Labor and Employment Law

Ca. Labor & Emp't Rev. January 2021, Volume 35, No. 1


By Alan R Berkowitz

Alan R. Berkowitz is a mediator with Judicate West, specializing in individual and class action cases. He has resolved hundreds of cases involving all types of employment matters, including wage and hour class actions and PAGA claims, many of which resulted in seven-to-eight-figure settlements. Before retiring from the practice of law to become a full-time mediator, he was a partner with Bingham McCutchen, managing partner with Schachter Kristoff Orenstein and Berkowitz, and Regional Attorney at the NLRB, Region 32. He has tried over 50 cases in state and federal courts and administrative agencies on behalf of both defendants and plaintiffs.


In the November 2020 issue of the Law Review, this column urged parties to exchange mediation briefs to maximize the chances of a successful mediation outcome. This column addresses the form and content of mediation briefs in individual labor and employment cases from this mediator’s point of view.

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