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ABOUT BARRY APPELL
Barry Appell has 27 years of experience representing both employees and employers in employment litigation in trial and appellate courts, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. Barry also has experience counseling employers for compliance with employment laws, conducting trainings and workplace investigations, and preparing handbooks.
Background: From 1994-2004, Barry represented employers exclusively in employment matters. In 2004, Barry left his employment defense practice at Silver & Freedman, LLP and formed Appell | Hilaire | Benardo LLP, and later, Appell Shapiro LLP, where he primarily represented employees, although Barry did continue to also represent employers as well. In 2021, Barry left his employment law practice to mediate full-time.
Barry’s substantial experience representing both employees and employers allows him to understand disputes from the unique perspectives of each side. Barry’s substantial knowledge of employment law issues, along with his straightforward approach, has resulted in Barry achieving a very high success rate in getting cases resolved.
MEDIATION PRACTICE AREAS
Barry has substantial experience mediating employment law disputes including harassment and discrimination, failure to accommodate, retaliation, leave laws, wrongful termination, whistleblower, wage and hour, contracts, unfair competition, and privacy claims. Barry also has substantial experience mediating class actions and representative actions, such as PAGA. He is also experienced in mediating personal injury matters, and a variety of consumer claims.
APPROACH TO MEDIATIONS
Barry conducts extensive preparation for each mediation. He uses his substantial experience and knowledge of employment law to provide an evaluative approach to disputes. Barry stays on top of current developments in employment law so that he can provide a thoughtful and persuasive evaluation of disputes. He is also persistent and follows up in those instances where a dispute does not resolve on the day of mediation.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
ORGANIZATIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Initiating a Mediation
Who Should Attend the Mediation
Both parties must have someone present who are authorized to reach an agreement. We strongly recommend physical attendance by decision makers.
Prior to the Mediation
Briefs should be submitted at least five days prior to the mediation hearing.
There is no page limit and briefs should include:
After a hearing date has been set and briefs have been submitted, Barry may contact the lawyers prior to the mediation for a pre-hearing telephone conference to discuss issues relating to the mediation hearing.
Barry charges a flat rate for all cases, either for a full day or half-day. The mediation fee includes all preparation time, pre-hearing telephone conferences, unlimited time at the mediation hearing and follow up communications with counsel, if necessary. Follow up time of more than 5 hours is subject to additional fees on an hourly basis if the matter is resolved. For cases outside of Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties, an additional fee will be charged which includes travel time and expenses.
Please call our office or email Barry@AppellMediation.com for rates.
When Fee is Due/Cancellations
If full payment is not received in advance of the mediation it may be subject to cancellation. The mediation fee is refundable if the engagement is canceled twenty-one (21) days or more before the scheduled mediation date. Fifty percent of the mediation fee shall be due if the mediation is canceled less than 21 days before the scheduled hearing, but at least 3 days before the hearing, unless the date is re-booked with a different mediation. The full mediation fee is subject to forfeiture if the engagement is canceled or postponed less than three (3) days before the mediation date, unless the date is re-booked with a different mediation.
Phone: (818) 659-5292
Fax: (818) 305-6294
13535 Ventura Blvd., Suite C #421
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
MON-FRI: 9 am – 5 pm
SAT: 10 am – 2 pm
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