Alexander “Zander” Chemers is a shareholder 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.