Overview

For over thirty years, Paul Szumiak has successfully litigated a wide array of civil matters: professional negligence, trade secrets and intellectual property, insurance and business fraud, personal injury and wrongful death, and product defect. Currently, he focuses his practice on the defense of wage and hour class actions and on other employment law matters such as sexual and racial harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. Mr. Szumiak has extensive experience in mediations, arbitrations, and bench and jury trials.

Representative Matters

Mr. Szumiak has successfully litigated numerous actions in a wide range of industries: trucking and transportation, security, entertainment, restaurant and hospitality, personnel services, and healthcare. Mr. Szumiak recently won an important California Supreme Court decision, Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc., et al. v. American Asphalt South, Inc., 2017 WL 631765 (Ca., Feb. 16, 2017). In a case of first impression, the court unanimously agreed that the claim against Mr. Szumiak’s client for intentional interference with prospective economic advantage should be dismissed.

In his wage and hour practice, Mr. Szumiak recently defeated class certification in a case brought on behalf of persons employed in the modeling business. The decision was upheld on appeal. He also recently defended a large municipal entity in the Court of Appeal and obtained a dismissal with prejudice in a significant wage/hour class action. In addition, he successfully represented employers in matters filed against former employees for embezzlement and theft of trade secrets. In one case, Mr. Szumiak collected $400,000 from former employees who misappropriated their employer’s assets. 

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Publications

Mr. Szumiak provides articles to AALRR firm publications, blogs, and various trade publications.

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

Mr. Szumiak is active in supporting his church and charitable organizations. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Education

J.D., Southwestern University School of Law
B.A., Michigan State University

Admissions

  • 1983, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Court, Central District of California
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