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Olivia  Goodkin
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Los Angeles Attorney
Olivia Goodkin

Phone: 310.553.3610


Languages: English

Olivia Goodkin represents companies of all sizes in a variety of employment, business and trade secret matters. Olivia has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts and before arbitrators and administrative officers to successful conclusion. Whenever appropriate, Olivia strives to reach cost effective resolution through arbitration, mediation and negotiation. She also utilizes prejudgment remedies and other preliminary relief to achieve success for her clients.

Olivia counsels clients on multiple employment law issues facing companies including wage and hour claims, leaves of absences and terminations. Olivia also assists clients in building value for their intellectual property by applying for registration of their trademarks and copyrights and creating programs to protect companies from the theft of trade secrets by departing employees.

Olivia and her husband, Lee Schwartz, live in Los Angeles and are avid football fans. Their older son plays for the Minnesota Vikings.  Their younger son recently was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft.


  • JD, University of Southern California
  • BA, History, University of California, Los Angeles, cum laude

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Preventive Counseling
  • Intellectual Property
  • General Commercial Litigation

Professional Affiliations

  • Past President, Lev Eisha, a women’s religious organization
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar
  • Member, Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Volunteer, Dress for Success
  • Member, California Women Lawyers


  • Rated, “AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5,” Martindale Hubbell
  • Member of the Southern California Law Review, University of Southern California
  • Law Clerk, Honorable William P. Gray, United States District Court, Central District of California

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Presenter, “Job References: Giving, Getting and Declining,” ProVisors Beverly Hills 2 Group, January 2012
  • National Aircraft Finance Association
  • American Women’s Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • California Society of CPAs, Los Angeles Chapter, Business and Industry Committee
  • California Society of CPAs, Santa Clarita Tax Discussion Group
  • California Society of CPAs, Pasadena Discussion Group
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • California State University at Los Angeles

Published Articles

  • Author, Commission Compliance Now Lessens End-of-year Crunch,” Smart Business Los Angeles, June 2012
  • Author, “The Silver Bullet to Avoid Class Actions,” The Laboring Oar, May 2011
  • Author, “Genetic Discrimination: Can a Health Risk Put Your Job at Risk?,” Aol Jobs. May 9, 2011
  • Author, “Clarifying ‘GINA’,” The Laboring Oar, January 2011
  • Author, “Beware the Complaining Employee,” Manage Smarter, December 23, 2009
  • Author, “Employers Should Cautiously Rejoice Over the Gross v. FBL Financial Services Case,” The Laboring Oar, June 2009
  • Author, “Employers Providing Family Medical Leave Must Revise Their Handbooks and Notice Procedures,” The Laboring Oar, February 2009
  • Co-Author, “In Focus: Layoffs – Legal Protection for Employers,” Area Development Magazine, November 2008
  • Author, “Covenants not to Compete Revisited,” The Laboring Oar, September 2008
  • Author, “Viewing Employees’ Text Messages May Be Illegal,” The Laboring Oar, June 2008
  • Author, “Reimbursement of Employees Expenses,”, March 13, 2008
  • Author, “Reimbursement of Employees’ Expenses,,” The Laboring Oar, December 2007
  • Author, “How To Conduct an Employee Investigation,” The Laboring Oar, July 2007
  • Author, “Prevention of Claims For Missed Meal and Rest Periods,” The Laboring Oar, May 2007
  • Author, “What To Expect When Your Employee Is Expecting,” The Laboring Oar, March 2007
  • Co-Author, “Minimum Wage Increase Coming Soon,” The Laboring Oar, December 2006
  • Co-Author, “Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Minimum Wage Increase.”

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Greenberg Glusker

1900 Avenue of the Stars
21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
United States

Law Firm Contact: Brian L. Davidoff

Tel: 310.553.3610

Fax: 310.553.0687



Member Since: 2005

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