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Cynthia Ellen Fruchtman

Cynthia Ellen Fruchtman

Practice areas:

Family, Employment & Labor, Litigation, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination

About Me

Our goal is creative solutions to help achieve our clients' success in employment & ART. We have


- Prepared agency, gamete & embryo donation & surrogacy contracts & judgments;
- Won cases involving contract, fraud, tort, real estate, partnership & control disputes;
- Won or settled cases & obtained injunctions in unfair competition, unfair business practices, & misappropriation of trade secrets & proprietary business information, breach of contract & fraud cases;
- Represented employers & employees in litigation, arbitration & mediation matters for claims of wrongful termination, unlawful harassment, discrimination, wage & hour violations, exempt and independent contractor status, breach of contract & other workplace related issues;
- Resolved wage & hour class actions;
- Counseled employers and employees with respect to legal compliance, employment contracts, employee handbooks, audits, management training, sexual harassment training, HIPAA training, privacy rights, wage & hour issues, record keeping, mandatory posters, exempt status, independent contractor agreements, leaves of absence, disability, investigating & resolving complaints of discrimination & harassment & other workplace issues, litigation holds, substance abuse, hiring issues, discipline & terminations, downsizing & layoffs, claim avoidance, evidentiary hearings before agencies & court trials;
- Negotiated partnership, vendor, lease & sales agreements;
- Pursued & defended construction defects cases;
- Resolved an involuntary bailment action involving commercial property;
- Obtained fraud judgment against debtor in bankruptcy;
- Defeated preference claims in bankruptcy;
- Successfully defended producer in arbitration of claim by Muhammad Ali for breach of contract, false light, interference with prospective economic advantage, & related business torts;
- Filed as amicus in the California Supreme Court regarding the appropriate standards for a court appointed guardian's powers;
- Servied as judge pro tem, arbitrator & mediator in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Family: 35%
  2. Employment & Labor: 30%
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Wrongful Termination: 5%
  5. Other: 10%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($425/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Michael Prozan

    Cynthia and I opposed each other on a breach of contract/film licensing case. I found Cynthia to be a zealous and ethical advocate on behalf of her client. She was always well prepared. She lawyered the case appropriately (did not over lawyer) and kept her client's best interests in mind. If I had a case which needed an attorney in Los Angeles, I would call Cynthia.

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    Michael Prozan Business Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Cynthia E. Fruchtman

2530 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 310
Santa Monica, CA, 90403

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198608/18/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Bioethics CommitteeCo-Chair1998 - 2000
Bioethics CommitteeMember1987 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Academy of California Adoption LawyersMemberN/A
Academy of California Family Formation LawyersMemberN/A
American Society of Reproductive MedicinememberN/A
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionmemberN/A
Chicago-Kent Alumni Association of Southern CaliforniafounderN/A
Medical Education Speakers Networkpresenter - various topicsN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Price v. 7-Eleven, et al., (CA2/7 11/25/09) (not to be cited),demurrer to complaint based upon unenforceable employment agreement sustained without leave to amend.
In re Conservatorship of Wendland,amicus brief on the standard for a court appointed guardian’s power.
Bluestein v. Production Arts Management, et al. (DLSE 11/4/99)N/A

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
48 Family Law Quarterly, No. 1 (American Bar Association Spring 2014)“Withdrawal of Cryopreserved Sperm, Eggs, and Embryos”2014
33 California Lawyer, No. 1“Whose Pregnancy Is This?”2013
season 2, episode 10, producer Asylum Entertainment"Gangsters: America's Most Evil Episode: The Shadow Kingpin: Bartolome Moya"2013
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)“Protect Yourself When You Need Home Health Care”2012
33 Whittier Law Review, No. 2, p. 311“Tales From the Crib: Posthumous Reproduction and ART”2012
Drafting Employment Documents for California Employers"Leaves of Absence and Termination"2011
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)“Smile You’re On Your Employer’s Video Camera”,2011
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Guest interview2010
California Business Law Practitioner,“Coping With Leave Laws”,2008
Advising California Employers and Employees, (co-authored), Ch. 16"Whistleblower Issues"2005
California Business Law Practitioner"Reducing Employer Liability to Whistleblowers"2005
Civil Litigation Reporter"The Facts of Life: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Child Care Leave Laws for Litigators"2005
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)"Equal Employment Law Development,2004
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)"Advising California Employers Supplement"2003
Unknown"Genetic Testing in Assisted Reproduction,"2003
Whittier Law Review"Considerations in Surrogacy Contracts,"1999
Whittier Law Review"Ethical Aspects of Genetic Testing,"1998

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Northwestern UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
SeminarAdoption, Surrogacy and Assisted Reproduction Law2015
Legal Update for 2015Employment Law2015