Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP, a national plaintiff side law firm, is pleased to announce the March 14th, 2022 opening of its new office in Los Angeles, California. The firm’s new office – its second in California and fifth nationwide – will focus on complex litigation involving employment, consumer protection, and antitrust matters. The Los Angeles office, located on 300 S. Grand Avenue, is within walking distance to both state and federal courthouses.
The Bunker Hill office will be led by partner Jason H. Kim, who will oversee day-to-day office management and represent Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky in the Southern California legal community. Jason has led the firm’s Business Litigation and Competition practice group since 2020, representing classes, municipalities, and several of the nation’s largest health insurers in a wide variety of civil matters. The Los Angeles office will house two partners and six associates, bringing the total headcount for the firm to 67 lawyers.
Partner Carolyn Cottrell, a member of the firm since 1995, will continue overseeing the firm’s employment practice now expanding into the Los Angeles office and will be a part-time resident of that office. Ms. Cottrell has spent her legal career advocating for the rights of workers who have been subjected to underpayment of wages, discrimination, harassment and retaliation. She has litigated hundreds of class actions and individual claims including wage and hour, employment discrimination and civil rights actions. Ms. Cottrell was honored as a “Top Woman Litigator” by the Daily Journal and she was nominated for “Woman Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys of California. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.
Commenting on the opening of the Los Angeles office, Jason H. Kim said, “Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky has always handled important cases in Los Angeles courts. Our new L.A. office will allow us to continue and expand our efforts here. Just as importantly, our L.A. office give us access to a talented and diverse pool of attorneys and other legal professionals who live and work in this great city.”
The firm continues to grow and has recently promoted four lawyers to partnership. These new partners are: Amy Eskin, Ryan Hicks, David Leimbach, and Nathan Piller. This group of outstanding attorneys have made significant contributions to the success of Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky and to the success of the firm’s clients.
According to founder and managing partner, Todd M. Schneider, “The opening of our LA office and the promotion of our new partners reflects the explosive growth and success of the firm. I am so fortunate to work alongside of such a talented and dedicated group of attorneys.”
Amy Eskin, as the Director of the Mass Tort department, brings more than thirty years of trial experience in personal injury, products liability and complex pharmaceutical and medical device cases to the firm. Ms. Eskin was elected into the American Board of Trial Advocates, has been honored as a top attorney of Northern California by San Francisco Magazine, and received the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Civil Justice Award among other honors. Ryan Hicks, working in the Houston office, brings decades of experience in civil litigation and personal injury, including toxic torts, toxic exposure, and catastrophic injury. David Leimbach and Nathan Piller’s practices focus on complex litigation including consumer protection class action and employment class action.
Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky has been established in California with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1993. The firm represents both individuals and institutional clients such as health insurers and municipalities in complex civil litigation. In addition to the Los Angeles office, the firm maintains a nationwide practice with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Texas, North Carolina and Puerto Rico. Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky handles class actions in the areas of employment, disability access, civil rights, and consumer protection. It also litigates cases in the fields of antitrust law, ERISA, and qui tam. The firm’s practice focuses on impact litigation with a goal of remedying systemic violations of the law in employment, civil rights, public accommodations, consumer fraud, antitrust, and ERISA cases.