Erin (Mindoro) Ezra

Erin (Mindoro) Ezra, a partner in the Irvine office, focuses her practice on employment law and litigation.

Erin has successfully represented clients in wage and hour disputes, sexual harassment, discrimination, accommodation, retaliation, and other employment disputes.

In addition to litigation, Erin also works with business owners, managers, and human resource departments to help ensure sound practices that prevent employment litigation and minimize workplace disputes.  She has also worked with employment contracts and developing personnel policies to ensure legal compliance.

With both a JD and MBA degree, Erin excels in dealing with the complex legal issues juxtaposed against the practical realities today’s California businesses face.

Erin has garnered recognition from Super Lawyers Rising Stars to the lists of “Up-and-Coming 25: Orange County Rising Stars,” “Up-and-Coming 100: Southern California Rising Stars,” and “Up-and-Coming 50: Women Southern California Rising Stars.” In addition, Erin has been selected to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” from 2013-present, “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California” in 2014-present, and is an Avvo Clients’ Choice awardee in 2014 for her glowing client reviews and a perfect “10” rating.

Before joining Berger Kahn, Erin was an associate at O’Connell and Aronowitz in the firm’s Plattsburgh, New York office, where her practice concentrated on litigation.

In her practice, Erin has successfully handled appeals, including published opinions in Bourdeau Bros., Inc. v. Bennett, 74 A.D.3d 1542 (3rd Dep’t 2010), McCormick v. Bechtol, 68 A.D.3d 1376 (3rd Dep’t 2009), and Klotz v. Warick, 53 A.D.3d 976 (3rd Dep’t 2008).

Known for her insightful legal commentary, Erin is frequently published in top legal publications, including Law360, the Daily Journal, O.C. Lawyer and other leading legal and HR publications. Some of Erin’s employment publications include:

“Job Applicant Background Check Basics for Employers”
Women on Business – November 23, 2015

“Simplifying Background Checks
HRM America – November 11, 2015

“4 C’s to Correctly Classifying Independent Contractors”
Women on Business – August 3, 2015

“Are Nail Salons Lousy with the Law?
Daily Journal – June 20, 2015

“Taking a Pregnant Pause: Potential Pitfalls in Applying the Business Judgment Rule and the Mixed Motive Defense in Employment Cases”
O.C. Lawyer – October 1, 2014

“Don’t Get Hit by an Employment Lawsuit”
Nails Magazine – August 2014

“Thinking Outside the Checked Box: Six Legal Tips to Get More Out of Your Employment Application”
You The Entrepreneur – August 7, 2014

“Mixed Emotions on the Mixed Motive Defense”
Law360 – May 18, 2014

“Nailing Down Independent Contractor Status”
HG Legal Resources

Erin is committed to excellence in the legal profession and community service, frequently serving the Orange County legal community through her nonprofit board memberships and volunteer service.


Education


University at Buffalo, State University of New York (JD/MBA, 2007)
• Dean’s Scholarship
• Student Attorney for Buffalo Law School Securities Clinic

La Sierra University (BS Finance and Risk Management, 2001)
• Cum Laude and Honors Program
• Senior Honors Thesis: Conditional Risk and Return in South Africa
• Alumni Award, School of Business & Management


Past Experience

Law Clerk for the Law Offices of Kantor & Godwin, PLLC, Williamsville, New York
Law Clerk for Friestad Law Firm, APC, San Diego, California
Summer Associate for Hiscock & Barclay, Buffalo, New York
Legislative Extern for former United States Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton


Admitted to Practice

• California
• U.S. District Court, Central and Eastern Districts of California
• U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
• New York
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York


Memberships
State Bar of California
Project Youth, Orange County Bar Foundation, Associate Board Member
Orange County Bar Association


Distinctions

2018 Super Lawyers “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California”
2017 Super Lawyers “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California”
2016 Super Lawyers “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California”
2015 Super Lawyers “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California”
2014 Super Lawyers “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California”
2013 Super Lawyers “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California”
2017 Up-and-Coming 25: “Orange County Rising Stars”
2016 Up-and-Coming 25: “Orange County Rising Stars”
2015 Up-and-Coming 25: “Orange County Rising Stars”
2017 Up-and-Coming 50: “Women Southern California Rising Stars”
2016 Up-and-Coming 50: “Women Southern California Rising Stars”
2015 Up-and-Coming 50: “Women Southern California Rising Stars”
2015 Up-and-Coming 100: “Southern California Rising Stars”
2018 Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
2017 Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
2016 Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
2015 Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
2014 Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
2013 Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”


Languages
Tagalog


Recent Media Coverage

Berger Kahn Attends OCBA’s ADR Section July Meeting Featuring Retired Shareholder Lance LaBelleOrange County Bar Association – August 6, 2018

Shareholder Teresa Ponder and Partner Erin (Mindoro) Ezra Recognized to List of Super Lawyers Southern California Women’s Edition
Super Lawyers – August 6, 2018

Partner Erin (Mindoro) Ezra Named to Super Lawyers 2018 “Rising Stars”
Super Lawyers – July 7, 2018

Attorney Journal Features Partner Erin (Mindoro) Ezra for her Selection to Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
Attorney Journal – October 9, 2017

Shareholder Teresa Ponder and Partner Erin (Mindoro) Ezra Recognized to List of Super Lawyers Southern California Women’s Edition
Super Lawyers – July 14, 2017

Partner Erin Mindoro Named to Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
Super Lawyers – June 5, 2017

Partner Erin Mindoro Featured in Election Day Avvo Guide for Employer Rules in California
Avvo Legal Guides – November 8, 2016

Shareholder Teresa Ponder and Partner Erin Mindoro Featured in O.C. Attorney Journal
O.C. Attorney Journal – November 4, 2016

L.A. Daily News Features Erin Mindoro With Election Day Tips For Employers
L.A. Daily News – November 4, 2016

Shareholder Teresa Ponder and Partner Erin Mindoro Featured in the Super Lawyers Southern California “Top Women” Lists for 2016
Super Lawyers – September 1, 2016

Nails Magazine Features Partner Erin Mindoro On Non-Compete Contracts
Nails Magazine – August 3, 2016

Partner Erin Mindoro Featured in July Issue of Attorney Journal for Recognition in Super Lawyers
O.C. Attorney Journal – July 8, 2016

Principal Erin Mindoro Featured in HRM America in “Simplifying Background Checks” – A Guide for the Use of Background Checks in the Workplace
HRM America – December 4, 2015

Women on Business Magazine Features “Job Applicant Background Check Basics for Employers” by Berger Kahn Principal Erin Mindoro
Women on Business – December 4, 2015

Principal Erin Mindoro Featured in Attorney Journal for Promotion
O.C. Attorney Journal – November 16, 2015

Coast Magazine’s “Top Attorneys” Features Principals Craig Simon, Sherman Spitz, Lance LaBelle, David Ezra, and Erin Mindoro
Coast Magazine – October 1, 2015

Erin Mindoro Featured in Women On Business in “4 C’s to Correctly Classifying Independent Contractors”
Women on Business – August 18, 2015

O.C. Register Business Section Sunday Edition Features Promotion of Attorney Erin Mindoro to Partner
O.C. Register – August 18, 2015

Berger Kahn Promotes Erin Mindoro to Principal
August 1, 2015

Daily Journal Features Employment Law Column on Nail Salon Employment Issues by Attorney Erin Mindoro
Daily Journal – June 20, 2015

O.C. Bar Association Commends Berger Kahn Attorneys for Selection to Super Lawyers “Top” Lists
O.C. Bar Association – June 11, 2015

Attorney Journal Features Berger Kahn Attorney for O.C. Bar Foundation Associate Board Role
O.C. Attorney Journal – February 1, 2015

Berger Kahn Attorneys Publish Article in O.C. Lawyer on Recent Trend in Employment Litigation Trial Practice and the Business Judgment Rule
O.C. Lawyer – October 1, 2014

Six Business Tips for Nail Salon Owners From Berger Kahn Employment Attorney Erin Mindoro Featured in Nails Magazine
Nails Magazine – September 2, 2014

Attorney Journal Community News Features Berger Kahn Attorneys for Recognition to List of Super Lawyers “Top Women Attorneys”
Orange County Attorney Journal – September 2, 2014

Claims Journal Magazine Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in 24-Hour Reporting Column “What You May Not Know About Uninsured Motorists Claims”
Claims Journal – August 26, 2014

Business Publication “You The Entrepreneur” Features Article by Attorney Erin Mindoro Offering Six Legal Tips to Get More Out of an Employment Application
You The Entrepreneur – August 7, 2014

Attorney Erin Mindoro featured in HG Legal Resources “Nailing Down Independent Contractor Status”
HG Legal Resources – July 17, 2014

Law 360 Features Expert Analysis of Berger Kahn Attorneys Erin Mindoro and Heather Whitmore in “Mixed Emotions on the Mixed Motive Defense”
Law360 – May 18, 2014

ABC7 News Features Berger Kahn Client and Former Costco Pharmacy Tech. Fired for Alerting Supervisors About Excessive Filling of Narcotic Prescriptions
ABC7 Los Angeles – February 21, 2013


Representative Matters
Berger Kahn Prevails in Uninsured Motorist Benefits Case
Berger Kahn Associate Erin Mindoro and Principal David Ezra obtained a favorable judgment on August 20, 2012 in a case involving alleged uninsured motorist benefits and bad faith claims handling.


Community Involvement

Partner Erin Mindoro Ezra Featured At Project Youth OCBF Young Lawyer Career Panel
Berger Kahn Partner and Associate Board Member Erin Mindoro Ezra addressed Project SELF interns at University of California, Irvine School of Law as part of the Project Youth Orange County Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Career Panel on July 11, 2018. Erin and another OCBF Associate Board member shared their experiences and lessons from their journey from law school and their careers. Project SELF is a program of the non-profit organization Project Youth in partnership with the Orange County Chapter Association of Legal Administrators. The Project SELF program provides legal internships and mentorships to low-income and at-risk Santa Ana youth entering their Senior year of High School.

Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin Ezra Attend Judicate West Celebration
On June 7, 2018, Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin Ezra attended the Judicate West Open House celebrating Judicate West’s 25th anniversary and welcoming the newest additions to their roster of distinguished neutrals. The event, held in the Judicate West offices in Santa Ana, welcomed Hon. Frederick P. Aguirre, Ret., Hon. Theirry P Colaw, Ret., Ed Fernandez, Esq., Hon. Steven Perk, Ret., and Hon. Clay Smith, Ret.

Project Youth Orange County Bar Foundation Rooftop Event Attended and Supported by Berger Kahn Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin (Mindoro) Ezra
In support of the programs and initiatives of the Project Youth Orange County Bar Foundation, OCBF Associate Board member and Berger Kahn Partner Erin Ezra, Shareholder Dave Ezra, along with Associate Ian Kaplan, Alyssa Telles, Hannah Hong and Rebecca Malkin joined the Bar Foundation for their 6th Annual Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser. Project Youth keeps at-risk youth in school, healthy, and drug-free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening by addressing youth risk factors at an early age and by building the capacity of local service systems that promote positive results, often giving youth a second chance.

Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin Ezra Attend Project Youth OCBF Annual Meeting
The 2017 Orange County Bar Foundation Society of Fellows Recognition Reception and Annual meeting on December 13 awarded the Project Youth OCBF’s “Sammy” award, the Society of Fellows Distinguished Fellows award, and the Distinguished Judicial Fellows awards. The 2018 Board of Directors were announced, along with the installation of Officers for 2018 and the 2018 Associate Board of Directors. Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin Ezra attended the event in support of the OCBF.

Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin Ezra Attend OCBF Fundraiser Event
In January 2018, Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin Ezra attended the Orange County Bar Foundation’s Game Day Fundraiser to help benefit the OCBF’s Youth Projects, a nonprofit organization committed to keeping at-risk youth in school, healthy and drug-free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening.

Dave and Erin Attend the 2017 Annual Benefit for Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County Auction, and Benefit Reception
Each year the Constitutional Rights Foundation Orange County (CRF-OC) reaches nearly 8,500 Orange County students and adult volunteers through these five innovative, interactive and engaging educational programs. This year, Dave and Erin had the honor of attending this charitable foundation’s night of support.

Shareholder David Ezra and Partner Erin Mindoro Attend CRFOC Mock Trial Awards
On February 9, Dave and Erin attended the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange county, Mock Trial Annual Awards Reception, with attorney Bryan Caforio as keynote speaker, winner of the 2000 Judge Henry Moor Outstanding Orator of the Year Award, and honoring Hon. Glenda Sanders, the Orange County Public Defender’s Office and more for their service in the community.

Partner Erin Mindoro Serves as Mock Trial Attorney Scorekeeper for Constitutional Rights Foundation
Constitutional Rights Foundation Orange County held round two of their mock trial competition on Nov. 17, 2016, and Partner Erin Mindoro was there to support the effort as a volunteer attorney scorekeeper.

O.C. Bar Foundation Associate Board Summer Rooftop Event Attended and Supported by Berger Kahn
In support of the programs and initiatives of the O.C. Bar Foundation, OCBF Associate Board member and Berger Kahn partner Erin Mindoro, along with Shareholder Dave Ezra, attorney Orlando Arellano and legal secretary Pam Daubert joined the Bar Foundation for their summer rooftop event.

Shareholder David Ezra and Principal Erin Mindoro Run 5K at O.C. Marathon for O.C. Bar Foundation
The Orange County Bar Foundation proudly included Shareholder David Ezra and Partner Erin Mindoro among their charity team at the O.C. Marathon, culminating in the Wahoo’s 5K run.

Shareholder David Ezra and Prinicpal Erin Mindoro Attend Bar Foundation Event in Support of Empowering Youth
Shareholder David Ezra and Principal Erin Mindoro attended the O.C. Bar Foundation “Game Day Fundraiser” on behalf of Berger Kahn, enjoying football, food, games and raffle prizes all in support of the nonprofit organization where Erin serves on the Associate Board.

Principals David Ezra and Erin Mindoro Attend O.C. Bar Foundation Society of Fellow Recognition Reception and Installation Dinner
Principals David Ezra and Erin Mindoro attended the O.C. Bar Foundation Society of Fellow Recognition Reception and Installation Dinner recognizing those who made the important work of the Bar Foundation possible throughout the year. Erin Mindoro is a proud member of the Associate Board of the Bar Foundation and is involved in many of their events throughout the year.

Berger Kahn Attorneys and Staff Share Knowledge and Resources with O.C. Bar Foundation Higher Education Mentoring Program
On August 26, Berger Kahn Principal Erin Mindoro co-presented a workshop to 22 high school seniors at the Orange County Bar Foundation offices on topics including writing, communications, and college admission essays.

Berger Kahn Supports Arts, Access to Justice and Safer Children and Families
In the effort to support the community, Berger Kahn has been able to give in-kind donations to community partners who make our community strong.

O.C. Bar Foundation Event Sponsored by Berger Kahn
In support of the programs and initiatives of the O.C. Bar Foundation, Associate Board member attorney Erin Mindoro, along with Principal Dave Ezra and attorney Orlando Arellano joined the Bar Foundation for their summer rooftop event.

Swearing-In Ceremony for Orange County Bar Foundation 2015 Associate Board of Directors Includes Berger Kahn Attorney Erin Mindoro
On December 3, 2014, Berger Kahn attorney Erin Mindoro was officially sworn in as one of the newest Associate Board members for the Orange Bounty Bar Foundation, a highly-esteemed Orange County non-profit organization committed to keeping at-risk youth out of jail, in school, healthy, and drug free through education, counseling, and mentoring.

Berger Kahn at the Constitutional Rights Foundation Annual Benefit
Partner Dave Ezra and Attorneys Erin Mindoro and Zach Rutman joined the Constitutional Rights Foundation to celebrate 33 years of service to Orange County youth, recognize the outstanding legal leadership, and raise awareness of the CRF’s work promoting civic literacy and youth leadership.

Berger Kahn Attorneys Attend Judicate West “Suite Night of Baseball” Supporting Inner City Law Center’s Homeless Veterans Program, Sept. 18
Shareholder David Ezra and attorney Erin Mindoro attended the Judicate West “Suite Night of Baseball” event supporting Inner City Law Center’s Homeless Veterans Program, Sept. 18, 2014.

Berger Kahn Attends OC Bar Foundation Associate Board Event Supporting Youth Safety, Health and Education
Shareholder Dave Ezra, and attorneys Erin Mindoro and Zach Rutman attended the O.C. Bar Foundation Associate Board’s premier annual event, benefiting youth safety, health and education programs of the Orange County Bar Foundation.