Seyfarth’s Jeffrey Berman and Angelo Paparelli Named to Daily Journal’s 2017 List of “Top Labor & Employment Attorneys”


Seyfarth Shaw’s Jeffrey Berman, Labor & Employment partner in Los Angeles, and Angelo Paparelli, Immigration partner in Los Angeles, were recognized as top lawyers in their field by the Daily Journal.

The Daily Journal detailed Berman’s successful defense of the Pac-12 Conference in a wage class action brought by a former University of Southern California football player. Berman told the Daily Journal that the consequences of college football players being classified as employees verges on the ludicrous, at least under California law, in part because of regulations regarding mandatory rest periods and meals. The Daily Journal also referenced Berman’s work with religious hospitals, universities and schools, representing these organizations in the past in both California and U.S. Supreme Court cases involving religious exemptions for state landmark regulations or anti-discrimination laws.

“I think first amendment law is incredibly important and I’ve represented everyone from Buddhists to Evangelicals to Catholics and Seventh-day Adventists,” Berman told the Daily Journal.

The Daily Journal detailed Paparelli’s work regarding the President’s travel ban which Paparelli said is much more than it might seem. Paparelli told the Daily Journal that he is seeing more concern among the top ranks of his corporate clients around the ability to move employees globally, and that immigration and international employees are becoming a more prominent concern for his company clients.

“The travel ban version one in particular was something that caught many employers rather flat-footed,” Paparelli told the Daily Journal. He added, “this wake-up call resulted in many companies reaching out to their immigration counsel and asking for reports that were never requested before.”