Linda Miller Savitt

Linda Miller Savitt
Linda Savitt LOTY 2015

Linda Savitt Best Lawyer 2011

Linda Miller Savitt, Partner

Office: Encino, CA

T 818-508-3725

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Admitted to Practice:

  • California

Linda Savitt Super Lawyer

Linda is an experienced trial attorney, having tried close to 100 jury trials. She focuses on defending employers and individuals who are sued for wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and harassment. Linda has represented health care, legal, retail, and public sector employers for over 35 years.

She frequently lectures to management groups, administrators, judges, and physician groups as well as various bar sponsored groups. She also serves as a volunteer court appointed mediator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s mediation program.

Linda also serves on UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation Board of Directors.

Linda has achieved successful results for employers in defending a variety of employment litigation claims, including:

  • Receiving a defense verdict in a 21 day trial involving claims for wrongful termination, hostile work environment, retaliation, and misclassification as an exempt employee. The jury returned the verdict in 3 hours. Prior to trial, the plaintiff rejected a $300,000 settlement offer.
  • Receiving a defense verdict for the employer in Fisher v. San Pedro Peninsula Hospital (1989) 214 Cal.App.3d 590.
  • Obtaining a $450,000 judgment for the individual defendant on a cross-complaint against the plaintiff as well as an award of attorneys’ fees in Saret-Cook v. Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley and Jennett (1999) 74 Cal.App.4th 1211, after the plaintiff lost on claims of sexual harassment and sex discrimination.

Court Admissions

United States Courts of Appeals:

  • Ninth Circuit

United States District Courts:

  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California

B.A., cum laude, Political Science, UCLA (1971)

J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (1980)

  • Distinguished Alumna, Loyola Law School (2012)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment (2007- present)
  • Top Attorneys, Pasadena Magazine (2011-12)
  • Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, Los Angeles Times (2010)
  • Top 75 Labor and Employment Lawyers, Los Angeles Daily Journal (2011- present)
  • Top Women Litigators in California, Los Angeles Daily Journal (2007, 2009-12)
  • Honoree, Second Annual Women’s Accomplishments Dinner, Judicate West CAALA Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada (2011)
  • Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers (2004-07, 2010-15)
  • Top 50 Women Super Lawyers by Law & Politics Magazine (2004-15)
  • Top 10 Employment Defense Lawyers, Los Angeles Daily Journal (2009)
  • Top 25 Lawyers of the Valley, San Fernando Business Journal (2007)
  • Top 75 Women Litigators in California, Los Angeles Daily Journal (2006)
  • Top 50 Women Litigators in California, Los Angeles Daily Journal (2003)

California Supreme Court

  • Reeves v. Hanlon (2004) 33 Cal. 4th 1140 (affirms a judgment in our client’s favor on claims for intentional interference with contractual relations, misappropriation of trade secrets and sets standards for claims of tortious interference with at-will employment contracts)

California Court of Appeal

  • Cho v. Chang (2013) 219 Cal. App. 4th 521 (upholding trial court’s denial of anti-SLAPP motion to cross-complaint allegations of defamation and intentional infliction of emotion distress for plaintiff’s comments to other employees)
  • O’Byrne v. Santa Monica-UCLA Med. Ctr. (2001) 94 Cal. App. 4th 797 (affirming summary judgment on physician’s claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty arising from his removal from emergency department call panel and denial of certain clinical privileges)
  • Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital v. Superior Court (2001) 88 Cal. App. 4th 488 (plaintiff’s peremptory challenge to disqualify judge was untimely filed)
  • Pang v. Beverly Hospital (2000) 79 Cal. App. 4th 986 (helping a parent move to a new home, even though parent was under medical supervision, did not qualify as leave to care for a parent under the California Family Rights Act)
  • Saret-Cook v. Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley & Jennett (1999) 74 Cal. App. 4th 1211 (upholds defense sexual harassment verdict, judgment on cross-complaint and $1 million attorneys’ fees award to employer improperly sued for sex harassment)
  • Cooper v. Superior Court (1997) 56 Cal. App. 4th 744 (striking punitive damages in sexual assault case involving health care provider)
  • Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center v. Superior Court (1997) 55 Cal. App. 4th 93 (Code Civ. Proc. section 1094.5 mandamus/staff privileges)
  • Jackson v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (1990) 220 Cal. App. 3d 1315 (statute of limitations on personal injury based on a statutory violation)
  • Fisher v. San Pedro Peninsula Hospital (1989) 214 Cal. App. 3d 590 (establishes the law of what constitutes a hostile work environment for sexual harassment under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act)
  • Cedars-Sinai v. Superior Court (1988) 206 Cal. App. 3d 414 (malicious prosecution)

United States District Court

  • Moore v. County of Los Angeles, 194 LRRM 2279 (C.D. Cal. 2012) (granting summary judgment for employer on First Amendment retaliation claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983)
  • Eng v. County of Los Angeles, 737 F. Supp. 2d 1078 (C.D. Cal. 2010) (granting summary judgment for employer on First Amendment retaliation claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983)
  • Ochai v. Regents of University of Cal, 2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 115912 (C.D. Cal. 2009) (granting judgment on the pleadings for employer and individual defendants on various causes of action)
  • Pieszak v. Glendale Adventist Medical Center, 112 F. Supp. 2d 970 (C.D. Cal. 2000) (granting summary judgment for employer and individual defendants on employee’s claims of sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and other causes of action)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (2010-present)
  • Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Executive Board Los Angeles Chapter (2007-13)
  • Treasurer Los Angeles Chapter (2008-13)
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
    • 2011 President
    • 2010 President Elect
    • 2009 Vice President
    • 2008 Secretary-Treasurer
    • 1999-2007 Director
    • 1998-99 Committee Chairperson
  • Defense Liaison to Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Litigation Section Executive Committee (2010-11)
  • Advocacy Institute Advisory Board, Loyola Law School (2011-present)
  • Blue Ribbon Committee on Superior Court, LACBA (2005-08)
  • Instructor, The Jack Daniels Los Angeles ABOTA Trial School (2006, 2008)
  • State Commission on Civil Fees (2008)
  • Litigators Liaison Committee of the Southern California Mediation Association (2005)
  • State Bar Special Advisory Subcommittee on Labor and Employment Jury Instructions (2001-03)
  • State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Labor Law Consulting Group (1999)
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section