Klerman’s mediation practice specializes in the resolution of
employment law disputes. A sizeable portion of Ms. Klerman’s
practice involves the mediation of employment law class actions.
addition to her work as a neutral, Ms. Klerman is also a Clinical
Associate Professor of Law at USC Law School, and is the Director of
the Judith Hollinger Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Professor Klerman also directs the USC Law School Mediation Clinic.
The Mediation Clinic courses that she designed and developed
received national recognition in 2011 when the Ninth Circuit
Judicial Council honored USC Law School with its prestigious ADR
Previously a partner in the employment law department at Morrison &
Foerster, Ms. Klerman represented plaintiffs as well as defendants
while she was a practicing attorney. Her achievements include
several notable jury trials, as well as some high profile appellate
cases, including Hawaiian Airlines v. Norris, 512 U.S. 246
(1994), and Hanson v. District Lodge 725
of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers,
90 Cal. App. 4th 977 (2001).
2004, Ms. Klerman left the partnership at Morrison & Foerster
to become a full-time mediator. Ms. Klerman is
a frequent speaker on alternative dispute resolution, negotiation,
mediation, employment law, and class actions. She has been
interviewed by major publications including Forbes, California
Lawyer, Editor and Publisher Magazine, and Oprah Magazine. She has
appeared as a commentator on National Public Radio, on a nationally
broadcast series for NPR’s “Morning Edition” program, speaking on
the legal issues surrounding religion in the workplace. In
addition, she has appeared as a legal commentator on NBC Nightly
News, KPCC’s Air Talk program, and other radio programs. In June
2011, Ms. Klerman’s interview by the BBC on the landmark Dukes v.
Wal-Mart Supreme Court decision was broadcast internationally.
Klerman is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley,
where she received her B.A. degree with honors in 1988. She
received her J.D. degree from the University of Chicago in 1992,
where she was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review. At
the University of Chicago, she authored and published an article
entitled, "The Role of the Jury and the Court in Assessing Front
Pay Awards Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act," 58
U. Chi. Law Review 1475 (1991). After graduating from law school,
Ms. Klerman served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Alan C. Kay, Chief
Judge of the United States District Court, District of Hawaii. Ms.
Klerman has been given Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating ("AV")
for her professional excellence and ethical standards.
Professional Associations and Memberships
|Chair , Los
Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment
Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association,
Labor and Employment Section, 2001-2012
||Chair, Labor &
Employment Symposium Committee, Los Angeles County Bar
Board of Directors, Southern California Mediation
||Member, Public Policy
Committee, California Dispute Resolution Council,