharge case on behalf of a large multi-national paper product company. 
  • Successfully represented several clients in mediation and settlement of discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims before the DFEH and in court.
  • Successfully represented a client in a misclassification dispute.
  • Successfully represented several clients in mediation and settlement of whistleblower retaliation claims.