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BESLA’s Board consists of legal professionals who work in and/or have an interest in sports, entertainment, and media.  The regionally diverse Board members are engaged in their local communities and work to develop partnerships between BESLA, industry, and the legal education community.  The Board conducts its work through committees including, but not limited to: Annual Conference, Programs, Scholarships, and Sponsorships/Fundraising.

Samantha C. Grant, Esq.

Practice Areas
Labor & Employment


Legal Expertise

  • Represents employers in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, fraud, wage and hour, public policy violations, defamation, invasion of privacy, and trade secret/unfair competition.

  • Represents employers in state and federal court and before state and federal administrative agencies (e.g. EEOC, DFEH, DLSE, and NLRB).

  • Conducts workplace investigations and provides advice and counseling to employers regarding compliance with state and federal law (including FMLA, ADA, Title VII, FEHA, and NLRA), personnel policies and manuals, and difficult personnel decisions.


Representative Matters

  • Seconded as in-house employment counsel for international food company (2003-2005).

  • Obtained defense award for video service company in a four-day arbitration involving discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims.

  • Obtained defense award for aerospace company in a week-long arbitration involving discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims.

  • Obtained defense award for video service company in arbitration involving disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, and wrongful termination claims.

  • Obtained dismissal of breach of collective bargaining agreement claim for international beverage company.

  • Successfully represented major motion picture company in jurisdictional dispute before the NLRB.

  • After defeating class certification, successfully resolved wage and hour class action for global consumer goods company.

  • After successfully demurring, negotiated favorable resolution of wage and hour representative action on behalf of a major television network.

  • Obtained summary judgment for employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment cases.

  • Obtained dismissals on behalf of employers of unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board.


Professional Recognition

  • “Most Powerful and Influential Women of California,” California Diversity Council (2012)

  • “Attorney Spotlight” Profile, California Minority Counsel Program E-Newsletter (January/February 2011)

  • “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers in California,” Daily Journal (2011)

  • “Southern California Rising Stars,” Super Lawyers (2005-2010)

  • “California's Top Women Litigators,” Daily Journal (2007)

  • “10 Up and Coming African American Lawyers to Watch,” Diversity & the Bar by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (2007)

  • “Rising Legal Star,” LA Focus (2007)

  • Black Law Students Association Alumni Achievement Award, UCLA School of Law (2007)

  • “One to Watch” in the labor and employment field, Daily Journal (2006)


Publications and Presentations

  • Speaker, “Best Practices for Diversity in the Sections, Divisions, and Forums,” ABA, Section Officers Conference,

  • 2014

  • Speaker, “Hot Topics in Employment Law: Issues Pertinent to the Entertainment Attorney,” Black Entertainment and

  • Sports Lawyers Association, 2014

  • Speaker, “Implicit Bias, Take II,” ABA, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting,

  • 2014

  • Speaker, “Hello? Is This Thing On?: Perfecting Public Speaking Skills,” ABA, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, 2012

  • Moderator, “From Cradle to Grave: Drafting and Communicating Employment Agreements,” ABA, Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Conference, 2011

  • Speaker, “Competing for and Winning Work from Corporate Counsel,” ABA, Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Conference, 2010

  • Speaker, “The Effectiveness of Corporate ADR Programs,” ABA Annual Meeting, 2010

  • Speaker, “Sexual Harassment Arbitration in the Union vs. Non-Union Worlds,” ABA, Employment Rights and

  • Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, 2009

  • Speaker, “Maternal Wall Bias and Family Responsibilities Discrimination,” ABA Annual Meeting, 2008

  • Speaker, “Mentors: Who Needs Them and Why?” ABA, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee MidWinter Meeting, 2008

  • Speaker, “Grabbing a Jury and Keeping ‘Em,” ABA, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, 2008

  • Speaker, “Managing the Contingent Workforce,” National Employment Law Council Annual Conference, 2008

  • Speaker, “Workplace Investigations: The Witness Interviews and Evaluation of the Evidence,” ABA, Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Conference, 2007

  • Speaker, “Employment Law Legal Update,” Southern California Employment Round Table Fall Conference and Carol F. Schiller Award Luncheon, 2007

  • Speaker, “True Believers in the Workplace: A Primer on Religious Discrimination, Accommodations, and Undue

  • Hardship,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting, 2007

  • Speaker, “The Nuts and Bolts of Harassment Cases: How to Prevent, Identify, and Litigate Harassment Cases,” Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Annual Meeting, 2007

  • Speaker, “Are Law Firms and Corporations Committed to Diversity in the Legal Profession?” ABA, Employment

  • Rights and Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, 2007

  • Speaker, “Choices, Choices: Your Place or Mine? Drafting and Litigating Choice of Law and Forum Selection Clauses in Non-Compete Agreements,” ABA, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, 2007

  • Speaker, “It's a Status Thing: The Ground War at FedEx. Independent Contractor or Employee?” ABA, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, 2007

  • Speaker, “Public Policy and Contractual Exceptions to the Employment At-Will Doctrine,” ABA Annual Meeting, 2006

  • Speaker, “Dealing with Difficult Adversaries,” ABA, Labor & Employment Section, Litigation Skills Workshop, 2005

  • Speaker, “An Exploration of Diversity Issues,” College of Labor and Employment Lawyers of Southern Ninth Circuit Regional College Meeting, 2004

  • Speaker, “From Hiring to Firing,” Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Inc. Annual Retreat, 2004

  • Speaker, “We Didn't Hire You. You Don't Work Here and Where's That Memo You Owe Me? Who is an Employee?” ABA, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, 2004


Professional, Business, and Civic Affiliations

  • Council Member, Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, American Bar Association

  • Council Member, Labor and Employment Section, American Bar Association

  • Program Co-Chair, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, American Bar Association

  • Diversity Outreach Initiative Taskforce, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, American Bar

  • Association

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

  • Board Member, Constitutional Rights Foundation

  • Executive Committee, Litigation Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association


Professional, Business, and Civic Affiliations

  • Member, Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association

  • Member, American Employment Law Council

  • Nominations Committee, National Bar Association (2012-2014)

  • Board of Governors, National Bar Association (2012-2013)

  • President, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. (2011-2012)

  • Attorney Admission Fund Board, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (2009-2012)

  • Executive Committee, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (2010-2012)

  • Co-Chair, Central District Delegation of Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit (2008-2009)

  • Lawyer Representative, Central District Delegation of Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit (2006-2009)

  • National Chair, MS&K Diversity Committee

  • Member, MS&K Hiring Committee

 

Other Career Experience
Labor and Employment Legal Extern for the United States Information Agency, Washington, D.C. (1997) 

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