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Cerritos
12800 Center Court Drive
Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90703

562-653-3200
562-653-3333 fax

Education

  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • J.D., Loyola Law School

Bar Admissions

  • 2004, California
  • United States District Court, Central, Northern, Southern, District of California

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Amber S. Healy

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Practice Areas

Experience
Amber Healy is a litigator with extensive experience litigating class actions and complex business matters in state and federal courts throughout California.  Her practice focuses on the defense of employers and management in class action, multi-plaintiff, and single-plaintiff lawsuits.  She has particular expertise in the area of wage and hour class actions alleging claims for off-the-clock work, unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, and missed meal and rest periods.  Ms. Healy has litigated novel issues in both class actions and representative actions brought under California Labor Code’s Private Attorneys General Act before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeal.

Ms. Healy also handles matters involving employee privacy rights, wrongful termination, retaliation, whistleblower, discrimination, harassment, and prevailing wage issues.  She frequently represents clients in proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies and tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.  Ms. Healy’s clients include boutique hotels, food processors, construction companies, property management companies, garment industry companies, entertainment venues, and cosmetic manufacturers. 

Though Ms. Healy now focuses her practice on the defense of class litigation matters on behalf of employers, she spent several years representing plaintiffs in class litigation, successfully representing classes ranging from 50 members to over 100,000 members and securing numerous class settlements exceeding a total recovery of $50 million.  With her plaintiff-side background, she brings a unique perspective to the cases she handles.

Ms. Healy received the California State Bar’s Wiley W. Manuel Award for her pro bono legal services.

Education
Ms. Healy earned her Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she obtained Provost’s Honors.  She received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School.  During law school, Ms. Healy worked at the Hobbs District Attorney/Trial Advocacy Clinic, externing at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office and conducting numerous felony preliminary hearings.  Ms. Healy also served as a research assistant to Professor Richard L. Hasen, a distinguished election law scholar.

Memberships
California State Bar
Los Angeles County Bar Association

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended employer in class and collective actions under California Labor Code and Federal Labor Standards Act.
  • Obtained judgment in favor of client in putative class action alleging violations of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
  • Resolved class action against employer for claims of unpaid wages and failure to provide meal and rest periods on terms favorable to client.
  • Won dismissal of federal court case involving claims of discrimination, harassment, and violation of collective bargaining agreement against union sub-contractor.
  • Secured dismissal of all class allegations in federal district court putative class action alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act against entertainment venue.
  • Reached a favorable settlement in a class action against a cosmetics manufacturing company, limiting the plaintiff class from 3,000 employees to just 50 employees.
  • Reached a favorable settlement of a large class action involving a logistics company involved with e-commerce, in which the company’s staffing agency agreed to make significant monetary contributions.
  • In a class action against a multi-state owner and operator of senior assisted living facilities, convinced the court to deny the plaintiff’s motion to add five additional defendants and expand the scope of the putative class significantly. By doing so, Healy eliminated more than 1,000 additional putative class members and significantly decreased the potential exposure of her client by seven figures.
  • Defeated a class action against a company that makes customized trailers. After the plaintiff changed his mind about suing the company, the plaintiff’s lawyers filed a motion to compel Healy’s client to provide them with their employee list. Ms. Healy successfully opposed the motion, ending the lawsuit and, likely, any potential lawsuits.
  • Successfully represented a property management company in a Department of Labor audit of its compliance with the Federal Labor Standards Act and employee classifications. The Department of Labor closed the matter without imposing any monetary fines.    

Reported Cases
Abdullah v. U.S. Security Associates, Inc., 731 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 2013)
Urbino v. Orkin Services of California, Inc., 726 F.3d 1118 (9th Cir. 2013)

News/Media
Quoted, Rite Aid Seating Ruling Makes Class Cert. Harder to Beat, Law360 (May 19, 2014)

Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Healy is a contributor to the various firm publications and blogs.  She is the co-author of “Employers Not Required to List Accrued Vacation Time” (Daily Journal, Nov. 2, 2016).  Ms. Healy published an article about class action law, “(Class) Action Stations” in the April 2016 issue of Ground Handling International Magazine and has another article forthcoming in The Journal of Association of Transportation Law Professionals.  She is the co-author of “Troubles with Recognizing Retaliation Under the Stimulus Act,” Law360 (Nov. 1, 2013).

Ms. Healy frequently speaks in front of employer organizations. Recent engagements include:

  • Two presentations at AALRR’s 2016 Employment Law Conference attended by over 1,000 people, speaking about individual liability for wage and hour violations and about the Federal Labor Standards Act.
  • Presentations to regional and local Chambers of Commerce on various employment law issues and compliance.
  • AALRR’s client breakfast briefings, which cover various topics related to class action risks, employment, and wage and hour issues.
  • Webinar for the Professionals in Human Resources Association called “FLSA Exemptions and the New Department of Labor Overtime Regulations.”
  • Regular Webinars for AALRR, including Piece Rate Legislation Changes and Safe Harbor Rules, Personal Liability for Wage and Hour Violations, Compliance with the FLSA and the Overtime Regulations, and Employee Classifications under State and Federal Law.

Community Involvement
Ms. Healy is involved in youth sports organizations.

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