Eric H. De Wames
Westlake Village Office
tel: +1 818 338 4000
fax: +1 818 338 4001
Mr. De Wames, Of Counsel, leads the Southern California Division of the Michael Sullivan & Associates Employment Law Division. He represents businesses in a wide range of employment and labor law matters. His 15 years of expertise extends to all employment law matters including wage-and-hour issues, and cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and class actions. He is an expert in devising efficient, creative and effective strategies for investigation, litigation and negotiating settlements. He counsels business owners, managers and HR professionals on federal and state labor regulations, and is an experienced advocate before the EEOC, DLSE and other governmental agencies.
Mr. De Wames’ expertise is particularly focused on the restaurant and retail industries. With 15 years of practice as a civil defense trial attorney in these industries, he has developed a reputation for being a passionate and effective advocate for his clientele. After defending and counseling all sizes of businesses, from small individual proprietorships to Fortune 500 companies, he understands that one size does not fit for all clientele in developing strategies for counseling and defense. It is his approach to learn each individual client’s business culture and to fully partner with them to provide a comprehensive service that meets their particular needs and goals.
Before joining Michael Sullivan & Associates, Mr. De Wames was Of Counsel for Messner Reeves in Los Angeles as an employment law practitioner. He helped the Denver-based firm establish its Los Angeles employment practice and was one of the primary California employment litigator/counselors for the firm’s largest client. An experienced litigator, he mentored and supervised new associates at the firm, where he received the California Super Lawyer Rising Star Award from Super Lawyers/Thomson Reuters.
As Partner at Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz in Los Angeles, Mr. De Wames managed the Los Angeles office’s employment practice. He acted as lead trial counsel, built clientele at the firm and represented it at employment law conferences. Here, too, he received the California Super Lawyer Rising Star Award from Super Lawyers/Thomson Reuters.
Mr. De Wames received his Juris Doctor degree with distinction from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, where he was on the Dean’s Honor List and received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in torts. He was also a member of the Traynor Honor Society. Mr. De Wames received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis, where he was on the Dean’s Honor List. Mr. De Wames is also proficient in Spanish.