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Cerritos
12800 Center Court Drive
Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90703

562-653-3200
562-653-3333 fax

Education

  • Whittier Law School (J.D., cum laude)
  • Colorado State University (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • California

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

Amber M. Solano

Partner

Practice Areas

Amber Solano is an accomplished litigator who represents employers in both the private and public sector in all areas of labor and employment law, including wrongful discharge, wage and hour (including class actions), discrimination/harassment, retaliation, leaves of absences, privacy, and the First Amendment.  Ms. Solano handles matters in state and federal courts as well as before various administrative agencies.  She has achieved remarkable results for clients in hearings, arbitrations, trials, and appeals.

Ms. Solano also counsels clients on a variety of employment issues, including employee discipline, wage and hour compliance, and adherence to federal and state family and medical leave laws.  She regularly drafts employment agreements, employee pay plans, proprietary information agreements, employee handbooks, and other personnel policies.

Education
Ms. Solano received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Whittier Law School.  During law school, Ms. Solano interned for Justice Kathleen E. O'Leary in the California Court of Appeal.  She was also an editor for the Whittier Law Review.  

Ms. Solano earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Colorado State University, where she was a member of CSU’s Division I softball team and earned all-conference and region honors.

Awards and Recognitions

Ms. Solano has been named a "Southern California Rising Star" every year since 2012 and was included in the list of “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California” by Super Lawyers, a national rating service of exceptional lawyers.

In 2013 and 2014, the Regional Chamber of Commerce - San Gabriel Valley recognized Ms. Solano with the Chairman’s Award for her efforts in educating its membership by providing monthly HR presentations.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a defense verdict after the jury deliberated for less than two hours in a lawsuit alleging claims of sexual harassment.
  • Obtained a nominal $5,000 settlement for a large grocery company in a lawsuit alleging claims for disability discrimination, failure to engage in the interactive process, failure to provide reasonable accommodation, retaliation, and wrongful termination.The settlement was obtained after seven days of trial and the cross-examination of Plaintiff.
  • Obtained a defense arbitration award and an award of costs for a large grocery company in a lawsuit alleging claims for race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
  • Obtained a defense arbitration award and an award of costs for a large retail company in a lawsuit alleging claims of sexual harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a large construction company in a lawsuit alleging race and disability discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a public entity in a case alleging age discrimination and harassment.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a public entity in an aggressively litigated case involving claims of associational discrimination and retaliation.
  • Defeated claims brought on behalf of hundreds of bus operators seeking travel time between the locations where their shifts began and ended, at the trial court level and on appeal.
  • Obtained dismissal of class claims asserted against a private vocational school, which resulted in a nominal settlement with the named plaintiffs.
  • Defeated class certification on behalf of a large construction contractor in a lawsuit alleging claims for unpaid overtime, missed meal and rest periods, waiting time penalties, and unfair business practices.
  • Defeated class certification on behalf of a landscaping company in a lawsuit alleging claims for missed meal and rest periods.

Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Solano is a sought-after presenter.  She has provided training seminars and presentations to various entities and professional associations on topics such as: preventing discrimination, retaliation, and harassment; conducting disciplinary investigations; responding to EEOC and DFEH complaints; managing employee leaves; effectively navigating the interactive process and providing reasonable accommodation; wage and hour; and employee discipline. 

Ms. Solano oversees the firm’s publications for the Private Labor Employment Practice Group and co-chairs the firm’s annual Employment Law Conference.

Community Involvement
Ms. Solano is a Board Member of the Professionals in Human Resources Association, North Orange County District.  She is also a Board Member of the Regional Chamber of Commerce - San Gabriel Valley.

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