Leader in Employment Law
James has defended and successfully resolved multiple claims of employment discrimination and wage claims made to state and federal enforcement agencies.
Seven-Figure Awards to Clients in Business Litigation
Jim has tried/arbitrated various breach of contract/commercial claims producing six and seven figure awards to clients, including appellate affirmances.
Approaches Litigation as a Business Problem
Jim approaches every case, not just as litigation to be fought and won, but as a business problem to be solved in the way most advantageous for the client.
James (Jim) H. Berry is a partner practicing in the firm’s employment and labor law and litigation groups. Jim brings to his clients several decades of experience in employment law, including both litigation and counseling on the wide variety of challenges for employers created by California and federal law. His employment litigation and counseling experience includes advising and representing clients on discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, disability compliance, whistleblower claims, and wage and hour issues.
Jim practices before all California federal courts and state courts and is admitted to the Ninth Circuit. Among the multiple matters handled by Jim are claims based on common-law tortious discharge theories; breach of express and implied contract; discrimination; harassment; wage and hour violations, including overtime, penalty pay, and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims; class and representative actions; and matters before the NLRB involving non-union employers. In commercial litigation, Jim advises and represents clients on matters related to breach of contract, unfair competition, and a variety of IP infringement litigation disputes. He also represents advertisers in negotiating and documenting high-value celebrity endorsement contracts and in disputes relating to such contracts.
Since starting his career at Jones Day as an associate and partner, Jim has represented a wide variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to mid-sized businesses. Prior to joining MWM, Jim established his own boutique litigation and employment practice and continued to develop his commercial litigation and employment practice there and later at Landau Law LLP. In addition to multiple employment/labor matters, his representative cases have covered virtually every aspect of litigation in which businesses become involved, including claims based on: breach of contract, fraud/misappropriation, trademarks, and intellectual property, trade secrets, antitrust/unfair practices actions under federal and state law, unfair competition and false advertising, corporate control disputes, class actions, and other matters involving a variety of business torts.
California Bar Association
California Lawyers Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Leaders of Influence: Labor & Employment Attorneys
Los Angeles Business Journal, 2022
State of California
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals