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Candace S. Bertoldi

Partner

Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9689
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Candace Bertoldi is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  She has represented employers in state and federal courts in defending a broad range of labor and employment claims and complex litigation matters.  Ms. Bertoldi’s experience includes the defense of major state-wide wage and hour class action and collective action claims involving meal break, rest break, misclassification, overtime, expense reimbursement alternative workweek schedule and work-off-the-clock allegations, and the defense of multi-plaintiff claims involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. She has extensive arbitration experience, including FINRA arbitrations.  She also provides training and advice and counsel, including wage and hour audits, to employers to proactively avoid single plaintiff and class action litigation.  Ms. Bertoldi has worked with national employers in various industries, including retail, pharmaceutical, entertainment, healthcare, on-demand technology, aerospace, manufacturing, insurance, and financial. 
 
Ms. Bertoldi is a leader in Seyfarth’s Pay Equity Group and Financial Services Practices Group.  She is an active member of Seyfarth’s national Wage and Hour Practices Group, and editor of the California Wage and Hour Blog.  Super Lawyers Magazine has recognized Ms. Bertoldi as a Southern California Rising Star over the last four years:  2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.  Ms. Bertoldi also earned Seyfarth’s Pro Bono Team of the Year award in 2013 for her first-chair role in an arbitration that overturned a seven-figure judgment, and entered an award in favor of our client on its cross claims and attorneys’ fees. 
 
Ms. Bertoldi also served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable James S. Otero of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Candace Bertoldi is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  She has represented employers in state and federal courts in defending a broad range of labor and employment claims and complex litigation matters.  Ms. Bertoldi’s experience includes the defense of major state-wide wage and hour class action and collective action claims involving meal break, rest break, misclassification, overtime, expense reimbursement alternative workweek schedule and work-off-the-clock allegations, and the defense of multi-plaintiff claims involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. She has extensive arbitration experience, including FINRA arbitrations.  She also provides training and advice and counsel, including wage and hour audits, to employers to proactively avoid single plaintiff and class action litigation.  Ms. Bertoldi has worked with national employers in various industries, including retail, pharmaceutical, entertainment, healthcare, on-demand technology, aerospace, manufacturing, insurance, and financial. 
 
Ms. Bertoldi is a leader in Seyfarth’s Pay Equity Group and Financial Services Practices Group.  She is an active member of Seyfarth’s national Wage and Hour Practices Group, and editor of the California Wage and Hour Blog.  Super Lawyers Magazine has recognized Ms. Bertoldi as a Southern California Rising Star over the last four years:  2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.  Ms. Bertoldi also earned Seyfarth’s Pro Bono Team of the Year award in 2013 for her first-chair role in an arbitration that overturned a seven-figure judgment, and entered an award in favor of our client on its cross claims and attorneys’ fees. 
 
Ms. Bertoldi also served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable James S. Otero of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law (2007) 
    Member, Hastings Women’s Law Journal (2005-2006)
    Teaching Assistant for Legal Writing & Research (2005-2006)
    Best Appellate Brief - 1L Moot Court Competition (2005)
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (2003)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central Districts of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Affiliations

  • California State Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Representative Engagements

  • Successfully defeated numerous employment related lawsuits through summary judgment
  • Chaired FINRA arbitration to a defense verdict involving Form U-5 defamation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, negligence, and failure to supervise allegations
  • Chaired arbitration to a defense verdict involving breach of contract and fraud claims on a disputed lease agreement
  • Defeated class certification in wage and hour class actions involving alleged meal and rest period violations, off-the-clock claims, overtime claims, minimum wage violations and claims for failure to reimburse business expenses
  • Defeated class certification in misclassification case involving auto repair shop coordinators for national insurance company
  • Defeated class certification in misclassification case involving retail banking managers for national banking association
  • Obtained walk-away settlement in representative action under the Private Attorneys General Act filed by a retail pharmacy employee alleging company denied retail employees suitable seating 

Publications