Calvin R. House

Calvin R. House: Attorney with Gutierrez Preciado & House, LLP AV stamp icon
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Mr. House has tried civil cases to jury verdict and has been a member of ABOTA since 2007. He has defended over 150 employment cases against the firm's clients. He has handled many class actions for the firm's clients involving wage and hour and racial discrimination claims. He is responsible for all the firm's appellate work, and takes on appeals after judgment in the trial court, where the loser at trial wishes a fresh look at the case. He speaks frequently on employment law issues and counsel employers daily on workplace issues.

Case Experience and History

Mr. House convinced a federal court jury that the firm's client did not discriminate in favor of Armenian employees in its promotional decisions. Diaz v. County of Los Angeles, U.S. Dist. Ct. Case No. CV10-7329-SVW-RZx.

Mr. House convinced a Superior Court jury that the firm's client did not retaliate against one of its employees for supporting another employee's harassment complaint. Sandoval v. Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, L.A. Superior Court Case No. BC345719.

Mr. House convinced a federal court jury that the firm's client was not liable for religious discrimination after it terminated a social work intern for letting her religious beliefs get in the way of her work responsibilities. Escobar v. Los Angeles County of Department of Children and Family Services, U.S. Dist. Ct. Case No. CV 06-00918-RG.

Mr. House obtained a published decision from the California Court of Appeal that reversed a $450,000 jury verdict against the firm's client. The trial judged misinterpreted the applicable law, and mangled the jury instructions. Brown v. County of Los Angeles, Second Dist. Ct. App. Case No. B229993.

Areas of Practice (23)

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Business Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Practice
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Discrimination
  • Education Law
  • Employment Contracts
  • Government
  • Human Resources Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Libel, Slander and Defamation
  • Litigation
  • Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
  • Police Misconduct
  • Privacy Law
  • School Law
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Small Business Law
  • Wage and Hour Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
888-708-0903  Phone
626.449.2330  Fax
University Attended:
Columbia University, B.A., 1973
Law School Attended:
Columbia University Law School, J.D., 1976
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. District Court, Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; 1988, California; 1977, New York
State Bar of California; American Board of Trial Advocates.
Birth Information:
St. Johnsbury, Vermont, September 14, 1951
Reported Cases:
County of Los Angeles v. Superior Court, 21 Cal.4th 292, 981 P.2d 68 (1999) (availability of emotional distress damages in section 1983 survival actions); City of Barstow v. Mojave Water Agency, 23 Cal.4th 1224, 5 P.3d 853 (2000) (water rights adjudication); Brown v. County of Los Angeles, 203 Cal.App.4th 1529, 138 Cal.Rptr.3d 380 (2012) (retaliation); Munroe v. Los Angeles County Civil Service Com'n, 173 Cal.App.4th 1295, 93 Cal.Rptr.3d 716 (2009) (application of rules for extending time to file a disciplinary appeal); Sandoval v. Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Social Services, 169 Cal.App.4th 1167, 87 Cal.Rptr.3d 334 (2008) (constitutionality of civil service rule that deemed an employee to have resigned after unauthorized absence following reinstatement by the Civil Service Commission); Frank v. County of Los Angeles, 149 Cal.App.4th 805, 57 Cal.Rptr.3d 430 (2007) (application of disparate impact theory to similar jobs in different county departments); V.C. v. Los Angeles Unified School Dist., 139 Cal.App.4th 499, 43 Cal.Rptr.3d 103 (2006); Union Bank v. Superior Court, 31 Cal.App.4th 573, 37 Cal.Rptr.2d 653 (1995) (summary judgment standards); In re Gruntz 202 F.3d 1074, (9th Cir. 2000) (application of automatic stay to child support prosecution); Shawmut Bank, N.A. v. Kress Associates, 33 F.3d 1477 (9th Cir. 1994) (duty of indenture trustee); Myers v. Baca, 325 F.Supp.2d 1095 (C.D.Cal. 2004) (constitutionality of detention and search of Sheriff's Academy recruits suspected of cheating).

Peer Reviews

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