Joseph S. Persoff

Associate

Los Angeles
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Overview

A dedicated employment litigator, Joseph Persoff is determined to help clients both comply with the law and stay true to their business models. His experience includes drafting appellate briefs, mediation briefs and trial court motions, including summary judgment motions, post-trial motions and anti-SLAPP motions. Joseph has also argued multiple cases before courts of appeal. Well-versed on a range of employment issues, Joseph has offered critical support on matters involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment, as well as wage and hour issues.

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  • Defends clients across various industries against wage and hour class action and California Private Attorneys General Act claims, including claims for unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, meal and rest break violations, reporting time pay, and wage statement violations.
  • Represents clients in defense against claims for discrimination and retaliation, including investigating claims, strategizing defense of claims, and briefing arguments for dismissal of claims or for reasonable settlement at mediation.
  • Provides advice and counsel to clients regarding new legal developments, including new case decisions and COVID-19-related emergency orders.
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Experience

  • Defends clients across various industries against wage and hour class action and California Private Attorneys General Act claims, including claims for unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, meal and rest break violations, reporting time pay, and wage statement violations.
  • Represents clients in defense against claims for discrimination and retaliation, including investigating claims, strategizing defense of claims, and briefing arguments for dismissal of claims or for reasonable settlement at mediation.
  • Provides advice and counsel to clients regarding new legal developments, including new case decisions and COVID-19-related emergency orders.
  • Argued cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeal.
  • Drafted appellate briefs, petitions for writ of mandate and petitions for review to the California Supreme Court.
  • Prepared trial and appellate court motions, including oppositions to demurrers, motions for summary judgments, anti-SLAPP motions, motions in limine, motions for new trial and motions to dismiss an appeal.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Community

  • Los Angeles World Affairs Council: Young Professionals

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Harry Pregerson, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit: Judicial Extern (2013)

Admissions

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

Education

  • J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 2015; Southern California Law Review, Senior Submissions Editor
  • B.S., Syracuse University, 2010

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
California Expands Family Leave to Employees of Small Employers
By Joseph S. Persoff
September 24, 2020
California passed a new law expanding family leave rights to employees working for employers with five to 50 employees. The family leave rights were previously limited to employees of employers with more than 50 employees. Under this new...
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Employment Law Spotlight
California Enacts COVID-19 Sick Leave for Workers
By Nancy Inesta, Joseph S. Persoff
September 11, 2020
This week, California enacted a law, Assembly Bill (AB) 1867, providing supplemental COVID-19-related sick leave to food-sector workers and any worker employed by a company with 500 or more employees nationwide. The law requires employers...
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Employment Law Spotlight
NLRB: Being Abusive Is Not Protected Union Activity
By Michael S. Chamberlin, Joseph S. Persoff
July 27, 2020
Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), a union member cannot be disciplined for conduct such as forming or joining unions, bargaining collectively, or engaging in other activities for the purpose of collective bargaining, such as...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Second Circuit Says No California Anti-SLAPP Motions in Federal Court
By Joseph S. Persoff
July 16, 2020
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has split with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and concluded that California’s statute to avoid strategic lawsuits against public participation (anti-SLAPP) does not apply in federal court. The...
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Employment Class Action Blog
District Court Preliminarily Enjoins Enforcement of California's A.B. 51 Anti-Arbitration Law
By John B. Lewis, Joseph S. Persoff
February 3, 2020
Since Oct. 11, 2019, we have been blogging about California’s new anti-arbitration law and the injunctive action filed before Chief District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to enjoin it. Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v...
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