Cheryl L. Johnson-Hartwell
Partner - Los Angeles
Ms. Johnson-Hartwell defends private and public employers in a wide array of employment disputes involving claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour, unfair competition, breach of contract, and other employment-related issues. She also provides advice and counsel to employers in the drafting of employment policies and procedures, contracts and other documentation as well as conducting internal audits of employment practices and providing counsel on how to avoid potential disputes and liability. She has successfully obtained favorable results in federal and state court and before federal and state administrative agencies charged with investigating claims against employers. She endeavors to obtain an early and cost-effective resolution for employment disputes and typically resolves them at or before the summary judgment phase. In those cases that proceed further, she has resolved each favorably, including achieving a full defense verdict in a sexual harassment case in which she served as second-chair of a jury trial. In addition, Ms. Johnson-Hartwell has extensive experience in trial preparation, discovery, and law and motion.
Ms. Johnson-Hartwell also defends companies in commercial litigation disputes. She has developed a special niche defending litigation relating to the accessibility of public facilities to members of the disabled community.
Ms. Johnson-Hartwell also advises clients on commercial contractual relationships and intellectual property matters. As part of this work, she prosecutes and defends trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, advises entertainment industry clients on the branding and packaging of their products, and protecting the intellectual property capital those products have obtained.
While attending Vanderbilt Law School, Ms. Johnson-Hartwell was a member of the Dean's List, the Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and served on the Moot Court Board.
- Southern California Rising Star - 2009