Lee R. Feldman is a founding partner of the Feldman Browne Olivares law firm (formerly the Feldman Law Firm) in Century City, California. Mr. Feldman is staunch defender of workers' rights. He represents employees in labor and employment cases throughout California, aggressively litigating workers' claims to successful resolutions. He has recovered more than $125,000,000 for workers and their families in jury verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements.
After graduating from Emory University, Mr. Feldman received his Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of Law in 1991. He briefly gained experienced practicing labor and employment law in Philadelphia, and then relocated to California, where he quickly developed a reputation as a highly effective supporter of employer rights. He is admitted to practice law in California.
Mr. Feldman's impressive track record has earned him the respect of his peers, who, in 2013 and 2014, recognized him as one of The Best Lawyers in America*. In 2013, he was also named by California's leading legal newspaper, the Daily Journal, as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in the state of California. Mr. Feldman was one of only 20 attorneys representing employees to be named to the Daily Journal list. Mr. Feldman's firm, Feldman Browne Olivares, APC, has also been named by the national publication U.S News & World Report as one of the Best Law Firms in Labor & Employment law.
The team at Feldman Brown Olivares (formerly The Feldman Law Firm) understands that clients can feel powerless against large, impassive corporations. Mr. Feldman and his firm work tirelessly to achieve the best results possible against companies of any size, holding them accountable for the harm they cause California employees and their families. The attorneys at the Feldman Browne Olivares firm litigate every case like it’s their only case, giving each client the same treatment they would want for a member of their own family.
*The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC
About Lee Feldman
Law School: Boston University School of Law
Admitted: 1994, California
Professional Webpage: www.leefeldmanlaw.com/lee_feldman.html
Honors and Awards:
- Listed in 2013 and 2014 editions of one of the Best Lawyers In America in Labor and Employment law., Best Lawyers In America, Woodward/White , 2013
- One of approximately 20 Plaintiff's-side employment lawyers named as the best in California, Daily Journal Top Labor & Employment Lawyers in California, The Daily Journal, 2013
Scholarly Lectures and Writings:
Verdicts and Settlements:
- Recieved a verdict of $5,500,000 in the case of Brim v. Local 501, $4,500,000 of which was for general, non-economic damages for emotional distress. The trial court added roughly $1,000,000 in fees and costs for a total judgment of $6,500,000. The case involved claims of retaliation and discrimination in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Also in 2012, we recovered more than $10,000,000 in additional verdicts and settlements on behalf of California employees discrimination, wrongful termination and wage/hour claims., 2012
- Short-term employee v. Hollywood Corporation. ($500,000). Mr. Feldman obtained this settlement on behalf of a project manager fired when she was forced to take a pregnancy disability leave during her first year of employment and at an allegedly crucial time for the project
- Short-term employee v. Chain Store. ($675,000). The plaintiff was a six-week employee who had just $5,000 in lost wages and had never seen a doctor or therapist for emotional distress. Nonetheless, Mr. Feldman obtained an arbitration award of $450,000 in emotional distress damages alone. Including attorney's fees and cost, the recover was $675,000
- John Doe v. Small Corporation ($610,000). Mr. Feldman obtained this settlement, which was five (5) times the amount offered at the initial mediation, after taking numerous depositions across the country. The settlement amount was roughly ten (10) times the amount of the claim for lost wages
- Jane Doe v. Small Retailer ($750,000). This settlement was obtained on behalf of an epileptic plaintiff fired after having a seizure at work
- John Doe v. Large Retailer ($850,000). Mr. Feldman obtained this settlement on behalf of a store manager fired while on a disability leave
- Jane Doe v. Nationwide chain ($1,250,000) paid on claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy
- John Does v. ABC Corporation. ($1,712,000.00). Three employees claiming wrongful termination or constructive discharge. Two of the cases were dropped by another lawyer, who advised the clients to dismiss for a waiver of costs. The lawyer thought so little of the third client's case that he never filed the lawsuit. Mr. Feldman took over the two dropped cases, obtaining a settlement of $1,000,000.00. He filed the third case against the lawyer that had failed to file the lawsuit, obtaining a settlement of $712,000
- Jane Doe v. Large Corporate Employer. ($1,200,000.00). Prior to hiring Mr. Feldman, Plaintiff had been negotiating a severance package worth between $50,000 and $75,000. After filing a lawsuit for sexual harassment and retaliatory discharge, and taking numerous depositions, Mr. Feldman won a settlement of $1,200,000.00
- Dudley v. SBC Communications. ($6,700,000) Mr. Feldman turned a single-plaintiff case for CFRA/FMLA violations into what is believed to be the first class action lawsuit seeking economic and emotional distress damages for violations of California's Family Rights Act. The case was ultimately settled for $6,700,000 and SBC agreed to change its policies to avoid future interference with employees' CFRA rights and maintain their privacy rights. In addition, thousands of employees suspended for CFRA absences were granted a paid day off
- Vo v. Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (2000) 79 Cal.App.4th 440. The Court of Appeal affirmed an award of $470,000 in attorney's fees on a verdict of $37,500 because the employer had failed to make a reasonable settlement offer, thereby forcing Mr. Feldman to try a low-damage case and expend vast amounts in fees and costs. The Court of Appeals also awarded appellate fees, costs and interest, bringing the total award to more than $600,000
- John Doe v. Fortune 500 Company ($ 1,800,000.00) paid to employee who never made more than 25k a year before being fired after 18 months of employment. Claims were failure to accommodate disability and CFRA retaliation
- Jane Doe v. ABC Corp: Employee wrongfully fired in violation of FEHA; $80,000 in wage loss. Settled for $1,800,000.
- Dudley v. SBC/AT&T; FMLA class action settled for $6,800,000 prior to trial.
- ROE v. Large Corp: Claimant fired for taking FMLA. Lost wages total $65,000. Settled for $1,350,000 prior to trial.
- ROE v. Fortune 500 Company: Settled age discrimination claim for $1,400,000 before trial.
- DOE v. Fortune 500 Company: Employee fired in violation of FMLA resulting in $35,000 in wage loss plus emotional distress. Case Settled for $1,800,000.00 during trial.