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Law Office of David J Duchrow

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Duchrow Biography

David J Duchrow, Attorney

David Duchrow - Attorney at Law


Juris Doctor - UCLA School of Law (1982)
Bachelor of Science (Double Major, Sociology & Psychology) - University of Wisconsin (1979)

Professional Accomplishments

  • Passed the California Bar Examination (1982)
  • Received an "A-V" Peer Review Rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (Every Year Since 1991)
  • Served as Judge Pro Tempore in Los Angeles County Courts (2002-2007)
  • Served in Hundreds of Mediations as an Advocate - Trained through Los Angeles County Bar Association 30-hour Mediator Training Program (2016)
  • Selected Annually by Law & Politics Magazine as One of Its Southern California "SuperLawyers" Every Year Since 2007
  • Recipient of the Joseph Posner Award from the California Employment Association (2018)

Positions Held

  • Member of the Executive Board of California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) (2002-2013) - CELA's mission is to promote the interests of employees and to assist the lawyers who represent them.
  • CELA Chair (2007-2009)
  • CELA Chief Financial Officer (2009-2013)
  • CELA Amicus Committee (2002-Present), Chair (2013-Present)
  • CELA Public Sector Committee, Chair (2003-2011)
  • Numerous Other CELA Committees & Activities
  • Member of the Executive Board of the State Bar of California Labor & Employment Law Section (2002-2005), Advisor (2005-2008) - Appointed by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California
  • Founder (2009), President (2011-2013) & Member of the Board of Directors (Current) of the Foundation for Advocacy, Inclusion and Fairness ("FAIR") - Fair is an IRC 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote diversity within the plaintiffs' employment bar in California.
  • Instructor at CELA Trial College (2016) - Provided one-on-one instruction to attorneys in trial advocacy.
  • Adjunct Professor at Webster University, Labor Relations and Employment Law (1984-1986) - Taught students pursuing their Master's in Business Administration.
  • Co-Author of "New Laws" - Annual Article for January Edition of State Bar Labor & Employment Law's Publication, "Labor & Employment Law Review" (Annually Since 2012)
  • Expert Witness Regarding Standard of Care of Attorneys Litigating Public Sector Employment Cases and for Billing Rates and Fee Matters
  • Frequent Speaker and Writer on Employment Law Topics

Published Decisions

  • Cox v. Kern County Civil Service Commission (1984) 156 Cal. App. 3d 867 (Due Process Rights for Public Safety Employees)
  • Catanese v. Superior Court (Ray) (1996) 46 Cal. App. 4th 1159 (Discovery Issues)
  • Johnson v. City of Loma Linda (2000) 24 Cal.4th 61 (Exhaustion of Remedies)
  • Jensen v. Wells Fargo Bank (2000) 85 Cal. App. 4th 245 (Duty to Engage in Interactive Process in Disability Accommodation)
  • Ogborn v. City of Lancaster (2002) 101 Cal. App. 4th 448 (Governmental Immunities Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the California Tort Claims Act)
  • Cramer v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (2005) 130 Cal. App. 4th 42. (Class Action Involving Court Reporters)
  • Sheppard v. North Orange County Regional Occupational Program (2010) 191 Cal. App. 4th 289 (Teachers' Right to be Paid Contractual Rates of Pay, Class Action)

Published Appellate Decisions

Cramer vs. Superior Court of Los Angeles (2005) 130 Cal.App.4th 42

Class action involving court reporters who sought to include certain transcript fees in calculations for pensions.

Ogborn vs. City of Lancaster (2002) 101 Cal.App.4th 448

Governmental immunities under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 and the California Tort Claims Act.

Jensen vs. Wells Fargo Bank (2000) 85 Cal.App.4th 245

Duty of employer to engage in interactive process in disability accommodation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Johnson vs. City of Loma Linda (2000) 24 Cal.4th 61

Exhaustion of judicial remedies for public employees claiming discrimination.

Catanese v. Superior Court (Ray) (1996) 46 Cal.App. 4th 1159

Discovery issues.

Sheppard vs. North Orange County Regional Occupational Center (2010) 191 Cal.App. 4th 289

Public sector employees protected by minimum wage laws; public entities subject to Labor code; public employees may sue for breach of contract for wages earned.

Amicus Briefs - Written on Behalf of CELA

Schifando vs. City of Los Angeles (2003) 31 Cal.4th 1074

Public employees are not required to exhaust employer's administrative procedures before suing in court under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Carter vs. California Department of Veteran's Affairs (2006) 38 Cal.4th 914

Employers are liable under the Fair Employment and Housing Act for harassment of their employees by non-employees.

Runyon vs. Board of Trustees of the California State University (2010) 48 Cal.4th 760

Whistle-blower exhaustion issues.