Ana Viswanathan

Achievements

Resolution and Settlements

  • Over 15 years of experience in the practice of law, specializing in employment and civil rights litigation
  • Successfully resolved 90% of cases which I oversaw for my clients in civil litigation while working for prestigious law firm in San Francisco*
  • Obtained substantial settlement in employment discrimination case which I managed against major university in Federal court for client*
  • Supervised another employment discrimination case which resulted in substantial policy and personnel changes at major law school*

Litigation

  • Excellent working knowledge and experience in the fields of employment and civil rights laws, including FEHA, Title VII and common law statutes related to these fields
  • Prevailed on appeal in a defamation case which was certified for publication after drafting appellate brief and appearing before California Court of Appeals in oral argument (Hailstone v. Martinez, 169 Cal. App. 4th 728 (2008))
  • Managed employment discrimination case against major university and law school at trial court and state appellate levels, up to California Supreme Court
  • Created and implemented comprehensive discovery plans, specializing in FEHA and Title VII matters in Federal as well as State courts
  • Conducted extensive discovery, including taking and defending depositions in civil litigation matters
  • Filed complaints, discovery requests and responses, as well as motions, including motions related to summary judgment and new trial at trial court level
  • Filed appellate briefs as well as petition for review to the California Supreme Court
  • Conducted oral argument at both the trial court and appellate levels
  • Successfully advocated for client at unemployment insurance hearing before an administrative law judge
  • Involved in civil rights litigation pertaining to rights of disabled persons
  • Drafted pre-trial motions in handicapped accessibility cases
  • Prepared legal briefs in consumer fraud cases
  • Wrote settlement briefs and participated in settlement conferences in employment and disability rights cases
  • Successfully incorporated technology using Trial Director and Summation software, among others, in major fraud trial in labor union case while acting as second chair, resulting in a very favorable settlement for our clients
  • Acted as consultant attorney on appellate and other legal matters

Legal Research and Writing

  • Extensive experience in drafting and presenting legal briefs to trial and appellate courts
  • Performed legal research relating to procedural and substantive litigation matters, particularly on tort issues and employment law cases
  • Produced numerous legal memorada on legal issues
  • Did legal research on poverty law and civil rights issues
  • Performed legal research on environmental as well as consumer protection issues
  • Edited articles on the grand jury process and advocacy of consumer protection rights
  • Prepared legal briefs in consumer fraud cases
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with Lexis and Westlaw research databases
  • Substantial experience with Microsoft Office products including Access, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Project Manager and Outlook software products as well as other word processing software including WordPerfect
  • Outstanding internet research capabilities

Client Counseling

  • Counseled clients, both employers and employees, on employment-related issues
  • Performed assessments of potential cases through client intake interviews
  • Conducted client intake interviews to advise clients of their legal rights, including the rights of defendants as well as plaintiffs
  • Helped low-income individuals resolve housing, unemployment and welfare problems
  • Received special award and commendation for work at Legal Services

*Please note that the results I achieved in my cases were dependent on the particular facts in each of the cases I managed. Past performance cannot guarantee similar results in the future.   Results in future cases may differ depending upon the facts of each case.

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