Lonnie D. Giamela: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Lonnie D. Giamela

Los Angeles,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone(213) 330-4454

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Appellate Practice
  • Class Actions
  • Employment Arbitration
  • Wage and Hour Litigation
  • Fair Employment Litigation
  • Labor Management Relations
  • Litigation
  • Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition
University George Washington University, Washington, DC, B.A., magna cum laude, 1999
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, J.D., 2003
Admitted2003, California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; Supreme Court of California; California Courts of Appeal

Professional Activities

Member, Orange County Bar Association
Member, Los Angeles Bar Association
Member Armenian Bar Association
Member, Orange County Bar Foundation
Member, San Gennaro Foundation


Lonnie Giamela is a partner in both the Los Angeles and Irvine offices. He represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including fair employment, intellectual property, ERISA litigation, wage and hour, independent contractor classification, medical leaves, mass layoff and preparation of employment documents such as handbooks and compensation plans. Lonnie has extensive experience representing local, regional and national clients in class action wage-hour lawsuits as well as representative lawsuits brought under California's Private Attorneys General Act.

Utilizing experiences from his family's restaurants in the San Fernando Valley, Lonnie provides preventive advice to the companies he represents. His prior business experience assists in finding practical, compliant legal solutions to clients' everyday employee relations issues. Lonnie's clients range from small businesses to national companies in all sectors of manufacturing, retail, wholesale distribution, hospitality, education and the automotive industries.

Lonnie has successful experience representing these clients before state, appellate and federal courts as well as governmental agencies such as the Department of Fair Employment Housing, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Employment Development Department. He has also assisted clients in collective bargaining, defense of unfair labor practice charges, arbitrations, and representation of employers in union organizing campaigns.

Lonnie has presented more than 200 seminars to management, executives, human resources professionals and employer groups on topics including fair employment, medical leaves, mass layoffs, FMLA/CFRA compliance, independent contractor classification matters and wage and hour compliance.

Lonnie has an AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is their highest peer review survey rating for legal abilities and ethical standards. He was selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Stars since 2013. He was also named as one of the Top 100 Up and Coming lawyers in Southern California by Super Lawyers in 2015. Lonnie is frequently quoted in labor and employment issues and has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Business Journal, hotelexecutive.com, EmploymentLaw360.com, PIHRAescope blog and Business Finance.

Prior to joining the firm, Lonnie worked for United States Congressman James E. Rogan, the Office of Legislative and International Affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the Fox News Channel.


What Startups Can Learn From Uber's Employee Misclassification Mess
October 6, 2015

White Collar Exemptions and Why Job Descriptions are Essential
February 8, 2015

Avoiding Liability for Retaliation Claims
December 20, 2014

Strategies For Continuous (And Intermittent) Medical Leaves
August 25, 2014

For 2013: Preventive Measures For Calif. Employers
December 21, 2012

Avoiding Unique Employment Law Challenges Posed by the Generation Y Work Force
April 11, 2011

How to Build Your WikiLeaks Wall
March 16, 2011

The Employment Law Implications of the Dodd-Frank Act
March 7, 2011

Why Discussing Politics in the Workplace is Just, Well, Bad Politics
September 2, 2010

Forecasting New Labor and Employment Legislation in 2009
February 12, 2009

Top 8 Employer Do's and Don'ts for 2008: Why Discussing Politics in the Workplace is Just, Well, Bad Politics
February 7, 2008

The Ever-increasing Need for Sound Proprietary Information Agreements And Related Policies, In This Rapidly Changing Business World

Properly Using Social Media Sites In Hiring and Personnel Decisions

How The Independent Contractor Slowly Becomes Your Employee

Strategy Considerations For Properly Applying White-Collar Exemptions For Overtime To Administrative Employees

Signals That Your Most Valued Employees Are Not Just Poachable, But Interested In Being Poached


Fisher & Phillips LLP Breakfast Briefing - HR Hot Topics
October 1, 2015

A Wage and Hour Breakfast Smoothie
March 5, 2015

Employment Law 101: The Basics
February 19, 2015

2015 Legislative Update
February 17, 2015

A Playbook on How To Draft the Right Employee Handbook
February 11, 2015

A Class of Action to Avoid Class Action Lawsuits
January 1, 2015

Two Months And Counting: Are You Ready For 2015....and 2016?
November 1, 2014

Breaking Bad Behavior: Properly Developing And Administering A Drug and Alcohol Policy
October 1, 2014

How To Conduct The Proper Internal Investigation
January 8, 2014

The Legal Landmines Caused By New Legislation And Case Law That Every Staffing Professional Needs To Know About
January 8, 2013

The Convergence Of Intellectual Property And Employment Law For Business Executives - Irvine, CA
April 25, 2012

The Rubik's Cube of Legal Challenges for Staffing Professionals - San Diego, CA
May 19, 2011

Managing Employee Leaves - Long Beach, CA
May 11, 2011

The Intersection of Social Networking And Employment Law
Orange County Private School Association - Yorba Linda, CA
August 2012

Top Ten Legal Landmines in Wage Hour Law and Medical Leaves
San Fernando Valley Employers Advisory Council - Van Nuys, CA
November 2011

Handling Medical Leaves of Absence
California Unemployment Insurance Council - Long Beach, CA
May 2011

Beyond the Basics in Employment Law
Sterling Education - Pasadena, CA
November 2012

Drafting Employee Handbooks
PMAA - Los Angeles, CA
May 2010

The Intersection Of Social Networking And Employment Law
Employer Advisory Council of Ventura County - Oxnard, CA
April 2010

Legislative Update
California Staffing Professionials Conference
City of Industry, CA
April 2010

The Intersection Of Social Networking And Employment Law
PIHRA District 10 Ontario, CA
October 2009

Quarterly Legislative Updates
Pacific Coast Association of Health Care Recruiters
2011 through 2012

Annual Employment Law Update
PIHRA District 15
2011 through 2012


National Italian American Foundation
San Gennaro Foundation
Burbank Chamber of Commerce


Three Attorneys Listed in Southern California Rising Stars
June 5, 2015

Ruling on Arbitrators is Good News for Employers
October 9, 2014

Rated AV By Martindale Hubbell
2013, 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Stars.

Quotes and Soundbites

Uber Drivers Granted Class-Action Status in Legal Battle
September 1, 2015

Shyp to Reclassify its Couriers as Employees
July 1, 2015

California's New Paid Sick Leave Law Widely Misunderstood, Spells Trouble for Small Businesses
December 31, 2014

Lonnie Giamela Featured In The Los Angeles Business Journal
December 16, 2013

Attorneys Offer Advice on Maximizing Handbook Effectiveness, Avoiding Pitfalls
July 8, 2013

Talent Management Among Top Issues Facing HR Professionals in 2013, Experts Say
January 14, 2013

Employers Should Review State Voting Leave Laws Prior to November 6
October 22, 2012

Employers Must Address Workplace Political Discussions Now
September 4, 2012

No Documentation = No Options? Not True
February 23, 2012

Let's Make Super Monday A National Holiday
February 7, 2012

'Occupy Wall Street' Protest Is a Reminder For HR of Pitfalls of Politics in the Workplace
November 14, 2011 (Also at Irvine Office)

Reported CasesRepresentative Work: Full defense arbitration award in single plaintiff disability discrimination suit.; Full defense arbitration award in sexual orientation discrimination and breach of contract case brought by a plaintiff seeking in excess of $10, 000, 000 in damages.; Full defense arbitration award in wrongful termination in violation of public policy suit.; Successful defense of client at trial in case involving claims of retaliation, constructive discharge, failure to accommodate and failure to engage in the interactive process.; Obtained favorable decisions in California Court of Appeal and United States District Court matters involving the enforceability of pre-dispute arbitration agreements.; Successful defense of clients in payroll tax audits involving the California Employment Development Department.; Obtained judgement and award of $16, 000.00 in fees and costs for employer in race discrimination suit.; Obtained summary judgment in race discrimination case for hospitality client with national operations. Defense Verdict in Dealership Breach of Contract Case; NLRB Order Obtained Against Carpenters Union for Illegal Secondary Boycott Activity During Strike; Reported Cases: Lucas v. Gund, Inc., 450 F. Supp. 2d. 1125 (C.D. Cal. 2006)

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Lonnie D. Giamela

444 South Flower Street
Los AngelesCA 90071


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