Ms. Semmel is a seasoned employment attorney, arbitrator, discovery referee and mediator with over 30 years of experience in employment law and civil litigation. She has a reputation for skillfully and tenaciously advocating on behalf of her clients. Ms. Semmel is a partner at Kelley•Semmel, LLP, where her practice focuses on matters involving employment discrimination based on race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and other protected characteristics; sexual harassment; equal pay; wrongful termination; whistle blower actions; FMLA and other family and sick leave issues, the WARN Act, wage and hour disputes (unpaid wages, meal periods and overtime); as well as employment and severance agreements.
Having practiced at major law firms and at a prestigious litigation boutique, Ms. Semmel understands employment law disputes from the employer perspective, and uses that insight to the advantage of her employee-clients.
Ms. Semmel is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, an organization for attorneys who represent employees in employment law matters, as well as the Los Angeles County Bar Association – Employment Law Division. Ms. Semmel is frequently invited to speak at conferences and seminars throughout the state. Subjects on which she has spoken include discovery issues in employment litigation; discovery and use of electronically stored information; liability of successor, alter ego and joint employers; the Private Attorney General Act, and developments in wage and hour law.
Ms. Semmel graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned her J.D. from Berkeley School of Law ( (University of California), where she was Articles Editor of Ecology Law Quarterly.