As leader of the Labor & Employment group, Carla’s practice focuses primarily on defending employers against a wide variety of employment law claims, with a particular emphasis on single and multiple plaintiff claims and litigation avoidance strategies involving claims brought under California state wage and hour laws and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
Carla's experience includes successfully defeating class certification in class and collective actions and conducting internal audits and investigations. She also provides advice and counsel to clients on employment contracts, policies and procedures, and resolution of workplace health and safety issues including claims asserted under Cal-OSHA, OSHA, the ADA and related laws, statutes and regulations. In addition, Carla has significant experience handling traditional labor work, including collective bargaining agreement negotiations and modification, successor negotiation obligations, union avoidance, unfair labor practice charges, and proceedings before the Region 21 of the National Labor Relations Board in Southern California.
Carla has a strong track record for achieving summary judgment and adjudication, and for obtaining defense awards at trial. She has extensive trial experience, which assists her in advising clients early in the process regarding the prospects for settlement, and the intricacies of trial should one be required. Carla has repeatedly convinced plaintiffs to dismiss or abandon their claims, thereby allowing for the efficient resolution of threatened and pending cases.
Carla has worked with clients in varied industries, including manufacturing, retail, restaurant, accounting, entertainment, gaming, and health care.