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  • Education
    • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 2003, Maritime Law Journal, Technical Editor; Arthur Zief, Jr. Scholar
    • B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1997, Dean's List
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2003
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
With an eye toward being a valued resource and partner to clients, Anne Cherry Barnett approaches each matter with the goal of streamlining costly litigation and achieving the client’s objectives successfully and efficiently. Anne focuses her practice on employment matters and has represented clients of all sizes, including start-ups and large Fortune 50 companies. She prides herself on providing sound and cutting edge legal strategies that consistently focus on the client’s bottom line as they navigate the complex labyrinth of California and Federal employment regulations. Anne has represented employers in single plaintiff and class action litigation and her areas of focus include: 
  • Wage and hour violations
  • Discrimination and wrongful termination 
  • Retaliation
  • California Labor Code violations
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act 
  • Breach of contract
  • Worker misclassification
Anne also regularly counsels employers regarding compliance with wage and hour laws, exempt and non-exempt classification, independent contractor status, founder disputes, workforce reductions, discrimination claims, workplace investigations, employment policies and risk management regarding potential litigation. She is able to develop scalable employment policies for young companies to create consistent handling of employment matters and claims to maximize efficiency and reduce use of employer resources.     
Anne has a proven track record of successfully defending corporations and individuals in the Western United States and various Federal Courts in high value litigation. She is also an experienced litigator in the areas of products liability, commercial litigation and catastrophic personal injury matters and served as co-trial counsel during a successful defense verdict for a chemical manufacturer where the Plaintiff sought over $100 million in damages. 

  • Successfully defended California retailer in cutting edge wage and hour class action litigating newly enacted Labor Code 226.2 (Piece Rate)
  • Prevailed on Motion to Dismiss for California retailer in a wage and hour class action at outset of litigation. 
  • Successfully defended security company in California class action litigation alleging various California Labor Code violations.
  • Counseled start-up company on handling of founder dispute. 
  • Favorably resolved age discrimination action on behalf of technology company.
  • Obtained dismissal of a wage and hour claim before discovery.
  • Served as California employment counsel advising technology company on employment law compliance.  
  • Served as California employment counsel advising product manufacturer on employment law compliance issues. 
  • Represent agriculture company in various discrimination, harassment and misclassification claims. 
  • Successfully defended employers in single-plaintiff and class-action cases, including wage and hour class-action.
  • Co-trial counsel in successful defense verdict on behalf of Fortune 50 chemical manufacturer in products liability action where Plaintiff sought over $100 million in damages.
  • Member of trial team that obtained a unanimous defense verdict in favor of securities broker-dealer and clearinghouse.
  • Obtained favorable resolution due to key motion practice for Fortune 50 heavy equipment manufacturer in roll-over lawsuit brought by minor plaintiffs. 
  • Trial team member for Fortune 50 heavy equipment manufacturer in products liability lawsuit resulting in defense verdict. 
  • Served as Regional Counsel for Fortune 50 heavy equipment manufacturer managing products liability litigation in the Western United States. 
  • Favorable resolution of multi-million dollar catastrophic personal injury action as a result of successful motion practice limiting minor plaintiff’s claims.

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DOJ Stance In Harvard Suit Adds Wrinkle To Diversity Efforts
Quoted, Law360
September 7, 2018
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Employees Secretly Record Managers for Litigation
Quoted, Society for Human Resource Management
August 8, 2018
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5 Tips For Parental Leave Policies That Minimize Legal Risk
Quoted, Law 360
May 11, 2108
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May 5, 2018
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May 1, 2018
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The New Wave of Equality Legislation—States Move to Create Pay Parity by Banning Inquiries Into Candidate’s Prior Salary History
Employment Relations Today
April 25, 2018
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March 9, 2018
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January 16, 2018
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January 12, 2018
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Challenges, Pitfalls, and Minimizing the Risks in, Misclassification of Independent Contractors: Recent Developments Impacting Global Employment
Panelist/Presenter; The Knowledge Group
November 9, 2017