Donna Mezias Again Named by Daily Journal a Top Labor and Employment Lawyer in California

(San Francisco) – Akin Gump labor and employment partner Donna Mezias has been named for the sixth straight year one of Daily Journal’s Top Labor and Employment Lawyers in California.

Ms. Mezias, the Daily Journal notes, represents employers such as Home Depot USA, Monsanto Corporation (now Bayer), and the San Francisco 49ers in wage and hour class actions and discrimination cases. During the past year, Ms. Mezias also advised Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. on employment aspects of several recent transactions, including its acquisition of Avera Semi, Aquantia Corp. and Cavium as well as the divestiture of its wireless connectivity portfolio.

Speaking of how the coronavirus pandemic has affected her acquisition-related work, Ms. Mezias told the Daily Journal that companies “in a strong financial position will still be looking for opportunities. Others will be more cautious. Companies will be looking with a fresher eye at situations that lend themselves to remote work, such as semiconductor design.”

Ms. Mezias also discussed how the pandemic has affected her litigation work, noting that when the March shelter-in-place orders caused the postponement of a trial and 12 depositions, she thought she would get a little break, but that she received “a flurry of calls and they haven’t let up.”

One of her cases that is currently on pause due to court closures is a misclassification action by newspaper carriers against MediaNewsGroup. Ms. Mezias, who filed a motion for summary judgment, said, “Our position is that we are not the carriers’ employer; the distributors are. So we can’t be liable.”

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