Wendy E. Lane




Wendy E. Lane is Chair of the Employment Department, specializing in employment counseling and litigation.  

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, Culver Studios, 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 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, arbitration agreements, intellectual property, and confidentiality 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, the New York Times, and California Lawyer, 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). 

Wendy also 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.


  • Advise on employment matters in connection to sale of Hourglass Cosmetics to Unilever. 
  • Advise employers on day-to-day employment matters, draft policies and handbooks, and oversee investigations of harassment and discrimination claims.
  • Defended national food and drug store chains and California fast-casual food chain in wage and hour class actions, 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
  • 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 accountant in dispute over the stock ownership of a closely-held corporation, settling 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/Media Commentary


  • Listed, "Southern California Super Lawyers," 2011-2017
  • Best Brief, UCLA Moot Court Competition
  • Foundation of the State Bar Merit Scholarship for public service
  • Rated, "Superb," AVVO.com

Professional Affiliations