Margaret Rosenthal

Partner

Los Angeles
T 310.442.8893  |  F 310.820.8859

Margaret Rosenthal focuses her practice in employment law, counseling and representing employers in class actions and other litigation of employment claims, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, OSHA, and wage and hour issues. She also represents clients in business and commercial litigation, with special emphasis on counseling and litigation of disputes involving protection of trade secrets, unfair competition, and unfair business practices. Margaret provides training, investigates complaints, and counsels employers in all aspects of employment matters, including wage and hour issues (including classification of exempt and independent contractor status), harassment complaints, company-wide layoffs and terminations, development of employee handbooks, and policies. She handles employment and labor issues in mergers and acquisitions and negotiates and drafts employment, confidentiality, and severance agreements.

In addition to her career as an attorney, Margaret is a member of the Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (2008 to present), and was a member of the Board of Directors, Hollywood/Los Angeles Beautification Team (2000 to 2008). Margaret has served as a mediator for the District of Columbia Mediation Service (1983 to 1986) and she was a reporter for the New York Daily News (1974 to 1976).

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Experience

  • 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 (November 2010) 
  • "Navigating Wage and Hour Minefields and Ensuring Compliance," Tampa, Florida (October 2010) 
  • "Preventing and Responding to Harassment in the Workplace," Aliso Viejo, California (October 2009) 
  • "Preventing and Responding to Harassment in the Workplace," Los Angeles, California (October 2009) 
  • "Conducting an Internal Investigation," Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), Palmdale, California (July 2009) 
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  • "Preventing and Responding to Harassment and Retaliation in the Workplace," Rancho Cucamonga, California (February 2009) 
  • "What Employers Need to Know About California Employment Law," Westwood Village Rotary Club, Los Angeles, California (February 2009) 
  • "Protecting Trade Secrets Before & During Litigation," CEB Seminar, Los Angeles, California (April 2008) 
  • Author: "Doing the Best Possible Job for the Client," Inside the Minds Labor and Employment Litigation Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Determining Defense and Negotiation Strategies, Evaluating Financial Repercussions, and Interpreting Federal and State Laws (July 2007) 
  • "Untangling the FMLA, ADA and Workers' Comp Overlap: Your Guide to Effectively Managing Conflicting Employee Disability, Leave and Absence Issues," Garden Grove, California (May 2007) 
  • "Identifying, Preventing and Responding to Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation in the Workplace," Houston, Texas (February 2007) 
  • "Sex Harassment in the Workplace – Awareness and Prevention," Training for Managers and Supervisors throughout California (2005-2006)
  • "Harassment in the Workplace – Awareness and Prevention," Glendora, California (September 2003) 
  • "Employment Law Update," Covina, California (June 2003) 
  • "Guide to Preventing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace and Other Employment Law Issues," Pasadena, California (May 2003) 
  • Roundtable Participant: "The State of Employment Law" (May 2002) 
  • "Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Training for Non-Management Employees," Vernon, California (March 2002) 
  • Author: "Worktime," Verdicts & Settlements (March 8, 2002) 
  • "A Supervisor's Guide to Preventing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace," Vernon, California (January 2002) 
  • Author: "Women's Role in the Workplace: Leave of Absence Rules Become More Family-Friendly," Los Angeles Business Journal (September 17, 2001) 
  • "Misclassification of Employees: Are You At Risk?" CLE and SHRM accredited course, Los Angeles, California (December 2001) 
  • "Preventing Workplace Harassment and Corporate Policies Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment," Milpitas, California (October 2000) 
  • "How to Protect Your Trade Secrets – What California Employers Should Know," Los Angeles, California (May 2000) 
  • "Current Issues in Employment Law – What California Employers Should Know," Los Angeles, California (December 1998)
Reported Cases
  • Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1756, AFL-CIO v. Superior Court (First Transit, Inc.) 148 Cal.App.4th 39 [55 Cal.Rptr.3d 585] (2007) 
  • Jesse Leonard Leach, Jr. v. Madera Glass Company, et al., 31 F.Supp.2d 1223 (1998)

Recognitions

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

Community

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (2008 to present)
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Hollywood/Los Angeles Beautification Team (2000 to 2008)

 

Services

Prior Positions

  • Mediator for the District of Columbia Mediation Service (1983 to 1986)
  • Reporter for the New York Daily News (1974 to 1976)

Admissions

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

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