HARRIS AND RUBLE LAW FIRM
Attorneys and Counsellors at Law
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Our Legal Team

HARRIS & RUBLE
ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELLORS AT LAW


Our Legal Team


Harris and Ruble
utilizes a team approach, offering its clients individual attention and the shared expertise of its attorneys. Leaders in the field, our attorneys come from diverse and distinguished educational, personal and professional backgrounds. They possess not only recognized academic and legal expertise, but also the interpersonal skills, common sense, and business savvy to provide effective counseling to our clients.

 

Harris and Ruble

➤ LOCATION

655 N. Central Avenue, 17th Floor
Glendale, CA 91203

☎ CONTACT

tel: (323) 962-3777
fax: (323) 962-3004 

☎ email

law@harrisandruble.com

 

Attorneys

 
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Alan Harris

Partner

Alan Harris is the founder of Harris & Ruble.  A 1974 graduate of the University of Illinois School of Law, Mr. Harris began his career as an antitrust attorney with the Chicago litigation boutique, Freeman, Freeman & Salzman.  There he worked on such landmark matters as Illinois v. Ill. Brick Co., Inc., 431 U.S. 720 (1977), and the Westinghouse Uranium Antitrust Litigation.  Mr. Harris has spent most of his career litigating class actions.  He has settled dozens of class actions, many of which involved multi-million dollar awards, also representing plaintiffs and defendants in class actions that were only resolved after trial.  He is also a director of Harris & Ruble ART and an active supporter of the Los Angeles Music Center, serving on the Board of the Fraternity of Friends, a group which consists of business, civic and entertainment industry leaders who share an interest in the performing arts and the well-being of the Music Center.

Today, his practice is focused on litigating corporate and class-action cases and advising entertainment industry and other clients on issues such as copyright, trademark, licensing, mergers and acquisitions and contracts.  His courtroom work is focused on labor and employment, intellectual property, breach of contract, privacy rights, and complex business matters.  Harris has handled numerous trials and appeals since he began practice in 1974.

Mr. Harris has recovered and distributed tens of millions of dollars to employees for violations of state and federal labor laws.  For example, in Kang v. Albertson’s, Inc., C.D. Cal. Case No. 2:07-CV-00894-CAS-FFM, he recovered $6,637,500 in a settlement distributed to pharmacists in California.  In Greenberg v. EP Mgmt. Servs., LP, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 237787, Mr. Harris was lead counsel in a class action which resulted in a $5,348,000 settlement distributed to employees in the motion-picture industry.  In Doty v. CostcoWholesale Corp., C.D. Cal. Case No. CV 05-3241FMC(JWJx), he recovered $7,500,000 distributed to Costco employees for violations of the California Labor Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act.  In the Blue Coal bankruptcy, Harris recovered millions of dollars owing to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on account of tax and environmental claims, establishing new precedents that lead to the adoption of the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act by all but a handful of the states. 

 

Areas of Practice:

  • Class Actions

  • Labor and Employment

  • Wage and Hour

  • Business Litigation

  • Contracts

  • Intellectual Property

  • Privacy Rights

  • Breach of Warranty

  • Bankruptcy

  • Tax

Education:

  • University of Illinois School of Law, J.D., 1974

  • University of Illinois, A.B., 1970 (summa cum laude)

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1974

  • California, 1989

  • United States Supreme Court

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

  • U.S. District Court of the Central District of Illinois

  • U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois

  • U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania 

Sampling of Representative Cases:

  • Tremblay v. Chevron Stations, Inc., N.D. Cal. Case No. CV 07-6009 EDL ($4,500,000 settlement of labor-law claims)

  • Doty v. Costco Wholesale Corp., C.D. Cal. Case No. CV 05-3241FMC (JWJx) ($7,500,000 distributed to class members for FLSA and California Labor Code section 203 and 226 violations)

  • Greenberg v. EP Mgmt. Servs., LP, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 237787 ($5,348,000 settlement of claims under sections 203 and 226 of California Labor Code)

  • Agatep v. Exxon Mobil Corp., C.D. Cal. Case No. CV 05-2342GAF ($1,500,000 settlement on behalf of service-station employees in California)

  • Dizon v. Ito, Incorporated, Northern District of California, CV-10-00239-JSW ($2,451,000 settlement of California Labor Code and FLSA claims)

  • Kang v. Albertson’s, Inc., C.D. Cal. Case No. 2:07-CV-00894-CAS-FFM ($6,637,500 settlement of labor-law claims)

  • Hansen v. Advanced Tech Security Servs., Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No BC 367175 ($1,050,000 settlement of labor-law claims)

  • Deckard v. Banco Popular North America related to Silva v. Banco Popular North America, Central District of California Case No. CV 08-6709 JFW (RZx) ($1,050,000 settlement of California Labor Code and FLSA claims)

  • Harrington v. Manpay, LLC, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 312171 ($1,000,000 distributed to class members in overtime case)

  • Peralta v. Macerich Management Company, Marin County Superior Court Case No. CIV 1004656 ($2,200,000 settlement of labor-law claims)

 

 
 
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Priya Mohan

Senior Attorney

Priya Mohan joined Harris & Ruble in 2009.  Her practice is primarily focused on individual and class-action cases involving wage-and-hour violations under the California Labor Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act and violations of the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, as well as various entertainment-related matters.  Ms. Mohan’s practice also includes general business litigation and contracts.  Ms. Mohan is also a certified mediator, having completed her training at UCLA and the Center for Dispute Resolution.

Prior to joining Harris & Ruble, Ms. Mohan’s practice focused on corporate and general business matters, including issues relating to shareholder disputes, contracts, unfair competition, trademark and copyright infringement and employment disputes.  Ms. Mohan also advised clients regarding their employment policies and employee handbooks to ensure compliance with California labor laws.

In 2010, Ms. Mohan earned a Masters degree in Public Policy from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.  During her Master’s program, she conducted research on issues of international law and policy, including alternative dispute resolution in international conflicts and international labor standards for guest workers.  Ms. Mohan also worked with Loyola Law School’s Anti-Trafficking Litigation Assistance and Support Team.   Ms. Mohan was a recipient of the Michael S. Dukakis Fellowship in Public Policy, Department of Public Policy Fellowship and the Policy Scholar Fellowship.  Ms. Mohan was also the Co-President of the UCLA Graduate Students International Affairs Association.

Ms. Mohan graduated from the University of Michigan’s Honor’s College in 2000, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in English.

 

Areas of Practice:

  • Class Actions

  • Labor and Employment

  • Wage and Hour

  • Entertainment

  • Contracts

Professional Affiliations:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

  • Mediators Beyond Borders

Education:

  • UCLA School of Public Policy, M.P.P., 2010

  • USC Gould School of Law, J.D., 2003

  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2000

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of California, 2003

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Sampling of Representative Cases:

  • Seielstad v. Aegis Senior Communities, LLC, United States District Court Case No. 09-01797 MMC
    ($1,000,000 settlement of labor-law claims)

  • Lobato v. Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., Santa Clara Superior Court Case No. 110CV175637
    ($147,000 settlement of labor-law claims)

 

 
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David Garrett

senior attorney

David Garrett joined Harris & Ruble in 2013.  His practice focuses on individual and class action cases involving wage-and-hour violations under the California Labor Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as intellectual property and business litigation.

Mr. Garrett has practiced entertainment law for 25 years and works closely with key players in the motion picture production industry

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California

  • State Bar of Texas

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California



AREAS OF PRACTICE:

  • Contracts

  • Class Actions

  • Entertainment

  • Business Litigation

  • Intellectual Property

  • Labor and Employment

Education:

  • Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business - MBA Finance

  • University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law - Juris Doctor, Law

 

 
 
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Min Ji “Minji”

 

Associate Attorney

Minji is an associate at Harris & Ruble. Her practice is primarily focused on individual and class action cases involving wage-and-hour violations under the California Labor Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as general business litigation.

Minji earned her law degree from the University of Southern California in 2016.  While at USC, she was a Teaching Fellow in the Legal Writing and Advocacy Program. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law in 2013, magna cum laude.

Prior to joining Harris & Ruble, Minji worked at a trial firm and was second chair in a two-week jury trial.  She represented the mother of a mentally ill woman who was shot and killed by local police. The jury concluded the police used excessive force and awarded a six-figure damage amount.

Areas of Practice

  • Class Actions

  • Wage and Hour, Employment

  • General Business Litigation

  • Entertainment

Bar AdmissionS

  • State Bar of California, 2016

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Education

  • USC Gould School of Law, 2016

  • University of Southern California, 2013

Activities & Affiliations

  • Extern to the Honorable Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • Extern to the Honorable Richard M. Neiter, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California

  • Extern to the Honorable Anthony Mohr, Los Angeles County Superior Court

  • American Board of Trial Advocates Fellow (ABOTA)

 

 
 
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Lin Zhan

 

Associate Attorney

Lin is an associate at Harris & Ruble. His practice is primarily focused on individual and class action cases involving wage-and-hour violations under the California Labor Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as general business litigation.

Mr. Zhan earned both of his LL.M. and J.D. from the University of Southern California.  While at USC, Mr. Zhan was a teaching assistant for Prof. Heilman's Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Topics in American Law. Mr. Zhan graduated from Fujian Normal University with a degree in Law in 2013.

During his third year of law school, Mr. Zhan worked as a law clerk at Harris & Ruble. Prior to joining Harris & Ruble, Mr. Zhan passed the Chinese bar exam in 2013 and worked at a boutique law firm in China, where he handled a range of civil litigation and transactional matters including contract and real estate matters. Mr. Zhan also passed the National Level Three Psychologist exam in China in 2011.

Areas of Practice

  • Class Actions

  • Wage and Hour, Employment

  • General Business Litigation

  • Entertainment

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2017

  • China, 2013

Education

  • J.D., USC Gould School of Law, 2017

  • LL.M., USC Gould School of Law, 2015, Phi Kappa Phi

  • LL.B., Fujian Normal University, 2013

Publication

  • The Dilemma of Crowdfunded Litigation, Business Law Advisor, April 2017

Languages

  • Mandarin

 

 
 
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Shawn Shamoeil

Law Clerk

Shawn is a law clerk at Harris & Ruble and works on individual and class action cases involving wage-and-hour violations under the California Labor Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as general business litigation.

Mr. Shamoeil earned his law degree from the University of Southern California in 2018.  While at USC, he helped to run two different law student associations. He graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a degree in History in 2014, cum laude.

Mr. Shamoeil worked as a law clerk at Harris & Ruble during his final year of law school. Prior to joining Harris & Ruble, Mr. Shamoeil clerked at a Century Park Law Group. His work at CPLG helped to save his clients thousands in medical costs, maximizing the settlements the clients ultimately received.

Education

  • J.D., USC Gould School of Law, 2018

  • B.A., University of California Los Angeles, 2014

Activities & Affiliations

  • Vice President, Jewish Law Students Association

  • Co-founder and Treasurer, Persian Law Student Association