Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to welcome David Raizman as a shareholder in its Los Angeles office. Raizman is nationally known for his disability rights practice, specifically for his work under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2012, he was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in California and has been recognized multiple times as a Southern California Super Lawyer. He joins Ogletree Deakins from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where he was a partner.

“David’s extensive experience in handling Title III disability access matters adds another specialty to our practice in the Los Angeles office. He is a brilliant litigator who has achieved consistently favorable results on behalf of his clients,” said Betsy Johnson, managing shareholder of the Los Angeles office of Ogletree Deakins. “His arrival deepens the bench strength of our LA office and he will add tremendous value for our clients.”

Raizman works extensively with hotels, sports franchises, stadium and arena owners and operators, amusement parks, theaters, retailers, municipalities and many other clients to help secure their compliance with disability access laws and to defend the class action and other litigation that is frequently brought against them. In addition to his disability rights experience, Raizman has a thriving practice focused on defending employers on the full range of employment claims, including discrimination claims, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment claims, disputes over family and medical leave laws and trade secret and non-compete issues. Outside of his litigation practice, Raizman counsels clients regarding disciplinary decisions, development of best practices, workforce reductions, legal compliance, and employment-related transactions. He also regularly advises national clients on how to formulate restrictive covenants that the California courts and other jurisdictions will enforce.

A frequent writer and lecturer on labor and employment topics including disability rights, trade secrets and non-compete agreements, Raizman acted as a contributing editor for the California chapters of several BNA publications. He has also written articles for a variety of publications including California Real Property Journal, Lodging Hospitality and SHRM Online, and has served as a speaker for the Association of Corporate Counsel. Raizman earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was on the board of editors of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, and his M.S.J. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He earned an A.B. in economics from Vassar College.



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