Los Angeles Attorney
Wendy E. Lane, Esq.
Wendy E. Lane focuses on business and employment counseling, litigation, and dispute resolution.
Throughout her career, Wendy has represented an impressive roster of clients including AIG, AON, Albertson’s, Asylum Visual Effects, Cardinal Health, Corning, Equilon (Shell), Exxon-Mobil, E! Entertainment Television, Inc., Ford Motor Company, Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts, Los Angeles Unified School District, Pick-Up Stix, Rolex, Sav-on, Spearmint Rhino, Summit Entertainment, and Yahoo! Search Marketing.
On the employment counseling side, Wendy drafts handbooks, policies, and statutorily-required notices to employees and further advises employers on complicated issues including responses to workplace injuries, employee requests for medical leave and/or disability accommodations, investigation of internal employee grievances (such as employee complaints of harassment and discrimination, terminations and disciplinary actions, employee theft, and employee drug and alcohol use). Wendy also drafts employment and independent contractor agreements, and invention, intellectual property, work-for-hire, and non-disclosure agreements. As an expert on drafting social media and other employment policies, Wendy has been asked to appear on a number of panels, has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the New York Times, and has drafted articles for the Daily Journal, AOL Jobs, and numerous other human resource and employment law publications.
In the employment litigation arena, Wendy has considerable experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving claims of harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour claims (including class actions). Wendy has also obtained injunctions, drafted countless cease and desist letters, and filed numerous actions to prevent her clients’ former employees from stealing her client’s intellectual property and trade secrets. By strategically using investigations, witness interviews, depositions, and other discovery mechanisms, Wendy has successfully convinced plaintiffs’ lawyers to rapidly dismiss or inexpensively settle their lawsuits on many occasions.
As for non-employment business litigation, Wendy has handled numerous cases involving claims for breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, partnership dissolution, trademark infringement, breach of fiduciary duties, wrongful death/toxic torts (specifically, mold and silica exposure), and claims arising from the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act.
Wendy has significant experience in child advocacy and family law. She authored the first edition of a manual on adoption law used by pro bono attorneys and law students in finalizing adoptions of dependent children throughout Los Angeles. As an advocate of children’s rights, Wendy has dedicated substantial time as a volunteer and fundraiser for various social service agencies and non-profit, charitable organizations such as the Angeles Girl Scouts, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the UCLA Gold Shield Alumnae.
- JD, University of California, Los Angeles
- BA, Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- Employment Law
- Employment Litigation
- Preventive Counseling
- General Commercial Litigation
- Restaurant, Food & Beverage Law Group
- Speaker, “Beyond Brinker: Give Me A Break!! Meal Breaks, Rest Breaks, The Rolling Five and the Future of Wage and Hour Class Action Litigation,” Beverly Hills Bar Association, May 2012
- “Making Tweets and Pokes Work for You: Conquering the Challenges of Social Media in the Workplace,” NAPABA Conference, Los Angeles, 2010
- Quoted, “Pack patience: Fires, storms, politics clogging summer travel,” The Seattle Times, August 14, 2012
- Quoted, “Convention Time, Clog Time,” The New York Times, August 13, 2012
- Quoted, “Anti-texting policies a tough call for employers,” Daily Journal, May 9, 2012
- Quoted, “The Thin, Digital Line,” Human Resource Executive Online, March 2012
- Quoted, “Employer’s don’t have to ensure workers take breaks, court rules,” Los Angeles Times, April 12, 2012
- Author, “New Employment Laws for 2012,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, December 12, 2011
- Author, “New Cases Limit Ability to Police Employee Use of Social Media,” Aol Jobs, March 30, 2011
- Co-Author, “Social Media and Employment Law: A New Paradigm for Employers,” Primerus, August 18, 2010
- Author, “Crossing the Line: Labor Dispute Protestors Deemed Trespassers,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 29, 2010
- Quoted, “More Employers Use Tech to Track Workers,” USA Today, March 17, 2010
- Author, “Reduce the Risk of Litigation When Dealing With Layoffs,” Smart Supervision, March 30, 2009
- Co-Author, “In Focus: Layoffs – Legal Protection for Employers,” Area Development Magazine, November 2008
- Listed, “Southern California Super Lawyers,” 2011-2013
- Best Brief, UCLA Moot Court Competition
- Foundation of the State Bar Merit Scholarship for public service
- Member, State Bar of California
- Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
- Member, Bruin Professionals
- Former Director, Angeles Girl Scout Council
- Former Volunteer, Children’s Rights Project of Public Counsel, Los Angeles, Los Angeles
- Former Intern, Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit
- Former Intern, Orange County Social Services
- 18-year Former Member, American Legion Auxiliary
- Former Volunteer, Sheepfold (Shelter for Women and Children)
- Member, ProVisors; Executive Committee Century City 6 Group