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Imad Younan Elias

Employment and labor Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   9 reviews
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  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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About Imad

Learn Imad’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Litigation of Employment law claims on behalf of employees and small businesses, including discrimination and harassment based on disability, age, race, gender, race, religion and national origin; whistle blowing; retaliation; failure to reasonably accommodate and wrongful termination in violation of public policy; Wage and hour, overtime, lunch and rest period law violations. More then 50 trials and arbitrations + hundreds of mediations and settlements.

    32 years, 750 cases

  2. Personal injury
    All aspects of litigating involving claims by tort victims including catastrophic injuries from negligence of others, car crashes, burn incidents, trip/slip and falls because of dangerous conditions, pedestrian vs. auto, bike vs. auto and Medical Malpractice. Over 20 trials and arbitrations.

    31 years, 800 cases

  3. Insurance
    All aspects of litigation involving claims by insureds of breach of insurance contract and bad faith.

    31 years, 120 cases


Imad Elias is a partner and founder of the emnployment and personal injury law firm of Mann & Elias, located in Irvine, California. The firm specializes in the representation of victims of wrongful employment actions, and people seriously injured in accidents.  Mr. Elias heads the Employment Law department of the firm while his partner, Scott Mann, heads the personal injury department of the firm.  

"I became a lawyer to help make a difference in the lives of people who were wronged.  It remains my passion to this day, and I could find no better place to satisty this passion than the practice of employment law, and in particular employment litigation.  There, I relentlessly work to represent employees unlawfully treated by unscrupulous employers, especially large corporations.  It gives me the greatest pleasure to help these individuals get back on their feet, financially, mentally and emotionally.   A result that achieves a form of resurrection for my clients is what makes me proud; it is what I show my kids when they ask me what I do as a lawyer.   I have successfully represented more than 500 employees, including both low wage earners and highly paid professionals, for various claims including wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of Gender, Disability, Age, National Origin, Race, Religion and sexual preference; and in claims of whistleblowing, violation of public policy and breaches of wage and hour laws.   I am happy to report that I have recovered multiple Millions of dollars on behalf of my clients throughout my carreer, in the form of jury verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements. My most recent result came on June 26, 2019 when I achieved a $1.14 Million jury verdict in Orange County against the UC Regents on behalf of a hearing impaired nurse who claimed disability discrimination and failure to reasonably accommodate.  After years of service to my clients, I am proud to be widely recognized by my peers, including being selected as a Super Lawyer every year since 2015,  a great honor bestowed on only 5% of the top lawyer in California.  I also provide  guidance and legal education on how to comply with California Labor laws to small businesses.  Don't hesitate to call or email me if you are facing trouble at work."    Imad Elias. 


Law Offices of Mann & Elias


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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent lawyer!!
I recently had the pleasure of working on a sensitive professional issue with Imad Elias. He consistently demonstrated a stellar knowledge base of employment law while simultaneously being responsive, understanding, and patient when garnering the necessary details of my case. I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I am extremely satisfied with the service that Imad Elias provided to me. He and his associates were VERY knowledgeable and that made all the difference for my case! The team was available when I needed information and they were always gracious. I cannot recommend them highly enough!
Posted by Roxana | April 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was about to make the huge mistake of giving up when I got a call back from Mann & Elias Law Office. I am so happy they called me back because they SAVED me! They fought for my case full force every step of the way. Their research, analytical skills, and perseverance made my case a success. Their perspective and their advice have been so concise and valuable, which is very important when you have to make a very important decision under so much pressure. The attorney, Imad Elias is a BULL, and he will fight for you along with his Awesome team of Kind, Understanding, Knowledgeable and Professional staff for your case. Do not look elsewhere, you are in the right place! Thank you Mr. Imad and Mann & Elias Team (Sofya Asatryan), you will always be in my prayers, thank you again for your guidance and your help, it has been a pleasure working with you.
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Posted by Ramona | January 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney ever!!
Imad was great about keeping me informed with every aspect of the case. He was there to walk me through everything that came up. Despite my anxiety and worrisome personality Imad was very patient and understanding which made me more comfortable working with him. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an employment law attorney. Imad will guide you in the right direction. Remember go to the best before considering the rest.
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Posted by Monica | August 20, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Simply The Best .........
Employment law attorneys representing clients who have been wrongfully terminated are plentiful in the state of california. Choosing one can be a daunting task. For those of us who find ourselves in the position of having to fight big corporations, small companies and/or individuals it can be an overwhelming situation that most would rather avoid. I found myself in that exact position working for a corporation that routinely fired people with work injuries and/or disabilities. They are a huge branded corporation well known and well respected in their industry and I did not imagine that I would be able to prove that they had done anything wrong. Not only did I need an attorney who was smart and capable, but I needed an attorney who was use to winning against a firm considered to be one of the best. I was fortunate in crossing paths with Imad Elias (of Mann Elias) as he was able to navigate a legal maze that would send most attorneys down a costly road with no end in sight. Imad Elias is not only brilliant but he is dangerously strategic. Law suits can be incredibly stressful and without the representation I was afforded by having him take my case - i know i would have been part of a statistic that could potentially leave clients emotionally and financially bruised. I was in great hands and slept well knowing I had the brightest most capable attorney going against one of the largest most powerful firms in employment law. He was victorious every step of the way. He forced their hand legally They had to hire me back. They had to pay damages. And the details of the settlement (typically bound in a confidentiality agreement) were also part of an agreement that I do not have to keep secret. I got "everything" i wanted! The day to day process of gathering information, organizing facts and detailing events was also made easy by an equally supportive and capable staff. Most of us don't imagine finding ourselves in need of legal counsel - but should you - Imad Elias is one of the brightest most capable minds in law.
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Posted by Joe | April 30, 2015
Imad is superb (and very cool)
I had a situation with a former employer. After 14+ years I was let go. The severance they offered was not generous or even fair, actually painfully so. I wasn't really sure what I could do. It really wasn't so much about litigation but respect and dignity (important to an individual but not legal grounds!). After doing a search I reached out to several LA labor law firms by phone and through the email portals at their websites. With my limited vocabulary I explained the situation as best as I could. Non of the firms, even the ones that I got on the phone (they encouraged me to use their email portals!), got back to me, ever. With Imad I had left a voicemail. A day later and after hours I received a call from him. He'd been out sick for a week with a terrible flu and sounded awful still. But he patiently listened, was very honest and gave me hard advice. He didn't represent me right of the bat based on what he heard about my case. But he remained available to me and after a couple of days and emails he was willing to represent me even though there was not any overt evidence of discrimination, etc. With a couple of letters and calls Imad was able to negotiate a much fairer severance package for me. It was that quick; that's what you get with someone who really listens, is honest, makes no big promises, doesn't jump the gun, and on and on. He ascertained from the reality of the situation what was possible and then used his knowledge and skill to create an amiable negotiation and settlement. AND WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT BIG DOLLARS HERE! I WOULD GIVE HIM 10 STARS, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Posted by GUSTAVO | February 2, 2013
Imad Elias is the attorney who should represent you. I say this enthusiastically and unequivocally.
Imad Elias is an amazing attorney- someone I turn to for advice and someone you can trust to look out for YOUR interests 100%. Imad represented my wrongful termination case and handled the entire process wonderfully and professionally. I always felt he gave me many options and his best recommendation. He was professional in his dealings with his client and opposing counsel throughout and the case did which ultimately settled in my favor. I would feel very comfortable recommending him in the future. 1. He always answers his phone or is always prompt on returning phone calls. 2. He is very personable and showed genuine concern in my case. 3. He is relatable. You never feel like he's above you... it's like hiring a good friend. 4. He has an amazing team that is just as personal and helpful (Thanks Scott and Caroline). 5. And He has a GREAT track record! Go to his website and see what he's done for others.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2011
Jennifer M
I was pleased with the professional atmosphere of his work ethics. He has a very admirable record of experience under his belt and seeks the best possible solution for his clients.
Posted by CJ | August 20, 2010
Genuine Relations
Imad helped me through a 3 yr legal battle, all the while he was honest, diligent and professional. What I appreciated the most was his genuine concern for the wellbeing of my family. I was not just a case, I was a client, and his personability made him extremely easy to work with even though we never met in person.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Huang & Mitchell
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Partner
  • Stephen Duplantis & Associates
  • 1993 - 1997


  • Claremont McKenna Coll
  • undergraduate
  • N/A
  • Pepperdine Univ SOL
  • law
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Scricca vs. UC Regents
  • Jury Verdict of $1.14Million - Total Recovery with fees and costs $1.5+ Million
  • Jenkins vs. MGA Entertainment
  • $269,000
  • Ford vs. Hilti
  • Reinstatement to employment 6 months after termination + $103,000 awarded in damages
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  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Arab American Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Arab American Lawyers Association
  • Vice President
  • 2007 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer - Employment
  • Daily Journal
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer - Employment
  • Daily Journal
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer - Employment
  • Daily Journal
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer - Employment
  • Daily Journal
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer - Employment
  • Daily Journal
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer -Employment
  • Daily Journal
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (16)
Endorse Imad
Wrongful termination Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Our firm endorses Imad Elias. Imad is a brilliant, diligent, experienced and competent litigator. Beyond this, he is an ethical, courteous and compassionate lawyer. I would not hesitate to recommend Imad to any client."
Personal injury Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Imad Elias. He is extremely competent and knowledgeable. He is an excellent attorney."
Insurance Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Imad has been a mentor and friend. His professional advice has always been insightful and accurate."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Elias and found that he is a caring and thoughtful attorney who truly cares for his clients! He is an inspiration to me and one of the most result oriented employment law attorneys in the Southern California. I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Imad's passion for his clients is admirable. I had the pleasure of working with him recently on a disability discrimination case against a major retailer. He is without question an outstanding lawyer who represents his clients zealously, yet with compassion and understanding. I endorse him without reservation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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