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Marisa Ratinoff, Esq.

Marisa Ratinoff specializes in mediating and arbitrating all types of employment law disputes. Highly regarded for her expertise, Marisa was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2016), in the field of Employment Law – Management. She has more than 24 years of experience in employment law both as an advocate and neutral. Clients attribute Marisa's settlement success to her ability to quickly grasp complex issues and her skill in reading, connecting and empathizing with both sides. She is also complimented on her strong work ethic and creativity in reaching equitable resolutions to even the most contentious disputes.



Employment law including, without limitation, disputes involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, accommodations and accessibility under the ADA, FMLA/CFRA, employment contracts, partnership agreements, independent contractor agreements, and FLSA and California wage and hour issues, fraud, and defamation.


Marisa has expertise in managing all aspects of employment litigation defense for single plaintiff and class action lawsuits before state and federal courts, mediators, arbitrators, administrative hearings and appellate courts.  She is on the employment law panels of the American Arbitration Association as a mediator and arbitrator and has been selected in both national and international disputes.

Her substantive knowledge of employment law has been honed in the private sector, enabling her to provide parties with insight into current legal trends and holdings as well as the perils and tribulations of litigation. She knows how a judge or jury is likely to read the parties and rule on the merits. She is fair, practical, and not afraid to make tough decisions.





2016 The Best Lawyers in America: Employment Law–Management

Former Board Member: Mattel Children’s Hospital – UCLA Party on the Pier, Valley Beth Shalom Day School

Member, LACBA’s Labor & Employment Law Sections; California Bar Association; American Bar Association


Extensive mediation and arbitration training through the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, American Arbitration Association, United States District Court for the Central District of California and Los Angeles County Superior Court.
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1991

B.A. (English Literature), University of California at Berkeley, 1987

Cambridge University, England 1983-1984

Ms. Ratinoff is available throughout California.


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