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Kirstin E. Muller

Partner

Kirstin Muller is a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office, which she joined in 1999.  She practices exclusively labor and employment law, vigorously defending clients in litigation before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the federal Department of Labor, Cal/OSHA, the California Employment Development Department, and the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, among others.  Kirstin has had success in numerous cases by achieving summary judgment for her clients and defending the decisions on appeal.  She also defends matters at trial or hearing.  Her experience involves representing employers in a broad range of disputes involving discrimination, reasonable accommodation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, and trade secret issues.  In addition to litigating, Kirstin also takes an active role in her clients' preventative measures by providing extensive advice and counsel services and training.  She takes her preventative approach seriously and donates her time to provide complimentary presentations to a variety of human resource and executive training organizations each year.  Kirstin's international background has also helped hone her negotiation skills and led her to obtain important results for her clients in resolving disputes before trial through mediation or direct negotiation with the opposing side. 

Representative Matters

Scotch v. Art Institute, 173 Cal. App. 4th 986 (2009)

Summary judgment granted on all five causes of action.  The plaintiff, a former faculty member, made various allegations against the school and two former supervisors based on his medical condition (HIV-positive status), including that our client failed to engage in the interactive process and failed to accommodate his condition.  Based on the arguments made in our Motions for Summary Judgment, the Court found that our client and the former supervisors did not violate the Fair Employment and Housing Act or otherwise cause the plaintiff harm and dismissed the plaintiff’s lawsuit.  The California Court of Appeals upheld the defense victory.  

Other Distinctions

  • Named by fellow members of the State Bar as Southern California Super Lawyer in Labor and Employment, 2012
  • Elected “Super Lawyer Rising Star,” Los Angeles Magazine, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • National Human Resources Association, Ventura County Affiliate, Board Member
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Member, Mentor 

Representative Public Presentations and Articles

Speeches

Kirstin E. Muller

Education

  • J.D. - DePaul University - 1996
  • B.A. - Emory University - 1992

Bar/Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California