Outten & Golden Announces Nine New Attorneys Have Joined the Firm

10/23/17

Outten & Golden LLP, a preeminent employee rights law firm, is pleased to announce the addition of nine new attorneys to its growing practice of representing employees in all areas of employment law. That practice includes representing executives and partners with employment and partnership agreements; coaching clients with employment problems and disputes; negotiating and litigating claims of discrimination, retaliation, and breach of contract; advising and representing whistleblowers; and prosecuting class and collective actions involving discrimination, wage-and-hour, and WARN Act claims.

New York Office

Michael C. Danna is a 2016 graduate of New York University School of Law. He received his B.A. from Brown University in 2011. Before joining the firm, Mr. Danna served as a law clerk for the Honorable Tanya S. Chutkan, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Class Action Practice Area in Outten & Golden's New York office. Mr. Danna is admitted to practice in New York.

Jared Goldman is a 2015 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. He received his B.A. from New York University in 2009. Before joining the firm, Mr. Goldman clerked for the Honorable Robert M. Levy, United States Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of New York. He is a member of the Class Action Practice Area in Outten & Golden's New York office. Mr. Goldman is admitted to practice in New York.

Nina Martinez is a 2015 graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Law. She received her B.A. from the University of Florida in 2010 and an M.S. in Elementary Education from Hunter College in 2012. Before joining the firm, Ms. Martinez served as a Skadden Fellow at the New York Legal Assistance Group where she developed the Employment Mediation Project. She is a member of the Class Action Practice Area in Outten & Golden's New York office. Ms. Martinez is admitted to practice in New York and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

San Francisco Office

Rachel Williams Dempsey is a 2015 graduate of Yale Law School. She received her B.A. from Yale University in 2009. Before joining the firm, Ms. Dempsey clerked for the Honorable John A. Kronstadt, United States District Court for the Central District of California, and for the Honorable Richard R. Clifton, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Class Action Practice Area in Outten & Golden's San Francisco office. Ms. Dempsey is admitted to practice in California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Christina Schrum-Herrera is a 2016 graduate of University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College in 2008. Before joining the firm, Ms. Schrum-Herrera worked as a summer associate at Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP. Ms. Schrum-Herrera also worked as a law clerk at Outten & Golden. She is an associate in the Class Action Practice Area in Outten & Golden's San Francisco office. Ms. Schrum-Herrera is admitted to practice in California.

Julia Stephanides is a 2014 graduate of University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She received her B.A., from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009. Before joining the firm, Ms. Stephanides litigated individual and class action ERISA and civil rights matters at Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow, LLP. She is a member of the Individuals Practice Area in Outten & Golden's San Franciscooffice. Ms. Stephanides is admitted to practice in California and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Washington, DC Office

Lucy B. Bansal is a 2014 graduate of University of Maryland School of Law. She received her B.A. from McGill University in 2011. Before joining the firm, Ms. Bansal practiced at a law firm in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she represented low-wage workers in individual and collective actions involving wage theft and employment discrimination. She is a member of the Class Action Practice in Outten & Golden's Washington, DC office. Ms. Bansal is admitted to practice in Maryland, and in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Pamela Disney is a 2015 graduate of American University Washington College of Law. She received her B.A. from Trinity University in San Antonio. Before joining the firm, Ms. Disney was a Fellow with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where she litigated voting rights cases and worked on employment discrimination matters. She is a member of the Class Action Practice Area in Outten & Golden's Washington, DC office. Ms. Disney is admitted to practice in Maryland.

Cassandra W. Lenning is a 2011 graduate of Duke University School of Law. She received her B.A. from University of Washington. Before joining the firm, Ms. Lenning practiced at a boutique civil rights and employment law firm in D.C., where she advised and represented employees and executives in a range of employment-related matters, including litigating claims for discrimination, retaliation, equal pay, breach of contract, wrongful termination, and unpaid wages, as well as negotiating severance agreements. She is a member of the Individuals Practice Area in Outten & Golden's Washington, DCoffice. Ms. Lenning is admitted to practice in Virginia, and in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Colorado, the District of Columbia, the District of Maryland, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

"We are very pleased to be joined by these nine talented lawyers," said Wayne N. Outten, the firm's managing partner. "The experience and capabilities of these attorneys will contribute to the firm's ability to advocate effectively for the rights of employees in individual contractual matters, in individual claims and cases, and in class and collective actions."

Outten & Golden LLP focuses on advising and representing individuals in employment, partnership, and related workplace matters both domestically and internationally. The firm counsels individuals on employment and severance agreements; handles complex compensation and benefits issues (including bonuses, commissions, and stock/ option agreements); and advises professionals (including doctors and lawyers) on contractual issues. It also represents employees with a wide variety of claims, including discrimination and harassment based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, disability, national origin, religion, and age, as well as retaliation, whistleblower, and contract claims. The firm handles class actions involving a wide range of employment issues, including economic exploitation, gender- and race-based discrimination, wage-and-hour violations, violations of the WARN Act, and other systemic workers' rights issues.

Outten & Golden has nine practice groups: Executives & Professionals, Financial Services, Sexual Harassment & Sex Discrimination, Family Responsibilities & Disabilities Discrimination, Lesbian Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Workplace Rights, Discrimination & Retaliation, Whistleblower Retaliation, Class & Collective Actions, and WARN Act.

Outten & Golden has offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

For media inquiries, contact Managing Partner Wayne N. Outten at (212) 245-1000.

www.outtengolden.com

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