Alexander M. Chemers

Associate Los Angeles

Alexander "Zander" Chemers is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Ogletree Deakins. Zander has significant experience defending employers against wage-and-hour claims, ranging from single plaintiff administrative proceedings to class actions involving thousands of putative class members. These cases have involved the panoply of wage-and-hour claims, including alleged violations of minimum wage, overtime, prevailing wage, regular rate, meal period and rest break, business expenses, and wage statement statutes. Zander has also successfully defended companies against alleged violations of federal statutes, including disability access claims under Title III and pre-employment disclosures under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Zander has also assisted clients who are facing cases involving claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and failure to accommodate.

Zander's practice has involved all aspects of litigation, including presenting oral argument before state and federal courts and drafting dispositive motions. He has extensive deposition experience, including the depositions of plaintiffs, fact witnesses, experts, and persons most knowledgeable. He also has expertise reviewing and analyzing data sets and has worked extensively with outside experts. In addition to his litigation practice, Zander has counseled employers regarding compliance with the California Labor Code and Fair Labor Standards Act.

Zander received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 2008. Following law school, Zander spent a year clerking for the Honorable Ancer L. Haggerty, Chief Judge for the District of Oregon. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Zander spent six years practicing employment law at a national law firm.


Experience

Zander has represented and advised clients in a wide variety of industries, including construction, entertainment, manufacturing, restaurants, real estate, retail, security, staffing, technology, telecommunications, transportation, and defense contractors.

Representative Class Action Matters:

  • Defeating motion for class certification based on allegations that food distributors were misclassified as independent contractors.
  • Defeating motion for class certification based on allegations that retailer’s point-of-sale devices were not accessible to customers with disabilities.
  • Defeating motion for class certification based on allegations that delivery drivers were not paid overtime or provided meal periods and rest breaks.
  • Defeating motion for class certification based on allegations that database administrators were improperly classified as exempt.
  • Defeating motion for class certification based on allegations that installation technicians were not paid overtime or provided meal periods and rest breaks.
  • Defeating motion for class certification based on allegations that security professionals were improperly classified as exempt.
  • Other Representative Matters:

  • Preparing motions to compel individual arbitration, which have resulted in individual arbitrations and the dismissal of the plaintiffs’ proposed class claims.
  • Dismissal with prejudice of prevailing wage claims via a state court demurrer.
  • Early dismissal of putative class action on grounds that named plaintiff's claims were barred by a previous release.
  • Successful motion to transfer that resulted in the case being transferred to a more favorable venue where it was resolved for nuisance value.
  • Preparing successful motion to narrow scope of arbitration.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section)

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