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Sarah A. Syed

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Biography

Sarah A. Syed is senior counsel in our Orange County office and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group.

Sarah is an experienced employment litigator who advises on and defends clients against putative class actions, collective actions, and single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits. Sarah's practice involves a wide range of claims including those arising under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Family Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), Fair Labor Standards Act and other state and federal employment laws. She advises on and defends clients against all employment claims, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, failure to accommodate, meal and rest break violations, off-the-clock work, misclassification, improper wage statements, unpaid wages, other wage-and-hour issues, trade secret theft, breach of contract and other employment-related matters. She represents employers in both state and federal court, as well as in binding arbitrations. Sarah has successfully achieved dismissals for her clients with motions on the pleadings, motions for summary judgment, and by leveraging cases early to achieve aggressive and favorable resolutions.  Sarah also has experience chairing trials and arbitrations and achieving successful defense verdicts and awards.

Sarah regularly advises clients on all aspects of employment law compliance. She partners with clients to establish and maintain their strong and lawful employment policies and practices, manage their employee relationships from hire to termination, conduct workplace investigations, administer leaves and other workplace accommodations, and resolve disputes. She also prepares and negotiates various employment agreements. Sarah works with and has worked with clients in the technology, fashion and apparel, food and restaurant, and health care industries.

LANGUAGES

  • Urdu
  • French
  • Arabic

Education

Sarah received her J.D. at Boston University School of Law in 2007.

She earned her B.A. in Political Science and International Development Studies in 2003 from the University of California, Los Angeles

Bar Admissions

  • California