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Barry M. Appell’s mediation experience focuses on employment law, personal injury, tort, and breach of contract cases. With respect to employment law disputes, Barry’s area of expertise includes wage and hour claims, including class actions and PAGA cases, as well as harassment, discrimination, disability and failure to accommodate, retaliation, wrongful termination, privacy, and unfair competition claims.

Barry has successfully completed the Mediating the Litigated Case course at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law. Barry is currently on the mediator panel with the Mediation Center of Los Angeles (MCLA). He has also volunteered for several years as a mediator at the Los Angeles County Superior Court through the Center for Conflict Resolution, and he is a member of the Southern California Mediation Association.

Appell Mediation also offers online dispute resolution through the use of Zoom video conferencing.

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Barry M. Appell has substantial experience representing both employees and employers for the past 25 years in employment litigation in trial and appellate courts, arbitrations, and administrative forums. Barry also provides employers with counseling on employment issues, trainings, handbooks, and investigations.

Having represented both sides in employment cases, Barry is uniquely qualified to see cases from both perspectives which helps him relate to all sides of a dispute. Barry has also been named a Southern California Superlawyer every year since 2004.

After several years representing only employers, in 2004, Barry started his own law firm, Appell Hilaire Benardo LLP, representing employees and employers, until 2012, when Barry joined with Scott Shapiro to form Appell Shapiro LLP.

Barry has successfully litigated many cases, including multi-million dollar wage and hour class actions. Barry has spent most of his years of practice litigating harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, and other employment-related claims, including class actions and PAGA cases.

Barry is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. He graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1994 and from California State University, Northridge, cum laude, in 1991.

Image of Barry Appell

Barry M. Appell’s mediation experience focuses on employment law, personal injury, tort, and breach of contract cases. With respect to employment law disputes, Barry’s area of expertise includes wage and hour claims, including class actions and PAGA cases, as well as harassment, discrimination, disability and failure to accommodate, retaliation, wrongful termination, privacy, and unfair competition claims.

Barry has successfully completed the Mediating the Litigated Case course at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law. Barry is currently on the mediator panel with the Mediation Center of Los Angeles (MCLA). He has also volunteered for several years as a mediator at the Los Angeles County Superior Court through the Center for Conflict Resolution, and he is a member of the Southern California Mediation Association.

Appell Mediation also offers online dispute resolution through the use of Zoom video conferencing.

Image of balanced scales

Barry M. Appell has substantial experience representing both employees and employers for the past 25 years in employment litigation in trial and appellate courts, arbitrations, and administrative forums. Barry also provides employers with counseling on employment issues, trainings, handbooks, and investigations.

Having represented both sides in employment cases, Barry is uniquely qualified to see cases from both perspectives which helps him relate to all sides of a dispute. Barry has also been named a Southern California Superlawyer every year since 2004.

After several years representing only employers, in 2004, Barry started his own law firm, Appell Hilaire Benardo LLP, representing employees and employers, until 2012, when Barry joined with Scott Shapiro to form Appell Shapiro LLP.

Barry has successfully litigated many cases, including multi-million dollar wage and hour class actions. Barry has spent most of his years of practice litigating harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, and other employment-related claims, including class actions and PAGA cases.

Barry is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. He graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1994 and from California State University, Northridge, cum laude, in 1991.

What people are saying about
BARRY M. APPELL
TESTIMONIALS
"Barry, this case was thought impossible to settle by the parties due to significant emotional baggage and history, varied personalities, and financial issues, yet you managed to get the clients to settle! You kept pushing along as if it would. You are highly knowledgeable, and your straightforward discussion of employment law issues throughout the mediation to my client were better than hours of lectures from my office. You gained trust because you were genuine and my client trusted you enough to reach a resolution. Thank you!"
Sherman Oaks Attorney
“Mr. Appell is a miracle worker. He settled an impossible employment case between intractable parties whose hostility towards each other was a near insurmountable obstacle. His people skills and depth of legal knowledgeable allowed him to start with the key to unraveling a big legal mess. Mr. Appell successfully navigated all participants through all of the factual and legal issues with deft insights and people skills, quickly finding answers to the economic and noneconomic issues. The virtual Zoom mediation was perfect for these parties.

I highly recommend Barry Appell as a mediator.“
Manhattan Beach Attorney
"Barry took the time to really understand the issues of our case and provided valuable feedback concerning the strengths and weaknesses of our claims which allowed us to do a realistic assessment of the facts and the value of our claims.

Barry's knowledge of employment law is unsurpassed and was a significant factor in reaching a settlement of our case. We would not have settled this case without Barry's help as a trusted neutral. I highly recommend Barry as a mediator because he has the ability to bring both sides together towards a mutually beneficial result even when it seems that both sides might not have a chance to settle their case at the outset of the mediation. Thank you Barry for your hard work. It is much appreciated."
Los Angeles Attorney
"Barry’s thorough understandings of the facts and the parties’ legal and factual contentions, and his intuitive sense allowed him to get at the heart of the case while being fair-minded. With his easy-going personality, he was able to engage the parties to get closer to the “de-militarized” zone and ultimately facilitated the settlement of a very complex 3-year old case that involved difficult business decisions and emotional elements. I would return to Barry for any employment case and I would highly recommend him."
Pasadena Attorney
"We mediated a wrongful termination case with Mr. Appell about 45 days before the trial. It was a heavily litigated case, and the parties had two very extreme positions regarding the merits and exposure. Naturally, this made settlement discussions extremely challenging. This was evident in a prior mandatory settlement conference, where the settlement gap was so large that the MSC judge concluded that settlement was not realistic.

Thereafter, the parties selected Mr. Appell as mediator based on his extensive real-world employment litigation experience. His practical litigation experience was essential. He immediately spotted the key factual and legal issues, and encouraged the parties (reluctant participants) to focus on the case and how it would be perceived by a jury at trial. Mr. Appell was instrumental in getting the parties to a place where serious settlement discussions could occur. That critical step put both parties in a position to settle a case that was nearly certain to go to trial. I look forward to working with Mr. Appell again."
Los Angeles Attorney
“I have been involved in mediations with Mr. Appell. He has the personality, knowledge and character as well as patience of a good mediator. I recommend him to assist you in resolving your mediation."
Glendale Attorney
"Please accept this note as a sincere expression of gratitude for your assistance in helping settle a very difficult case. You were an exceptional mediator for us. Your knowledge and understanding of the intricacies of employment law is top notch. I appreciate that you spoke very frankly and honestly to me and my client. Connecting with her and speaking to her interests is what got this difficult matter settled. I look forward to using your services as a mediator again. Thank you!”
Santa Ana Attorney

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