Annette S. Winters

Associate

Los Angeles
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Overview

Annette Winters' practice focuses on labor and employment litigation and counseling. Annette brings a practical approach to her practice by assisting clients to efficiently address potential risks in a cost-effective manner.

Annette has represented employers before state and federal trial courts, as well as administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the National Labor Relations Board, the state and federal Departments of Labor, and numerous labor arbitrators. She has worked extensively on claims ranging from discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower claims, wage and hour claims, class and representative actions, confidential trade secret matters, unfair labor practices and employee grievances.

In addition to her work involving employment disputes, Annette regularly counsels clients on a variety of day-to-day labor and employment matters. She also provides in-house training seminars for clients, including training on labor and employment legal updates for human resources professionals, wage and hour compliance, FMLA and CFRA employee leave law compliance, and training on sexual harassment prevention in both English and Spanish.

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  • Secured summary judgment in multiple cases and secured voluntary dismissal of a plaintiff’s claims after obtaining key admissions at the plaintiff’s deposition.
  • Served as the point person for providing day-to-day advice and counseling to in-house counsel, human resources professionals and company executives on a variety of labor and employment matters.
  • Conducted sensitive investigations of sexual harassment claims involving high level executives and provided recommendations to the board of directors.
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Experience

  • Secured summary judgment in multiple cases and secured voluntary dismissal of a plaintiff’s claims after obtaining key admissions at the plaintiff’s deposition.
  • Served as the point person for providing day-to-day advice and counseling to in-house counsel, human resources professionals and company executives on a variety of labor and employment matters.
  • Conducted sensitive investigations of sexual harassment claims involving high level executives and provided recommendations to the board of directors.
  • Oversaw a client’s response to a Department of Labor’s audit of the client’s wage practices and negotiated a favorable settlement.
  • Has assisted employers in termination and restructuring efforts, including preparation and coordination of separation and severance agreements, California and federal WARN Act compliance, and related issues.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Hispanic National Bar Association

Pro Bono

  • Successfully represented undocumented minor with deceased parents to obtain guardianship with his sister in Los Angeles and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for children of deceased father in a civil claim of elder abuse against their father’s former caregiver.

Prior Positions

  • National Labor Relations Board, Region 31: Extern (2011)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of California
  • California

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2011; UCLA Law Review, Managing Editor
  • B.A., Brown University, 2008

Languages

  • Spanish