Apalla Chopra is Chair of O’Melveny’s Labor and Employment Practice and a partner in
the Firm’s Los Angeles
office. She specializes in litigating complex multi-plaintiff and class action
discrimination and wage and hour cases. Her experience is broad as she has
represented clients in cases regarding employee allegations of invasion of
privacy, wrongful discharge, and discrimination based on age, race, sex,
national origin, physical handicap, and related matters. Apalla also has
represented clients in traditional labor matters under the National Labor
Relations Act and Educational Employment Relations Act, and has experience
negotiating collective bargaining agreements and executive employment
contracts. She has appeared in state and federal courts in the civil and
criminal context, as well as before various administrative agencies.
Apalla’s industry experience is likewise broad, as she has represented
companies in the biotechnology, manufacturing, utility, health, retail,
hospitality, private and public schools, and entertainment sectors.
Apalla has represented both employers and amici in many significant trial court
and appellate cases, including Chindarah v.
Pick Up Stix, Inc., 171 Cal. App. 4th 796 (2009); Alch v. Superior Court, 122 Cal. App. 4th
339 (2004); Wynn v. NBC, 234 F.
Supp. 2d 1067 (C.D. Cal. 2002); and Fanaka
v. Warner Bros., 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19078 (2000).
Apalla has repeatedly been recognized by Chambers
USA, Legal500, and
the Daily Journal as a top
woman lawyer and defense-side labor and employment law practitioner. She also
has been recognized as “Rainmaker” by Diversity
& the Bar and in “Women Worth Watching” by Diversity Journal.
University of California,
Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1992: cum laude;
Thurston Society; Senior Note Editor, Hastings Law Review
University of California
at Irvine, B.A., 1988: magna cum laude;Phi Beta Kappa
Ms. Apalla Chopra
400 South Hope
Los Angeles, CA