From California Labor and Employment Law Review, Vol. 27, No. 6, November 2013
Introducing the Labor and Employment Law Section's New Executive Committee Members
Marshall Anstandig is the Senior Vice-President/General Counsel of
California Newspapers Partnership in San Jose. He previously was Vice
President/Senior Labor and Employment Counsel at KnightRidder, Inc.
Prior to going in-house he was in private practice in several law firms,
first in Detroit, Michigan and then in Phoenix, Arizona, specializing in
labor and employment law for 24 years. For the past eleven years he has
been an adjunct Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of
Law, where he has taught Labor Law and Administrative Law.
During his career, Mr. Anstandig has negotiated hundreds of collective
bargaining agreements and tried many labor and employment lawsuits
in various courts in the United States. He also has represented clients in
various appellate courts and in many labor arbitrations and mediations.
For the past 30 years of his 42-year career, Mr. Crosby has specialized in
employment law, primarily representing employees in actions involving
discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour claims, and wrongful
termination. He has tried over 75 employment law cases to verdict in
state and federal courts.
Mr. Crosby has been a member of the Employment Law Panel of the
American Arbitration Association in Orange County, and served on
the Consulting Group to the California State Bar Committee on Legal
Specialization for Certification of Labor and Employment Law. He is
a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the American Board
of Trial Advocates, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, the
California Employment Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys
of California,and the National Employment Lawyers Association.
Mr. Crosby has spoken on employment law topics for Continuing
Education of the Bar and is the author of the chapter, "Presenting the
Plaintiff's Case" in CEB's practice guide, Wrongful Termination Practice.
He is also the author of CEB's Action Guide, "Handling a Wrongful
Termination Action." He has written articles on employment law and trial practice for the Consumer
Attorneys of California Forum, the Orange County Bar Association's Orange County Lawyer magazine, the
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association newsletter, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
Mr. Crosby received his A.B., cum laude, from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967 and his J.D.
from Loyola Law School in 1970.
Fernando Flores is the Director of the Wage and Hour Enforcement Litigation
Program (WageHELP) at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS--
ELC) in San Francisco, where he engages in litigation on behalf of low-wage
workers across California. Mr. Flores has represented hundreds of workers in
the hotel, security guard, housekeeping, garment, construction, and janitorial
industries, among others. Mr. Flores provides individual and class action
representation in federal and state court for workers whose wage-and-hour rights
have been violated. While his primary focus is on combating wage theft, he also
has experience with discrimination and retaliation claims.
Mr. Flores came to LAS--ELC from Centro Legal de la Raza, where he was a Shartsis
Friese Fellow practicing both employment and housing law. Prior to his tenure at
Centro Legal, Mr. Flores was a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of
Los Angeles, where he litigated wage and hour cases and also represented clients
before the Labor Commissioner and the California Unemployment Insurance
Appeals Board. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis
School of Law in 2007 and his B.A. in Sociology and Rhetoric from the University
of California, Berkeley.
Maribel Hernandez, an associate with Ericksen Arbuthnot in Fresno, advises
and represents public and private employers in all areas of employment and
labor law, with an emphasis on employment litigation. She has successfully
defended employers in numerous lawsuits involving claims of discrimination,
harassment and retaliation; failure to provide reasonable accommodations;
wrongful termination and constructive discharge; and wage and hour claims
before state and federal courts and administrative forums. Ms. Hernandez is a
frequent speaker on a variety of employment topics and has extensive experience
handling workplace investigations and advising management in the prevention
and mitigation of employment lawsuits. She presently serves on the Board of
Directors for the Fresno County Women Lawyers.
Prior to practicing law, Ms. Hernandez worked for approximately 12 years as
a certified Human Resources Professional for local and national corporations.
She earned her B.S. from California State University, Fresno in Business
Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources, and her J.D. from San
Joaquin College of Law.
Laboni Hoq is the Litigation Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice--Los
Angeles. She leads the organization's efforts to advocate for underserved Asian
American and other marginalized communities through lawsuits that seek to
preserve and expand their civil and human rights. Prior to joining Advancing
Justice--Los Angeles, she was a litigator at two civil rights law firms, where she
litigated a wide variety of cases, including employment, constitutional, consumer
protection and class actions. Prior to that, she worked as a civil litigator in the
Los Angeles office of an international commercial law firm. She is a graduate
of Columbia Law School. After law school she clerked on the South African
Constitutional Court and conducted research on the land rights of South Africa's
aboriginal communities through a Fulbright fellowship.
Stephen Mesi is a Deputy Attorney General in the civil Employment
Administrative Mandate (EAM) section of the California Department
of Justice. He represents state departments and boards at all levels
in employment litigation, administrative hearings, and mandamus
petitions. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Mesi practiced
banking law as in-house counsel at Bank of America, N.A. and as an
associate in private firms.
Mr. Mesi is the co-author of chapter 14 of the State Bar's Labor &
Employment Law Section treatise, California Public Sector Employment
Law and has contributed expert practitioner commentary to LEXISNEXIS
on emerging issues in employment law. As a member of the Los
Angeles County Bar, he has participated on the committee nominating
the Outstanding Jurist of the Year. He recently completed a term as
President of the Italian-American Lawyers Association and is active in
Mr. Mesi graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1997,
received an M.A. in Communication Arts from Loyola-Marymount University, Los Angeles in 1978, and
earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1969.
Ramit Mizrahi is the founder of Mizrahi Law, APC, where she
represents employees exclusively, focusing on discrimination,
harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination cases. She takes a
special interest in cases involving leave laws, including those related
to pregnancy, disability, and parental leave. She has spoken on many
panels relating to employment issues, including disability laws, leave
as a reasonable accommodation under the FEHA and ADA, multiemployer
relationships, and the intersection between cyberspace and the
Ms. Mizrahi graduated from Yale Law School, has a master's degree
in Gender & Social Policy with Merits from the London School of
Economics, and a bachelor's degree with Highest Honors from UC
Berkeley's Haas School of Business. While in law school, she worked
at the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice
within the Disability Rights Section. She was an editor of the Yale Law
Journal, which published an article she wrote about female-on-female
Ms. Mizrahi clerked for Judge Richard Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,
where she worked on appeals involving sex, race, national origin, age, and disability discrimination. Before
that, she practiced at Davis, Cowell & Bowe, where she litigated both individual discrimination cases and
civil rights class actions. Most recently, Ms. Mizrahi was an associate at Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, where
she handled numerous cases from intake to completion.
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