July 10, 2019
The Daily Journal named Los Angeles partners Catherine Conway and Jesse Cripps and Orange County partner Michele Maryott to its 2019 list of Top Labor and Employment Lawyers in California. The list was published on July 10, 2019.
Cathy Conway is Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. She has sealed her reputation as a leading labor and employment litigator with more than 40 years trial experience representing major companies in high-stakes employment cases. Her practice focuses on complex employment litigation, including class actions with an emphasis on wage and hour litigation trials. She has trial experience in state and federal litigation, including wage and hour claims, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, unfair competition, protection of employer trade secrets and unfair business practice litigation under California Business and Professions Code Section 17200.
Jesse Cripps handles the full range of labor and employment matters under both federal and state law, specializing in the defense of high-risk, complex and class action employment litigation. His representative matters include the defense of statewide and nationwide employment class actions, the representation of employers in high-stakes non-compete and trade secret disputes, and the defense of discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblowing claims. He also represents employers in matters involving reductions in force, family and medical leave, federal contract compliance, and occupational safety and health. In addition to his courtroom experience, he also spends time counseling clients on preventative planning under state and federal laws.
Michele Maryott has litigated a wide range of labor and employment matters, including defending employers against wage and hour and discrimination class actions, and retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and whistleblower claims in federal and state courts, as well as in administrative proceedings and arbitrations. Her recent successes include defeating certification of a putative class of more than 70,000 employees in a wage and hour class action brought against a major healthcare company, which was unanimously affirmed by the California Court of Appeal in a published opinion.