Dana A. Kravetz

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Dana A. Kravetz

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Firm Managing Partner
Hospitality
Labor & Employment

Los Angeles

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Central, Southern and Northern Districts of California

Industry Association

  • Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (Advisory Board)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Americas Lodging Investment Summit Law Conference (Planning Committee)

Professional Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • California Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Settlement Officer
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Pro Tem

Community Involvement

  • Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (Advisory Board)
  • Young Presidents' Organization (Gold and Bel Air Chapters)
  • The Center for WorkLife Law (member of the Board of Directors)
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles (Board of Directors, 2017-2020)
  • Angel City Sports (Board of Directors, 2018-2020)

Education

  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, San Diego, B.A.

Dana A. Kravetz is M&R’s Firm Managing Partner based in Los Angeles. In that capacity, he oversees a complex and thriving business spread across four states—California, Texas, Illinois and New York.

A hospitality industry authority who lends his legal and business expertise to a hotel and resort clientele, Dana is an active participant in the space. He sits on the Advisory Board for the Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations as well as the Planning Committee for the Americas Lodging Investment Summit Law Conference. In both roles, Dana collaborates to identify hot topics facing hoteliers and develop programming to educate them. In addition, Dana frequently speaks at national and regional hospitality industry conferences and events, and he regularly contributes articles to prominent hospitality trade magazines and newsletters.

With a unique vantage point to his work as a lawyer—that of a business owner and operator—Dana assigns practical applications to the employment issues confronting his client base. Likewise, given that he runs a firm with offices in multiple jurisdictions, Dana has firsthand knowledge as to how best to manage off-site employees, as well as a keen understanding of the interplay between state and federal laws, all of which inures to the benefit of M&R’s industry clientele.

It is his business-centric approach to cases that makes his defense of clients in various employment matters—sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, whistleblower and class action litigation, workforce reduction, hiring best practices, and wage and hour issues, to name a few—a cut above. And unlike other experienced labor and employment practitioners, Dana’s fluency in disputes involving the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is enhanced by virtue of his management expertise. The same can be said of his work with companies facing Department of Labor (DOL) and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) claims and audits.

He is among an exclusive group of Southern California lawyers asked to participate in Super Lawyers’ Blue Ribbon Panel to evaluate the nominees for upcoming Southern California Super Lawyers lists.

Age Discrimination: Successfully defended a construction company facing age discrimination claims resulting from layoffs.
Age Discrimination: Successfully resolved age discrimination lawsuit brought by former vice president of sales of direct response marketing company by using his sales plan as evidence against him.
Business Transactions: Served as outside general counsel for action sports and television production company handling areas of licensing, production, and employment.
Class Action Defense: Represented nursing homes in wage and hour class actions brought by former live-in employees.
Disability Discrimination: Resolved dual employment actions brought against major glass manufacturer and retailer.
Disability Discrimination: Successfully defended a regional radiology medical group in a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by a former partner, which included a buyout of the partner’s interest.
EEOC Charge: Resolved dual employment actions brought against a major record label by former employees with no exposure to the company.
Employment Counseling: Served as employment counsel for international automobile repair and roadside assistance company with over 500 employees.
Employment Counseling: Represented multiple veterinary clinics in formation, compliance, and employment-related matters and litigation.
Employment Counseling and Litigation: Represented ambulance companies and specialized clinics in all areas of employment.
Executive Employment Agreements: Prepared numerous executive employment agreements involving industry-specific compensation packages for educational institutions, health care providers, financial services firms, and entertainment, automotive, insurance, construction, restaurant, and food and beverage companies.
Formation, Compliance: Handled the formation, regulatory compliance and employment aspects of multiple medi-spas.
Harassment Defense: Successfully represented regional ophthalmology practice against two hostile work environment claims.
Insurance Industry Counsel: Advised insurance industry employers on numerous issues relating to independent contractors, commissions, broker compensation, theft of client lists, announcements vs. solicitation, broker of record matters, noncompetition, and trade secrets.
National Origin and Age Discrimination, Retaliation: Successfully litigated a discrimination and retaliation matter, settling for a mere 5% of the original demand, while representing one of the largest national restaurant franchisees within the fast-casual space. By strategically conducting key witness interviews during mediation, the mediator heard the pivotal witnesses’ account of the factual events, which led to the low settlement.
Sexual Harassment Counsel: Conducted and advised employers on numerous sexual harassment investigations relating to conduct in dealerships.
Sexual Harassment Defense: Resolved dual sexual harassment suits brought against regional painting company.
Sexual Harassment Defense: Successfully represented talent manager in sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former office personnel.
Wage & Hour Class Action Defense: Represented multiple families in employment issues concerning caregivers and nurses.
Wage & Hour Class Action Defense: Helped clients obtain favorable settlements in numerous wage and hour class action cases alleging a variety of violations including failure to pay overtime, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, and related causes of action.
Wage & Hour Defense: Handled and resolved dual wage and hour claim brought by former drivers of national produce company.
Wage & Hour Defense: Successfully resolved wage and hour lawsuit brought against national limousine company by drivers claiming unpaid overtime and off-the-clock work.
Whistleblowing Defense: Human resources director of a Los Angeles-based national meat packing plant set up her employer by hiring illegal immigrants, only to then blow the whistle on the employer for employing an illegal workforce. Conducted a tactical investigation designed to establish the HR director’s involvement in hiring the illegal workforce. By seeking an early resolution through mediation prior to a lawsuit filing, damage was greatly mitigated and exposure was reduced to one-tenth of what it would have been had litigation commenced.
Whistleblowing Defense: Successfully defended employer against a whistleblowing claim in which the plaintiff reported our client to the California Department of Insurance without understanding regulatory distinction between commercial and personal lines.
Whistleblowing, Sexual Harassment Defense: Handled sexual harassment lawsuit for a tow company resulting in the minimum recovery by establishing the defense of consent.
Wrongful Termination and Violation of Public Party: Successfully represented a food wholesaler in a wrongful termination and wage and hour matter.
  • Top Labor & Employment Lawyer, Daily Journal (2021 and 2022)
  • Forbes Business Council, Member
  • Leader in Law nominee (Labor & Employment), Los Angeles Business Journal (2019 and 2021)
  • Leader in Law finalist (Labor & Employment), Los Angeles Business Journal (2017 and 2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America USA Guide, Labor Law, Management (2021 and listed annually since 2015)
  • Southern California Super Lawyer (2022 and listed annually since 2005)
  • Employment Trailblazer, National Law Journal (2019)
  • Special recognition as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Southern California by Super Lawyers Magazine (2015 and 2016)
  • One of the “Most Trusted Advisors,” San Fernando Valley Business Journal (2011)