Los Angeles Employment & Wrongful Termination Super Lawyer, Conveniently Located In Pasadena, Downtown Los Angeles, and Newport Beach.
George S. Azadian – Los Angeles Employment & Wrongful Termination Super Lawyer practices in the area of employment law, exclusively representing employees. His work focuses on cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, harassment, and wage & hour disputes. Mr. Azadian has recovered over $45,000,000 for his clients. He is highly regarded as one of the best Los Angeles employment law lawyers & wrongful termination lawyers. His philosophy to employment litigation is that you have been both very reasonable and extremely aggressive. “I simply won’t stop until I get my client a good result. These employees and executives have been put through so much by these corporations that I am thrilled to give them back their power and voice.”
Mr. Azadian carefully evaluates employment cases to determine if a termination is illegal. Based on his experience gained through personally litigating hundreds of employment cases, he is able to provide clients with a detailed strategy and tailor the approach taken to meet the client’s specific needs. Mr. Azadian understands that some employees are fine with going through a lawsuit, while others may heavily prefer severance negotiations and he discusses all options with potential clients to ensure they have a smooth experience. “I understand that 99% of my client have never sued a company before and will never likely sue a company again. It is my job to get them the best result possible and also to make sure they are comfortable with the process.”
Mr. Azadian first chaired and secured a Final Arbitration Award of $9,957,411.17 in the matter entitled, Dr. Eleftherios (Stephen) Vamvakas, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, MPhil v. Consultants For Pathology And Laboratory Medicine (CPLM) and Dr. Mahul B. Amin, M.D. The action was a single plaintiff employment dispute by a physician against his supervisor and his employer, involving claims for wrongful termination, patient advocacy, discrimination, and retaliation. Despite the fact that the defendants were represented by two of the country’s largest defense firms, Mr. Azadian obtained justice and vindication for his client and was even awarded a “multiplier” of his attorney’s fees by the Arbitrator, which increased his hourly rate to $900 an hour due to his “superior” litigation skills in addition to other factors.
Mr. Azadian served as Class Counsel in securing final approval of a $3,000,000 settlement in a wage-and-hour class action on behalf of hourly paid employees of a national provider of housekeeping, janitorial, laundry and dining/nutrition services. The action involved allegations relating to the failure to provide meal and rest periods, overtime compensation, and other claims arising under the California Labor Code.
Mr. Azadian also secured a $2,800,000 settlement for a group of workers misclassified as independent contractors.
Mr. Azadian’s arbitration victories also include securing $6.25 million against a corporation for wrongful termination and retaliation.
While Mr. Azadian is relentlessly aggressive in litigation, many of his large recoveries also occur through pre-filing negotiations, including securing a $3.5 million settlement for a financial services executive with beneficial non-monetary terms to ensure the client was well situated to continue in the industry, and a $2,435,000 settlement for an entertainment executive with similar beneficial terms.
He has also handled numerous COVID-19 related employment matters, including retaliation against medical workers for voicing safety concerns related to a lack of personal protective equipment (PPEs), failure to accommodate employees with underlying medical conditions, and discrimination against Asian Americans related to COVID-19.
Mr. Azadian achieved a $669,308 win against Macy’s in a retaliation and wrongful termination lawsuit where his client was terminated after making complaints that he was being treated unfairly based on his age.
Mr. Azadian is also frequently invited to provide lectures to other attorneys on the subjects of employment law and wage-and-hour laws to other attorneys in California and nationally. You can learn about some of Mr. Azadian’s upcoming lectures by clicking here.
Mr. Azadian is on the forefront of some of the largest and toughest battles against big corporations who try to take advantage of their employees and consumers. His lawsuits are frequently commented on in local and national media. For example, in this article Mr. Azadian discusses three pregnancy discrimination lawsuits he filed against online retailer Nasty Gal. In this articles you can learn more about a consumer class action lawsuit Mr. Azadian is prosecuting against Starbucks for overcharging customers for breakfast sandwiches.
Mr. Azadian also has immense experience in defeating motions to compel arbitration that are generally granted by the Courts. He has personally defeated three separate motions to compel arbitration in employment lawsuits in California Superior Courts.
In addition to aggressively litigating cases in both state and federal courts, he has particular skills in alternative dispute resolution (negotiation, mediation, arbitration) across varied forums. His clients have come to rely on his insightful, dispute avoidance strategy counsel as a preventive measure and appreciate the value of his extensive courtroom experience when litigation is unavoidable.
Prior to representing plaintiffs, Mr. Azadian worked as a defense attorney at two of the largest and most respected firms in the country, O’Melveny & Myers and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. Through representing numerous Fortune 500 companies in a broad range of actions, Mr. Azadian has obtained invaluable insider knowledge of the strategies used by large defense firms, which he now uses to obtain maximum relief for his clients.
He graduated from UCLA Law School, ranking 7th out of 356 students in his graduating class and earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.