Attorney Lee Feldman is the founding partner of Feldman Browne Olivares, APC., and is widely recognized as one of the top employment lawyers in California, having been named to Daily Journal’s list of the Top Labor and Employment Lawyers in California, and the Best Lawyers in America list, in each of the past seven (7) consecutive years, as well as the Southern California Super Lawyers list for 13 straight years. In each of the past seven (7) years, the Feldman Browne Olivares law firm has also been awarded the top, Tier 1 ranking in employment law by US News & World Report in its annual ranking of the Best Law Firms in America.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Feldman has exclusively represented California employees, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of California workers and their families, including more than $150,000,000 and more than 30 seven-figure recoveries over the past 5 years alone.
Mr. Feldman has extensive trial experience but has also successfully resolved numerous cases for maximum value before trial. He and his firm have developed a reputation for aggressive, hard-hitting litigation, successfully vindicating the rights of individual workers against the largest and wealthiest employers. Mr. Feldman has also been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement as panel counsel for the Women in Film Legal Defense Fund and #TimesUp Legal Defense Fund. Mr. Feldman has taken on Hollywood producers, studios, major networks, talent agencies, wealthy and powerful entertainment personalities, and celebrities, recovering more than $75,000,000 in #MeToo cases on behalf of the victims of sexual assault and harassment, gender bias and pay discrimination.
When not in the office championing the rights of the California Worker—and generally fighting the Forces of Evil—Mr. Feldman can be found at home spending “quality time” with his wife and daughter, or out in the yard feeding large animals and small defense lawyers to his killer dog, Ryder.
Honors & Awards
Significant Single-Plaintiff Cases
- Jane Doe v. XYZ Corp. Recovered $34,500,000 on #MeToo case
- Jane Doe v. CDE corp. Recovered $8,000,000 on #MeToo case
- Jane Roe v. Bad Company: Recovered $5,000,000 on #MeToo case
- John Doe v. PDQ Recovered $4,000,000 on #MeToo case
- Jane Roe v. John Doe Recovered $3,700,000 on #MeToo case
- Jane Roe v. XYZ Recovered $3,400,000 on #MeToo case
- MacMichael v. CLAS. FEHA retaliation verdict resulting in 7-figure recovery.
- Brim v. International Union of Operating Engineers (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC445400), in which a Los Angeles jury awarded $5,500,000 ($4,500,000 for emotional distress damages) to Mr. Brim, who was retaliated against and wrongfully fired in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) for standing up for his female coworker who was being sexually harassed in the workplace and for refusing to lie about what he personally witnessed.
- Noe v. AEG/Levy: Obtained an $8,000,000 settlement for thousands of food and drink vendors, most of whom worked a single sporting event and were denied minimum wage. The settlement paid each vendor about 800% of their actual lost wages.
- Dudley v. SBC Communications ($6,700,000). Mr. Feldman turned a single-plaintiff case for CFRA/FMLA violations into what is believed to be the first class-action lawsuit seeking economic and emotional distress damages for violations of California’s Family Rights Act. The case was ultimately settled for $6,700,000 and SBC agreed to change its policies to avoid future interference with employees: CFRA rights and maintain their privacy rights. In addition, thousands of employees suspended for CFRA absences were granted a paid day off.
- Jane Doe v. Nationwide Corp ($2,500,000). Mr. Feldman obtained a $2,500,000 pre-litigation settlement for a female employee alleging gender discrimination. Economic losses were just $220,000.
- Jane Roe v. Small Employer ($2,350,000). Mr. Feldman obtained $2,350,000 on a pre-litigation sexual harassment claim for a woman with no economic losses.
- High Level Exec v. Fortune 500 Co. ($2,300,000). Mr. Feldman obtained a $2,300,000 settlement on a pre-litigation wrongful termination claim.
- John Doe v. Fortune 50 Corp. ($1,400,000). Mr. Feldman obtained $1,400,000 for an older worker fired due to age and whistleblowing activity.
- Jane Doe v. Large Corporate Employer ($1,200,000.00). Prior to hiring Mr. Feldman, Plaintiff had been negotiating a severance package worth between $50,000 and $75,000. After filing a lawsuit for sexual harassment and retaliatory discharge, and taking numerous depositions, Mr. Feldman won a settlement of $1,200,000.00.
- John Doe v. ABC Corporation ($1,712,000.00). Three employees claiming wrongful termination or constructive discharge. Two of the cases were dropped by another lawyer, who advised the clients to dismiss for a waiver of costs. The lawyer thought so little of the third client’s case that he never filed the lawsuit. Mr. Feldman took over the two dropped cases, obtaining a settlement of $1,000,000.00. He filed the third case against the lawyer that had failed to file the lawsuit, obtaining a settlement of $712,000.
- Jane Doe v. Nationwide Chain ($1,250,000). Paid on claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy. Plaintiff was fired for refusing to compromise patient care in pursuit of profits.
- Jane Doe v. Large Manufacturer ($1,350,000). Mr. Feldman obtained a $1.35 million settlement for a worker who incurred losses of roughly $65,000 when she was fired from her job in violation of her FMLA rights.
- John Doe v. Cable Company ($975,000). Mr. Feldman obtained this settlement on a racial discrimination claim where the wrongfully fired employee had lost wages of roughly $55,000 and no other lawyer would take his case.
- Vo v. Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (2000) 79 Cal.App.4th 440. The Court of Appeal affirmed an award of $470,000 in attorney’s fees on a verdict of $37,500 because the employer had failed to make a reasonable settlement offer, thereby forcing Mr. Feldman to try a low-damage case and expend vast amounts in fees and costs. The Court of Appeals also awarded appellate fees, bringing the total award to more than $600,000.
Class Action Settlements
- $8,000,000 Noe v. AEG/Levy (2016)[Settlement on theories of joint employer liability for unpaid wages and willful misclassification under Section 226.8 and PAGA]
- $6,800,000 Dudley v. AT&T [First CFRA/FMLA class action brought on behalf of employees from whom private medical information was demanded and who were fired in violation of the California Family Rights Act]
- $3,750,000 Totten v. KBR (2018)[Meal breaks, unpaid wages, and overtime][Resulted in a landmark published decision by Judge Gee holding class action waivers unenforceable under NLRB and Norris-LaGuardia Act]
- $2,000,000 Prieto v. Elite Line Services. Wage and hour class action. (2019)
- $1,800,000 Gluck v. A Place For Mom [small class of nursing home placement consultants denied overtime, minimum wage]
- $1,500,000 Catching v. NTL Trucking [small class of intrastate truck drivers denied overtime and meal breaks]
- $1,500,000 Ying v. Hawaiian Gardens [small class of casino workers from whom tips were taken and given to managers]
- $1,500,000 Choudury v. Fresh Brothers
- $1,300,000 Cabrillo v. Mathisen [trucker meal break class]
- $1,000,000 Smith v. Shield Security [security guards denied off duty meal breaks]
- $ 900,000 Douglas v. Barney’s Beanery [waitresses denied meal breaks]
- $ 875,000 Wolff v. Allied Beverages [small class of drivers denied overtime]