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|About||Ms. Semmel has a proven record of success in a broad range of employment matters.|
Our clients range from upper management executives requiring negotiation of employment and severance agreements, to hourly workers struggling to be paid all they are owed by law. We also serve as neutral investigators where charges of sexual harassment or other workplace misconduct are made.
We investigate each matter thoroughly, consider the client's goals, and develop a legal strategy early in each case. We disclose our fees and the manner in which we charge for costs at the outset of each case. As appropriate for a given matter, we utilize investigators and other experts - such as physicians, psychologists, accountants and economists - to prepare your case for a favorable settlement, or if necessary, for trial. We keep in touch with our clients on a regular basis, and the lines of communication remain open and active throughout each case.
Our attorneys have successfully tried cases in an array of forums, from state court jury trials to arbitration. In most cases, we explore settlement and advocate for our clients in mediation. Where an advantageous settlement cannot be achieved, we are known for our adept and tenacious advocacy through trial, and, if necessary, appeals.
Ms. Semmel is a seasoned employment attorney with over 20 years of experience in employment law and civil litigation. She has a reputation for skillfully and tenaciously advocating on behalf of her clients. Ms. Semmel is a partner at Kelley • Semmel LLP, where her practice focuses on the representation of employees, including matters involving employment discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other protected characteristics; sexual harassment; wrongful termination; whistle blower actions; wage and hour disputes (unpaid wages, meal periods and overtime); and employment and severance agreements. She also conducts investigations of harassment and other workplace complaints.
Having practiced at major law firms and at a prestigious litigation boutique, Ms. Semmel understands employment law disputes from the employer perspective, and uses that insight to the advantage of her employee-clients.
Ms. Semmel is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, an organization for attorneys who represent employees in employment law matters, as well as the Los Angeles County Bar Association - Employment Law Division. Ms. Semmel writes a regular column on employment law for Working World magazine and WorkingWorld.com. Ms. Semmel is frequently invited to speak at conferences and seminars throughout the state. Subjects on which she has spoken include discovery issues in employment litigation, the Private Attorney General Act, and developments in wage and hour law.
Ms. Semmel graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was Articles Editor of Ecology Law Quarterly.
|Awards||Ms. Semmel graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was Articles Editor of Ecology Law Quarterly.|