Barbara A. Fitzgerald represents employers in all areas of employment law. Her practice emphasizes litigation, primarily the defense of claims for wrongful termination, workplace harassment and retaliation, employment discrimination, and individual and class wage and hour claims. Barbara’s clients include companies in entertainment, health services, financial services, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and transportation.
Barbara defends clients in employment tort claims, including intentional infliction of emotional distress; defamation; intentional interference with employment contracts; invasion of privacy; assault and battery; and negligent hiring, training, and retention. In addition to her litigation work, Barbara advises employers on employment terminations, employment contracts, wage and hour compliance, and investigations of alleged employee misconduct. She also helps clients develop employee manuals, policies, and procedures.
Barbara completed graduate studies at the UCLA School of Public Health. She also holds a certificate, with honors, in business and management of entertainment from the University of California, Los Angeles.
University of Southern California Law School, 1990, J.D.
University of California, Davis, 1983, B.S.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California
U.S. Supreme Court
Awards and Affiliations
Fellow, The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
Recognized, Employment Law - Management, Los Angeles, The Best Lawyers in America (2023)
Recognized, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Los Angeles, The Best Lawyers in America (2020, 2022, 2023)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017, 2019)
Recognized, Most Influential Women Attorneys in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Business Journal (2018)
Finalist, The Recorder’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2013)
Recognized, Southern California Super Lawyers (2007, 2009–2017, 2021–2023)
Board Member, Board of Advisors for the Institute of Corporate Counsel
Board Member, Editorial Board for Matthew Bender's Labor and Employment Law Bulletin
Member, American Bar Association and State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Law and Entertainment Law Sections
Member, American Bar Association, The Motion Picture, Television, Cable, and Radio Division of the Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries