Payne & Fears LLP offers a full range of business and litigation services to its clients in four primary practice groups: Business Litigation, Business Transactions, Insurance Coverage and Labor and Employment. Across these practice areas, we represent all types of clients, from multi-national corporations to emerging tech startups to individual insurance policyholders.

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  • The attorneys at Payne & Fears have the unique ability to size up complex matters and provide well-reasoned solutions. Their knowledge of the law and depth of experience, coupled with the responsive and personal service they provide, all contribute to a strong and valued relationship with our organization.

    - Vice-President of Labor, Publically Traded Silicon Valley Technology Company
  • Your support at Payne and Fears is top rate and it is such a pleasure to work with someone who understands business and offers a conservative, yet aggressive approach – not very easy but something that you seem to demonstrate well!  You are always my first choice of outside counsel.

    - Senior Vice President, Human Resources, International Consumer Goods Company
  • Payne & Fears LLP has represented me and my company for many years. It is an excellent law firm with the highest standards. I have worked with hundreds of attorneys in my career. I get results with Payne & Fears LLP.

    - Small Business Owner
  • I hire Payne & Fears LLP because of certainty--certainty in my receipt of value, in its strategic approach to problem solving, in its integrity of billing, in its candor when evaluating my cases, in its creativity while searching for an economical and fair resolution and in its attorneys’ tenacity throughout the ensuing battle. In a world of unknowns, I value constancy in characteristics that matter most. Payne & Fears LLP delivers that constancy.

    - Chief Litigation Officer, Fortune 500 Company



Payne & Fears Wins Jury Trial for Employer

Payne & Fears won a two-week jury trial and obtained a complete defense verdict for its client in Kravitsky v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., a wrongful termination case before the Los Angeles Superior Court. The plaintiff brought claims against his former employer for disability discrimination, religious harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and defamation. Payne & Fears represented the defendant employer, and put on a case demonstrating not only that the employer had complied with all of its legal obligations regarding reasonable accommodation and prevention of discrimination, but also that the plaintiff had been terminated based on well-reasoned conclusions that he had engaged in workplace misconduct. The jury decided in the defendant employer’s favor on every claim. Jeff Brown and Ray Boggess represented the successful employer.

Practice areas: Labor and Employment Litigation

Attorneys: Jeffrey K. Brown , Ray E. Boggess

Mar 30

Payne & Fears LLP Wins Two-Year Fight in the CA Court of Appeal to Keep Case in Arbitration

Payne & Fears LLP won a two-year fight to keep a case in arbitration after the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, ruled in favor of the firm’s client. The Court of Appeal held that the former employee must arbitrate her disability discrimination lawsuit based on an arbitration agreement she signed upon her hire after she transferred back and forth between the parent company that hired her and a subsidiary corporation. The employee resisted arbitration on the theory that the agreement was limited to the employment relationship formed at the time of its execution, and that the employee’s transfer to a subsidiary constituted a severance of the employment relationship that limited the arbitration agreement’s coverage. The employee sought to conduct discovery on the issue of arbitrability, which the trial court rejected. The employee then petitioned the Court of Appeal for a writ ordering the trial court to allow discovery, and the Court of Appeal issued a suggestive Palma notice indicating that discovery should be allowed.

After a year of discovery authorized by the trial court, the court again ordered the employee to arbitration, finding that the employment relationship had not been terminated despite her transfers to and from the subsidiary. The employee filed a second writ petition, and the Court of Appeal issued an order to show cause why the petition should not be granted. Payne & Fears objected to the order to show cause and requested full briefing and oral argument on the matter. The Court of Appeal was persuaded to reverse its order to show cause and uphold the trial court’s findings as supported by substantial evidence that the dispute must be arbitrated. Eric Sohlgren, Alex Ruiz and Erik Anderson briefed the issues, and Eric Sohlgren argued the case before the Court of Appeal.

Practice areas: Labor and Employment Litigation

Attorneys: Alejandro G. Ruiz, Eric C. Sohlgren, Erik M. Andersen