Wilmer J. Harris

Top rated civil rights attorney in South Pasadena, California

Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes, LLP
Wilmer J. Harris
Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes, LLP

Practice Areas: Civil rights; view more

Licensed in California since: 1990

Education: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2004

Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes, LLP

715 Fremont Avenue
Suite A
South Pasadena, CA 91030 Visit website

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Wilmer J. Harris is a partner at the law firm Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes, LLP, located in South Pasadena, California. He focuses his practice on civil rights matters and advocates for the rights of victims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment in the workplace. He also fights for those who have sustained injuries due to another party’s negligence. 

Mr. Harris has won numerous qui tam and civil rights claims, resulting in settlements and judgments totaling more than $1 million. In wage and hour class actions, he has also successfully collected numerous multimillion-dollar settlements. He is empathetic and an ardent, tenacious advocate for his clients.

A graduate of Stanford University, Mr. Harris received his bachelor’s degree in economics with distinction. He went on to study law at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1990. While in law school, he was inducted into the Order of the Coif, was an active participant in the moot court and received the American Jurisprudence Awards in Evidence. 

In 1994, Mr. Harris joined Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes, LLP, where he exclusively took on cases involving employment law and civil rights. He regularly lectures about relevant employment law issues at prominent legal associations, including The State Bar of California, the California Employment Lawyers Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. 

Mr. Harris has memberships within the legal community, including associations such as: 

  • The California Employment Lawyers Association
  • The State Bar of California’s Labor & Employment Section
  • The National Employment Lawyers Association
  • The Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • The Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • John M. Langston Bar Association

He also is a member of the board of directors of the Disability Rights Legal Center. Honored for his work in the legal field, he has been nominated for the Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and has received a 10/10 rating on Avvo, along with many five-star ratings from his happy clients.

Practice areas

Civil rights

Focus areas

Americans with disabilities act, Police misconduct, Race discrimination, Disability, Discrimination

  • 100% Civil rights

First Admitted: 1990, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.losangelesemploymentlawyer.com/attorney/harris-w...

Honors/Awards:
  • Nominee, Trial Lawyer of the Year, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles in 2017
  • Super Lawyer, 10+ Consecutive Years, Labor and Employment Law
  • Selected as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine
  • UCLA School of Law, Moot Court and Remedies
  • UCLA School of Law, American Jurisprudence Awards in Evidence
  • UCLA School of Law, Order of the Coif
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • John M. Langston Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
  • Member, California State Bar Labor & Employment Executive Committee, 2005-2013
  • California Employment Lawyers Association and Disability Rights Legal Center, Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors, California Employment Lawyers Association, 2007-2014
  • Chair, California State Bar Labor & Employment Executive Committee, 2010-11
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • 30th Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium: Getting Choosy: How to Find (and be) the Right Neutral for the Job, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 03/31/2010 to 03/31/2010
  • Panel Presentation, Loyola Law School, 11/20/2008 to 11/20/2008
  • Workplace Privacy: Real or Imagined, California State Bar Labor and Employment Section, 11/01/2008 to 11/01/2008
  • 28th Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium: Year in Review, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 03/06/2008 to 03/06/2008
  • Eliminating Barriers for Lawyers with Disabilities, California State Bar Labor and Employment Section, 02/08/2008 to 02/08/2008
  • California False Claims Act and Whistleblower Cases, NELA, 06/26/2009 to 06/26/2009
  • The Perils of PAGA: Representation under the Private Attorney General Act, California State Bar Labor and Employment Section, 03/13/2009 to 03/13/2009
  • The Golden Age of Golden Parachutes, Langston Law Institute, 12/03/2010 to 12/03/2010
  • Ensuring Equal Access to Legal Services for Clients with Disabilities, (CELA) - 2010 Annual CELA Conference, 10/01/2010 to 10/01/2010
  • Wage & Hour Annual Update, California State Bar Annual Meeting, 09/24/2010 to 09/24/2010
  • Panel Presentation, Loyola Law School, 04/14/2010 to 04/14/2010
  • Employment law issues for the State Bar of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association and California Employment Lawyers Association, Speaker
Educational Background:
  • Stanford University, A.B., Major: Economics, Honors: With Distinction, Honors: Honors in Humanities - 1986
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • $2 million settlement in Whistleblower/Personal Injury action. , 2022
  • $1.4 million settlement in Qui Tam action. , 2022
  • Doe v. Five Acres Residential Group Home.  $5.3 million judgement in sexual assault of a minor jury verdict., 2018
  • Boyd v. Bank of America. Co-lead counsel in wage and hour class action. $41.8 million in class action settlement. , 2016
  • $5.8 million Qui Tam action settlement. , 2014
  • $1.5 million Qui Tam/retaliation action settlement. , 2012
  • Petzold v. Metrocities Mortgage, et al. Lead counsel on class action. $2.35 million class action settlement. , 2008
  • Snider v. Laquer Urban Clifford & Hodge. $1.7 million disability discrimination jury verdict. , 2007
  • Gibbs v. Boeing Satellite Systems. $2 million retaliation jury verdict judgment. , 2005
  • Sanders v. NY, LA. Civil rights action on behalf of mentally disabled man who was the victim of mistaken identification. $2.75 million settlement. , 2001
  • $3.25 million race discrimination pre-litigation settlement. , 1997

Office location for Wilmer J. Harris

715 Fremont Avenue
Suite A
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Phone: 626-441-4429

Selections

19 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2004

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