Emily Rodriguez-Sanchirico is an associate with Miller Barondess, LLP. She is a litigator with significant trial and appellate experience representing clients in a variety of high profile and complex matters in state and federal court, including entertainment, lender liability, false advertising, and other business disputes. Emily also has a strong labor and employment practice and has helped both private and public employers resolve lawsuits involving allegations of discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wage and hour issues, and collective bargaining agreement disputes—whether via litigation, arbitration, private mediation, or pre-litigation negotiations.

Selected Current Matters

  • Represents County of Los Angeles in litigation arising from the tragic helicopter crash that killed nine individuals, including Kobe Bryant and his daughter.
  • Represents County of Los Angeles in various high profile cases relating to allegations of deputy subgroups within the Sheriff’s Department.
  • Represents named partner of prominent California labor and employment firm in discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against his former firm.
  • Represents Center for the Study of Political Graphics in lawsuit and action before the California Attorney General challenging foundation’s decision to sell the Peace Center, a Culver City building providing rent-free office space to local nonprofit organizations. The Attorney General issued a cease and desist order halting the sale. [Spectrum News Article]
  • Represents County of Los Angeles in federal litigation relating to County and City efforts to bring people experiencing homelessness indoors.
  • Represents company against its top competitor in a Lanham Act false advertising lawsuit.
  • Represents County of Los Angeles in a large FLSA case relating to the State of California’s IHSS program, in which plaintiffs are seeking nearly $50 million. Obtained summary judgment ruling that the County is not plaintiff’s employer and is not required to pay overtime compensation.  The district court’s decision, which came when the County not only opposed plaintiff’s motion but asked the court to grant summary judgment in its favor instead, resulted in a complete dismissal. [Law360 Article]
  • Represents County of Los Angeles in novel litigation challenging local legislation that sought to bar the County’s implementation of California Governor Newsom’s Project Roomkey/Project Homekey programs. Successfully obtained two temporary restraining orders and one preliminary injunction declaring the local laws void and unenforceable. [Article]
  • Represents the County of Los Angeles in contentious litigation between the County’s Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Obtained preliminary injunction ordering former sheriff’s deputy to stop holding himself out as a County employee and to return his gun and badge.  Ultimately won a merits decision holding that the Sheriff’s attempt to reinstate the former deputy was unlawful. [LA Times Article]

Appellate Experience

  • Represents County of Los Angeles on appeal after $8.1 million jury award in favor of sheriff’s deputy.
  • Represents employer on appeal after trial court issued a writ of mandate barring employer from collecting inadvertent overpayments due to payroll glitch.
  • Represented County of Los Angeles in dispute with labor union, successfully dismissing case at the demurrer stage; obtained Court of Appeal decision affirming, in part, in a published opinion.
  • Obtained dismissal of FEHA harassment, discrimination, and retaliation case at demurrer stage. Successfully defended the victory with a Court of Appeal decision affirming.

Business Disputes

  • Successfully opposed multiple attempts at summary judgment, resulting in a favorable global settlement of civil actions and bankruptcy proceedings for Moshe Barkat, the owner of Hollywood post-production company Modern VideoFilm, Inc., in a lender liability suit against Medley Capital, Deloitte, and numerous other entities.
  • Obtained a writ of possession in federal court for seven aircraft in Surf Air’s California fleet after the planes were taken by a former operator and used to set up a competing company. Successfully defended Surf Air against operator’s claims in excess of $10 million. After a preliminary injunction hearing before the Chief Judge of the Southern District of New York, Surf Air obtained a favorable settlement (with no money paid by Surf Air).
  • Represented entertainment production company in dispute involving tortious interference with contract.
  • Represented foreign company in U.S. grand jury investigation.
  • Represented foreign telecommunications company as buyer in managing due-diligence in the context of a contentious proposed acquisition.

Employment Experience

  • Represents employer in retaliation case brought by a high-ranking employee.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for former CEO of multibillion-dollar fund who was terminated after six months of service.
  • Obtained favorable settlement in a complex FLSA case with thousands of plaintiffs.

Pro Bono

  • Provided pro bono representation to prisoners of conscience in Myanmar and Mauritania, including filing petitions with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Petition resulted in release of prisoner in Mauritania and decision vacating his death sentence.

Prior to joining Miller Barondess, Emily was a litigation associate at a top global firm’s Washington D.C. and Los Angeles offices. She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School, where she was the Judicial Codes Counselor for Cornell University, General Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal, and Vice Chancellor of International Competitions for the Moot Court Board. She also completed two judicial externships, one with the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and another with the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.

Emily received her M.A. in Environmental Studies, with a focus on International Environmental Politics, from the University of Oregon, and her B.A. in Political Science cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University. Prior to law school, she worked for the Social Science Research Council, an international nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn.

Emily is an active member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and is Co-Chair of the Girls on the Run Los Angeles Ambassadors, a committee that supports the work of Girls on the Run Los Angeles County. She is an avid runner and previously spent many years teaching yoga in New York City, Ithaca, and Eugene.

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