Ron Makarem

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in Los Angeles, California

Makarem & Associates
Ron Makarem
Makarem & Associates

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Professional Liability; view more

Licensed in California since: 1995

Education: Pepperdine University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010
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Makarem & Associates

11601 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 2440
Los Angeles, CA 90025 Visit website


As the founder of Makarem & Associates, Ron W. Makarem provides dedicated legal representation to the people of California. For nearly three decades, he has handled complex and significant cases helping to make our community a safer and fairer place to live and do business. His practice involves representing plaintiffs and individuals in the following types of cases: employee sexual harassment, discrimination, legal malpractice, wage and hour class actions, personal injury and consumer litigation.

Ron has been practicing law since 1995 and has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and judgments for consumer clients across the State.

For 2019, Ron was selected as a top 100 attorney in California by Super Lawyers. Ron was awarded, "Top Attorney" in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine and a Super Lawyers for 2013. In 2007, Ron was selected as one of the "Top 20 Under 40" Attorneys in California by California's largest legal newspaper, The Daily Journal. In 2012, Ron received the distinguished CLAY award for "Attorney of the Year" by California Lawyer Magazine for his work on a landmark California Supreme Court case. In 2012, Ron also became a certified legal malpractice specialist by the California State Bar. In 2015, Ron received the AALASC Trailblazer Award. The Trailblazer Award recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated vision, courage, and tenacity in their practice.  Ron was selected by Super Lawyers magazine as a "Rising Star" in 2010, and a "Super Lawyer" in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024.

Ron attended the University of Southern California and graduated with honors in 1992 with a degree in Political Science. Ron then attended Pepperdine University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1995. In 2001, at the young age of 30, he became a partner at the law firm of Ruben & Jones, later Ruben & Makarem, before starting Makarem & Associates in 2004.

Throughout his entire legal career, he has dedicated his practice to litigating on behalf of the consumer and strives to maintain the public's respect for the legal profession. A native to Los Angeles, he enjoys watching and coaching his daughters' soccer teams during his free time.

Practice areas

Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employer, Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Retaliation, Wrongful Termination

  • 60% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 40% Professional Liability: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1995, California

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Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $2.6 million settlement in a legal malpractice case against the law firm of Skadden Arps – one of the most prominent law firms in the world
  • In 2011, Ron defended Splash News & Picture Agency in a lawsuit brought by a woman claiming her right of privacy was invaded when she was videotaped with Heath Ledger at a SAG Awards after-party
  • Undisclosed settlement for a reality-television writer in the high-profile case against Donald Trump, NBC, and reality-television producer Mark Burnett regarding the hit-television show “The Apprentice”
  • In 2011, he certified a large wage and hour class action against DHL
  • $2.53 million judgment for his clients – victims of an attorney’s unreasonable billing practices and legal malpractice
  • In 2010, Ron argued before the California Supreme Court an important case relating to the mediation privilege – Cassel v. Wasserman, Comden
Educational Background:
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, B.A., 1992
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1995
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2007 – 2008 (Member, Professional Rules and Ethics Committee)
  • Order of the Barristers (Former Member)
  • California, 1995
  • Arab American Lawyers Association of Southern California – AALASC (2009 – Present Member)
  • American Association for Justice (Former Member)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles – CAALA, (1997 – Present Member, Education Committee) 
  • National Academy of Elder Abuse Attorneys (Former Member)
  • Super Lawyer, SuperLawyers, 2012
  • 2024 Southern California Top 100 Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyer, Superlawyers, 2024
  • 2023 Southern California Top 100 Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyer, Superlawyers, 2023
  • Super Lawyer 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 
  • Top 100 Attorney in Southern California, Los Angeles Magazine, 2013
  • Rising Star-Super Lawyer, SuperLawyers, 2010
  • Top 100 Attorney, SuperLawyer, 2013
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm Nominee, 2013
  • Top 20 Under 40 in California, Daily Journal, 2007
  • CLAY Attorney of the Year, California Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • AVVO Rating 10.0 out of 10.0, 2013
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Legal Malpractice Specialist by CA State Bar, 2012

Office location for Ron Makarem

11601 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 2440
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: 310-312-0299


14 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2010

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