Prior Firm News

  • Steve Zieff Pens Op-Ed About Role of Representative Testimony and Statistical Evidence in Class Actions
    March 13, 2014

    Founding partner Steve Zieff has authored an Op-Ed in leading legal journal The Recorder on the continued vitality of representative testimony and statistical evidence in proving wage and hour violations in class actions. The article can be found here: Viewpoint: Keep Employee Class Actions Viable
  • Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe Announces New Partners John Mullan and Chaya Mandelbaum
    January 2014

    In January 2014, the firm announced its first new partners in seven years, with the promotion of John T. Mullan and Chaya M. Mandelbaum. Mr. Mullan has ten years-experience with the firm, while Mr. Mandelbaum joins from class action boutique Sanford Heisler and the Department of Labor. Mr. Mandelbaum serves as Chair of the California Fair Employment and Housing Council, a position he was appointed to by California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

    Media articles can be found here: Changing of the Guard (Daily Journal), Amid Generational Shift, Rudy Exelrod Adds Two Partners (The Recorder).
  • David Lowe Named as Leading Labor & Employment Attorney in California
    June 2013

    In June 2013, David Lowe was named by the Daily Journal as one of the "Leading Labor & Employment Attorneys in California." Mr. Lowe has been included in the Daily Journal list of top labor and employment lawyers in the state for four consecutive years.
  • All Attorneys at Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe Selected as 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers
    June 2013

    In recognition of the firm’s outstanding work, all of Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe’s attorneys have been named as Northern California Super Lawyers in 2015, an honor reserved for the top five percent of attorneys in a practice area.
  • David Lowe and John Mullan Publish "Library of California Employment Law Forms"
    November 2012

    In November 2012, David A. Lowe and John T. Mullan of Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe published "Library of California Employment Law Forms" (The Recorder, 2012). The publication offers 650 pages of sample documents for practitioners of employment law. It includes everything a lawyer needs throughout the litigation process, including demand letters, complaints, discovery requests, as well as the documents necessary for trial and appeal.
  • Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Seventh Circuit on Behalf of Seven Nonprofit Workers’ Organizations
    December 2, 2009

    Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on behalf of seven nonprofit workers' organizations. The brief seeks to preserve the very important right that workers have to bring class action lawsuits in federal court for violations of state minimum wage and overtime laws and other state laws regulating workers& wages and hours. The case is called Ervin v. OS Restaurant Services, Inc., No. 09-3029.
  • David Lowe Receives Prestigious "California Lawyer Attorney of the Year" Award
    March 2009

    David Lowe and co-counsel Laura Ho received California Lawyer magazine’s "Attorney of the Year" ("CLAY") award for their "extraordinary achievement" in employment law based upon their work in Chau v. Starbucks Corp., No. GIC 836925 (San Diego Superior Court). Mr. Lowe and Ms. Ho won a $105 million judgment against coffee mega-chain Starbucks, along with an injunction mandating changed employment practices, on behalf of baristas whose tips were pooled with supervisors’ compensation in violation of state law. The pair went to trial in San Diego after A. Eric Aguilera of Bohm, Matsen, Kegel & Aguilera in Costa Mesa and Coronado solo practitioner Terry J. Chapko certified a class consisting of 125,000 current and former employees who worked as baristas in California since October 2000. The trial court found that Starbucks violated California Labor Code section 351, which prohibits an employer and its agents from collecting any part of gratuity left for an employee by a patron.

    More information can be found here: 2009 Clay Awards (California Lawyer, March 2009).