February 19, 2020

Polishuk brings deep knowledge of California and federal employment laws and is an experienced litigator before state and federal courts

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli welcomes experienced employment law litigator Alex Polishuk as counsel, and new Associate Keia James Atkinson, continuing the firm’s growth of its Los Angeles office. Polishuk focuses his practice on helping clients navigate the intricacies of California and federal employment laws as a member of Polsinelli’s national Employment Litigation Practice.

“Alex serves as an important resource for our clients based on his multifaceted experiences in complex employment matters,” said Employment Litigation Practice Chair Don Samuels. “We are glad to add Alex to our Employment Litigation Practice group and deepen our bench of talented and experienced employment litigators who handle state and federal employment law matters in California and throughout the United States.”

Polishuk leverages his litigation experience to the benefit of his clients before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators for a variety of claims including: wage and hour claims, including class actions and PAGA allegations, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, equal pay, breach of contract, antitrust, trade secret and disability accommodation. Polishuk regularly represents Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, hotels, public municipalities and local businesses. 

Polishuk works diligently with clients to ensure compliance with all employment laws. He frequently trains management and C-level executives to understand their obligations as company representatives and regularly assists human resource professionals in creating and updating employee handbooks and workplace policies that track California’s developing employment laws. 

“I am eager to work alongside Polsinelli’s established national Labor & Employment Department and collaborate with my new colleagues who are regularly recognized for their excellent client service,” said Polishuk. “Joining the firm’s Los Angeles office keeps me close to my roots, while also having access to Polsinelli’s national network of attorneys and clients from coast to coast.”

Polishuk’s intricate knowledge of California and federal employment laws is robust, and includes the following areas:

  • California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”)/ Title VII of the Civil Rights Act/Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)
  • California Labor Code/Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders/ Fair Labor Standards Act
  • California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”)
  • California and Federal Equal Pay Act
  • Family Medical Leave Act/California Family Rights Act
  • Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave

Polishuk earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), with cum laude honors, prior to obtaining a J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He furthers his legal knowledge through memberships with the Los Angeles and California Bar Associations, the California Lawyers Association and Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. He regularly presents on a variety of employment topics, including effective managerial practices, the Affordable Care Act, classification of independent contractors after the passage of AB-5, and prevention of sexual harassment for management and supervisory personnel. 

Polishuk is fluent in Russian. 

Atkinson focuses his practice on a wide variety of sensitive workplace matters, including single plaintiff and complex class action wage-and-hour litigation, high-profile workplace investigations, compliance counseling and high-profile entertainment-sector employment law. His litigation experience includes representing Fortune 100 companies in state and federal court involving an array of claims, including wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination, independent contract status and breach of contract, to name a few. 

Atkinson earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Oklahoma before obtaining his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law with a Concentration in Employment and Labor Law. 

With the two new attorneys, Polsinelli has now added six lawyers to its Los Angeles office so far this year. The firm expanded with four attorneys last month spanning various practices, including September Rea (Labor & Employment), Jesse Nichols (Real Estate), Lindsay Ryan (Labor & Employment) and Bryan Wasser (Corporate & Transactions). 

About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.