Bethanie E. Barnes
Bethanie is an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice is focused on employment litigation and preventive counseling.
As a litigator, Bethanie has achieved stellar results for her clients including summary judgment, dismissal with prejudice under California’s anti-SLAPP statute, and successfully compelling employment disputes to arbitration.
Bethanie partners with her client’s key stakeholders to navigate problematic employee relations issues and to develop compliant practices, in all areas of employment law, including disability accommodation and the interactive process, equal pay audits, and paid sick leave. Bethanie also provides in-house training to managerial employees, on topics ranging from anti-harassment to workplace violence prevention. She was a guest lecturer at California State University, Long Beach for a collegiate Human Resources class on employee discipline and terminations. Additionally, Bethanie assists employers in drafting employee handbooks, personnel policies, and employment agreements.
In law school, Bethanie served as the Executive Symposium Editor for the Emory International Law Review and enjoyed the privilege of having her comment, on international adoptions, selected for publication. She also served as an extern for the Honorable Kimberley Esmond Adams in Fulton County Superior Court.
Prior to law school, Bethanie was an elementary school teacher and a Teach for America Corps Member in the Metro Atlanta region.
Honors & Leadership
Member, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
Member, Langston Bar Association
Member, St. Mary's Academy Alumnae Association
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Breakfast Briefing5.10.16
- Breakfast Briefing11.10.15
December 2014, HireRight Webinar: “2015 Emerging Trends & Best Practices for 2015: Employment Background Checks”
April 2015, California State University, Long Beach: “Discipline and Termination”
June 2015, California Hotel & Lodging Association Webinar: “California Paid Sick Leave: Preparing for July 1st”
November 2015, Los Angeles Breakfast Briefing: “California’s Fair Pay Act”
November 2015, Employment Advisory Council of Orange County: “California Paid Sick Leave”
December 2015, HireRight Webinar: “Where The Road is Going to Take You in 2016”
January 2016, Fisher Phillips’ 2016 Ontario Legal and Legislative Update
February 2016, Industry Manufacturers Council Human Resources Luncheon
April 2016, City of Vernon Chamber of Commerce: “2016 Legal and Legislative Update”
April 2016, St. Mary’s Academy Career Day
May 2016, Los Angeles Breakfast Briefing: “Not So ‘Free Speech’ in the Workplace”
September 2016, Fisher Phillips California Seminar: “When Your Employee Is on Workers’ Comp, Other Laws Apply Too”
November 2016, PIHRA Inland Valley: “Employee Privacy Rights: How Far Do They Go?”
December 2016, BLR FMLA/CFRA Master Class
- Emory University School of LawJ.D. 2013 with honors
- Howard UniversityB.A. 2008, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- California Superior Court