Shadie Berenji focuses her legal practice on exclusively representing employees with workplace disputes. Ms. Berenji has a vast array of experience in employment law litigation, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour violations. Ms. Berenji has successfully represented employees in wage and hour class actions, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and whistleblower lawsuits.
Ms. Berenji draws on her impeccable education and work training to provide her clients with highly competent legal representation. After graduating from high school at the early age of 15, Ms. Berenji received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2000. She then earned her law degree from the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law in 2004. Ms. Berenji became licensed to practice in all courts in the State of California, as well as the federal courts in the Ninth Circuit, in 2004.
Ms. Berenji began her legal career by working with first-tier law firms and receiving training from some of the best lawyers in the country. Prior to establishing her law firm, Ms. Berenji worked at one of the largest employment law firms in the nation representing many of the country’s largest employers. During this time period, she received invaluable employment law training and learned how employers defend employment law cases and what strategies and tactics they use to defeat employees’ claims. She also learned what motivates employers to settle or fight cases and the monetary value assigned to claims. Ms. Berenji utilizes this experience to provide her clients with first-rate legal representation and anticipate attacks from the defense.
She has achieved numerous six and seven figure settlements for employees that suffered discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and/or did not receive proper wages for hours worked or tasks completed. Several of Ms. Berenji’s settlements have been featured in news articles published by Bloomberg BNA, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and Law360. See “Successes” for more details.
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2004
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2004
University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California
J.D. – 2004
University of California, Los Angeles, California B.A. – 2000
Honors and Awards
Ms. Berenji was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015 and 2016. She was further honored as one of the “Top 50 Women Attorneys” in 2016. Her recognition has been featured in the Los Angeles Magazine and Orange Coast magazine.
Ms. Berenji was also recognized as one of the Top 100 Attorneys by The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers in 2015.
Professional Associations and Memberships
California Employment Lawyers Association
Consumer Attorneys of Association of Los Angeles
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
Iranian American Bar Association
Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Bar Association