Amy S. Williams

Partner
Orange County Office
awilliams@cdflaborlaw.com
(949) 622-1661, ext 1440
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Favorite Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”― Mahatma Gandhi

I'm Most Proud Of: My beautiful children

In My Spare Time: I enjoy good food & good wine with family & friends

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About Amy

Amy S. Williams represents local, regional and national employers in all aspects of California employment law and related litigation.  Her practice has a special emphasis on aggressively defending wage and hour class action and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) lawsuits.  In fact, Williams is one of the few attorneys who has litigated a PAGA claim through trial.  She successfully manages and defends sophisticated and complex employment litigation matters using cutting edge and creative defense strategies.  Clients rely on her ability to evaluate the merits of the underlying claims and prepare potential exposure analyses, assess and develop early procedural, litigation and resolution strategies, and identify considerations regarding the effect a lawsuit may have on the company’s operations, as well as any impact in the areas of the media and competition. 

In addition to her class action experience, Williams also has extensive experience litigating and arbitrating claims of individual wage and hour violations, gender, disability and age discrimination, retaliation, harassment, defamation and wrongful termination. 

Williams frequently assists California employers with litigation avoidance strategies by developing, implementing, and auditing their employment policies and practices, and providing invaluable strategic recommendations.  She also provides ongoing advice, counsel and training to ensure her clients maintain policies, practices and procedures in compliance with applicable statutes and regulations. 

When clients partner with Williams, whether defending complex litigation matters or preparing policies and procedures to ensure compliance, they know they have a true business partner in their corner.

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Education

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 2003

Arizona State University, B.S., Exercise Science/Physical Therapy, cum laude, 1997

Written Opinions

Levanoff v. Dragas, 65 Cal. App. 5th 1079 (2021), rehearing denied (July 14, 2021)

Harrison v. Islands Restaurants, No. G038059, 2008 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1234 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 14, 2008)

Presentations

"Consequences of No-Poach Agreements: Civil and Criminal," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, May 2022

"Combatting the Rise in Wage & Hour and PAGA Litigation in the Healthcare Industry," Panelist, CDF Healthcare Education Webinar Series, October 2021

"The 'Golden State' of PAGA: Status and Trends of CA Wage and Hour Litigation," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, August 2021

"Minimizing Risk and Exposure From Wage & PAGA Claims in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, October 2020

“Critical PAGA Considerations,” Co-Presenter, OCBA Labor & Employment Symposium, September 2020

"Cutting Edge Trends in PAGA Litigation," Co-Presenter, Sports & Fitness Industry Association, November 2018

"Cutting Edge Trends in PAGA Litigation," Co-Presenter, Retail Industry Leaders Association's 2018 Retail Law Conference, October 2018

"California Labor and Employment Law Year in Review – Key Developments from 2017 and Tips to Ensure Compliance in 2018," Co-Presenter, Orange County Bar Association, February 2018

"What California Employers Need to Know About Wage & Hour Class Actions & PAGA Lawsuits," CDF Webinar Series, October 2015

"Employee Handbook Update 2014 for California Employers," CDF Webinar Series, February 2014

"Top Hiring Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them," CDF HR Roundtable, August 2013

"Employment Law Update 2013: An Update for Employers," Orange County Tech Alliance, 2013

"Hot Topics and New Developments in Human Resources: A Legal Update, National Human Resources Association, 2011

"Employment Law Update: The Biggest Employment Law Challenges," ADP, 2007

"Employment Law Update: Romance and Rudeness in the Workplace," HR Link, 2006
 

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Orange County Bar Association, 2005-present

Listed, Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Star, 2012 & 2015

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July 1, 2021

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August 27, 2019

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July 15, 2019

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March 17, 2016

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May 21, 2013

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