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Daily Journal Once Again Recognizes Chopra, Siegel as Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

July 16, 2019


LOS ANGELES—July 16, 2019—The Daily Journal has named partners Apalla Chopra and Robert Siegel to its list of “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers” for the second year in a row. The annual list recognizes California’s top 75 attorneys specializing in labor and employment law.

In its profile of Chopra, chair of O’Melveny’s Labor and Employment Practice, the Daily Journal cited her role in the University of Southern California’s high-profile investigation of former school gynecologist, George Tyndall. 

“The investigative work is always challenging and meaningful,” said Chopra. “It’s an opportunity to work closely with an institution and its board to identify issues and … help them move forward.” 

On the litigation side, Chopra is currently defending Chubb Group Holdings Inc. and Century 21 Real Estate LLC from wage and hour class actions alleging workers were misclassified.

In addition to her daily work, Chopra sits on the O’Melveny’s policy committee, where she helps direct the firm’s business interests. 

“It’s part of what I very much enjoy about my practice,” said Chopra regarding her 27-year O’Melveny tenure. “Every day, I come into work and I’m excited about what the day holds. And I don’t think a lot of people have that.”

The Daily Journal noted that Siegel, co-chair of O’Melveny’s Aviation Industry Group, “has advised on just about every major airline merger for the last 30 years.” Recently, Siegel has secured several litigation victories in cases involving post-merger seniority lists, which employee groups use to determine scheduling and aircraft use, among other things. 

“It drives a lot of things in the airline industry, so [you] have to have a way of integrating the two seniority lists,” Siegel said.

One of these wins included a dismissal of claims brought by nearly 10,000 American Airline pilots resulting from the airline’s merger with US Airways. The pilots disagreed with the merged seniority list and sought an order to vacate it, but the 3rd Circuit ruled in favor of American. 

“The court just wanted to determine the more limited issue of whether the procedure was correct,” said Siegel. “That was very important to clarify because the contrary result would have been pretty destabilizing for the industry to be able to say that [the pilots] will get a second bite of the apple.”

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Christopher Rieck
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
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