Nathan V. Okelberry
Nathan Okelberry is an associate in the Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on representing employers against claims under state and federal labor and employment laws, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour matters, and wrongful termination. His substantial litigation accomplishments include defense verdicts, multiple summary judgments in both state and federal court, and voluntary dismissals against his clients.
Nathan also has extensive experience defending businesses – from startups to larger corporations – against disability access claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III and equivalent California public accommodation laws. His experience ranges from defending traditional construction-related access lawsuits to emerging disability access issues on the internet.
Apart from litigation, Nathan consults with companies and employers concerning wage and hour matters, employee leave management, internal investigations, and other day-to-day employment and legal issues. He prides himself on developing common-sense and cost-effective solutions to complex legal and employment issues that fit with the business objectives of his clients.
Nathan has represented clients throughout California, in both Superior Courts and United States District Courts. He has successfully argued appeals before the California Court of Appeal and advocated before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Department of Justice, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), and the California Employment Development Department (EDD).
Nathan graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he served as the Literary Citation Editor for the Pepperdine Law Review.
- Defense Verdict in Disability Discrimination Lawsuit
Obtained complete defense verdict in multi-week trial involving claims of disability and race discrimination against a hotel under the ADA Title III and the California Unruh Civil Rights Act.
- Multiple Summary Judgments on Discrimination/Retaliation Claims
Obtained multiple summary judgments on discrimination and retaliation claims brought by former employees in Los Angeles Superior Court. On appeal, Nathan has successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal, resulting in summary judgment being affirmed.
- Summary Judgment on Overtime Exemption and Constructive Discharge
Obtained summary judgment in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of a television studio on claims for constructive discharge in violation of public policy and misclassification under the outside sales exemption.
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Breakfast Briefing2.5.15
- Pepperdine University School of LawJ.D. 2009, cum laude
- University of California, Santa CruzB.A. 2004
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California