Donna Mezias Joins Akin Gump’s Nationally Ranked Labor and Employment Practice

(San Francisco)  Donna Mezias has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s San Francisco office as a partner in the firm’s nationally ranked labor and employment practice. Previously, Ms. Mezias was a partner in the labor and employment practice of another top-tier international law firm.

Bob Lian, head of Akin Gump’s firmwide labor and employment practice, stated, “I am delighted that Donna has joined our team. She brings a solid track record of experience across a broad spectrum of labor and employment issues that will be a tremendous benefit to our clients and our practice in Northern California.”

Regarding her decision to join the firm, Ms. Mezias stated, “The scope of Akin Gump’s labor and employment team impressed me—particularly the breadth of the firm’s litigation practice, which will add value to the service I can provide to clients. Additionally, I appreciate the opportunity to expand the firm’s presence and capabilities in a key market such as San Francisco.”

Ms. Mezias focuses on helping employers minimize the risks associated with such issues as employee terminations, investigations, workforce reductions and facility closures, discrimination issues, disability accommodation, compliance with state and federal labor laws, drug testing and privacy rights. She also helps employers with executive and employee employment contracts, confidentiality agreements and noncompete, retention and severance arrangements.

Ms. Mezias is a noted litigator, having represented employers in all manner of employment litigation matters. These include class action and individual discrimination cases; wage and hour class actions and FLSA collective actions; and harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, trade secret and employment contract cases. She has also litigated facility access claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related state laws, as well as other complex business disputes.

Ms. Mezias received her A.B. magna cum laude from Boston College in 1977 and her J.D. from Stanford University in 1983.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 800 lawyers and advisors in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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