Eric W. Witt
Eric Witt is an experienced litigator and employment law attorney. Before joining Martin Law, Mr. Witt practiced with Baker & Hostetler LLP in Los Angeles. He has defended 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. He has also represented 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 also frequently advises employers on navigating the panoply of laws governing the employment relationship and effectively resolving personnel matters.
Mr. Witt’s focus in litigation is to efficiently advance the client’s interests, including to pursue 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.
- Drafted a successful motion for summary judgment that established a legitimate business reason for termination of an underperforming employee of a specialty medical practice 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
- University of Washington School of Law
- Juris Doctor, 2008
- Washington Law Review, Articles Editor
- Washington and Lee University
- Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, Magna Cum Laude, 2004
- Varsity Cross Country
State Bar Admissions
- Massachusetts (inactive status)
United States District Courts
- United States District Court for the Central District of California
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
- United States District Court for the Northern District of California
- United States District Court for the Southern District of California
- United States District Court for the District of Arizona
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
- Washington and Lee University, Alumni Interviewer
- Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section