Eric Witt is an experienced litigator and employment law attorney who defends businesses against claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and harassment, as well as wage and hour class and representative actions brought under federal and state law, including the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act. Mr. Witt frequently advises employers on navigating the panoply of laws governing the employment relationship and effectively resolving personnel matters.
Mr. Witt also represents businesses and individuals in litigation concerning the misappropriation of trade secrets and restrictive covenants. He has achieved favorable results through motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, negotiated settlements, and trials.
Mr. Witt’s focus in litigation is to efficiently advance the client’s interests, including pursuing through motion practice or negotiated settlement the early resolution of litigation. When early resolution is not possible, Mr. Witt will utilize his strong advocacy skills and trial experience to vigorously defend his clients.
When not practicing law, Mr. Witt enjoys distance running, hiking, international travel, watching college football, and reading. He is also attempting to learn the Chinese language.
- On behalf of a specialty medical practice, drafted a successful motion for summary judgment that established a legitimate business reason for termination of an underperforming employee who accused her former employer of wrongful termination, discrimination, and retaliation.
- Drafted a successful motion to dismiss on behalf of a regional trucking company accused of disability discrimination. The motion persuaded the court that the medical condition alleged by the plaintiff was not recognized as a disability under California law.
- At mediation on behalf of a national hotel chain, resolved a lawsuit alleging discrimination, failure to accommodate a disability, and wrongful termination. Convinced plaintiff’s counsel of serious defects with plaintiff’s case and resolved the matter for a fraction of client’s potential liability.
- Successfully opposed the plaintiff’s motion for certification of a class of agricultural workers alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act by demonstrating that class members were not similarly situated.
- On behalf of a restaurant, compelled individual arbitration of a lawsuit brought as a wage and hour class action.
Community & Professional
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Member
- Washington and Lee University, Alumni Interviewer
- Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Member
J.D., University of Washington School of Law
Articles Editor, Washington Law Review
B.A., with Honors, magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University
- 2009, California
- 2013, Arizona
- 2020, Alaska
- 2008, Massachusetts (inactive status)
- US. District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
- United States District Court for the District of Arizona