Los Angeles Employment Lawyer

Jim DeSimone

Los Angeles Employment Attorney

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Los Angeles Employment Local Legal Authority.

Jim DeSimone

Los Angeles Employment Attorney

Los Angeles Employment Lawyer

Your Los Angeles Employment Attorney

Jim DeSimone

V. James DeSimone is a Los Angeles employment law attorney who has dedicated himself to the rights of the worker since 1985.
How Jim became a lawyer. “I became a lawyer so I could use my skills and knowledge to help people.” 

After earning his Juris Doctor from UCLA, Jim gained his early trial experience as a legal service lawyer in Santa Monica. By 1990, he had started a partnership that focused on employment discrimination and harassment as well as civil rights.

“I have been honored to represent thousands of individuals and families and help achieve justice for them.”

Why Jim chose to practice employment law. “The right to be free from discrimination and harassment in employment is one of our civil rights in California.

Jim’s practice is on representing people who have been harmed by corporations. 

“It is underdog litigation and I try to level the playing field through my experience as a trial attorney and the resources at my disposal as well as the tenacity I bring to the case with the drive to take it to trial if necessary. 

Jim’s philosophy for employment law. “I practice compassionate and vigorous advocacy.”

As an employment lawyer, Jim understands that his clients have been through a hard time and may be struggling to get back on their feet.

“My philosophy is to take this litigation journey with our clients. And while employment law can be challenging, I make sure our clients are protected, prepared and informed.”

The culture of V. James DeSimone Law. “We have a great team of associates and paralegals, each of whom is committed to achieving justice for our clients. Our team knows that we have to work twice as hard to achieve justice for our clients.” 

Jim has a cohesive team approach to each case so that he is responsive to clients while still focusing on the work to achieve justice on their behalf. 

The highlight of Jim’s workday. Jim credits his team with the tenacity to uncover the evidence needed to prevail in their cases and takes great pleasure in the moment when they’re able to secure that evidence. 

He enjoys the satisfaction of taking the deposition of a key witness or finalizing a legal brief with effective legal writing and research to persuade the trier of fact. 

“I enjoy when we achieve a precedent setting appeal as we did recently in the case of Rubio v. CIA Wheel Group, establishing guidelines for punitive damages in a cancer discrimination and wrongful termination case.”

Jim in the community. Jim is very active in the legal community. He is often asked to speak at bar association events like the California Employment Lawyers Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association and other organizations. 

He is an honorary board of directors member for the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities and actively participates in their activities. 

He also often author articles that are published in legal publications like the Daily Journal, CAALA's Advocate and CAOC's Forum.

Jim outside the office. “I love to bicycle, swim, and enjoy sports and concerts. We have a beautiful blended family with my law partner Carmen Sabater. That family aspect carries over into our practice of law and our team and clients often convey they feel like family when we work together. Our work for our clients is our passion and we make sure that we also maintain a healthy work-life balance as we are in for the long haul in our fight for justice”

About Los Angeles Employment Law

When you decide to start a business, you focus on funding, products, operations, and other immediate start-up concerns. Unless you have prior entrepreneurial experience, you might be surprised to learn about the complex network of employment laws that also require your time and attention. Your failure to comply with employee-related legal standards can lead to enforcement actions, penalties, fines, and unwanted attention from governmental agencies.

Los Angeles Employment law attorneys have the expertise to help your business avoid employee-related legal complications. They assist you in establishing and maintaining compliance with state, local and federal laws that regulate workplace policies and environments. When a compliance issue arises, Los Angeles employment lawyers provide the legal representation you need. They work to minimize the potential for adverse consequences that could affect your business.

The Internal Revenue Service 

The IRS controls business tax issues and many are employee-related. The agency requires businesses to document employee withholding and dependent data. They also have access to the workforce data that substantiates your claimed business expenses. The information you provide or fail to provide can present problems for several employee-related issues.

  • Employee Withholding: Employers are responsible for maintaining employee wage and salary records and paying the appropriate federal income tax withholding for each employee.
  • Employee Classification: Misclassification is a common IRS compliance issue. It occurs when businesses treat workers as though they were employees but classify and pay them as though they were independent contractors. Whether or not it’s intentional, it reduces an employer’s tax and social security withholding responsibilities. If the IRS detects a misclassification issue, they request payment of all unpaid withholding amounts and may assess a penalty.
  • Affordable Care Act: As the ACA is still in effect, businesses must file employee health insurance compliance documentation with their federal taxes each year.

The US Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act

The DOL administers and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA is a compilation of federal standards that define employment terms and govern employer/employee relationships. Compliance failures sometimes lead to back payments and penalties.

During the 2019 fiscal year, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recovered $322 million from companies that failed to comply with wage and overtime guidelines. Over the past five years, the agency recovered more than $1.4 billion in wages for underpaid workers across the country. The DOL enforces violations related to a number of FLSA employment issues.

  • Child Labor
  • Tipped Employees
  • Minimum Wages and Youth Minimum Wages
  • Nursing Mothers
  • Industrial Home Workers
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Agricultural vs Non-Farm Employees
  • Federal Record-Keeping Standards

The National Labor Relations Board

The NLRB investigates allegations that an employer retaliated against an employee for asserting their workplace rights. They pursue cases involving several rights violation categories.

  • Employee Rights: Guarantees employees’ right to organize or choose not to organize
  • Employer/Union Rights Obligations: Forbids employers from interfering with union activities
  • Social Media: Protects employees’ right to address work concerns in workplace conversations and on social media
  • National Labor Relations Act Right to Strike: Protects employees’ striking rights, their right to collective bargaining, and their right to “mutual aid and protection”

Occupational Health and Safety

OSHA investigates workplace safety violations based on guidelines established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The agency conducts accident site investigations to determine compliance with OSHA safety standards. They assess penalties when a serious injury or death occurs because of an employer’s failure to comply.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The EEOC enforces federal laws that ban discriminatory practices against job applicants and employees. Designated classes include race, color, religion, sex or gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and disability. The agency also investigates cases where employees allege retaliation for filing an EEOC complaint.

Contact an Los Angeles Employment Law Attorney

Federal employment laws and guidelines cover a wide spectrum of issues. For many business owners, they are often complex and difficult to interpret. Employment law attorneys in Los Angeles provide valuable assistance by identifying relevant employment issues and providing guidance, advice, and assistance with compliance problems.

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What clients in Los Angeles are saying about
Jim DeSimone

V. James DeSimone Law
Based on 18 reviews
James and Carmen are fantastic attorneys! Their firm truly cares about their clients and provides excellent representation. Their competence and wealth of experience drives the case. Jim renders form of justice!
Marianna Samuels
Marianna Samuels
06:23 29 Jan 21
If you are looking for legal counsel, look no further. You would be lucky to be represented by James V. Desimone Law. I mean that. I’ve had the pleasure of being one of DeSimone’s clients. He and his partner, Carmen Sabater, took the time to listen to my case. They sat me down and attentively and sympathetically listened closely to my experience. They understood where I was coming from and found that injustice was indeed imposed purposely against myself and my co-workers. They showed commitment to my case and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work alongside them. I was the type of client who was really scared, who had no previous encounters with the legal or judicial system. I had no idea what I was doing, I just knew something was wrong, and I didn’t want others to go through what I went through. At the time I presented my case, I doubted where to proceed or move on with my life. They appeased my fears, their team never left me hanging in ambiguity and were always there to answer any questions and concerns. Throughout my entire process of litigation, they had patience when I had none. I dare to say they take cases because they truly care. James and his team do this for passion for justice. Passion is a force to be reckoned with. I would absolutely chose them again. I’m glad they chose my case. I am thankful to James, Carmen and their entire team of associates, particularly Diem, Pooja and their paralegals.
Paulina Munoz
Paulina Munoz
23:17 15 Nov 20
Very nice place and great service
Sokhom Chhoun
Sokhom Chhoun
03:20 17 Feb 20
The entire DeSimone Law team was incredible. At my lowest point in life they were caring and professional and compassionate. They were able to get the answers I needed and a measure of closure to begin rebuilding my life. They were able to fight for me when I was unable to fight for myself. I am eternally grateful to them and highly recommend them to find justice for you.
Ruth Newby
Ruth Newby
16:35 19 Nov 18
I don't know how to express my gratitude and appreciation to Mr. DeSimone and his team. He has changed my view and perception of attorney.He is simply best lawyer for those who seek justice.He has passion to help people. Fight against to wrong in righteous way.He is a person who cares for the people.It is not about material that will be disappear, it is about " human being" .. I am so grateful to know a person like him. Whole his team showed me love and care. they spread tears for me and others when I was no one to turn to but God. They didn't care about money, all they wanted to bring out justice... I was amazed how much time they put in... They deserves the best.He is a protector and guardian for people. He is competent lawyer who fights for those who feel powerless...
James Yang
James Yang
22:18 18 Mar 16
Hiring Jim and his team to represent my family was one of the best decisions that I could have ever made. I sought representation from reputable firms that turned me down on a wrongful death lawsuit. However, when I first met Jim he took my case without any hesitation. Jim is a very understanding, honest, dedicated, hardworking and professional attorney. Jim made me feel comfortable at all times. I never doubted his ability to help me seek justice for my dad's death. I am forever grateful for Jim's hard work. If you're in need of an attorney, Jim will not let you down.
Tushana Turner
Tushana Turner
05:22 04 Dec 15
Our family experienced an unimaginable tragedy in the shocking death of our son and younger brother at the hands of law enforcement officers on a local college campus. Our son was a graduate student working on his second master's degree while at the same time struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder. While in the midst of a suspected mental health crisis and unarmed, he was beaten with night sticks at least 30 times and shot five times by officers apparently inexperienced and untrained in dealing with students or other individuals with disabilities. As it became obvious in the days that followed, this horrific incident took place in a community environment where those with mental illnesses or those with disabilities often were viewed with a lack of empathy or even basic understanding of the pain experienced by the mentally ill. Jim and his excellent staff were able to navigate all of the perceived inherent "negatives" in our son's case--the victim's mental illness, the demographics of the victim and his family, as well as the involvement of three armed police officers who "feared for their safety"---to bring a degree of justice for our son and for those who in the future may be similarly situated. (All of this occurred before the national spotlight was trained on deaths at the hands of law enforcement or those acting as surrogates for law enforcement.)Throughout our grief--sometimes overwhelming and appearing bottomless--Jim remained calm, a leader in the investigative process and an effective advocate not only for us, but for all of the unnamed or unknown mentally ill victims and their families. He listened and he advocated appropriately, always maintaining positive relations with opposing attorneys and mediators. More important than the monetary settlement for our family's unfathomable loss was the agreement to retrain the campus police to properly recognize and manage an individual suspected of experiencing a mental health crisis. Jim was instrumental in identifying expert resources who work effectively to enlighten law enforcement in their dealings with the mentally ill. We expect this to have far reaching, positive effects for future consumers of mental health services as well as for leaders in the administration of law enforcement. Jim is a highly effective advocate for the entire community.The Williams Family.
Jim is a very effective and efficient attorney. He is one of the good guys! He has a social conscience and it is not all about the money. Granted, he is very effective and wants to win, but does it in a classy way. Jim listens well and has capable associates to aid him. He is well versed in employment law and its history. He is also very respected by his peers and many other attorney's reach out to him for assistance. I had a very good outcome in my case using Jim! I have no reservations in recommending him.
Hootan Roozrokh
Hootan Roozrokh
22:34 09 Nov 15

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Founded V. James DeSimone Law in 2015 after 25 years as a Partner in one of Los Angeles top employment and civil rights firms.

Won Multimillion-Dollar Settlements and Verdicts on Behalf of His Clients

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2011-2021 Honored as a Top Employment Lawyer in the State of California as determined by the Daily Journal Legal Newspaper


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