Chaya M. Mandelbaum

Chaya M. Mandelbaum

San Francisco, California
Chaya M. Mandelbaum is a Partner at Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP where he represents employees in individual and class action litigation and negotiations across the spectrum of employment law. He has extensive experience in wage and hour, discrimination, retaliation, harassment and leave of absence matters.

Mr. Mandelbaum also serves as Chair of the California Fair Employment and Housing Council.  He was appointed to the position by California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and his appointment was confirmed by the California Senate.  The Council promulgates regulations related to employment and housing discrimination.  It also holds hearings on civil rights issues confronting the state.

Mr. Mandelbaum is a Contributing Editor of The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation and is a Co-Author of the Employment Law chapter of The Recorder's California Business Litigation book.  He previously served as a Member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section.

Before joining Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, Mr. Mandelbaum was a Senior Litigation Counsel at Sanford Heisler.  At Sanford Heisler, he represented employees in class actions involving wage and hour, discrimination and other civil rights claims.
Previously, Mr. Mandelbaum was a Trial Attorney in the Office of the Solicitor for the United States Department of Labor.  In that capacity, he successfully represented the Secretary of Labor in numerous significant enforcement actions, including a multi-million dollar wage and penalty recovery based on violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  He obtained successful results in both jury and bench trials during his tenure.  As a result, Mr. Mandelbaum was a recipient of the 2011 Federal Executive Board’s Service Award and the 2011 Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award.

Prior to his tenure at the Department of Labor, Mr. Mandelbaum worked in the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, where he represented employers in matters involving wage and hour, employment discrimination and labor relations.

Mr. Mandelbaum is a graduate, cum laude, of the University of Michigan Law School. He received his undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Wage and Hour
  • Discrimination, Retaliation and Harassment
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Employment Agreements and Severance Negotiations

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2005
  • New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska, 2012


  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D. cum laude - 2005
  • University of California, San Diego, California
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • Federal Executive Board's Distinguished Federal Service Award, 2011
  • Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award, 2011

Past Employment Positions

  • Sanford Heisler, LLP, 2011 - 2014
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, 2007 - 2011
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, 2005 - 2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Scott Evans Foundation, 2007 - 2014


  • Spanish