Kimberly C. Carter


Los Angeles
Phone number
(213) 547-4906

Managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office, Kimberly Carter intuitively understands the challenges and pressures associated with overseeing a diverse and talented workforce.

This perspective informs Kim’s robust defense and practical counsel on the full spectrum of employment law matters when combined with her aggressive and creative advocacy, extensive trial experience, and understanding of both the law and personal dynamics involved in employment relationships. 

Alongside her active commercial litigation practice, Kim’s employment work focuses on identifying and remediating vulnerabilities in her clients’ employment policies and procedures and obtaining efficient and favorable resolutions of employment disputes, claims, and litigation.

A seasoned trial lawyer, Kim has ample experience defending employers in high-stakes single-plaintiff litigation, wage and hour class actions, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, wrongful termination, and other employment-related torts and liabilities under FLSA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA, the FMLA, and other state and federal employment laws.

Kim recognizes the financial and reputational costs and disruption involved in employment disputes. She develops solutions that keep those burdens to a minimum while safeguarding her clients’ immediate and long-term interests. This includes creative approaches designed to defuse potential claims before they devolve into litigation or government investigations and enforcement actions.

When formal disputes do arise, Kim tailors her strategy to align with her client’s legal and operational goals and the facts and circumstances of each case, whether that means an expeditious negotiated resolution or a focused, strategic, zealous approach in the courtroom.

The letter of the law in employment matters often collides with the practical realities and unique dynamics of the employer-employee relationship. Effective solutions, whether in avoiding or defending disputes, must incorporate both the legal and interpersonal aspects of these issues.”

Represented large international industrial materials company against claims of national origin discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.

Defended major hardware and furniture manufacturer against claims of disability discrimination and wrongful termination.

Represented major logistics and transportation services company in large class action lawsuit alleging numerous wage and hour violations.

Assisted international industrial materials company in drafting employee and HR handbooks, with particular attention to policies and procedures regarding classification of exempt and non-exempt employees, prohibiting unlawful harassment, Family and Medical Leave Act policies, and disciplinary procedure policies.

Prepared domestic and international wage and hour law surveys for major luxury brand and retailer.

Counseled large digital entertainment company on various employment-related issues in order to minimize its exposure to employment litigation.

Defended major food supplier against California Labor Code Section 132a claims brought by former employees before the Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board.

Recommended in US Legal 500 for her work in the Labor & Employment – Defense area, 2021-2023.

Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce: parliamentarian, 2011–2013; board member, 2010-2011; management committee chair, 2011-2013

Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce Education Fund & Foundation: chairman, 2022 – present; president, 2015; vice president, 2014; treasurer, 2016-2022; board member, 2012 – 2013; program committee chair, 2012-2015