Practice and Industry Groups

Martin E. Sullivan

Associate Los Angeles

Martin E. Sullivan advises employers in all aspects of California and federal employment laws. In litigation, Martin’s practice primarily focuses on defending employers against individual and class action lawsuits involving wage and hour, wrongful termination, disability and protected leave, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims.

Martin is also Co-Director of USC Gould School of Law’s Employment Mediation Program. In this role, he instructs JD and LLM students in the mediation of real employment cases brought before state and federal agencies. A mediator himself, Martin also serves as a panel mediator with the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District.

As a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Martin serves on its Saturday Seminar committee.


Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment in a defamation case brought by a long-time former employee against an international security systems company in federal court.
  • Through vigorous defense of two large property management companies, caused the plaintiff to abandon his sole-claim under the Private Attorneys General Act with no settlement payment.
  • As second-chair, represented an employment agency in a multi-week federal jury trial that produced a favorable jury verdict on the chief cause of action under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
  • Audited time-keeping policies and practices for a national paper company's California manufacturing facilities.
  • Designed and implemented employment policies for a large California food purveyor and its franchisees.
  • Successfully defended national media company in wage and hour suit alleging misclassification of exempt employees, resulting in settlement for a nominal amount.
  • On an ongoing basis, advise employers on employment processes, such as the interactive process, discipline, and termination.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Co-Director of USC Gould School of Law’s Employment Mediation Program, Judge Judith Hollinger ADR Program
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member of Saturday Seminar Committee for the Labor and Employment Section

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''From Watercoolers To Snapchat: Preventing And Investigating Sexual Harassment In A Modern Workplace'' - Los Angeles - October 26, 2017
  • LACBA Labor and Employment Saturday Seminar - ''Hot Topics in Employment Discovery: Social Media Discovery Issues'' - Los Angeles - April 22, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''What’s in Your Alphabet Soup? Top Strategies for Dealing with the DFEH, EEOC, EDD, DLSE, DOL, OSHA, and other State and Federal Agencies'' - Los Angeles - October 27, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Attorney Seminar - ''The Litigation Countdown in the Los Angeles Superior Court and the United States District Court for the Central District of California'' - Los Angeles - October 11, 2016
  • California State University - ''Gender Discrimination and Implicit Bias in the Workplace'' - Northridge - November 06, 2014
  • LACBA Labor and Employment Saturday Seminar - ''Insights Into the Litigation Toolbox: Nuts and Bolts of Employment Law'' - Los Angeles - February 02, 2013
  • San Gabriel Valley Employer Advisory Council - ''How to Take the Terror Out of Termination'' - City of Industry - December 07, 2011
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