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What I like about being an employment law attorney is the opportunity to partner with clients to minimize risk and help them be good employers. When an issue does result in litigation, I love advocating on behalf of our client and obtaining the best possible result.

Alison Hamer has been with Hirschfeld Kraemer in the firm’s Los Angeles office since 2011. Her practice involves all areas of employment and labor law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, unfair competition, and wage and hour. She represents employers in single plaintiff and class action litigation in both state and federal courts, and arbitration. She has also successfully represented employers before administrative agencies including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Additionally, Alison advises management regarding employment law practices relating to hiring, disciplining and terminating employees, managing disability accommodations and medical leaves of absence, and wage and hour issues. She further provides preventative counseling to employers by drafting and auditing employee handbooks, arbitration and employment agreements, and other employment policies.

When not at work, Alison enjoys traveling, baking – and eating – sweets, and spending time with her Maltipoo.

From 2012 to 2017, named by fellow members of the State Bar as a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star

On behalf of a university, obtained dismissal on summary judgment of a race discrimination lawsuit brought by a tenured faculty member who was dismissed for cause

Won terminating sanctions in a case in which the opposing party abused the discovery process

Obtained summary judgment against former union worker’s lawsuit for disability discrimination, unlawful administration of medical leave, and invasion of privacy

Obtained summary judgment of former employee’s lawsuit alleging whistleblower wrongful termination

On behalf of a university, obtained summary adjudication of former worker’s claims of disability-based discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and defamation

Obtained summary adjudication of PAGA claim in which the plaintiff alleged he and other workers were misclassified as independent contractors and not paid overtime wages

Following a two-week arbitration, obtained complete defense verdict on breach of contract claims filed against our client and prevailed on our client’s cross-complaint for breach of contract, resulting in an order for the claimant to pay our client nearly one million dollars

Via demurrer, obtained dismissal with prejudice of a complaint for breach of contract

Represented client in a contested hearing, resulting in obtaining a permanent restraining order prohibiting civil harassment

Obtained substantial monetary judgment against a former employee who engaged in trade libel and intentional interference with contractual relations, resulting in the former employee ceasing such conduct

Represented employers in complex wage and hour class action and PAGA litigation and negotiated favorable settlements representing millions of dollars in savings

Successfully enforced contested arbitration agreements on behalf of multiple clients in employment discrimination, wage and hour, and education cases

Education

Southwestern Law School, J.D. 2008, summa cum laude, member of the Southwestern Law Review

California State University, Northridge, B.S. (business administration) 2005, magna cum laude

 

Judicial

Judicial Extern for the Honorable Margaret A. Nagle, (Ret.) Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, Central District of California

 

Admissions

California

U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit