Recognized year after year in the Daily Journal's list of top employment lawyers in California, Dipanwita Deb Amar regularly defends employers in federal and state court in cases involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination (including whistleblower claims), wage and hour matters, and state law torts, through all stages of litigation, including appeal. She also engages in counseling on day-to-day employment matters and handles traditional labor law matters, such as labor arbitrations, proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

Ms. Amar's litigation experience extends through all stages of a lawsuit, from pleading through discovery, pre-trial motions, trial and appeal. She has handled numerous class actions involving wage and hour violations as well has discrimination allegations. She has also defended employers in a variety of appeals before the California and US Supreme Courts and the Courts of Appeals. In fact, she was counsel for the employer in the first case before the US Supreme Court interpreting the reasonable accommodation requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and counsel for the employer before the California Supreme Court in the appeal from one of the largest single-plaintiff employment discrimination verdicts in California.

Ms. Amar's areas of particular focus are disability discrimination laws and federal and state leave statutes. In addition, she routinely advises clients in such areas as wage and hour issues, whistleblower claims, sexual harassment, race and age discrimination, non-competition agreements, mandatory agreements to arbitrate, severance agreements, reductions in force, employment issues in mergers, and acquisitions and immigration issues. She has also conducted investigations in a number of high profile employment investigations.

While at UC Hastings College of Law, she was an Articles Editor for Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

Experience

Ms. Amar's representative clients have included:

  • Beverages & More!, Inc.;
  • Lending Club Corporation;
  • Fed Ex Freight;
  • Google, Inc.;
  • National Broadcasting Company;
  • IAC Search & Media; and
  • Renesas Electronics America.

Perspectives

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Arnold & Porter Advisory
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Recognition

Northern California Super Lawyers
(2013-2018)
Daily Journal
"Top Labor and Employment Lawyers" (2012-2014, 2016)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1996, cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1993, with distinction
Admissions
  • California
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Clerkships
  • US District Court, Eastern District of California, The Honorable Robert E. Coyle
Activities
  • State Bar of California

  • The Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court

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