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.

Ms. Savitt specializes in defending lawsuits on behalf of employers and supervisors who are sued for terminating employment. Such claims include wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment. She is a frequent speaker at State and County Bar seminars and was a speaker at the Annual California Judges Association midyear conference in 2002.

She has tried close to 100 trials, 90% of which are employment cases, with punitive damages allegations.

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

Admitted to Practice: California State Bar, Dec., 1980

University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1971, Cum Laude
  • California Standard Teaching Credential, Elementary, 1973

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California

  • Juris Doctor, 1980; Dean’s List, 1976 – 1980

Awards

  • 2020 Los Angeles ABOTA Chapter “Trial Lawyer of the Year” nominee
  • 2018 Recipient of Lee B. Wenzel Civility Award, ABOTA, Los Angeles Chapter
  • 2017 Honoree, ASCDC Hall of Fame, Los Angeles, CA 2012 Distinguished Alumna, Loyola Law School
  • 2007-2018 Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment (annually)
  • 2011-2012 Top Attorneys, Pasadena Magazine
  • 2010 Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, Los Angeles Times
  • 2011-2013, 2017 Top 75 Labor and Employment Lawyers, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • 2009-2012 Top Women Litigators in California, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • 2011 Honoree, Second Annual Women’s Accomplishments Dinner, Sponsored by Judicate West, CAALA Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2010-2018 Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2004-2018 Top 50 Women Super Lawyers by Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009 Top 10 Employment Defense Lawyers, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • 2007 Top Women Litigators in California, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • 2007 Top 25 Lawyers of the Valley, San Fernando Business Journal
  • 2004-2005 Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2006 Top 75 Women Litigators in California, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • 2003 Top 50 Women Litigators in California, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • T.J. SIMERS V. LOS ANGELES TIMES 18 Cal.App.5th 1248 (2018)
    (Court upheld grant of new trial due to Plaintiff’s failure to present sufficient evidence to support a constructive discharge claim)
  • EEOC v. REEVES & ASSOCIATES 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4395
    ($1 million attorneys’ fees awarded to defendant for defending a frivolous case)
  • REEVES v. HANLON, 33 Cal.4th 1140 (2004)
    (Interference with at-will employment relationship is actionable)
  • O’BYRNE v. SANTA MONICA HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
    (2001) 98 Cal.App.4th 797 (medical staff bylaws are not a contract between hospital and physicians on medical staff)
  • MOTION PICTURE & TELEVISION FUND HOSPITAL v. SUPERIOR COURT
    (2001) 88 Cal.App.4th 488 (peremptory challenge is untimely when filed more than twenty days after notice of assignment of new judge)
  • PIESZAK v. GLENDALE ADVENTIST MEDICAL CENTER C.D. Cal. (2000)
    112 F.Supp.2d 970 (plaintiff did not “point to any involvement in a protected activity” because her complaining about Lopez’ harassment does not mean that she was complaining about sexual harassment, cited in dissent in Yanowitz v. L’Oreal (2005) 36 Cal.4th 1028)
  • PANG v. BEVERLY HOSPITAL (2000) 79 Cal.App.4th 986
    (interprets 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 attorneys’ fees award to defendant)
  • COOPER v. SUPERIOR COURT (1997)
    56 Cal.App.4th 744 (striking punitive damages in sexual assault case involving health care provider)
  • SADA v. ROBERT F. KENNEDY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (1997)
    56 Cal.App. 4th 138 (independent contractors can’t bring DFEH claim)
  • WESTERN STEAMSHIP v. SAN PEDRO PENINSULA HOSPITAL (1994)
    8 Cal.4th 100 (interpretation of MICRA in indemnity action)
  • JACKSON v. CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER (1990)
    220 Cal.App.3d 1315 (statute of limitations on personal injury based on a statutory violation)
  • GIORGI v. VERDUGO HILLS HOSPITAL (1989)
    210 Cal.App.3d 252 (subsequently decertified)
  • FISHER v. SAN PEDRO PENINSULA HOSPITAL (1989)
    214 Cal.App.3d 590 (hostile work environment, sexual harassment)
  • CEDARS-SINAI v. SUPERIOR COURT (1988)
    206 Cal.App.3d 414 (malicious prosecution)
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (2012 – Present)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2010-present
  • Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Diplomate, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
    • (Member Executive Board Los Angeles Chapter-2007-2015)
    • (Treasurer Los Angeles Chapter 2008-2013)
  • Member, American Employment Law Council, (2010-present)
  • 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 LACBA Litigation Section Executive Committee (2010-2011)
  • Member, Advocacy Institute Advisory Board, Loyola Law School, 2011-present
  • Blue Ribbon Committee on Superior Court, L.A. County Bar Association (2005-2008)
  • Instructor, The Jack Daniels Los Angeles ABOTA Trial School, 2006, 2008
  • Member, State Commission on Civil Fees (2008)
  • Litigators Liaison Committee of the Southern California
  • Mediation Association (2005)
  • State Bar Special Advisory Sub Committee on Labor and Employment Jury Instructions 2001-2003
  • 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 2011-2015 Best Lawyers in America, Labor & Employment
  • Board Member, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Foundation (2013-present)