Andrew J. Sommer is Managing Partner of Conn Maciel Carey’s California practice. His practice is focused on employment litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on wage and hour, disability discrimination and whistleblowing claims as well as OSHA enforcement proceedings. Andrew defends employers in administrative proceedings, arbitration and individual and collective litigation.
Andrew represents clients in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving Cal/OSHA and other state plans. He has served as a member of the Advisory Committee for Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 prevention rulemaking.
Andrew also is a frequent speaker at conferences and events and writes extensively on issues related to disability law, wage and hour compliance and Cal/OSHA compliance.
Mr. Sommer has served as pro bono counsel for community nonprofits and served on the boards of Central City Hospitality House and La Raza Centro Legal.
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RECENT SPEECH TOPICS
Cal/OSHA Standards Impacting the Wine Industry
Employee COVID-19 Infections: What Does Cal/OSHA Want me to Record? What do they Want me to Report?
California Employment Law Update for 2021: New Legal Requirements and Practical Compliance Strategies
Cal/OSHA Enforcement and Regulatory Update for 2021
Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard
Cal/OSHA's Revised COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard
How to Implement a Complaint Drug Testing, and Antiretaliation Program
Workshop on Cal/OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting
Workshop on Cal/OSHA; Everything a Safety Pro Needs to Know
Mario Ruiz, et al. v. Shamrock Foods Co., 804 Fed. Appx. 2018 (9th Cir. 2020) (Ninth Circuit affirming summary judgment for employer in nationwide class action involving Fair Credit Reporting Act claims)
Amanda Barnes v. Marriott Hotel Services, Inc., No. 15-cv-01409-HRL, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22588 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 16, 2017)(granting summary judgment to hotel on Title III ADA access claim involving novel questions of standing and the ADA standards for lodging reservations)
Paul Reif v. Shamrock Foods Company, No. CV 15-00636-VAP-SP, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44390 (C.D. Cal. Mar. 25, 2016)(Ninth Circuit affirming summary judgment on FMLA and wage and hour claims, aff’d, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 10368, 2018 WL 1917818.
Department of Fair Employment & Housing v. Lucent Technologies, Inc., No. 09-15057, 642 F.3d 728 (9th Cir. 2011)(affirming summary judgment on FEHA disability discrimination claims)
Christopher Adams v. Robert Mondavi Winery, No. C055800, 2009 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 7969, cert. denied (Cal. Ct. App. Oct. 5, 2009) (affirming defense verdict on whistleblower claims)
Fluent in written and spoken Spanish
J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1997
Judicial externship, Chief Magistrate Judge F. Steele Langford (ND)
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, with distinction, 1991
Distinction in General Scholarship and Honors in Political Science
Junior year at the University of Barcelona
California State Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California