Labor & Employment Associate Investigations Attorney – 0 to 5 Years of Experience (Oakland)

About Meyers Nave’s Labor & Employment Practice Group

Meyers Nave’s Labor & Employment Group has a reputation in California as a go-to practice for complex employment litigation, high profile workplace investigations and traditional labor law. We provide counseling, investigations, training, labor negotiations, arbitration, and litigation services to employers in almost every area of labor and employment law, and have an exceptional track record exemplified by satisfied clients and successful court and arbitration decisions.

Our Workplace Investigations Team is one of the top investigation practices in California, performing independent investigations of serious allegations for public, private and non-profit entities in technology, philanthropy, education, government, retirement, law and law enforcement. We specialize in high-stakes matters that involve the leadership ranks of an organization and are well known for handling investigations of alleged conduct that is already front-page news or is likely to become a headline during or after the investigation.

About the Position

Meyers Nave is looking for a bright, energetic and ambitious Associate with zero to five years of experience to conduct and assist in conducting workplace investigations, and perform litigation and advice and counsel duties as needed, for the firm’s Labor & Employment Group located in our Oakland office.

Qualified candidates must have excellent academic credentials, outstanding analytical, research and writing skills, a strong work ethic and dedication to superior client service. Candidates must possess a knowledge base in California employment law, demonstrated ability to work independently, and experience in presenting cases in trial or arbitration. Prior experience with labor arbitrations and workplace investigations is ideal.

How to Apply

Meyers Nave is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We place a high value on diversity, equity and inclusion and encourage diverse candidates to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of any qualified applicant’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or any other category protected by law.

Interested candidates should CLICK HERE and follow the link to apply. Please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript and two substantive writing samples.

Litigation Paralegal – Trial & Litigation (Oakland or Los Angeles)

Meyers Nave is recruiting for a Litigation Paralegal.  This is a nonexempt position reporting to the Director of Administration and is located in the Firm’s Oakland or Los Angeles offices.

ABOUT MEYERS NAVE

Meyers Nave has an exceptional reputation in California as a go-to law firm that clients rely on to handle their highest profile, most complicated and often most controversial transactions and litigated matters. Attorneys work in multi-disciplinary teams to help public agencies, private businesses and non-profit organizations navigate complex local, state and federal laws and regulations.  Meyers Nave was founded over 30 years ago and has grown into a state-wide firm with approximately 65 attorneys in five locations.

JOB SUMMARY

A Litigation Paralegal is responsible for providing Firm attorneys with the full range of litigation paralegal support.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The position’s essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with attorneys and team members to proactively oversee case management from inception through trial/settlement and post-trial/post-settlement;
  • Draft, review, and revise legal documents;
  • Maintain case files and update discovery logs and indices;
  • Organize and maintain master documents, document lists, and document databases;
  • Support and manage document productions;
  • Assist with deposition and hearing preparation, including identifying and gathering exhibit documents and creating witness outlines;
  • Cite-check briefs;
  • Draft and arrange for service of subpoenas;
  • Obtain case-related documents informally from third parties;
  • Coordinate among vendors for litigation support services;
  • Monitor pending decisions and conduct and summarize legal research;
  • Assist with document review and coordinate with Litigation Support Group for back-end database management using Concordance, Disco and other recognized review platforms;
  • Perform litigation support duties such as Bates stamping exhibits, preparing spreadsheets and CDs, hyperlinking PDFs, reviewing litigation dockets, and ensuring that dates are calendared correctly;
  • Satisfy an annual 1575 billable hour budget;
  • Complete in a timely manner both (1) daily, accurate, and detailed billable-time entries and (2) time cards;
  • Work extended hours as needed;
  • Travel as required for case support;
  • Maintain composure and work efficiently and accurately during high-energy situations involving frequently changing circumstances;
  • Demonstrate excellent customer support;
  • Attend work on-site on a regular, punctual and reliable schedule;
  • Manage multiple problems and projects at once;
  • Work cordially, cooperatively and productively with Firm employees; and
  • Other functions as assigned.

Management retains the right to add to or change the functions of this position at any time.

OTHER FUNCTIONS

  • Maintain a professional network and key resource contacts.

QUALIFICATIONS

The following qualifications are required:

  • Ability to work and bill as a paralegal under Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code section 6450;
  • A bachelor’s degree;
  • Minimum of three years of experience working as a paralegal with a law firm or in-house legal department;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite 2010;
  • Prior experience with Concordance (or other eDiscovery software), LiveNote, and Adobe Acrobat Pro XI;
  • Strong legal research database skills and experience with Westlaw (preferred) and/or Lexis;
  • Understanding and knowledge of legal procedures, rules of counsel, and local rules;
  • Experience with eDiscovery;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to work well under stress;
  • Strong analytical thinking skills;
  • Ability to work independently with little or no direction; and
  • Ability to effectively function in a team environment, including but not limited to the ability to be open minded, cordial and cooperative with Firm employees;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high ethical standards and strict confidentiality of all information that the employee may receive as a result of her or his role;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and update skills as required by the position;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints and within budget:
  • Strong written and verbal skills; and
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate in person and by phone with a diverse group of attorneys, staff and vendors to provide information with courtesy and tact.

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Strong technical eDiscovery skills and understanding of litigation support;
  • Experience with Office 2016, including Excel and Word styles / macros;
  • Prior experience using Trial Director;
  • Trial experience; and
  • Experience with Casebook programs or other data management systems, and with iManage or other document management programs.

Meyers Nave is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any qualified applicant’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or any other category protected by law.  Meyers Nave will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box).

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by email to meyersjobs@meyersnave.com

Litigation Paralegal – Land Use/Environmental Law (Oakland or Los Angeles)

Meyers Nave is recruiting for a Litigation Paralegal. This is a non-exempt position reporting to the Director of Administration and is located in the Firm’s Oakland or Los Angeles office.

ABOUT MEYERS NAVE

Meyers Nave has an exceptional reputation in California as a go-to law firm that clients rely on to handle their highest profile, most complicated and often most controversial transactions and litigated matters. Attorneys work in multi-disciplinary teams to help public agencies, private businesses and non-profit organizations navigate complex local, state and federal laws and regulations. Meyers Nave was founded over 30 years ago and has grown into a state-wide firm with approximately 65 attorneys in five locations.

JOB SUMMARY

A Litigation Paralegal – Land Use/Environmental  is responsible for providing the Land Use/Environmental Practice Group’s attorneys with the full range of paralegal support.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The position’s essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with attorneys and team members to oversee case management from inception through trial/settlement and post-trial/post-settlement;
  • Draft, review, and revise legal documents;
  • Maintain case files and update discovery logs and indices;
  • Organize and maintain master documents, document lists, and document databases;
  • Support and manage document productions;
  • Assist with deposition and hearing preparation, including identifying and gathering exhibit documents and creating witness outlines;
  • Cite-check briefs;
  • Draft and arrange for service of subpoenas;
  • Obtain case-related documents informally from third parties;
  • Coordinate among vendors for litigation support services;
  • Monitor pending decisions and conduct legal research;
  • Assist with document review and coordinate with Litigation Support Group for back-end database management using Concordance;
  • Perform litigation support duties such as Bates stamping exhibits, preparing spreadsheets and CDs, hyperlinking PDFs, reviewing litigation dockets, and ensuring that dates are calendared correctly;
  • Complete in a timely manner both (1) daily, accurate, and detailed billable-time entries and (2) time cards;
  • Work extended hours as needed;
  • Travel as required for case support;
  • Maintain composure and work efficiently and accurately during high-energy situations involving frequently changing circumstances;
  • Demonstrate excellent customer support;
  • Manage multiple problems and projects at once;
  • Work cordially, cooperatively and productively with Firm employees; and
  • Other functions as assigned.

Management retains the right to add to or change the functions of this position at any time.

OTHER FUNCTIONS

  • Maintain a professional network and key resource contacts.

QUALIFICATIONS

The following qualifications are required:

  • Ability to work and bill as a paralegal under Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code section 6450;
  • A bachelor’s degree;
  • Minimum of three years of experience working as a litigation paralegal with a law firm or in-house legal department;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite 2010;
  • Prior experience with Concordance (or other eDiscovery software), LiveNote, and Adobe Acrobat Pro XI;
  • Strong legal research database skills and experience with Westlaw and/or Lexis;
  • Understanding and knowledge of legal procedures, rules of counsel, and local rules;
  • Experience with eDiscovery;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work well under stress;
  • Strong analytical thinking skills;
  • Ability to work independently with little or no direction;
  • Ability to effectively function in a team environment, including but not limited to the ability to be open minded, cordial and cooperative with Firm employees;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high ethical standards and strict confidentiality of all information that the employee may receive as a result of her or his role;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and update skills as required by the position;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints and within budget;
  • Strong written and verbal skills; and
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate in person and by phone with a diverse group of attorneys, staff and vendors to provide information with courtesy and tact.

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Strong technical eDiscovery skills and understanding of litigation support;
  • Experience conducting Public Record Act (PRA) and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reviews;
  • Prior experience using Trial Director;
  • Trial experience; and
  • Experience with Casebook programs or other data management systems, and with iManage or other document management programs.

Meyers Nave is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any qualified applicant’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or any other category protected by law. Meyers Nave will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box).

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by email to meyersjobs@meyersnave.com

Six Meyers Nave Attorneys Recognized as “Best Lawyers in America”

Meyers Nave proudly announces that six of our attorneys are recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Their legal expertise and professional accomplishments reflect the high regard of numerous Meyers Nave practices, including eminent domain, environmental law, land use, litigation, municipal law and natural resources law. Their recognition also demonstrates Meyers Nave’s reputation for excellent client work from attorneys in all of our offices throughout California.

We congratulate the following attorneys:

Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is based on nomination, voting and evaluation by peers in the same practice area and geographic region. Best Lawyers® assesses the information and checks each attorney’s status with local bar associations. Lawyers do not pay to be included. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” First published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America is regarded as a definitive guide to excellence in the legal profession.

Labor & Employment Associate Attorney – 4 to 7 years of experience (San Diego)

About Meyers Nave’s Labor & Employment Practice Group

Meyers Nave’s Labor & Employment Group has a reputation in California as a go-to practice for complex employment litigation,  high profile workplace investigations,  and traditional labor law services. We provide advice and counseling,  investigations and training,  employee relations and negotiations, and litigation services to employers in almost every area of labor and employment law. We have an exceptional track record exemplified by satisfied clients and successful court and arbitration decisions.

About the Position

This is a unique opportunity for an Employment Litigation Associate to join the firm’s expanding Labor and Employment practice and assume a major role in litigation representing private and public entity employers.  The ideal candidate will have 4+ years of substantive experience in employment litigation with a desire for trial or arbitration experience including:  discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims; FLSA and wage and hour claims, including wage and hour class and collective action lawsuits; legal research; drafting motions, pleadings and legal memoranda; taking and defending depositions; managing discovery-related activities; drafting EEOC position statements, DFEH responses, and conducting witness interviews and depositions, is also desirable.

In addition, the successful candidate will have a background in providing advice and counsel to employers on federal and state employment law compliance, including COVID-related laws, regulations and orders; ADA/FEHA compliance and disability accommodation; FMLA, CFRA, PDL and other employee leave compliance.  Experience in labor relations is also advantageous including labor negotiations, grievances and arbitrations, MMBA compliance, PERB/NLRB litigation and administrative hearings and appeals.

Qualified candidates must have excellent academic credentials, outstanding analytical, research and writing skills, a strong work ethic and dedication to superior client service.

Candidates must possess a knowledge base in California employment law, demonstrated ability to work independently, while working in a collaborative, client-focused environment, and excited about growing a practice with other like-minded colleagues.

How to Apply

Meyers Nave is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We place a high value on diversity and inclusion and encourage diverse candidates to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of any qualified applicant’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or any other category protected by law.

Interested candidates should CLICK HERE and follow the link to apply. Please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript and two substantive writing samples.

Is Your Organization’s Website ADA Compliant? Top 4 Things You Need to Know

The number of lawsuits alleging websites are not accessible as required by the Americans with Disability Act (“ADA”) has been growing rapidly in California. Businesses and public entities should proactively update their websites to ensure that they are accessible to individuals with disabilities who are visually impaired, blind, or hard of hearing.

1) What Does It Mean for a Website to Be “Accessible”?

To access and navigate websites, individuals who are blind or hard of hearing may use assistive technology such as screen readers, text enlargement software, and text-to-speech programs. Hard of hearing employees may need closed captioning to understand videos on websites. Although there is no mandated standard for websites, the most commonly used are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (“WCAG”) created by the World Wide Web Consortium.

While the ADA was enacted in 1990, before the internet was in common use, courts have found that the ADA requires that many websites must be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Title II of the ADA prohibits state and local government entities from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities or excluding them from services, programs, and activities. Title III of the ADA requires businesses and nonprofits considered public accommodations to provide equal opportunities to access the goods or services they offer.

2) The Number of Lawsuits Alleging Websites Are in Violation of the ADA is Growing.

After the ADA was enacted, most complaints alleged barriers to access at physical stores and restaurants. In recent years, a growing percentage of ADA claims concern access to websites. Certain individuals with disabilities and plaintiffs’ attorneys specialize in filing a high volume of claims, typically alleging violation of the ADA and the state counterpart, the California Unruh Civil Rights Act. The New York Times recently profiled one of these plaintiffs.

Despite the high volume of these cases, because most ADA website accessibility cases settle, the contours of what is required is slowly developing. In June 2021, for example, in the case of Domino’s Pizza v. Robles, Case No. CV 16-6599 JGB (Ex), 2021 WL 2945562 (C.D. Cal. June 23, 2021), a federal district court judge ruled among other things, that providing a telephone line for the plaintiff to place an order was insufficient, where the plaintiff was put on hold for over 45 minutes when he tried to call.

3) With the Increase in Virtual Meetings and Online Services, Public Entities Should Ensure Access for Individuals with Disabilities.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over the last 18 months, many public entities made a dramatic shift to virtual meetings and providing online services. A number of public entities have subsequently received complaints regarding the lack of closed captioning for live and prerecorded public meetings and websites are not accessible to individuals who are blind, vision impaired, or hard of hearing. The U.S. Department of Justice has also issued some technical assistance documents regarding accessibility.

4) Take Action Before a Claim Is Made

Rather than waiting for a claim, organizations should proactively update their websites, and ensure access to their facilities and services. Some suggestions include:

  • Have an independent ADA consultant or ADA qualified user test your website for accessibility.
  • Update or modify your website as necessary, including displaying the entity’s accessibility practice.
  • Conduct routine website accessibility testing, especially after website updates.
  • Evaluate whether other online platforms, such as mobile applications are accessible.

Please contact us to minimize any future litigation risks associated with website accessibility issues and ADA violations.

Billing Specialist (Oakland)

Meyers Nave is recruiting for a Billing Specialist. This is a nonexempt position reporting to the Billing and Client Relationship Manager and is located in the Firm’s Oakland office.

ABOUT MEYERS NAVE

Meyers Nave has an exceptional reputation in California as a go-to law firm that clients rely on to handle their highest profile, most complicated and often most controversial transactions and litigated matters. Attorneys work in multi-disciplinary teams to help public agencies, private businesses and non-profit organizations navigate complex local, state and federal laws and regulations. Meyers Nave was founded over 30 years ago and has grown into a state-wide firm with approximately 65 attorneys in five locations.

JOB SUMMARY

The Billing Specialist will have overall responsibility for performing full-cycle billing functions and will be expected to provide outstanding service to the attorneys assigned to him/her, clients and others in the Firm. The position requires that the individual be committed to quality, customer service, teamwork and be able to perform in a fast-paced environment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The position’s essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Generate monthly pre-bills and draft bills for attorney review;
  • Make edits and revisions based upon attorney requests and in compliance with client billing guidelines and client contracts;
  • Submit invoices in different e-billing portals with strong understanding of the function of each e-billing portal;
  • Prepare final bills, cover sheets, certification, and ensure the distribution of the bills to the client via regular mail, email or e-bill;
  • Provide supporting copy of expense backup to accompany invoices, including preparing large vendor invoices for disbursements only;
  • Assist teammates on billing during high-peak period, coordinate with accounting department to resolve any billing issues;
  • Maintain and update Client Billing Information Sheets, Budget Tracking Spreadsheet, and update client billing information in accounting system;
  • Accurately respond to Client/Matter billing inquiries in a timely manner;
  • Maintain accurate and up to date matter budgets and matter status reports in compliance with client billing guidelines;
  • Communicate closely with billing attorney and/or client regarding outstanding AR balances; and assist with client collections as needed;
  • Backup daily cash deposit and post cash receipts, scan checks and backup documents;
  • Work cordially, cooperatively, and productively with all firm employees;
  • Attend work on-site on a regular, punctual and reliable schedule;
  • Manage multiple problems and projects at once;
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service;
  • Maintain composure and work efficiently and accurately during high-energy situations involving frequently changing circumstances;
  • Work extended hours as needed; and
  • Other functions as assigned.

Management retains the right to add to or change the functions of this position at any time.

QUALIFICATIONS

The following qualifications are required unless otherwise noted:

  • Minimum of 3 years work experience as a Legal Billing Specialist using billing software (prior experience with Rippe & Kingston a plus);
  • High school diploma or equivalent required, Bachelor’s degree preferred;
  • Hands-on familiarity with electronic billing (ledes) and the submission of invoices to e- billing portals;
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal) with the ability to work effectively with a diverse team of attorneys and staff;
  • High organizational and time management skills with the ability to multi-task , work independently, and pay attention to details;
  • Strong technology skills including MS office , PDF, and an ability to leverage technology in work processes;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high ethical standards and strict confidentiality of all information that the employee may receive as a result of her or his role;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and update skills as required by the position;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints and within budget; and
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate in person and by phone with a diverse group of attorneys, staff and vendors to provide information with courtesy and tact.

Meyers Nave is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any qualified applicant’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or any other category protected by law.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by email to meyersjobs@meyersnave.com

Janice Brown Selected Among San Diego Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” 2021 List

Meyers Nave proudly announces that Principal Janice Brown has been selected to San Diego Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” 2021 list. She is one of 50 women recognized on this diverse list of honorees acknowledging the accomplishments of these top women in the San Diego region.

Janice is a Principal in Meyers Nave’s Labor and Employment Law Practice, Workplace Investigations Practice and Commercial Litigation Practice. She has more than 35 years of trial, arbitration and appellate experience in state and federal courts. Brown’s career began in the U.S. Justice Department where she quickly demonstrated expertise that earned her membership in the Honors Program and the “Outstanding Trial Attorney” and “Trial Lawyer of the Year” awards in under three years.

Janice is recognized as a pioneer in the legal profession, as well as a trusted adviser to clients, a mentor to colleagues and a leader in advancing diversity throughout the legal profession. She is regularly asked to speak and consult on diversity, equity and inclusion issues. Active in her legal and local community, Brown has been selected by Senators Boxer, Harris and Padilla to help select federal judges for lifetime employment. She is the former chairwoman of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation and is a member of its executive committee.

To see the full list of honorees, please click here.

California PERB Decision on UC Vaccination Mandate

In further proof that employers’ efforts to mandate vaccines has gained momentum, on July 26, 2021, the California Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”) issued a decision that held that the University of California’s (“UC”) 2020 flu vaccine mandate was either (1) not amenable to bargaining or (2) outweighed the benefit of bargaining. PERB held that the UC’s mandating of vaccines is a managerial right due to the need to protect public health related to both COVID-19 and the flu. PERB has prioritized the need to protect the public’s health over collective bargaining rights. At the same time, PERB faulted the UC for failing to meet and confer with the unions over the foreseeable effects of the vaccine mandate.

For more information, contact Meyers Nave attorneys.

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

On July 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice released a memorandum that bolsters employers’ efforts to mandate vaccines for its employees to maintain a safe work environment. The memorandum, which does not override state law, makes clear that the COVID-19 vaccines’ FDA emergency use authorization status does not preclude employers, both public and private, from mandating vaccines as part of their return to office policies.

For more information, contact Meyers Nave attorneys.