Biography

Abe is currently the Managing Partner of the West Coast branch of the Derek Smith Law Group with an office located in Los Angeles, California. Abe focuses his practice on representing employees in employment discrimination, sexual harassment, civil rights and wage and hour cases, as well as consumers in consumer fraud class actions. He has represented clients in all aspects of litigation, from pre-litigation negotiation all the way through trial and appeal, and has obtained millions of dollars in settlements on behalf of them.

Throughout his career, Abe has rounded out his vast legal knowledge and litigation skills in a number of areas of the law, including complex commercial, corporate and real estate litigation and transactions, personal injury and medical malpractice litigation, and lobbying and policy work throughout the country and in Washington D.C.

Employment Discrimination Litigation

Abe’s employment discrimination practice focuses on the representation of employees in employment discrimination matters, including Sexual Harassment, Racial Discrimination, Gender Discrimination, Age Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, Religious Discrimination, National Origin Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment,  Retaliation, Wrongful Termination, Breach of Contract, and Wage and Hour Violations.  Abe is also a Managing Attorney of the employment discrimination practice group, where he manages and mentors junior attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group, in all aspects of litigation.

Class Action Litigation

Abe also acts as the Managing Attorney for the Derek Smith Law Group’s emerging class action practice in California, including acting as lead counsel on large-scale class actions against multi-billion dollar companies for consumer fraud, as well as managing wage and hour class actions, particularly those that cross over with discrimination matters.

Other Activities

Abe has brought several cases to the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York and several state-level appellate courts. As part of his practice, he is willing to challenge a judge when he knows his clients deserve more.

In law school, Abe was the Associate Editor of the Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender. He also won the Charles Ballon Writing Award in recognition of academic Note of Scholarship, which was published in the UCLA Women’s Law Journal, focusing on the current legal structure of parental leave in the United States and the constitutionality of federal and state laws relating to parental leave.

Interesting facts about Abe:

Abe served as an Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice and Pre-Law Advisor at his undergraduate Alma Matter, Touro College. He taught multiple sections of the courses “American Government,” “Introduction to American Law,” and “The Criminal Justice System.” Abe took pride in advising students who were planning to attend law school regarding the application process, how to choose the best school, and how to ultimately succeed in school and in the practice of law.

Abe is also an amateur musician, having been classically trained in piano. He enjoys playing the guitar and flute. Abe loves working with music so much that in his younger days he built his own recording studios and recorded some of his original music.

Abe has an extensive Rubik’s cube collection. While he has solved most of them, he is still working on the 5X5 rubrics cube. You can see most of the collection when you visit him in his office in Los Angeles.

Publications:
Abe has published scholarship in the areas of constitutional law, social security law and general litigation, in the UCLA Women’s Law Journal, the New York Law Journal and NOSSCR’s Social Security Forum.

Awards and Recognition

Abe has recovered millions on behalf of his clients. Some of the most notable awards Abe has received include:

  • A settlement in excess of $1,395,000 in an age discrimination, whistleblower discrimination, retaliation/wrongful termination case:
  • A settlement in excess of $520,000 in a race/religious discrimination, retaliation/wrongful termination case:
  • A settlement in excess of $495,000 in a sexual assault and retaliation/wrongful termination case:
  • A settlement in excess of $440,000 in a quid-pro-quo sexual harassment and wrongful termination case.

Admission

State Court(s): New York, California

Federal District Court(s): Eastern District of New York, Southern Districts of New York, Western District of New York, Northern District of California, Southern District of California, Central District of California

United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit

Education

College: Touro College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Cum Laude

Law School: The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Juris Doctorate, Concentrations in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure and General Litigation

Languages

English, Spanish, Hebrew

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