Barry M. Appell, Esq.

Barry M. Appell, Esq.


Barry Appell has 28 years’ experience representing both employees and employers in employment litigation in trial and appellate courts, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. Barry also has experience conducting trainings and workplace investigations, preparing handbooks, and counseling employers for compliance with employment laws.

From 1994-2004, Barry represented employers exclusively. From 2004 until winding down his practice in 2021, he has represented both employees and employers, although primarily employees. This range of experience allows him to understand disputes from the unique perspectives of each side, including their personal goals and needs. His knowledge of all aspects of employment law, along with his straightforward approach, has resulted in Barry achieving a very high success rate in getting cases resolved.


Barry has substantial experience mediating employment law disputes including harassment and discrimination, failure to accommodate, retaliation, leave laws, wrongful termination, wage and hour, employment contracts, unfair competition, and privacy claims. He is also experienced in mediating personal injury matters, and a variety of other consumer claims such as fraud and misappropriation of likeness.

Barry has substantial experience in mediating class actions and representative actions, such as under PAGA.

Organizations and Achievements

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Southern California Mediation Association
  • Named to "Southern California Rising Stars" (2004) and "Southern California Super Lawyers" (2005- 2021, Super Lawyers, Thompson Reuters)
  • Avvo Top-Rated Lawyer (2021)


   J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the law, 1994

   B.S., California State University Northridge, Business, 1991, cum laude

   Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, Mediating the Litigated Case, August 2015

   Mediator, Center for Conflict Resolution, 2016-2019

   Mediator, Small Claims, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2016-2019

   Mediator, Ventura County Superior Court, ADR Panel, 2018 to present

   Mediator, Mediation Center of Los Angeles, 2019 to present

Mr. Appell is available throughout Southern California.

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