Three FordHarrison Attorneys Named 2017 Southern California Rising Stars

Date   Jun 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES – FordHarrison LLP, one of the country’s largest management-side labor and employment law firms, is pleased to announce three Los Angeles-based attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the 2017 Southern California Rising Stars list. The following attorneys were recognized as Southern California Rising Stars – Stefan H. Black, Catherine L. Hazany and Alexandria M. Witte.

Stefan focuses his practice on representing management in labor and employment law disputes. He has defended clients in a variety of matters including claims for unpaid overtime, Title VII race discrimination claims, ERISA claims, breach of contract disputes and suits to enforce covenants not to compete. A significant portion of Stefan's practice is devoted to counseling employers regarding all aspects of the employment relationship including effectuating terminations, wage and hour inquiries, the ADA, the FMLA and COBRA.

Catherine concentrates her practice on employment litigation, including Americans with Disability Act disputes, sexual harassment and wrongful termination claims. She represents companies in a variety of industries including hospitality, transportation, service and entertainment. Catherine advises clients about leaves of absences, the good faith interactive process, reasonable accommodations, and responding to charges filed with agencies such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Alex 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.

Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. Attorneys are chosen for this honor through a statewide nomination process, peer review by practice area and independent research on candidates. The rigorous process is designed to identify lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in a state are named to Rising Stars.

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