Wendy E. Lane

Partner

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Wendy E. Lane focuses on business and employment counseling, litigation, and dispute resolution.  

Throughout her career, Wendy has represented an impressive roster of clients including AIG, AON, Albertson’s, Asylum Visual Effects, Cardinal Health, Corning, Equilon (Shell), Exxon-Mobil, E! Entertainment Television, Inc., Ford Motor Company, Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts, Los Angeles Unified School District, Pick-Up Stix, Rolex, Sav-on, Spearmint Rhino, Summit Entertainment, and Yahoo! Search Marketing.  

On the employment counseling side, Wendy drafts handbooks, policies, and statutorily-required notices to employees and further advises employers on complicated issues including responses to workplace injuries, employee requests for medical leave and/or disability accommodations, investigation of internal employee grievances (such as employee complaints of harassment and discrimination, terminations and disciplinary actions, employee theft, and employee drug and alcohol use).  Wendy also drafts employment and independent contractor agreements, and invention, intellectual property, work-for-hire, and non-disclosure agreements.  As an expert on drafting social media and other employment policies, Wendy has been asked to appear on a number of panels, has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the New York Times, and has drafted articles for the Daily Journal, AOL Jobs, and numerous other human resource and employment law publications.

In the employment litigation arena, Wendy has considerable experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving claims of harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour claims (including class actions).  Wendy has also obtained injunctions, drafted countless cease and desist letters, and filed numerous actions to prevent her clients’ former employees from stealing her client’s intellectual property and trade secrets.  By strategically using investigations, witness interviews, depositions, and other discovery mechanisms, Wendy has successfully convinced plaintiffs’ lawyers to rapidly dismiss or inexpensively settle their lawsuits on many occasions.

As for non-employment business litigation, Wendy has handled numerous cases involving claims for breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, partnership dissolution, trademark infringement, breach of fiduciary duties, wrongful death/toxic torts (specifically, mold and silica exposure), and claims arising from the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act.

Wendy has significant experience in child advocacy and family law. She authored the first edition of a manual on adoption law used by pro bono attorneys and law students in finalizing adoptions of dependent children throughout Los Angeles. As an advocate of children's rights, Wendy has dedicated substantial time as a volunteer and fundraiser for various social service agencies and non-profit, charitable organizations such as the Angeles Girl Scouts, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the UCLA Gold Shield Alumnae.

Experience

  • Defended national food and drug store chains in wage and hour class action, efficiently coordinating depositions of hundreds of putative class members and review of thousands of pages of time sheets before settling matter favorably on behalf of clients
  • Favorably settled discrimination and harassment claims against head of prominent manufacturing company, less than two months after employee filed suit and one day after taking the employee's deposition
  • Persuaded plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss wrongful termination claims against national landscape company at initial stages of litigation after filing demurrer attacking plaintiff's complaint
  • Successfully obtained restraining order to prevent former employee from stealing and using company's trade secrets and proprietary information, including client lists and pricing and marketing information
  • Represented national refiner and marketer of gasoline and other petroleum products in numerous franchise termination actions under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act. Successfully obtained summary judgment, judgment on the pleadings, and a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding judgment on the pleadings, which eliminated the actions against client
  • Represented accountant in dispute over the stock ownership of a closely-held corporation, defeating demurrer and successfully bringing motion to compel production of documents and obtaining sanctions against the other side before proceeding to bench trial. Settled case favorably for client after cross-examination of opposing side's key witness on first day of trial
  • Defended one of world's leading glass and ceramics manufacturers in product liability dispute. Filed motion for summary judgment demonstrating lack of evidence that client's product allegedly caused illness and death of individual who used product, persuading plaintiffs to dismiss case

Published Articles

Accolades

  • Listed, "Southern California Super Lawyers," 2011-2014
  • Best Brief, UCLA Moot Court Competition
  • Foundation of the State Bar Merit Scholarship for public service
  • Rated, "Superb," AVVO.com

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