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Prior to establishing his own law practice, Jacob gained significant experience in California labor and employment law while practicing in the employment litigation departments of both a well-respected, boutique business law firm based in Los Angeles and a large, international law firm, with more than 2400 lawyers practicing in 35 offices on five continents.
Jacob is an experienced and highly-skilled employment law practitioner. He has represented California employers in litigation involving allegations of wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and discrimination based on age, race, sex, national origin, and disability. Jacob also has defended employers in administrative proceedings before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, among other administrative agencies. He has drafted employee handbooks and other personnel forms, prepared employment agreements, and counseled employers on a variety of personnel policies and on the prevention of employment-related claims. In addition, Jacob has conducted various training classes for California employees both in person and in live webinars, including conducting sessions of California’s mandatory AB1825 sexual harassment training. His clients in employment litigation and counseling have ranged from small, closely-held businesses to large, publicly-traded multinational corporations in the telecommunications, health care, banking, entertainment, hospitality, technology, and retail industries.
In addition to his extensive experience in labor and employment law, Jacob is also a talented litigator in general. He has experience in many aspects of civil litigation, including drafting pleadings, conducting written discovery, taking and defending depositions, preparing and arguing motions, appearing in court, attending mediations, engaging in settlement negotiations, drafting settlement agreements, and preparing for trial.
Jacob received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale College in 2003 and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2007. While at Yale, he worked for a summer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and studied abroad at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Journal of Legislation during law school. Jacob is licensed to practice law in California.
University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2007
Yale College, B.A., 2003
Defend attorneys in legal malpractice actions ranging from alleged transactional negligence in handling a commercial development foreclosure to alleged faulty modification of a will with claimed seven figure damages;
Defend prominent law firm in malicious prosecution action pertaining to litigation on behalf of a city against outside vendor accused of defrauding city support services through alleged false invoicing for over a decade;
Conducted insurance analysis regarding coverage and allocation issues under complex financial services/trustee/private equity liability policy for multifaceted investment managers accused of alleged corporate raiding;
Defended national Japanese restaurant franchise in litigation involving claims of wage and hour violations based on alleged misclassification of employees as exempt;
Drafted complex employment agreement for key employee of closely-held automotive parts distribution company; and
Hourly ($250-300/hour), contingent (27-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Articles Editor of Journal of Legislation||Notre Dame Law School||2007|
|Cum Laude||Notre Dame Law School||2007|
|Owner and Managing Attorney||Law Office of Jacob I. Kiani||2012 - Present|
|Associate||Jones Day||2011 - 2012|
|Associate||Silver & Freedman, Aplc||2009 - 2011|
|Associate||Sheppard Mullin Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP||2007 - 2009|
|Summer Associate||Sheppard Mullin Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP||2006 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|San Fernando Valley Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Draft Complex Employment Agreement on Wage and Hour Issues||Favorable|
|Draft Complicated Software Licensing Agreement||Favorable|
|Defense of Legal Malpractice Action||Favorable|
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|LA Labor Law Blog||LA Labor Law Blog||2012|
|Journal of Legislation (Notre Dame)||Student Article||2007|
|Notre Dame Law School||N/A||law||N/A|
|AB 1825 Training||AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training||2012|