ATTORNEYS - LARRY M. KAZANJIAN

 To contact Mr. Kazanjian: Main: 916.442.3552 E-mail:  lkazanjian@pkwhlaw.com

To contact Mr. Kazanjian: Main: 916.442.3552 E-mail: lkazanjian@pkwhlaw.com


Employment History

  • Palmer Kazanjian Wohl Hodson LLP – 2000 to Present

  • Littler Mendelson – 1986-2000

  • Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office – 1976-1986

Emphasis

  • Discrimination and Wrongful Termination Litigation

  • Wage and Hour Law

  • ADA/FMLA Compliance
    INS Compliance with I-9 Requirements

  • OSHA and Cal-OSHA Compliance
    Drug and Alcohol Policies and Testing

  • Unfair Labor Practices
    Personnel Policies and Manuals

  • Collective Bargaining

  • National Labor Relations Board Representation

  • General Advice

  • Confidentiality and Trade Secrets

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Larry M. Kazanjian, managing partner

Practice Focus

Mr. Kazanjian has practiced employment law for more than 25 years and has represented employers in litigation of discrimination and wrongful termination matters. His litigation experience includes dozens of jury trials in the representation of defendants. Mr. Kazanjian’s general employment law practice involves the daily rendering of practical advice assisting clients of all sizes with employment issues including wage and hour law, harassment and discrimination, compliance with ADA/FMLA requirements, compliance with INS regulations governing I-9 forms, preparation of personnel manuals, drug/alcohol policies and other preventative measures.

Mr. Kazanjian also represents management clients in all aspects of labor relations, including proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board involving representation petitions, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice hearings, contract interpretation, employee discipline disputes and Section 301 breach of collective bargaining agreements. Representative clients include construction companies, professional organizations, hospitals, retail businesses, waste disposal companies, advertisers, beverage importers, wholesale distributors, agricultural employers and insurance companies.

Professional Activities

Mr. Kazanjian frequently speaks on employment law compliance including harassment/discrimination, wage and hour compliance, alcohol/drug policies and practices, OSHA compliance, ergonomics, discrimination/ harassment and many other employment and labor law topics. Mr. Kazanjian is admitted to practice in all California Courts.

Education

J.D., McGeorge School of Law, 1976

M.A., California State University, Fresno, 1972

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1971

Languages

French
Spanish



ATTORNEYS - CHRISTOPHER F. WOHL

 To contact Mr. Wohl: Main: 916.442.3552 cwohl@pkwhlaw.com

To contact Mr. Wohl:
Main: 916.442.3552 cwohl@pkwhlaw.com


Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • All California Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California

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

Related Practice Areas

  • Litigation involving Claims of Harassment, Discrimination and Wrongful Termination

  • Unfair Business Practices Including Trade Secret Claims

  • Contract and Fraud Claims

  • Real Estate Litigation and Construction Defect Claims

  • Partnership Disputes and Fiduciary Breaches

Education

  • Lincoln Law School, J.D., 1993

    • Alumni Trial Advocacy Award

    • American Board of Trial Advocates Student Trial Advocate of the Year

  • University of Southern California, B.A., 1988

Christopher F. Wohl, Partner

Christopher Wohl is a Partner at Palmer Kazanjian, and joined the firm in 2006. His litigation practice emphasizes employment and business matters and counseling. Mr. Wohl has conducted trials, mediations and arbitration hearings in a broad range of employment and business cases.  He has obtained jury verdicts in federal, California and Nevada trial and appellate courts in employment cases including sexual harassment and discrimination, contract disputes, fraud claims, unfair business practices, partnership disputes, real estate and construction defect claims, and other general civil litigation disputes.

Business and General Civil Litigation Experience –

  • Lead counsel in successfully obtaining defense verdict and a judgment on the Cross-Complaint in a breach of contract and fraud action filed in Las Vegas, Nevada (Clark County Superior Court) by plaintiff general contractor against the defendant residential developer. During the two-week trial, the jury rejected all of plaintiff’s claims including the alleged $2 million dollars in damages and instead found in favor of defendant on the Cross-Complaint awarding general and punitive damages. The jury’s verdict was upheld by the Nevada Supreme Court.

  • Defended one of the largest manufacturers of concrete roof tile in the United States in a breach of contract and declaratory relief lawsuit filed in Delaware. This Delaware case was litigated globally including depositions in Paris, France; Sydney, Australia; Hong Kong, China; and throughout the United States. This multi-million dollar dispute settled confidentially shortly before trial.

  • Defense of energy management company CEO in a complex business fraud action by an energy finance company seeking more than $20 million dollars in damages against all defendants that settled through mediation prior to trial.

  • Lead counsel in obtaining defense verdict in favor of a Lake Tahoe business owner following two week jury trial in El Dorado County Superior Court.

  • Lead counsel in jury verdict in favor of general contractor following a weeklong jury trial in Placer County Superior Court.

  • Successful prosecution of breach of contract action involving the sale of commercial property after 10 day trial in Alameda County Superior Court.

  • Successful arbitration involving breach of contract claim by multi-family construction general contractor against a subcontractor which also included an award of attorney’s fees and costs.

  • Obtained verdict following a three day trial on a breach of contract claim involving real estate transaction in Placer County Superior Court.

  • Obtained defense verdict on behalf of a large commercial insurance company after trial in Contra Costa County Superior Court

  • Obtained settlement on behalf of former owners of a wholesale produce company arising from their $4.1 million dollar sale involving the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930.

  • Defended a large swimming pool contractor in a wrongful death action that settled prior to trial.

Employment Litigation Experience –

  • Oral Argument before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal obtaining a reversal on behalf of Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (the “Tribe”). The Plaintiff Beth Bodi filed her lawsuit in state court alleging wrongful termination and related employment claims including an alleged violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The Tribe removed the Complaint to United States District Court for the Eastern District of California on the basis of that court’s federal question jurisdiction over the FMLA claim and supplemental jurisdiction over the state law claims. The Tribe then filed a motion to dismiss the Complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction arguing the Tribe’s sovereign immunity protected it from suit. The district court denied the Tribe’s motion on the ground that the Tribe had unequivocally waived its tribal sovereign immunity by removing the action to federal court. The question of waiver based on removal has divided the district courts and was been reached only by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal. The Tribe therefore filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal arguing that the Tribe’s removal of a case from state to federal court does not constitute a waiver of its immunity from suit. Following oral argument on May 12, 2016, the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s order holding that the act of removal does not express the clear and unequivocal waiver that is required for a tribe to relinquish its immunity from suit. Watch Video

  • Verdict in 2015 trial in Sacramento County Superior Court on behalf of large commercial general contractor involving claims by employee for wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination based on age and alleged disability.

  • Arbitration award in 2015 on behalf of local Bank and its CEO and President involving claims brought by the Bank’s former employee for breach of contract, fraud, unfair business practices, and labor code violations.

  • Jury verdict following two-week trial in Sacramento County Superior Court in a partnership dispute involving claims for breach of contract and fraud.

  • Summary adjudication on 10 of 14 Claims in the United States District Court for the Eastern District action on behalf of national title company involving claims for breach of contract, discrimination, wrongful termination, and other employment-related claims.

  • Defended large southern California based private security guard company through trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court in complex wage and hour action filed by a class of employees.

  • Jury verdict in favor of fraud investigator involving disability discrimination following a two week trial in Sacramento County Superior Court.

  • Defended large property management company during two-week jury trial in Sacramento County Superior Court in case involving claims for sexual harassment and wrongful termination.

  • Jury verdict in United States District for the Eastern District following two-week trial for claims including wrongful termination and sexual harassment.

  • Defended and prosecuted actions under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and unfair competition laws.

  • Lead counsel in defending numerous actions in claims involving sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section – California and Sacramento County Bar Associations

  • Member, Labor and Employment Law – American Bar Association

  • Member, American Trial Lawyers Association

  • Member, Rotary Club of Sacramento

  • Past Board Member, Make-A-Wish Foundation – Northeastern California and Northern Nevada



ATTORNEYS - TREAVER K. HODSON

 To contact Mr. Hodson: Main 916.442.3552 thodson@pkwhlaw.com

To contact Mr. Hodson:
Main 916.442.3552
thodson@pkwhlaw.com


Employment History

  • Palmer Kazanjian
    Wohl Hodson LLP – 2000 to Present

  • Littler Mendelson – 1995-2000

Emphasis

  • National Labor Relations Board Representation

  • Unfair Labor Practices

  • Union Organizing

  • Collective Bargaining

  • Labor Contract Grievances and Arbitrations

  • Employment Law Litigation

  • Harassment and Discrimination

  • Workplace Violence

  • Employee Leave Laws

  • Evaluations, Discipline and Termination

  • Confidentiality and Trade Secrets

  • Employment Contracts

  • Wage-and-Hour

Treaver K. Hodson, partner

Practice Focus

Mr. Hodson represents management before federal and state courts and administrative agencies in all aspects of employment law litigation. His representation has included such areas of expertise as wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, workplace violence, leaves of absence, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and defamation. Mr. Hodson also represents management in all aspects of labor law before the National Labor Relations Board and similar state agencies including representation elections, unfair labor practice charges and hearings, collective bargaining negotiations, contract arbitrations and picketing and strikes.

Mr. Hodson’s practice also includes management advice in all areas of employment and labor law, including employee training, discipline and termination decisions, employment policies and procedures, employment, arbitration and trade secret agreements, required leaves of absence, employee benefit issues, prevention of union organizing, wage and hour issues, and various other employment related state and federal statutes. His expertise also includes effective use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms including formal and informal arbitration and mediation.

Professional Activities

Mr. Hodson is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the state and county bar associations. Mr. Hodson has contributed articles dealing with wage and hour issues to the bi-weekly California Employment Law Monitor and has published a law review comment regarding application of federal discrimination laws to religious entities.

Professional Affiliations

  • President, BYU Management Society, Sacramento Chapter

  • President, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Sacramento Chapter

  • Member, Rotary Club of Sacramento

Education

Mr. Hodson graduated from J. Reuben Clark Law School (Brigham Young University) with honors in 1995 where he received the Hugh B. Brown Barristers Award and was Note & Comment Editor for the Brigham Young University Law Review. Mr. Hodson earned a degree in English with minors in Philosophy and Spanish from Brigham Young University in 1992.



ATTORNEYS - ALEXANDRA M. ASTERLIN

 To contact Alexandra Asterlin: Main: 916.442.3552 aasterlin@pkwhlaw.com

To contact Alexandra Asterlin:
Main: 916.442.3552
aasterlin@pkwhlaw.com

Alexandra M. Asterlin, senior Counsel

Practice Focus

Alexandra Asterlin is a Senior Associate at Palmer Kazanjian, and joined the firm in 2016. Ms. Asterlin represents local and national businesses in courts throughout California and in matters involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Additionally, Ms. Asterlin litigates matters involving contracts, business torts, and unfair competition.

Education

Ms. Asterlin graduated Order of the Coif from McGeorge School of Law in 2002. She received Witkin Awards in both Criminal Procedure and Sentencing and Post-Conviction Remedies. Ms. Asterlin served as a Comment Editor for the Transnational Lawyer. Her Comment, “Protecting Human Dignity and Individuality: The Need for Uniformity in International Cloning Legislation” was published in 2001.

Ms. Asterlin graduated with Honors from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.



ATTORNEY - SAMUEL J. MASELLI

 To contact Samuel J. Maselli: Main: 916.442.3552 smaselli@pkwhlaw.com

To contact Samuel J. Maselli:
Main: 916.442.3552
smaselli@pkwhlaw.com


Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • All California Courts

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

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

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

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

Education

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law 2001

  • University of the Pacific, Magna Cum Laude, With Great Distinction, 1991

Samuel J. Maselli

Practice Focus

Sam Maselli is an associate attorney who joined the firm in 2017.  Mr. Maselli represents clients in civil litigation, with a particular focus on business litigation and labor and employment matters.  He has represented publicly-traded, privately-held companies, and individual clients in a broad range of federal, state, arbitrational, and administrative proceedings throughout California and the United States. Mr. Maselli has represented clients in cases involving claims for fraud, business interference, defamation, labor and employment violations and wrongful termination, antitrust violations, intellectual property violations, unfair business practices, negligence, breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty, and other forms of corporate malfeasance.  Mr. Maselli also has extensive experience in representing California clients in connection with a variety of governmental investigations and litigation.  He has tried cases by jury and before the United States International Trade Commission.  Mr. Maselli previously worked for large, international law firms, including Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, and was recognized as a “Rising Star” in the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers magazine.

Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Maselli served as a congressional aide in Washington, D.C. and as an advocate for the rural telecommunications industry, focusing on federal legislative and regulatory issues confronting that industry. He has testified before the United States Congress on rural development and finance issues.

Education

Mr. Maselli graduated from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2001, With Great Distinction and was granted membership in the Order of the Coif and the Traynor Honor Society.  During his time in law school, he received Witkin Awards for Legal Jurisprudence in Business Associations, Constitutional Law, Remedies, and Professional Responsibility.  He also received the Diana P. Scott Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy in Spring 2000 and the Consumer Attorneys Top Trial Advocacy Award in Fall 2001.  Mr. Maselli further served as a teaching assistant for Appellate Advocacy and as a member of the mock appellate court competition team.

Mr. Maselli graduated from the University of the Pacific, Magna Cum Laude, in 1991, with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Economy.  Mr. Maselli served as President of the College of the Pacific Student’s Association, as a Senator on the Associated Students of the University of the Pacific’s Council, and as a Student Advisor for incoming freshman.  Mr. Maselli received History Department Senior of the Year in 1991, and he was granted membership in the Mortar Board National College Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Bar Admissions

State of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



ATTORNEYS - AMAN GREWAL

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To contact Aman Grewal:
Main: 916.442.3552
agrewal@pkwhlaw.com

 

Aman Grewal, Associate

Aman Grewal is an associate who joined the firm in 2017. Aman has experience in Employment retaliation claims from working in the public sector. Aman will be working on matters covering all aspects of Labor and Employment law including litigation, document preparation, and client counseling.

Ms. Grewal graduated Order of the Coif with Great Distinction from McGeorge School of Law in 2017, where was on the Dean’s Honor List all three years. Ms. Grewal is a member of the Traynor Honor Society as well as the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.  She received a Witkin award in Criminal Law and received “Top Oral Advocate” in the McGeorge Global Lawyering Skills competition, which consisted of the entire class.

She was also on the Moot Court Honors Board and competed in both the New York National competition and the ABA competition, which focused on unresolved areas of the law in both Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law. Ms. Grewal was also nominated for Order of the Barrister.

Ms. Grewal became a member of the California Bar and Federal Bar in 2017.

Aman is fluent in Punjabi and conversant in Hindi.



ATTORNEYS - GEORGE F. CICOTTE

 To contact Mr. Cicotte: Main: 916.442.3552 E-mail: gcicotte@pkwhlaw.com

To contact Mr. Cicotte:
Main: 916.442.3552
E-mail: gcicotte@pkwhlaw.com


Employment History

  • The Cicotte Law Firm – 2002 to present

  • Covington & Burling – 1999-2002

  • Littler Mendelson – 1997-1999

  • Deloitte Touche – 1995-1997

Emphasis

  • Employee Benefits, Advice and Litigation

  • ERISA and Benefits-Related Tax, Corporate and Employment Law

Our ERISA group represents
employers with issues regarding
health care and other employee
benefits including:

 

  • Retirement plans (such
    as pensions, 401(k) plans,
    ESOPs and multi-employer
    trusts);

  • Welfare benefits (encompassing
    health plans, cafeteria plans,
    severance pay and apprenticeship
    programs); and

  • Secialized benefits (including
    executive compensation, deferred
    compensation and governmental
    plans).

The firm’s work involves diverse issues of taxation, fiduciary responsibility, prohibited
transactions, labor relations and employment discrimination.

George F. Cicotte, Of Counsel

Practice Focus

Mr. Cicotte works in an of counsel advisory capacity with the firm and advises and represents employers of all sizes on all issues relating to employee benefits, handling matters before federal regulatory agencies and in federal courts.

Employee benefits include retirement plans (such as pensions, 401(k) plans, ESOPs and multi-employer plans), welfare benefit plans (encompassing health benefits, cafeteria plans, severance pay and apprenticeship programs) and other benefit plans (including executive compensation, deferred compensation and governmental plans). Mr. Cicotte’s work involves diverse issues of taxation, fiduciary responsibility, prohibited transactions, labor relations and employment discrimination.

Mr. Cicotte regularly provides confidential legal advice, obtains informal guidance and formal rulings from the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor, helps clients resolve operational problems, plans and executes complex transactions and works out employee benefit matters in mergers and acquisitions. He has also defended class actions under ERISA involving claims for benefits, breach of fiduciary duty and interference with protected rights.

Mr. Cicotte assists clients in negotiations and arbitration and represents clients during tax and labor audits. He designs, drafts and amends plan documents and summary plan descriptions.

Professional Activities

Mr. Cicotte has spoken throughout the country for groups such as the Western Pension and Benefits Conference, The Institute for Applied Management and Law, The Society for Human Resource Management, Lorman Education Services, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, The National Employer Conference and the Zero Alpha Group. He has authored and co-written several articles and publications including the employee benefits chapter of The Contingent Workforce, published by Law Journal Press.

Education

J.D. Brigham Young University in 1995.

B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989