People: Sheryl L. Skibbe, Partner

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Sheryl L. Skibbe

Partner

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-1534
Fax: (310) 201-5219
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Ms. Skibbe is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  She is a member of the Labor and Employment department and represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including defense of wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, unfair competition and wage and hour claims.  Ms. Skibbe has significant experience defending companies against wage and hour class and collective actions involving both federal and state law claims for companies in the insurance, financial, mortgage and retail industries.  She regularly provides advice and counsel to management on state and federal employment law questions including compensation and benefits, disability and leave issues and conducts wage and hour audits and implements workforce reclassifications.  She represents clients in state and federal court and before administrative agencies including the California Labor Commissioner, the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Ms. Skibbe is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  She is a member of the Labor and Employment department and represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including defense of wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, unfair competition and wage and hour claims.  Ms. Skibbe has significant experience defending companies against wage and hour class and collective actions involving both federal and state law claims for companies in the insurance, financial, mortgage and retail industries.  She regularly provides advice and counsel to management on state and federal employment law questions including compensation and benefits, disability and leave issues and conducts wage and hour audits and implements workforce reclassifications.  She represents clients in state and federal court and before administrative agencies including the California Labor Commissioner, the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1998)
    cum laude
  • M.I.A., Columbia University (1991)
    School of International and Public Affairs
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1987)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of California

Affiliations

  • California Bar Association
  • Los Angeles Bar Association

Representative Engagements

  • 24 Hour Fitness USA adv. Valdez, (Los Angeles Superior Court) (class action alleging that janitorial contractors are employees rather than independent contractors, and seeking overtime and meal and rest break payments)
  • ADP Inc. adv. Sparks, (USDC N.D. Cal.) (class action alleging misclassification of customer service representatives and implementation specialists)
  • Allstate Insurance Co. adv. Williams, (Los Angeles Superior Court) (class action alleging “off-the-clock” failure to pay overtime to field claims adjusters)
  • Allstate Insurance Company adv. Bednar (Los Angeles Superior Court) alleged misclassification of claims adjusters as exempt under administrative exemption
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP adv. Brady, (USDC N.D. Cal.) (class action alleging misclassification of non CPA accounting employees)
  • Deloitte Tax, LLP adv. Mekhitarian, (USDC C.D. Cal.) (class action alleging misclassification of tax consultants)
  • Dunn-Edwards Corp adv. Tonkovich (Los Angeles Superior Court) (alleged misclassification of employees under managerial exemption)
  • In re Farmers Insurance Exchange Overtime Litigation – MDL (B) (USDC Dist. OR) (nationwide multi-district litigation alleging misclassification of insurance adjusters under the FLSA and various state laws)
  • Farmers Insurance Exchange adv. Fenton (USDC Dist. MN) (nationwide class action alleging misclassification of special investigation unit investigators under FLSA)
  • Farmers Insurance Exchange adv. Wilson (USDC C.D. Cal.) (class action alleging misclassification of commercial lines insurance adjusters)
  • King v. UnumProvident Corporation – alleged misclassification of disability claims adjusters as exempt under administrative exemption
  • RadioShack. adv. Aguilar (Los Angeles Superior Court) (multi-plaintiff suit for alleged failure to pay prevailing wages on government contracts)
  • RSM McGladrey adv. Ma (USDC N.D. Cal.) (class action alleging misclassification of non CPA accounting employees)
  • Wachovia Securities, LLC adv. Clark (Los Angeles Superior Court) (alleged misclassification of financial advisors as exempt under commissioned sales or administrative exemptions, alleged violation of Labor Code for bonuses, payment of commissions and draws)
  • Wachovia Securities, LLC adv. Watkins  (Los Angeles Superior Court) (alleged overtime, meal/rest break and off-the-clock violations for nonexempt employees)
  • Wachovia Securities, LLC adv. Reager  (Los Angeles Superior Court) (alleged Labor Code violations for recovery of draw payments)
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Inc. adv. Sylvia (Orange County Superior Court) (class action alleging failure to pay expenses, improper deductions from wages and improper commission splits)

Presentations

  • "California Wage and Hour Issues: What You Need to Know For 2017," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 7, 2016)
  • Preparing for the Next Wave of Wage and Hour Litigation, California Labor & Employment Breakfast Briefing (October 2006)
  • Managing Class Actions: What In-House Counsel Need to Know, American Corporate Counsel Association (April 2006)

Publications

  • Chapter Author, "Chapter 12 - Defending the Employer Against Multiple Cases at the Same Time," Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012).  Definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation.