J. Bernard Alexander III

Partner
Location:
Century City, California
Phone:
(310) 464-1535
Fax:
(310) 394-0811
Email:

Bernard Alexander is a trial attorney who prosecutes demanding private and public sector employment litigation. He has tried over fifty cases to verdict, and he has won six- and seven-figure judgments for claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on gender, race, age, sex, sexual orientation and disability.  He has resolved dozens of binding arbitrations and hundreds of mediations with successful results.  Most recently he obtained a $3 million verdict for a security guard who was terminated for “job abandonment” after he took emergency leave from work to care for his school age daughter.

Bernard has earned numerous professional recognitions and honors, including:

• 2016 CELA Joe Posner Award Recipient
• 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” Honoree: Employment Law, Best Lawyers Southern CA
• Top 75 California Labor and Employment Lawyer:  2012 to present, Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journals
• American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA): Associate inductee 2013
• Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers, 2015 – present
• Best Lawyers in America - Employment Law - Individuals: 2014 to the present, Los Angeles Area


He is a past President of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) (2014, 2015). He created the CELA Annual Trial College in 2014. 


Bernard is a frequent speaker on trial, litigation and employment law issues. His litigation skills are enhanced by his insurance background, particularly his experience handling special investigation (“fraud”) claims. He has qualified to testify as an expert witness on insurance claims handling and has lectured extensively on varied coverage and claims issues.


He is currently an executive board member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), President of the Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion & Resources (FAIR), a non-profit devoted to promoting diversity in the plaintiffs’ employment bar, and a Legal Aid at Work board member. He is also a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), and a lifetime member of both the Langston Bar Association and the UCLA Alumni Association.  Bernard is also Adjunct Professor at USC Gould School of Law, teaching employment dispute resolution.


Bernard holds degrees from Southwestern University School of Law and the University of California, Los Angeles, in English and Political Science, and is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the State of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California.

Areas of Practice

  • Plaintiffs’ Employment Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Education

  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1986
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    • B.A. - 1983
    • Major: English and Political Science

Representative Cases

  • Honeycutt v. Navicert (Nix Check Cashing) – Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Case (December 2008)
  • Comey v. County of Los Angeles – Gender Discrimination: Failure to Promote (July 2007)
  • Abramovitz v. County of Los Angeles – Gender/Race Discrimination and Retaliation (October 2007)
  • Steiner v. City of Los Angeles Port Authority– Age Discrimination and Retaliation (October 2007)
  • Canchola v. County of Los Angeles – Sleep Apnea Disability Discrimination (August 2007)

Classes/Seminars

  • NELA Convention Speaker: Whistleblower claims available to California State and UC Regent employees
  • Southern California Mediator Association Speaker: Summary of employment cases for 2008-2009
  • LACBA Labor & Employment Law Section Saturday Seminar on ” What’s in a Failure to Communicate? A Mock Trial on Disability Discrimination (June 2009)
  • CELA/MABA Joint Program, Speaker: Plaintiff’s Perspective on Disability Claims and Cross Over Workers Compensation Issues (February 2009)
  • State Bar of California Labor & Employment Law Section, Speaker: Disability Discrimination Brown Bag Lunch Series (July 2008)
  • ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, Speaker: Deposition Techniques that Win Cases (April 2008)
  • LACBA Labor & Employment Law Section, Speaker: Anatomy of the Plaintiff’s Employment Lawsuit and Cutting-Edge Employer Practices to Avoid Employment Lawsuits (February 2008)
  • CELA Annual Conference (San Jose), Presenter: Disability Discrimination Cases: From Intake through Trial (September 2007)
  • CELA Presenter: Discovery 101-Depositions: A Key Discovery Tool (May 2007)
  • LACBA Labor & Employment Section Annual Retreat (April 2007), Panel Moderator: Graphics and Demonstrative Evidence
  • ABA Annual Convention in San Francisco, Presenter: Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make in Firing (August 2007)
  • NBI Lecture: “How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial” (2001, 2003, 2005, 2006)
  • LACBA Labor & Employment Symposium Speaker: “Adverse Action or a Bad Day at the Office? The Evolving Law of Retaliation
  • CELA Annual Conference (Long Beach, Queen Mary) Panel Moderator: “Where the Money Is: Seal the Deal with These Winning Tips to Prove Up Damages.” (October 2005)
  • ABA Annual Convention in Chicago, Ill, Presenter: Jury Voir Dire, Opening & Closing Arguments (2005)
  • Adjunct Professor, USC Gould School of Law

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 CELA Joe Posner Award Recipient
  • 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” Honoree: Employment Law, Best Lawyers Southern CA
  • Top 75 California Labor and Employment Lawyer: 2012 to present, Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journals
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA): Associate inductee 2013
  • Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers, 2015 – present
  • Best Lawyers in America – Employment Law – Individuals: 2014 to the present, Los Angeles Area

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Employment Lawyers Association (“CELA”), Executive Board, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law section, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • UCLA Alumni Association
  • Langston Bar Association
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), Past President, 2014 - 2015
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Superior Court Judge Pro Tem in small claims, landlord-tenant and short cause matters, 1998 - 2006
  • Superior Court Arbitrator panel, 1994 - 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion & Resources (FAIR)