Attorney

Professional Accomplishments

2006: $4.5 million dollar settlement for a group of misclassified retail managers;
$1.5 million dollar settlement for retail employees for work related expenses;
$500,000 settlement for misclassified managers of a café for rest and meal break violations;
$450,000 Settlement for individual for wrongful termination;
$100,000 settlement for 50 employees for unpaid overtime and breaks;
$600,000 settlement for retail employees for unlawful out of state checks;

One of the first wage and hour jury trials in Southern Cal. In 2003; Jury verdict of over $400,000 for unpaid overtime and retaliation in LA Superior Court for a single plaintiff against Grand Prix of Long Beach; settlement before punitive damage phase;

Jury verdict in 2003 of over $400,000 for age discrimination against Marsh Inc. in Orange County Superior Court; Settlement before fee motion.

For more details of verdicts and settlements contact our office.

Ms. Fard has successfully litigated and tried several cases against large corporations that were represented by large national law firms. These cases include individual and class action re wage and hour as well as wrongful termination claims. Ms. Fard has single handedly litigated some novel labor and employment issues and brought them to the forefront of recent court rulings such as employee's "PAGA" claims as they relate to mandatory arbitration agreements, out of state pay checks as well as dress code and uniform violations. We also take pride in the fact that we can resolve highly contentious matters at an early stage resulting in our clients feeling vindicated and compensated for their lost wages, while preserving our integrity and saving our clients much unnecessary emotional trauma which is part and parcel of long and drawn out litigation.

In her first year as an attorney, Ms. Fard successfully litigated against Circuit City Stores for a variety of employment related claims. This was probably the first time an employee had succeeded in the arbitration forum against Circuit City. While Ms. Fard believed that Circuit City's mandatory employment arbitration agreement was unconscionable, it took a few more years for the California Courts to strike down the same arbitration agreement.

Ms. Fard has tried several criminal, civil and business cases and obtained large jury verdicts in favor of her clients both in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

Ms. Fard has also successfully appealed unjust results in lower courts in labor and employment matters. Most recently in November 2013 and for the first time in the Fourth District Division Court of Appeal, Division Three ruled that the PAGA representative action was not subject to arbitration and was not to be litigated as an individual claim. See Lauren Whalley and Marysol Rosales v. The Wet Seal, Inc. et al. Case No. G047406. Wet Seal's petition for review was denied. This same issue had been pending before the California Supreme Court in the case of Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC.

Ms. Fard has litigated cases against Wet Seal for over seven years. Some of Ms. Fard's efforts in seeking justice for employees of Wet Seal who are primarily young females resulted in a class action law suit which was filed for race discrimination on behalf of African American employees. This case resulted in a settlement of $7.5 million dollars and other terms which will force Wet Seal to comply with California and Federal anti-discrimination laws.

See also Lockley v. Law Offices of Cantrell, Green, et al. (published, second district relating to the law on judicial notice).

Ms. Fard is proud to announce that most of her clients are referred to her by other attorneys and sometimes by opposing attorneys who represented employers against whom Ms. Fard had litigated.


Winning Litigation Tactics

Ms. Fard's experience as a clerk to the late Honorable Robert E. Thomas on complex law and motion matters, as well as her grasp of the rules of evidence, has enabled her to write winning briefs in discovery and procedural matters.


Education

Ms. Fard completed her pre college and undergraduate studies in England at University of London (B.Sc.) statistical sciences as well as completing one year of a management science program at University of London, Imperial College of Science and Technology.

Ms. Fard later moved to Orange County to join her family and study law. She is a 1996 graduate of Western State University College of Law, where she received The American Jurisprudence awards in Evidence and Estate & Gift Tax. She also served in the student body's ethics committee.

Ms. Fard has been in solo practice focusing on labor and employment law since graduating from law school. During law school Ms. Fard worked as a law clerk to the Orange County Public Defenders' office and the District Attorneys' office. She also clerked for the Honorable Ronald Kreber conducting legal research and the late Honorable Robert E. Thomas reviewing complex law and motion matters.

Membership of Associations

  • Mock Trial Coach, CRF, 2016
  • Orange County Bar Association Mandatory Fee Arbitration
  • California Employment Lawyers (CELA)
  • Orange County Bar and the Orange County Trial Lawyers
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • NELA
  • Ms. Fard has regularly served on various Orange County Bar committees.

Speaking Engagements:

California State Bar Conference, Sonoma 2002, small firm practice management;

CELA Conference 2005, Employment Law 101;

Pepperdine University School of Business, March 2006, Summary of California Employment Law;

CELA Annual Conference October 2010, Lessons learnt from a trial

California State Bar Labor and Employment Section Annual Conference, Newport Beach 2012 on Effective Depositions

Judge Volunteer at UCI Moot Court since 2012