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Andrew M. Paley

Partner

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-5224
Fax: (310) 201-5219
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Andrew Paley is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in Seyfarth Shaw’s Los Angeles office.  Mr. Paley’s practice focuses on defending employers in complex collective and class action litigations.  Mr. Paley is co-chair of the firm’s National Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group, Chair of the firm’s California Wage & Hour Litigation group, and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Department Steering Committee.

Mr. Paley has litigated more than 100 class and collective actions for alleged wage and hour violations under both state and federal law for clients in the financial services, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, telecommunications, and insurance industries.  These cases include claims alleging misclassification of employees as exempt or as independent contractors; “off-the-clock” and regular rate violations; denied reimbursements; miscalculation of commissions and bonuses; failure to pay prevailing wages; and meal/rest break violations.  Mr. Paley’s experience includes the defense of large nationwide collective actions and multi-district litigations.  He also advises clients on conducting pre-litigation wage and hour audits. Additionally, Mr. Paley assists clients with regard to wage and hour due diligence matters and potential exposure analyses in connection with corporate acquisitions and transactions.

Mr. Paley is one of three authors of the definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, and has written and lectured on numerous employment law topics.  Mr. Paley also has been a guest lecturer at the Stanford, Pepperdine, and Southwestern law schools.  Mr. Paley has been recognized by Legal 500 as a “smart, responsive lawyer who understands the needs of the business in addition to the subject matter of the litigation,” and was named one of the top labor and employment lawyers in California by the Daily Journal.

Andrew Paley is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in Seyfarth Shaw’s Los Angeles office.  Mr. Paley’s practice focuses on defending employers in complex collective and class action litigations.  Mr. Paley is co-chair of the firm’s National Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group, Chair of the firm’s California Wage & Hour Litigation group, and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Department Steering Committee.

Mr. Paley has litigated more than 100 class and collective actions for alleged wage and hour violations under both state and federal law for clients in the financial services, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, telecommunications, and insurance industries.  These cases include claims alleging misclassification of employees as exempt or as independent contractors; “off-the-clock” and regular rate violations; denied reimbursements; miscalculation of commissions and bonuses; failure to pay prevailing wages; and meal/rest break violations.  Mr. Paley’s experience includes the defense of large nationwide collective actions and multi-district litigations.  He also advises clients on conducting pre-litigation wage and hour audits. Additionally, Mr. Paley assists clients with regard to wage and hour due diligence matters and potential exposure analyses in connection with corporate acquisitions and transactions.

Mr. Paley is one of three authors of the definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, and has written and lectured on numerous employment law topics.  Mr. Paley also has been a guest lecturer at the Stanford, Pepperdine, and Southwestern law schools.  Mr. Paley has been recognized by Legal 500 as a “smart, responsive lawyer who understands the needs of the business in addition to the subject matter of the litigation,” and was named one of the top labor and employment lawyers in California by the Daily Journal.

Education

  • B.A., Yale University (1987)
    cum laude
  • J.D., Stanford Law School (1990)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California
  • California Supreme Court

Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Litigation and Employment Law Sections)

Selected Presentations and Publications

  • Co-Author, "Apple Bags a Big Win: District Court Grants Summary Judgment Against Class in Employee Bag Check Litigation," Retail Detail, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 12, 2015)
  • Co-Author, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012) Definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation.
  • Dukes v. Wal-Mart: How This Win for Employers Affects Wage-and-Hour Class Actions,” Westlaw Journal Employment (July 2011)
  • “Starbucks Ruling Makes the Most of the De Minimis Doctrine,” The Wage & Hour Litigation Blog (March 2014)
  • “Ninth Circuit Reverse Denial of Class Certification Where Determining Damages is a Purely Mechanical Exercise,” The Wage & Hour Litigation Blog (June 2013)
  • “California Court of Appeals Follows Dukes and Rejects Trial by Formula in Class Action Trials,” The Wage & Hour Litigation Blog (February 2012)
  • “Winning the Case:  The End Game,” The Wage & Hour Collective and Class Action Litigation Webinar Series (June 2012)
  • Moderator:  “Wage & Hour Litigation Strategy,”  Advanced Labor and Employment Law Conference for In-House Counsel (September 2013)
  • Moderator:  “Wage & Hour Collective and Class Action Litigation Strategy Roundtable,” (March 2013)
  • Moderator:  “Advanced Wage and Hour Strategies Summit,” (June 2012)
  • “Fighting to Win:  Deconstructing Conditional & Class Certification,” The Wage & Hour Collective and Class Action Litigation Webinar Series (May 2012)
  • “Recent Developments and Emerging Trends in California Wage & Hour Law”, Employment Round Table of Southern California Seminar (May 2012)
  • “Hunger Games:  The World After Brinker,” Webinar (April 2012)
  • “Drafting the Blueprint:  Modeling an Effective & Efficient Defense to Collective and Class Actions,” The Wage & Hour Collective and Class Action Litigation Webinar Series (March 2012)
  • “Hold On to Your Seats:  Recent Developments and Emerging Trends in California Wage/Hour Law,” Retail Industry Leaders Association Webinar (October 2011)
  • “Wage and Hour Issues for Healthcare Industry Employers,”  Webinar (December 2009)
  • “Managing Employment Litigation,” In-House Counsel Training Seminar (June 2009)
  • Moderator:  “Management and Defense of Class and Collective Actions,” Advanced Labor & Employment Law Conference (December 2008)
  • Moderator:  “Wage & Hour Litigation – Class and Collective Actions,”Advanced Labor & Employment Law Conference(October 2007)
  • “Advanced Topics in Wage & Hour Litigation,”LexisNexis Mealey’s Teleconference (October 2006)
  • “Preparing for the Next Wave of Wage and Hour Litigation,” California Labor & Employment Breakfast Briefing (October 2006)
  • “Wage and Hour Developments,”California Employment Regulatory Update Breakfast Briefing (March 2006)
  • “Litigation Practice at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia,”Pepperdine University Law School (April 2003)
  • “California Wage and Hour Class Actions:  Special Challenges for Employers Doing Business in California,” Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference (May 2002)
  • “Developments in International Criminal Law,”Stanford University Law School (March 2000)

Recognitions

  • Named a Top Labor and Employment Lawyer in California by the Daily Journal (2014)
  • California Super Lawyer, California Super Lawyer Magazine (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Recognized by Legal 500 as a “smart, responsive lawyer who understands the needs of the business in addition to the subject matter of the litigation’” (2012, 2103, 2014 U.S. Edition)
  • “Commended” by Financial Times in its U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report (2012)
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt