Mira Hashmall has been recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Top Litigator and a Top Minority Attorney. The Daily Journal honored her as a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer, and included her on their list of Top Women Lawyers in California.
Mira represents clients in all phases of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling to appellate proceedings. Mira followed a traditional path after graduating from law school. She began her practice at a large, international law firm representing clients in complex litigation matters and defending employers in employment disputes. She quickly gained trial experience while successfully representing clients in jury trials in federal and state court. After Mira joined Miller Barondess, several of the cases she handled in the trial court ended up in the Court of Appeal. What began in law school as a passion for participating in moot court competitions ended up starting a new chapter in Mira’s legal practice.
Mira is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Mira developed significant expertise representing clients in appellate proceedings before the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Courts of Appeal, and the Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits. Her federal appellate experience includes successfully representing clients in appeals involving First Amendment claims, insurance coverage issues, defamation and libel claims, and employment disputes. She has been appellate counsel in matters involving real estate developments, contract disputes, whistle-blower actions and malicious prosecution claims. She also has significant experience representing clients in anti-SLAPP litigation at the trial and appellate levels.
Some of Mira’s significant appellate achievements include:
- Obtained a victory in a published Court of Appeal decision, which held that the Brown Act does not apply to the County of Los Angeles’ process for entering into social program agreements with community organizations providing services to county residents. The decision brings clarity to municipal agencies throughout California regarding Brown Act compliance issues and issues of delegation of authority. [Golightly v. Molina (2014) 229 Cal.App.4th 1501.] [Read the Opinion]
- Obtained the reversal of a jury verdict and a six-figure judgment entered in favor of the County of Los Angeles in a ground-breaking case resulting in a published decision addressing important issues governing interference and retaliation claims under California’s family and medical leave statutes. [Rogers v. County of Los Angeles (2011) 198 Cal.App.4th 480.] [Read the Opinion]
- Represented a former executive of Patron tequila against the company and its billionaire co-founder John Paul DeJoria. The case involved Patron/DeJoria’s failure to pay our client an equity bonus worth between $40 to 80 million that was promised personally by DeJoria. Our client was responsible for building the Patron factory. Because of his efforts, the company’s value grew exponentially. However, instead of paying him his bonus, Patron/DeJoria fired him based on unfounded, pre-textual allegations of sexual harassment. We took over the case from another law firm, won on appeal and took it to trial against one of the largest law firms in the world, Jones Day. The case was “amicably resolved” in the middle of trial.
- Successfully reversed the trial court’s granting of a nonsuit and remanded the case for retrial on all tort claims in a $250 million lawsuit against Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation stemming from its termination of a former automobile dealer/franchisee.
- Upheld a $6.3 million jury verdict on behalf of SunCal, one of the largest real estate developers in the U.S.
Reversed the grant of an anti-SLAPP motion involving a dispute between prominent music management company and an attorney for the musician Steven Tyler of Aerosmith relating to negotiations regarding Tyler’s appearance on American Idol.
Mira handles high-profile matters that have broad legal impact and heavy media attention in Southern California. She represents the City of Inglewood in litigation involving Madison Square Garden’s attempt to block the Los Angeles Clippers from building a new arena in Inglewood. Mira represented the County of Los Angeles in connection with the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak, the largest in this nation’s history. The case recently settled for $120 million. She also represented the City of Los Angeles in a high profile case involving allegations of racial harassment and retaliation involving members of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
A large component of Mira’s practice involves representing clients in employment cases. She has experience resolving racial, sexual, age, and national origin harassment and discrimination claims, as well as retaliation, wage and hour, and wrongful termination claims for private and public employers. Mira has also litigated cases involving disability discrimination and accommodation, and family and medical leave rights. Mira advises clients regarding harassment claims and investigations, employee handbooks and training programs, and enforceable employment arbitration policies and separation agreements.
Mira’s recent victories for employers include:
- Securing summary judgment on claims for whistleblower retaliation and wrongful termination for a financial services company.
- Obtaining dismissal of action alleging racial harassment and discrimination claims involving employees from two different minority groups.
- Obtaining dismissal of lawsuit asserting claims for age and disability discrimination, as well as Labor Code retaliation.
- Winning a precedent-setting arbitration victory on employee’s challenge to payroll practices pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement.
- Successfully resolving lawsuits alleging claims for religious discrimination, racial harassment, and wrongful termination for a large retailer.
- Representing large-scale health care company in numerous cases involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims.
Mira is unique among employment defense attorneys because she also handles employment disputes for high-profile employees. Her defense experience and appellate expertise makes her uniquely qualified to litigate plaintiff-side cases and secure victories. She obtained a ground-breaking jury verdict against the University of California that was recognized as a Daily Journal Top Verdict in 2017. The vast majority of Mira’s employment work involves representing employers—and her success in tough plaintiff-side cases gives her credibility when aggressively negotiating with opposing counsel on behalf of employers in employment matters.
Mira frequently litigates high-stakes entertainment matters, including her work for Rod Stewart, Stone Temple Pilots, the Eva Cassidy Estate, and Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios. She handles corporate governance disputes, partnership dissolutions, complex business and entertainment contract actions, and professional negligence claims. She has extensive trial experience in federal court, state court and commercial arbitrations. Mira was ranked as one of the Top 40 Under 40 attorneys in California.
Mira is a member of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles. From 2011 to 2015, she served as a Board Member and as the Chair of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles Education Fund, a nonprofit education organization. The League is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. Mira is also a member of the California Minority Counsel Program, a non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to promoting diversity in the legal profession by providing attorneys of color with access and opportunity for business and professional development.
Mira is co-author of an article on corporate law and the corporate opportunity doctrine presented at the University of Southern California’s 20th Annual Institute for Corporate Counsel. She is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in California. Mira received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Juris Doctorate from the USC Gould School of Law.