Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

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Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

Carla J. Feldman

Carla Feldman, Partner at Arent Fox LLP
Carla J. Feldman
Los Angeles, CA

As practice group leader of the Labor, Employment, and OSHA Groups with Arent Fox, Carla’s practice focuses primarily on defending employers against a wide variety of employment law claims, with a particular focus on single and multiple plaintiff claims and litigation avoidance strategies involving claims brought under California state wage and hour laws and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Her experience includes successfully defeating class certification in class and collective actions. In addition, Carla has significant experience handling traditional labor work, including collective bargaining agreement negotiations and modification, successor negotiation obligations, union avoidance, unfair labor practice charges, and proceedings before the Region 21 of the National Labor Relations Board in Southern California.

Carla has a strong track record for achieving summary judgment and adjudication, and for obtaining defense awards at trial. She has extensive trial experience, which assists her in advising clients early in the process regarding the prospects for settlement, and the intricacies of trial should one be required. Carla has repeatedly convinced plaintiffs to dismiss or abandon their claims, thereby allowing for the efficient resolution of threatened and pending cases.

Carla has worked with clients in varied industries, including manufacturing, retail, restaurant, accounting, entertainment, gaming, and health care.

Previous Work

Prior to joining Arent Fox, Ms. Feldman was a partner at a multiservice national law firm in Los Angeles.

Professional Activities

Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
Former National Board Member, American Board of Trial Advocates

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Ms. Feldman has received the AV® Peer-Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell and she is also listed in its Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers and Los Angeles’ Women Leaders in the Law.

Ms. Feldman has authored and has been profiled in articles such as:

  • “Has the Day of the Unpaid Intern Arrived in the for-Profit World?” the National Law Journal; July 2012
  • “2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Labor and Employment,” American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel; April 2012

She has been recognized several times by The Daily Journal as one of California’s “Top Women Litigators” and "Top Women Lawyers". The Daily Journal has also recognized her as one of the “Top 75 Labor and Employment Attorneys in California” in their 2011 and 2012 lists. In addition, Ms. Feldman has been noted in the Southern California edition of Super Lawyer for the past ten years, including as one of their "50 Best Women Lawyers in Southern California".

Her speaking engagements include:

  • “New 2013 Law Considerations for Employers,” 2012 California Employment Law Review, Los Angeles, CA, December 6, 2012

  • “Trade Secrets and Employee Mobility Claims: Strategies for Protection and Litigation,” 2012 Bridgeport Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, February 23, 2012

Blog Posts by Carla J. Feldman

Labor & Employment
Arbitrate This! Ninth Circuit Issues Two Wins for California Retail Employers

On June 23, a frequently employee-friendly United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit delivered two significant, pro-employer decisions pertaining to employee arbitration agreements. In Johnmohammadi v. Bloomingdale’s, Inc., the court affirmed a district court’s order granting Bloomingdale’s motion to compel arbitration, whereas in Davis v. Nordstrom, Inc., the court reversed a district court’s denial of Nordstrom’s motion to compel.

Both decisions accord with and follow the United States Supreme Court’s 2011 decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, where the Court established the supremacy of the Federal Arbitration Act by upholding a class action waiver provision in a valid arbitration agreement notwithstanding the California state court’s determination that the provision was unconscionable.

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