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EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM REPRESENTING CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES

Expert legal team you can trust, with the compassion you deserve.

Protection Law Group can be your voice. Together, we can make a difference to improve your working conditions.

As lawyers, we understand the importance of having a strong and clear voice in the workplace. We are here to be that voice and make a significant difference in your work life. Our goal is to make sure you receive the protection and representation you deserve. Whether it’s bullying, discrimination, or any other difficult situation, we’ll be there for you every step of the way. Together, we can fight for your rights and bring about positive change in your work environment. Do not hesitate to contact us to get the help you need.

Protection Law Group Attorneys

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STEPHANIE PAPAYANIS

STEPHANIE PAPAYANIS

Our Values

At Protection Law Group, we are guided by a set of core values ​​that shape everything we do and represent.

We conduct ourselves with the highest ethical, honest and transparent standards, and we maintain the law and our professional responsibilities.

We put the interests of our clients first, listen to their needs and concerns, and provide compassionate care, responsive and personalized legal services.

We strive for excellence in everything we do, from the quality of our legal work to our communication, teamwork and continuous improvement.

We believe that the best results are achieved through collaboration, cooperation and mutual respect, both within our team and with our customers, partners and stakeholders.

We empower our clients with knowledge, resources and skills to make informed decisions, defend themselves and achieve their goals.

We recognize our responsibility to contribute to the betterment of our society and the world, an support diversity, inclusion, sustainability and social justice.

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Partner

Heather Davis

Protecting the Rights Of Clients

A former Employment Law defense lawyer, Attorney Heather Davis possesses unique experience which she utilizes to her clients’ benefit. A fierce litigator with extensive courtroom experience throughout the United States in state and federal courts, Ms. Davis is dedicated to preserving and protecting the rights of her clients.

Ms. Davis was one of the few attorneys who helped to develop law regarding claims brought under the Private Attorney General Act, Cal. Lab. Code § 2699 et seq.A proficient legal advocate, Ms. Davis has obtained millions for those who have been wronged by their employers.

Seasoned, Highly Skilled Negotiator

Lawyer Amir Nayebdadash is a founding partner of Protection Law Group. A knowledgeable Employment Attorney, Mr. Nayebdadash is a seasoned negotiator and highly skilled trial lawyer who has obtained numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of his clients.

When not vigorously fighting to protect the rights of Plaintiff Employees, Amir spends time with his family and friends, travels, plays chess, follows international football, and enjoys craft beers and patronizing eclectic restaurants.

Partner

CARLOS JIMENEZ

Extensive Experience and Knowledge

As a former partner and co-chair of his national class action practice group at a prominent employment defense firm, attorney Carlos Jiménez has extensive experience that he uses to benefit his clients. During his time as an employment defense attorney, Attorney Carlos Jiménez’s practice focused on defending employers in California wage and hour class action lawsuits and PAGA matters, and he contributed to superior courts’ efforts to streamline case management. class action lawsuit and PAGA. With this unique experience and knowledge, along with his extensive experience in state and federal courts, Attorney Carlos Jiménez is dedicated to preserving and protecting the rights of employees in the workplace.

Attorney Carlos Jiménez attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and received his Professional Doctorate from Loyola Law School. As a first-generation Mexican-American, Mr. Jiménez grew up in a blue-collar family and speaks fluent Spanish. Attorney Carlos Jiménez is admitted to practice law in all California state and federal courts and the California Court of Appeals.

Associate

Mr. Marshall is an Associate Attorney with PLG. With a passion for helping employees receive the justice they deserve, Mr. Marshall focuses on class action litigation involving an array of wage and hour issues, as he believes class actions are a uniquely important tool for employees to hold powerful companies accountable.

Prior to joining PLG, Mr. Marshall worked on both class action and single-plaintiff employment actions based on violations of the California Labor Code, including the discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Mr. Marshall attended the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. During law school, Mr. Marshall was a founding member of the Employment and Labor Law Student Association and a member of the Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society. Mr. Marshall is admitted to practice law in all California State Courts.

 

 

 

Senior Associate
Leading Settlement and Approval Practice

An Associate Attorney with PLG, Mr. Clapp represents employees across a broad range of industries. He focuses exclusively on class action litigation involving missed meal breaks, rest breaks, unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, and employee misclassification. Mr. Clapp has extensive experience managing wage and hour litigation from intake, law and motion practice including summary judgment and class certification, and discovery including taking and defending depositions. Mr. Clapp also leads the firm’s settlement and approval practice where he prepares matters for resolution by analyzing data and damages, briefing, then preparing preliminary and final approval papers for class action settlements.

Mr. Clapp attended the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, graduating cum laude and serving as the managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal and as treasurer of Indiana chapter of Phi Delta Phi, a national scholastic legal honors society. Mr. Clapp is admitted to practice law in all California State and Federal Courts.

Associate

JEFFREY JIMENEZ

Dedicated to Protecting Employee Rights

Attorney Jeffrey Jiménez is a Junior Associate Attorney at Protection in Action. Attorney Jeffrey Jiménez is dedicated to ensuring that employee rights are protected in the workplace, specifically in collective and representative wage and hour actions. Attorney Jeffrey Jiménez has experience in other employment matters, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination cases. Before joining full time, he worked as a paralegal for Proteccion En Acción along with several other public organizations and private law firms in employment law, special education law, and immigration law.

Mr. Jiménez attended the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and received his PhD from Southwestern School of Law.

Senior Associate

Ms. Huerta is a senior litigation attorney at PLG. Licensed as an attorney since 2008, she has more than 16 years of legal experience dealing with highly complex employment litigation, class action, and civil rights. Serving clients throughout California, Ms. Huerta has achieved significant success fighting for the rights and entitlements of employees who have suffered serious violations of their rights, including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour disputes, wrongful termination, and more. A highly compassionate and personable attorney, Ms. Huerta truly cares about the issues her clients are facing and has gained a reputation as a tireless advocate who aggressively pursues the most favorable outcomes on her clients’ behalf. She also understands the stress and anxiety her clients are feeling regarding their situations, and she delivers dedicated, effective counsel and support with the utmost care and respect to help them obtain the justice they deserve. Fluent in Spanish, she can communicate directly with many who may struggle to speak English.

In 2020, Ms. Huerta was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. She practices in the areas of Labor and Employment Law, including Class Actions, Wrongful Termination, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault/Sexual Battery, Negligent Hiring and Supervision, and Civil Rights. Ms. Huerta is admitted to practice law in California, the U.S. District Court for the Central and Northern District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

In her spare time, Ms. Huerta provides pro-bono legal assistance to battered women and unaccompanied immigrant children.

 

Associate
Fostering Trusting Client Relationships

Mr. Tan is an Associate Attorney with PLG. Skilled in fostering positive and trusting client relationships, Mr. Tan is a seasoned and compassionate attorney with extensive experience in litigation, legal drafting and case management in both California and the Philippines from initial client intake, to discovery and law and motion, up to trial.

Before joining PLG, Mr. Tan has represented a wide-range of plaintiffs in personal injury cases as well as employees in their discrimination, harassment, retaliation and unlawful termination cases and has represented defendants in some criminal cases in California and prosecuting a few criminal cases in the Philippines. 

Mr. Tan earned his law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and practiced law in the Philippines before immigrating to California in 2008 to be with his wife. He is fluent in Tagalog and speaks some Ilocano. Mr. Tan is licensed practice law in all California State Courts and in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Associate
Helping Employment Clients Achieve Justice

As an Associate Attorney for PLG, Mr. Burton has a passion for the field of employment law and helping employees obtain compensation and achieve justice when they are subjected to illegal conduct in the workplace. Mr. Burton understands the difficulties employees face when they are being harassed, discriminated, or retaliated against, or not paid in accordance with the law and has made it his mission to combat such conduct.

Prior to joining PLG, Mr. Burton represented a wide range of plaintiffs in personal and catastrophic injury cases. Mr. Burton was also general counsel for a large real estate employer in California. Mr. Burton earned his law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego. He moved back to the area to be close to his family. Mr. Burton is licensed to practice law in all California State Courts, and in the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California.

Ms. Papayanis is an Associate Attorney with PLG. She represents employees across a wide variety of industries with a focus on wage and hour class action lawsuits. Prior to joining PLG, Ms. Papayanis represented a broad range of plaintiffs in consumer protection and environmental law cases where she handled cases at all pre-trial stages of litigation.

Ms. Papayanis attended San Diego State University for her undergraduate degree and earned her law degree from California Western School of Law where she graduated cum laude. Throughout law school, she held multiple public interest internships and and was Vice President of the Women’s Law Caucus organization at her law school. Ms. Papayanis is licensed to practice law in all California State Courts.

 

 

 

 

Associate

As an Associate Attorney at PLG, Ms. Sahebghalam assists clients in a variety of employment law matters including wage and hour class actions and representative actions under PAGA. Prior to joining PLG, Ms. Sahebghalam represented a range of plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases, sexual harassment cases, wrongful termination and wage and hour disputes in state and federal court and arbitration.

Born and raised in Southern California, Ms. Sahebghalam completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and earned her law degree from Pacific Coast University School of Law. Due to her experience and commitment to employment law, Ms. Sahebghalam is well-suited to provide her clients with effective representation by ensuring their rights in the workplace are protected. Ms. Sahebghalam is licensed to practice law in all California State Courts and in the U.S. District Courts for Central District and Eastern District of California.