Heather Conniff is a founding member of Shegerian Conniff LLP. Her practice focuses on employment law and includes all aspects of case management from initiation through trial, with particular emphasis in law and motion, litigation, and appeals. Ms. Conniff has extensive experience and success in drafting and arguing substantive motions, including Motions for Summary Judgment, Demurrers, and Post-Trial Motions. Ms. Conniff also has successfully briefed and argued appeals in both the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Conniff places special emphasis on the personal investment of vindicating her client’s rights to achieve the best possible resolution and outcome for their cases. A magna cum laude graduate of Whittier Law School, Ms. Conniff worked for the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Staff Attorneys Office, as well as the Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustees during her law school tenure. Ms. Conniff also served as Executive Editor of Whittier Law Review. Prior to law school, Ms. Conniff attended the University of California, Irvine, where she received both a B.S. in Biological Science and a B.A. in Political Science.
Ms. Conniff is licensed to practice in the State of California. She is admitted to the State Bar of California, the United States District Court for Central District of California, as well as the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also is a member of a number of legal memberships and affiliations, including Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles American Bar Association and the Los Angeles and Orange County Bar Associations.
Maynes v. Western Christian
California Court of Appeals reverses the district courts’ dismissal of plaintiff’s lawsuit and finds that the determination of whether a defendant qualifies as a nonprofit religious corporation exempt from liability under FEHA was not appropriate at the demurrer stage where extraneous evidence could not be considered.
Wexler v. Jensen Pharmaceuticals
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determines whether there was sufficient evidence on summary judgment of age discrimination against a 12-year pharmaceutical representative of Jensen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Bishara v. Rite Aid
California Court of Appeals determines whether there was sufficient evidence on summary judgment of age and medical leave discrimination against a 32-year employee of Rite Aid.
Cortney Shegerian is a founding member of Shegerian Conniff LLP and lead trial lawyer. Her practice focuses on employment law and includes all aspects of case management from inception through trial, with particular emphasis in jury trials and case resolution. Ms. Shegerian has extensive experience and success in mediation, all aspects of litigation, trial preparation and jury trials. Throughout her career as an attorney, she has tried numerous cases in both State and Federal Court. Ms. Shegerian has argued in the California Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of California. Ms. Shegerian places her focus on discovering each client’s personal experience in order obtain the best possible outcome for their case.
Ms. Shegerian was named one of the “Most Influential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles” in 2017. In February 2017, she became one of the youngest attorneys in California to argue a case before the California Supreme Court.
Ms. Shegerian has served as a speaker and panelist in the area of employment law for the Consumer Attorney of California Travel Seminar in Hawaii, November 28-December 1st, 2017, Speaker on the topic of “Gender Discrimination in the Workplace: Is It Affecting Your Client?”, Consumer Attorney of California Travel Seminar in Sonoma, April 1-2, 2016, Panel Speaker on the topic of “Finding the Story in your Employment Trial.”, the Los Angeles County Bar Association Saturday Seminar November 14, 2015, Panel Speaker on the topic of “Nuts and Bolts” of Employment law, “Plaintiff’s Perspective on Disability Discrimination.”
Ms. Shegerian is licensed to practice in the State of California. She is admitted to the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for Central District of California, She also is a member of a number of legal memberships and affiliations, including Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Consumer Attorneys of California, American Bar Association, Armenian Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Women and the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Fresno County Bar Associations.
Ms. Shegerian is an active Board Member for the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House and a volunteer at the Sojourn Battered Women’s Shelter in Santa Monica.