FAIR’s mission is to promote diversity within the plaintiffs’ employment bar in California, so the attorneys representing California’s workers are as diverse as those they seek to represent. FAIR also seeks generally to raise public consciousness about worker’s rights and remedies, to provide educational opportunities and programs to individuals who seek to advance the rights of workers, including but not limited to fellowships, internships, and scholarships, and to carry on other educational activities associated with FAIR’s goals.
In 2009, with the support and involvement of CELA leaders, FAIR was founded by former California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) Chair, David Duchrow and CELA Administrative Director, Christina Krasomil. FAIR was created with the intention to help diversify the plaintiffs' bar and educate the public about workplace fairness. FAIR provides educational and work opportunities to law students and new lawyers from culturally diverse backgrounds to strengthen and enrich our league of lawyers who are passionate about employee justice and advancing the rights of workers.
Through FAIR’s Employee Justice Fellowship Program, going on its 8th year, we have provided educational and job opportunities to numerous students by placing them with workers’ rights attorneys who are members of the California Employment Lawyers Association. In 2014, FAIR launched the FAIR Fellowship (formerly the Sanford Heisler Public Interest Diversity Fellowship) to increase diversity in California’s plaintiffs’ civil rights and employment bar.
Supreeta Sampath, President
Supreeta Sampath is the founder of The Sampath Law Firm in San Francisco, California. For over a decade, her legal career has been dedicated to serving the needs of those who have been denied justice. Ms. Sampath has extensive experience representing workers in employment discrimination cases on account of race, national origin, religion, gender, disability, age, sexual harassment, retaliation as well as cases involving labor code violations. Ms. Sampath serves on the board of the California Employment Lawyers (CELA) Association and has been a member of CELA’s Diversity Outreach Committee for several years, including serving as former Co-Chair of the Committee. She has been named a Rising Star and Southern and Northern California Super Lawyer in the field of Labor and Employment from 2011-2016.
Ms. Sampath is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley.
J. Bernard Alexander, III, Vice President
Mr. Alexander is a partner at Alexander, Krakow & Glick in Santa Monica. He prosecutes civil rights claims focusing on employment law in both State and Federal Court and has tried over forty cases to verdict. Mr. Alexander has won six- and seven-figure judgments for claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on gender, race, age, sex, sexual orientation and disability. He has been consistently recognized as a Top 75 in California Labor and Employment Lawyers, Super Lawyers, ABOTA and Los Angeles’ Best Lawyers. He is a Board member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, and served as CELA's chair from 2013-2015. Mr. Alexander holds degrees from Southwestern University School of Law and the University of California, Los Angeles, in English and Political Science.
Jinny Kim, Secretary/Treasurer
Jinny Kim is a Senior Staff Attorney and Director of the Disability Rights Program at the Legal Aid at Work. Jinny joined Legal Aid at Work in 1999 as the Félix Velarde-Muñoz Fellow and litigated race, disability, national origin and gender cases. Thereafter, she was a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow where she served as Labor Counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy on the Committee for Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Prior to returning to LAS–ELC in 2008 as a Staff Attorney, Jinny held positions at the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, as well as Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns LLP, and Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho. Jinny received her J.D. in 1999 from the University of California, Davis and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995.
Christina Krasomil, Executive Director
Since 2002, Christina Krasomil has been the Administrative Director of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), a non-profit statewide organization of over 1,200 California attorneys who devote the major portion of their practices to representing employees in individual employment cases and class actions. In addition to her role at CELA, Christina is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Advocacy, Inclusion and Resources (FAIR), where she handles all aspects of the organization’s administration and accounting. She is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University with a B.A. cum laude in Liberal Arts.
Hernaldo J. Baltodano
Hernaldo J. Baltodano is a founding partner of Baltodano & Baltodano LLP, a plaintiff-side employment law firm located in San Luis Obispo, in the heart of the Central Coast. A first-generation immigrant and graduate of the University of California at Davis (B.A.) and the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D.), Mr. Baltodano has successfully represented thousands of employees in the retail, manufacturing, financial, service sector, and healthcare industries for nearly 15 years. In 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017,
Mr. Baltodano was named a Southern California Super Lawyer. In the years 2004-2008, and again in 2010 - 2013, Mr. Baltodano was named a “Rising Star” in the field of Employment Law. In 2009, Public Counsel, the nation’s largest public interest law firm, named Mr. Baltodano “Advocate of the Year” for his pro bono work on behalf of special needs children. Mr. Baltodano’s first-rate legal education, training, and professional experience are buoyed by his personal life experiences. As a Spanish-speaking and bi-cultural individual with working class roots, Mr. Baltodano is highly-skilled at straddling divergent worlds – including the English and Spanish-speaking – and gaining the trust and confidence of diverse clients and stake-holders. A devoted husband and father, Mr. Baltodano spends his time with his wife and business partner and their two sons in San Luis Obispo when he is not vigorously advocating for his clients.
Christina Cheung is an associate with Allred, Maroko & Goldberg. Ms. Cheung graduated from Georgetown University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. While at Georgetown, Ms. Cheung studied abroad at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. While at the UCLA School of Law, Ms.Cheung studied under Vicki Schultz, a renowned scholar in employment discrimination and sexual harassment law. Ms. Cheung also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy and an Executive Member of the UCLA Moot Court Honors Board. Ms. Cheung joined Allred, Maroko & Goldberg in September of 2011 and left in 2015 to work at the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s Employment Litigation Section in Washington, D.C. Since returning to Allred, Maroko & Goldberg in January of 2016, Ms. Cheung, who is licensed to practice in California and New York, splits her time working between Allred, Maroko & Goldberg’s Los Angeles and New York offices. Her practice focuses on representing victims of sexual assault in Title IX cases against colleges as well as representing employees for harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
Cornelia Ho-Chin Dai
Ms. Dai is a partner at Hadsell Stormer & Renick, LLP, a plaintiff-side law firm located in the Greater Los Angeles area. She has spent her career advocating for workers’ rights and other civil liberties. She specializes in individual employment cases, wage and hour class actions, and other civil rights cases. She has practiced in both state and federal court, and she has represented clients at all stages of litigation. Ms. Dai has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Employment Law) since 2012. In 2011, she was selected as one of the Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. Ms. Dai has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars list each year since 2005. She was featured in the July 2007 issue of Southern California Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars, in an article entitled “For Abusive Employers, The Dai Has Been Cast.” Ms. Dai is a member of the Executive Committee of the Labor & Employment Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Executive Advisory Council of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. Ms. Dai is a graduate of UC Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She earned her Juris Doctorate at USC Law School in 1999.
David J. Duchrow
David Duchrow has represented employees and unions for over 30 years. He served on the CELA Board from 2002–2013, including a term as Chair from 2007–2009 and Treasurer from 2009–2013. While Chair of CELA he founded FAIR, and served as its Chair from 2011–2013. As a member, and later Chair, of CELA’s Amicus Committee, he has briefed and argued cases before the California Supreme Court, and oversaw other amicus activities for CELA. He has also served on the State Bar of California Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Committee from 2002–2008. He is a frequent speaker and writer on various legal subjects. He is a partner in Duchrow & Piano, LLP, in Santa Monica, California.
Toni J. Jaramilla
Toni Jaramilla believes in creating positive social change through dedicated and compassionate advocacy for the rights of workers. Her firm is Toni Jaramilla, APLC in Los Angeles, California. Since 1994, she has been practicing exclusively employment law, and has litigated hundreds of cases of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and unpaid wages resulting in millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. She has taken numerous cases to trial in both state and federal courts as well as in arbitration. She has successfully argued before the California Court of Appeals. Ms. Jaramilla served as Chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association (2011-2013), one of California’s largest and strongest employee rights advocate group comprised of lawyers. She became a CELA Board member in 2006 to present and is Treasurer. She is the past Chair and member of CELA’s Diversity Outreach Committee and also served as Chair of the California State Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section (2004-2005) after serving numerous years on its Executive Board. She served as President of the Philippine American Bar Association (1998) and is currently an Advisor.
Ms. Medina is a Founding Partner of Medina Orthwein LLP, a plaintiff side employment and civil rights law firm in Oakland. Ms. Medina secured the largest employment gender discrimination verdict in U.S. history in Velez v. Novartis in the Southern District of New York. In addition to the Novartis matter, Ms. Medina has managed all aspects of litigation from settlement, discovery, and trial in a variety of discrimination and wage and hour matters. Additionally, she successfully argued an appeal before the Sixth Circuit in a race discrimination suit. Before founding Medina Orthwein LLP in 2017, Ms. Medina was a managing partner at Sanford Heisler LLP, in San Francisco. She received her law degree from Yale Law School in 2006.
Bryan J. Schwartz
Mr. Schwartz is a civil rights attorney with his own firm, Bryan Schwartz Law, in Oakland, California.
Mr. Schwartz's firm focuses on vindicating workers' rights in discrimination, whistleblower, wage and hour, and federal and public employee cases. Mr. Schwartz has helped tens of thousands of grateful clients get their careers back on track after employer wrongdoing derailed them, obtaining tens of millions in recovery for employees across the country in individual, collective, and class actions. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, and of Cornell University, magna cum laude, Mr. Schwartz is the immediate past President of FAIR and a member of the Executive Board of the California Employment Lawyers Association, whose members are more than 1200 employee-side advocates around the state. Mr. Schwartz is also the Chair of the 7500-member Labor & Employment Section of the State Bar of California. Before founding his own firm in 2009, Mr. Schwartz led the San Francisco, California, office of Nichols Kaster, LLP. Previously, Mr. Schwartz practiced with the Washington, DC-based firm of Passman & Kaplan, PC, and clerked for the Hon. Franklin Van Antwerpen, currently a senior member of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
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