Margaret Rosenthal

Partner

Los Angeles
T 310.442.8893  |  F 310.820.8859

Margaret Rosenthal is the coordinator for the Los Angeles employment and labor group and co-chair of the firm's Employment Class Action Team. Margaret focuses her practice on the defense of class actions, California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) cases, and litigation of employment claims, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, CAL/OSHA citations, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition. Margaret also counsels employers in all aspects of employment issues, and negotiates and drafts employment, confidentiality, and severance agreements, including in the course of mergers and acquisitions. Because of this expansive experience, Margaret provides practical, business-oriented advice to clients to develop a solution to their problems.

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  • Successfully represented clients in defense of putative class action cases including achieving: denial of class certification and grant of motion for summary judgment on behalf of hospitality client related to novel legal issues related to overtime pay and obtaining dismissal with prejudice of action upon 12(b)(6) motion on behalf of staffing agency in action involving commissions.
  • Provides strong defense for clients through trial, including obtaining defense verdict in sex harassment action tried to jury involving airline and individual defendant, defense verdict in age discrimination and misclassification of independent contractor case involving freight carrier tried to federal court judge, post-trial settlement of disability discrimination lawsuit involving grocery company in case tried to jury, and full defense verdict for hospitality client in a race discrimination case tried to a jury.  
  • Successfully mediated and negotiated numerous client favorable settlements to resolve complex and aggressively litigated putative wage and hour class actions, following strong motion practice. For example:
    • Negotiated favorable settlement of 10 putative class actions lawsuits on behalf of a hospitality client facing allegations of wage and hour violations and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims for over 9000 nonexempt employees following significant motion practice to achieve narrowing of parties and claims, including dismissal of certain PAGA claims, a named plaintiff and individual manager defendants, dismissal of one action by summary judgment and dismissal of penalty claims from certain actions.
    • To achieve client goals, negotiated favorable settlement of two wage and hour class actions for medical center client brought on behalf of approximately 4,000 current and former employees within 90 days of entering case.
    • Negotiated favorable settlement for staffing agency client involving wage and hour claims by cellular tower technicians.
    • Negotiated favorable settlement of claims involving potentially thousands of hourly employees throughout California against owners and operators of chain of supermarkets.
    • See other representative class/PAGA actions here.
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Experience

  • Successfully represented clients in defense of putative class action cases including achieving: denial of class certification and grant of motion for summary judgment on behalf of hospitality client related to novel legal issues related to overtime pay and obtaining dismissal with prejudice of action upon 12(b)(6) motion on behalf of staffing agency in action involving commissions.
  • Provides strong defense for clients through trial, including obtaining defense verdict in sex harassment action tried to jury involving airline and individual defendant, defense verdict in age discrimination and misclassification of independent contractor case involving freight carrier tried to federal court judge, post-trial settlement of disability discrimination lawsuit involving grocery company in case tried to jury, and full defense verdict for hospitality client in a race discrimination case tried to a jury.
  • Successfully mediated and negotiated numerous client favorable settlements to resolve complex and aggressively litigated putative wage and hour class actions, following strong motion practice. For example:
    • Negotiated favorable settlement of 10 putative class actions lawsuits on behalf of a hospitality client facing allegations of wage and hour violations and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims for over 9000 nonexempt employees following significant motion practice to achieve narrowing of parties and claims, including dismissal of certain PAGA claims, a named plaintiff and individual manager defendants, dismissal of one action by summary judgment and dismissal of penalty claims from certain actions.
    • To achieve client goals, negotiated favorable settlement of two wage and hour class actions for medical center client brought on behalf of approximately 4,000 current and former employees within 90 days of entering case.
    • Negotiated favorable settlement for staffing agency client involving wage and hour claims by cellular tower technicians.
    • Negotiated favorable settlement of claims involving potentially thousands of hourly employees throughout California against owners and operators of chain of supermarkets.
    • See other representative class/PAGA actions here.
  • Has extensive motion practice experience, including achieving dismissals upon motions and summary judgment for variety of clients including grocery chain.
  • Member of team that successfully opposed union organizing drive while advising water production client on employment issues during drive.
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • "Guide to Preventing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace and Other Employment Law Issues," Bakersfield, California (May 2014)
  • Participated in the Constitutional Rights Foundation 36th Annual Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition
  • "Legal Ethics in the Digital World," Los Angeles, California (March 2011)
  • "Navigating Wage and Hour Minefields and Ensuring Compliance," Baltimore, Maryland (Novemeber 2010)
  • "Navigating Wage and Hour Minefields and Ensuring Compliance," Tampa, Florida (October 2010)

Recognitions

  • Client Choice Award: Employment & Labor in California (2013)

Community

  • Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles: Audit Committee of the Board of Directors
    • Board of Directors (2008 to 2013)
  • Hollywood/Los Angeles Beautification Team: Board of Directors (2000 to 2008)

Services

Emerging Issues

Prior Positions

  • In-house legal counsel/director of health care management company (1989 to 1993)
  • D.C. Department of Human Services: General Counsel (1984 to 1989)
  • United States Senate, Washington, D.C.: Legislative Fellow (1982 to 1983)
  • HHS Appeals Board, Washington, D.C.: Attorney Advisor (1979 to 1984)
  • District of Columbia Mediation Service: Volunteer Mediator (1983 to 1986)
  • New York Daily News: Stringer Reporter (1974 to 1976)

Admissions

  • California, 1990
  • District of Columbia, 1985
  • Illinois, 1979

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1979, with high honors
  • B.A., The City University of New York, Queens College, 1977, with honors