Anthony Zaller is an employment litigation attorney and founding partner of the firm. Primarily focused on helping businesses and entrepreneurs navigate California’s complex employment and business laws, Anthony advises his clients through litigation, governmental agency investigations, and legal compliance issues. He has litigated wage and hour class actions for claims of unpaid wages, missed breaks, unpaid overtime, unreimbursed business expenses, and Private Attorney General Act ("PAGA") representative actions, among other issues. Anthony has also successfully litigated many single plaintiff employment cases including claims of wage and hour violations, breach of contract, wrongful termination, sexual and racial harassment, discrimination, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets and embezzlement.
Anthony has represented fortune 500 companies to start-up companies and individual executives in traversing California’s employment laws and successfully resolving litigation. Throughout his career, Anthony has represented and advised clients in various industries, including:
- Technology and start-ups
- Oil and gas
- Trucking and logistics
- Aerospace and aviation
Anthony has been featured in various California and national news publications, including:
- Inc. (quoted in article about Yelp! employee terminated for social media comments)
- Entrepreneur (featured in article about employers' ability to respond to former employees' comments on social media)
- Silicon Valley Business Journal (quoted in article about legal updates facing California employers)
- Nation's Restaurant News (quoted in various articles on California employment issues)
- KTLA 5 (featured in news story on employee's privacy rights on social media, which can be viewed here)
Anthony also routinely speaks to California and nation-wide audiences, trade associations, and franchise groups on topics such as:
- Class action litigation trends and strategies
- Wage/hour developments in California
- Managing conflict in the workplace
- FMLA/CFRA leaves, paid time off and other issues
- Disabilities in the workplace
- Tried four-day arbitration for claims brought by two employees against franchisee for national restaurant chain. Obtained defense verdict for one plaintiff, and other plaintiff recover less than $500 in alleged missed meal and rest break premiums, despite plaintiffs’ combined demand of over $100,000 in penalties, fees and costs. At the start of the case, the team successfully compelled arbitration and had class action claims dismissed. After completion of arbitration, won motion to dismiss remaining Private Attorney General Act representative claims after the arbitration and brought motion to recover costs based on win.
- Successfully brought a motion to dismiss wage and hour class action at beginning of litigation for allegations that Los Angeles based restaurant chain did not provide pay checks within time limits set by Labor Code.
- Defeated motion for class certification for national manufacturing client involving allegations of missed meal and rest breaks, unpaid commissions, and off-the-clock work.
- Prepared defense for exempt misclassification case for trial; obtained favorable settlement two days prior to trial after court issued favorable rulings on pre-trial motions.
Anthony routinely provides risk management advice to numerous clients on difficult terminations, investigations, or resolving threatened litigation.
Anthony is on the Boards for the California Employer Advisor and California Employment Law Answers and regularly writes articles for these publications.
Anthony lives with his family in Los Angeles, and when not working with clients, he enjoys participating in triathlons, skiing the Sierras, surfing, coaching soccer, and flying as a private pilot.
Loyola Law School (J.D./M.B.A., with honors)
Loyola Marymount University (B.S., Philosophy, cum laude)
Founding Partner, Van Vleck & Zaller LLP
Carlton DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
Admitted To Practice In
All California State Courts
United States District Court, Central District of California