Debra Meppen
Partner & Chair of the Gordon & Rees National Labor and Employment Law Practice Group
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP

Debra Ellwood Meppen is a litigation partner and the chair of the Gordon & Rees National Labor and Employment Law Practice Group, one of the firm’s largest practices nationwide. She has an active employment litigation and counseling practice defending celebrities, and both private and public entities against claims of discrimination, retaliation, FMLA, wrongful termination, defamation and harassment claims.  In addition, she handles large-scale class action litigation throughout California and nationally.  She regularly counsels employers on hiring practices, terminations, workplace investigations, reductions in work force issues, and litigation avoidance practices. Meppen has been lead counsel in numerous hotly litigated matters including one in which she defeated class certification in a wage and hour class action with nearly 10,000 putative class members.  She is a highly sought-after attorney for her expertise, negotiation abilities, and for the discretion that she offers to celebrity, corporate, and other clientele. 


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