Experience & Knowledge
Before becoming a full-time mediator, Jeff Fuchsman practiced employment law exclusively for 40 years. For the first six years of Jeff’s career, he represented individual employees and labor unions in San Diego. Jeff spent the next 34 years as a partner in the highly regarded management-side employment law boutique Ballard, Rosenberg, Golper & Savitt LLP in Los Angeles. Jeff received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, and his B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany. Jeff also completed 40 hours of advanced mediation training with the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law.

Over the course of his 40-year career, Jeff has litigated hundreds of employment cases in both state and federal court, including cases involving claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment. Jeff was also lead counsel in over 150 class and representative PAGA actions, including cases based on overtime misclassification, regular rate, meal and rest breaks, time clock rounding, tip pooling, service charges, wage statements, and commissions.

Jeff was counsel in key employment cases decided by the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jeff also co-authored several chapters on wage and hour law for the State Bar CEB series (Wage and Hour Laws, Advising California Employers and Employees; Payment of Wages and Overtime, California Wage and Hour Law: Compliance and Litigation).

Jeff brings his extensive experience, knowledge and expertise gained during his 40 years of handling a full range of employment law cases to mediations. Not only does he have in-depth knowledge of the many complex legal issues affecting employment cases, Jeff also has a keen understanding of the settlement value of a case and knows how to effectively use the mediation process to reach a deal that both sides can accept.

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