Jeffrey Ranen Profiled by Daily Journal as Top Labor & Employment Attorney
Los Angeles, Calif. (July 10, 2019) – Los Angeles Partner Jeffrey S. Ranen was recently profiled by the Daily Journal after being selected as one of their Top Labor & Employment Lawyers for 2019. Ms. Ranen spoke to the publication about his career and what keeps his work interesting – specifically “the messy details of ordinary life.”
“People put their best efforts into the employment relationship and people spend more time working than they often do at home with their families,” Mr. Ranen said to the Daily Journal. “The separation of an employment relationship can be, for some people, as traumatic as divorce.”
“Every case I defend has this really interesting backstory and it’s personal,” he added.
Mr. Ranen also shared his views on the impact of the #MeToo movement on labor and employment law.
“The outward discussions about it – which is a very healthy, productive thing we’re doing – that’s going to fuel, one, continued litigation in the sexual harassment arena,” said Mr. Ranen. “We’re going to see higher settlements, not necessarily verdicts, but higher settlements in the sexual harassment arena because defendants are too afraid to see what a jury might do with this heightened awareness of sexual harassment.”
Mr. Ranen also explained that while he sees the movement as a net positive, he expects to see a rise in frivolous lawsuits as well: “I think you’re going to see a situation where really frivolous claims are going forward because the defendant isn’t willing to pay some extortionist amount. It will be interesting to see whether certain types of juries view the pendulum as having shifted to far. That remains to be seen.”
Mr. Ranen is Vice-Chair of Lewis Brisbois’ Labor & Employment Practice, National Chair of the firm’s Wage & Hour Class Action Practice, and Chair of its Fair Credit Reporting Act Practice. His practice is dedicated to defending employers in employment litigation and counseling.
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