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Genie Harrison Ranked #3 on 2017 Super Lawyers Top 10 List

January 2017 – Genie Harrison was named among the Top 10 Super Lawyers in Southern California for the second year in a row. This year, she was ranked #3 on the list. Genie was also named as one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Southern California, marking her fifth appearance on that list. CLICK HERE for the complete list and the 2017 Super Lawyers Magazine for Southern California.

Genie Harrison Installed as 2017 CAALA Treasurer

January 14, 2017 – Los Angeles employment attorney Genie Harrison (in red) was sworn in as Treasurer of the 2017 CAALA Board of Officers at CAALA’s 68th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner. Ricardo Echeverria was installed as the 2017 CAALA President. Also installed were Mike Arias (President-elect), Sean McCann (First Vice President), Jeff Rudman (Second Vice President) and Doug Silverstein (Secretary). CAALA (Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles) is the nation’s largest association of plaintiff’s attorneys.

Genie Harrison Featured in Angeleno Magazine December 2016 Issue

December 1, 2016 – Genie Harrison is honored to have been included in Angeleno Magazine’s December 2016 Issue featuring Dynamic Women in Los Angeles. Angeleno is honoring extraordinary women who are dynamic leaders in their field. According to Angeleno, “These women of distinction are truly accomplished and stand out as some of the best influencers and contributors of our community.”

CLICK HERE to see Genie Harrison’s profile in the digital edition of Angeleno Magazine. She is photographed wearing clothing by Kimora Lee Simmons who is also honored as a Dynamic Woman by Angeleno.

Genie Harrison at CAOC 2016 Convention

November 12, 2016 – At the Consumer Attorneys of California’s 55th Annual Convention in San Francisco, Genie Harrison spoke passionately about “Overcoming Gender Bias in the Legal Profession,” and what led her to open her own employment law firm. Along with attorneys Casey R. Johnson of Aitken, Aitken & Cohn and Molly McKibben of Greene, Broillet & Wheeler LLP, Ms. Harrison spoke on the panel “Elimination Of Bias: Is Bias Affecting Your Judgment? An Overview of Race, Gender and Age Bias in the Legal Profession” which was moderated by Linda R. Echegaray of the Law Offices of Thomas P. Cacciatore. CLICK HERE for more information on the CAOC convention.

Loyola Law School Consumer Law Society Speaker Series Kicks Off with Trial Attorney Genie Harrison

September 12, 2016 —  Employment attorney Genie Harrison will be the first speaker of 2016 for the Consumer Law Society’s Speaker Series at Loyola Law School.

Genie Harrison Speaking at 2016 CAALA Conference in Las Vegas

September 1, 2016 – Employment lawyer Genie Harrison was a featured speaker at the Consumer Attorney’s of Los Angeles “CAALA Vegas 2016” Conference in Las Vegas, September 1-4. Ms. Harrison spoke on the Employment Trial Skills panel, along with trial lawyers Christina Coleman, Twila White, Douglas Silverstein and Victor George. Employment attorney David deRubertis moderated the panel.

CLICK HERE for additional information on CAALA VEGAS, the nation’s largest trial lawyer convention.

 

Genie Harrison to speak at CAALA Practice Series

Call Practice Series and Genie Harrison

 

CAALA presents: How To Start, Build & Run Your Practice (Roundtable Discussion), May 10, 2016

What do you need to set-up and manage a practice? If you’ve asked yourself that question and are interested in starting your practice – this CAALA program is meant for you.

Presentation & Discussion Topics Include:

  • Naming & Organizing Your Firm: web domains, email accounts, etc.
  • Office Space: type of office, lease terms, etc.
  • Office Furniture & Equipment: computers, automation, phones and more
  • Insurance: property, workers compensation, professional liability
  • Professional Outside Services: attorney services, online legal research, court reporting, copying service, medical records retrieval and more
  • How to keep your doors open
  • Pitfalls in overspending or underspending

Program Schedule:

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm | Registration, Networking & Dinner
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Roundtable Discussion

Roundtable Speakers:

Genie Harrison, who is CAALA’s 2016 Secretary, is the principal of the Genie Harrison Law Firm, where she focuses her practice on plaintiff’s employment, civil rights and wage and hour matters. Ms. Harrison was named one of the Top 10 and Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers in 2016, as well as one of the Top 50 Women Southern California Super Lawyers numerous years. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff’s Employment Litigation, named by the Daily Journal as one of the Top Labor & Employment Lawyers, and as one of the 100 and Top 75 Women Litigators in California.

Kimberly Valentine is the principal attorney at Valentine Law Group. Ms. Valentine has dedicated her career in the practice of law to advocating for the vulnerable, the injured and the infirm. She practices in the areas of elder abuse, medical malpractice, products liability, serious personal injury, and government tort claims litigation. She was one of the founding members and serves on the Board of Directors for Stop Elder Abuse, a non-profit organization which educates the public on the issue of abuse. She is also a member of CAALA, OCTLA, OCBA, the American Association for Justice, and the American Jurist Association.

Moderators:

Tobin D. Ellis, a trial attorney with Banafsheh, Danesh & Javid, where he handles personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is admitted to practice before all State Courts within California, the U.S. Federal District Courts for the Central and Southern District of California, as well as the Northern District of Texas, and the United States Supreme Court. He sits on the Board of Governors for CAALA and CAOC. He has been named a Super Lawyer multiple times.

David Hoffman is in private practice in Woodland Hills emphasizing all aspects of major tort litigation, including medical malpractice, insurance bad faith and civil rights violations. He has been a member of the CAALA Board of Governors since 1993, receiving the Association’s Presidential Award in 1993, 1996, 2000 and 2012. He is a co-founder of the L.A. Bench-Bar Coalition, served a term on the LACBA Judicial Appointments Committee, and has spoken at numerous MCLE programs. Mr. Hoffman received the Vision Award from the Al Wooten, Jr. Heritage Center and Shell Oil Company’s Diamond Award.

This meeting is open to current attorney and legal support staff members of CAALA, includes complimentary dinner buffet. Guests are not eligible to attend member-only programs.

Location & Parking

CAALA Conference Center
800 W. 6th Street, Suite 700
Downtown Los Angeles
*Parking is available after 4pm for $9 (cash only) in our building’s underground lot. Entrance is located on the west side of Flower, immediately south of the intersection.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Genie Harrison Keynote Speaker at CELA Summit

Genie Harrison CELA keynote speaker

Employment attorney Genie Harrison will be the Keynote Speaker at The Fifth Annual Diversity Leadership Summit, Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

The event will be held at Loyola Law School and is being presented by the Foundation for Advocacy, Inclusion & Resources and California Employment Lawyers’ Association (CELA).

The FREE Summit includes: Breakfast, networking lunch, and 1.25 MCLE.

 

CLICK HERE for CELA Diversity Leadership Summit 2016 information.

2016 Super Lawyers Magazine

Employment lawyer Genie Harrison on Super Lawyers cover

Genie Harrison is the feature-story in the 2016 Super Lawyers Magazine, Southern California Edition

The digital version of the 2016 Super Lawyers Magazine for Southern California is available at the link below and contains the entire print publication.

The 2016 Super Lawyers Magazine, Southern California features the moving and inspiring story on Genie Harrison titled The Dignity Deposit: The personal harassment cases that made an employment attorney out of Genie Harrison.

Click here for digital version of 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Genie Harrison has been included in the Southern California Super Lawyer list for eight straight years (2009-2016) in Plaintiff’s Employment Litigation. Recognition is given to the top 5% of employment lawyers in Southern California.

We are incredibly honored for Genie Harrison to have been named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers in Southern California for 2016. Ms. Harrison has also been included in the list of Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Southern California (also in 2015, 2011 and 2010) and the list of Top 100 Super Lawyers in Southern California.

 

Super Lawyers 2016 Top 10 List in Southern California

Genie Harrison employee rights lawyerGenie Harrison named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers in Southern California for 2016!

We are incredibly honored for Genie Harrison to have been named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers in Southern California for 2016. Ms. Harrison has also been included in the list of Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Southern California (also in 2015, 2011 and 2010) and the list of Top 100 Super Lawyers in Southern California.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Genie Harrison has been included in the Southern California Super Lawyer list for eight straight years (2009-2016) in Plaintiff’s Employment Litigation. Recognition is given to the top 5% of employment lawyers in Southern California.

Ms. Harrison has also made the Super Lawyers 2016 list of Top 50 Women in Southern California for the second consecutive year (also named in 2010 and 2011).

This year she has been added to the list of Top 100 Super Lawyers in Southern California.

CLICK HERE FOR 2016 SUPER LAWYERS TOP 10 LIST>>>

CLICK HERE FOR 2016 TOP 50 WOMEN SUPER LAWYERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIST>>>

CLICK HERE FOR 2016 TOP 100 SUPER LAWYERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIST>>>

CLICK HERE FOR GENIE HARRISON’S SUPER LAWYERS PROFILE PAGE >>>

 

Genie Harrison Law Firm Wins Prestigious 2015 Litigator Award

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Genie Harrison Law Firm Wins Prestigious 2015 Litigator Award

Genie Harrison Law Firm named 2015 Litigator Award Winner. Having been conferred this prestigious National Award, the firm ranks among the Top 1% of all lawyers for:  Employee Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Wage & Hour and Civil Rights Litigation.

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON: JAN. 14, 2016  Genie Harrison Law Firm, a trial law firm located in Los Angeles, California, was today awarded the prestigious 2015 Litigator Award for extraordinary achievement within the field(s) of: Employee Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Wage & Hour and Civil Rights Litigation.

Justly standing as the nations most coveted symbol of “Litigation Achievement”, this unrivaled annual honor recognizes trial lawyers {firms} who have attained extraordinary litigation achievement within one or more of 72 pre-defined “Practice Specialty” categories. Based strictly on “Verdict and/or Settlement” dollar achievement rather than peer popularity, the Litigator Awards are perhaps the most rigorous and openly judged trial law rating. Simply being nominated is to be set among the elite of the profession. Those awarded are generally considered among the finest trial lawyers in the nation.

To be Award Eligible, Nominees must prove achievement of litigation “Performance Benchmarks” that includes not less than:

a). One verified “Verdicts or Settlements” of at-least $1 Million Dollars in any one Practice Specialty category within the preceding 5 year period prior to Nomination*, or

b). One verified “Verdict or Settlement” of at-least $5 Million Dollars in any one Practice Specialty category within the preceding 10 year period prior to Nomination**, or

c). One verified “Verdict or Settlement” of at-least $10 Million Dollars in any one Practice Specialty category within the preceding 20 year period prior to Nomination.

It is a feat achieved by fewer than 1% of all Lawyers, and truly a testament to each Award Recipient’s remarkable performance relative to peers.  Of the nearly 1.1 Million lawyers considered, only a select few per State or DMA, will achieve the distinction of being awarded annually in any given Practice Specialty*.

Winning a 2015 Litigator Award is a “Powerful Endorsement” of superior litigation achievement that provides discerning clientele {as well as referring professionals} with a strong reason to trust their case with an Award Recipient. Moreover, it offers a testament to their remarkable performance relative to peers.

To learn more go to: www.LitigatorAwards.com

Media Contact
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2015 Litigator Awards
(800) 992-9049
AHarris@LitigatorAwards.com

www.LitigatorAwards.com

 

Genie Harrison is a Master Speaker at 2014 CAALA Annual Convention

CAALA Annual Convention: Genie Harrison, Browne Greene, Arash Homampour, Carney Shegerian, Jack Denove and Carl Douglas.

Genie Harrison speaking on the Masters panel at the 2014 CAALA Annual Convention at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Also pictured on the Masters panel are (from L to R) the incredible Browne Greene, Arash Homampour, Carney Shegerian, Jack Denove and Carl Douglas.

Trial attorney Genie Harrison speaking at Genie Harrison on the Masters panel at CAALA’s Annual Las

Trial attorney Genie Harrison speaking on the Masters panel at CAALA’s Annual Las Vegas Convention, August 30, 2014.

The Importance of Workplace Safety

THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKPLACE SAFETY
By Rebecca J Sobie

Unfortunately, workplace safety and compliance is not always a top priority for all employers, and we all too often hear about unsafe or uncomfortable working conditions that transcend many industries. The statistics of workplace fatalities as published by the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) are alarming, as it is not uncommon to see multiple fatalities reported throughout the country on a given day. Just by way of example, there were seven fatalities reported to the DOL on April 17, 2014, and there were nine fatalities reported to the DOL for January 16, 2014, from industries including construction, roofing, insurance, logging, automotive and sanitation. While certain industries tend to be inherently less safe, there are no industries that are immune to workplace dangers.

The death of a camera assistant and injury of a hairstylist on the Georgia set of the film “Midnight Rider” on February 20, 2014, made headlines. The injuries allegedly occurred because the cast and crew were incredulously directed to work on active train tracks, and a train drove through the set at a high speed as they were filming, reportedly without permission. The camera assistant and hairstylist were not able to get to safety fast enough. Three of the film’s producers were indicted by a grand jury on July 3, 2014, on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.

Unfortunately, there are many more workplace injuries and fatalities occurring every day that we never hear about. The National Council on Occupational Safety and Health recently reported that more than 50,000 workers die each year as a result of occupational injuries and illnesses. Many of the injuries and illnesses are preventable, and include long-term occupational illnesses, workplace violence, exposure to harmful substances and environments, transportation incidents, fires and explosions, and sudden traumatic injuries. Part of the issue is that employers all too often cut corners in the misdirected interests of trying to save money and/or time. In general, some employers disregard the health and well being of the workers that have entrusted their lives and feel bound to follow directives or endure unfit conditions without complaint.

Employers have a legal obligation to provide healthful and comfortable work environments for their employees. For instance, laws in California require that work areas must be reasonably comfortable, taking into account the nature of the process and the work performed. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends workplace temperatures in the range of 68 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Where the nature of employment requires a temperature below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, California laws mandate a heated room of not less than 68 degrees Fahrenheit to which employees may retire for warmth must be provided. In addition, workplace toilet rooms, resting and changing rooms must be maintained at temperatures of at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit during hours of use. These laws prevail in the absence of conflicting Federal or State energy guidelines.

There is also a legal obligation for employers to provide sanitary work environments that are free from vermin infestations including rats and bugs. Many pests carry diseases and viruses that can be uncomfortable, debilitating or even fatal to humans. Employers should timely address and eradicate any such infestations. Individuals have a right to conduct work in environments free of contaminants that may cause medical problems.

Other potential workplace concerns include chemical hazards (such as environmental contaminants and other solid, liquid or gaseous materials or vapors), biological hazards (for instance, viruses, bacteria and animal droppings), and ergonomic hazards (when for example your body position and/or working conditions put a strain on your body, such as poor lighting, improperly adjusted workstations and chairs, frequent lifting, and repetitive or awkward movements). Ergonomic hazards are often difficult to identify because their harm is often not immediately recognized.

California OSHA has implemented requirements in order to ensure that workers are safe and informed of their rights, including but not limited to safe and properly maintained tools and equipment; warning labels, codes, posters or signs for potential hazards; and well-communicated operating procedures.

For multiple reasons, it is not uncommon to feel powerless to protest, complain or not heed an employer’s directions, even with the risk for grave danger. Many workers understandably fear losing their jobs or otherwise being retaliated against for raising legitimate concerns. However, employees should not be forced to withstand conditions that impact their health or physical comfort. It is important to report suspected unsafe work conditions or environments to a human resources representative, supervisor or an appropriate member of management. If your concerns are not being addressed, advice of counsel may be helpful.

Source: https://www.osha.gov/dep/fatcat/fy14_federal-state_summaries.pdf ; EHS Today, “Report: 50,000+ Fatalities Annually from Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” Sandy Smith, April 28, 2014; The National Council on Occupational Safety and Health, “2014 Preventable Deaths: The Tragedy of Workplace Fatalities”; Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders, Para. 15; OSHA Technical Manual (OTM), Section III: Chapter 2, Para.V(A)(3); http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/employerresponsibilities.htm; The New York Times, “Filmmakers Face Charges in Death on a Set in Georgia,” Michael Cieply, July 3, 2014.