Camilo Echavarria defends large corporations in single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff and class action employment cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour issues. He also handles complex business and entertainment litigation for financial, retail, health care and media clients.
Camilo’s diverse litigation background includes defending unfair competition and Unruh Act class actions, as well as employment cases against Merrill Lynch, Countrywide Home Loans, Bank of America, GE Capital, Target, T-Mobile and AT&T.
As a former in-house counsel for NBC Universal, Camilo understands the importance of providing efficient and cost-effective legal counsel. He frequently partners with clients to develop alternative fee arrangements in order to reduce legal costs and to help clients accurately budget such costs.
Blasingame v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, et. al.
Defend Kaiser entities in disability, age, gender discrimination claims brought by former pharmacist. (Ongoing)
Corman v. Government Employees Insurance Co.
Defend GEICO in disability discrimination and retaliation claim brought by former employee. (Ongoing)
Employee v. Charter Communications LLC
Won summary judgment in wrongful termination case involving claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and retaliation on behalf of fourth-largest cable and internet provider in the U.S. Employee-plaintiff had dyslexia and was terminated after refusing to return from medical leave. Court found plaintiff’s complaint failed on all seven claims. (C.D. Cal. 2013)
Estrella v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith, Inc.
Defend Merrill Lynch and several current and former employees in a single-plaintiff case alleging claims for sexual harassment, constructive discharge, and retaliation. Case resolved without payment of any settlement amount. (2012)
El Gendy v. Bank of America, N.A.
Defended Bank of America in disability discrimination and retaliation claim brought by former employee. (2012)
Winston v. Countrywide Home Loans, Bank of America Corp.
Co-trial counsel for defendants in a month-long trial for fraud and wrongful discharge claims brought by former Countrywide executive. Obtained defense verdict on all but one claim. Led the successful appeal. The Court of Appeals found for the defense on the final claim and reversed the judgment in full finding no record for evidence supporting the jury’s verdict. (2013)
Willis v. Landsafe Title of California, Bank of America Corporation
Defended Landsafe and Bank of America in retaliation and wrongful discharge brought by former executive. (2011)
Class Action and Multi-Plaintiff Defense
Khoshnood, Lalwani & Shahwan v. Bank of America, N.A.
Defending Bank of America in federal court in wrongful termination, race discrimination, and retaliation case filed by three former banking center managers. (Ongoing)
Long v. Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
Obtained summary judgment for defendant in Unruh Act and Gender Tax Repeal Act class action brought on behalf of all males in California alleging gender price discrimination in connection with 3rd party charitable events held at the Playboy Mansion. (2012)
In re KPMG overtime litigation
Defense counsel in nationwide consolidated wage and hour class actions brought against KPMG alleging improper classification of unlicensed accountanting employees. (Ongoing)
Cortese, Docker, & Robinson v. Bank of America Home Loans, et. al.
Defended Bank of America in sexual harassment, assault, and battery claims brought by three former employees. (2010)
Campbell v. American Express, Conde Nast Publications, et al.
Obtained summary judgment as lead defense counsel in class action brought on behalf of all males in California against eight corporate defendants alleging violations of the Unruh Act (gender discrimination) and Gender Tax Repeal Act in connection with a "Women's Golf Month" event. (L.A. Cnty. (Cal.) Super. Ct. 2009)
Rojas v. Shell Oil, et al.
Defended wage and hour class action brought against nine petroleum refinery defendants alleging violations of Labor Code section 2810 and related wage statutes. Motion to dismiss under FRCP 12(b)(6) granted, and case dismissed on pleadings. (CDDC 2009)
Health Care and Business Litigation
Hillsides Home for Children v. State of California, et. al., Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services v. State of California, et. al., Five Acres – The Boys & Girls Aid Society of LA County v. State of California, et. al.
Successfully reversed adverse judgment on appeal and settled all claims for three mental health care providers in disputes with the state of California involving failure to pay thousands of Medi-Cal claims. (2012)
NuboNau, Inc. v. NB Labs, LTD, et. al.
Represented UK company in trademark case brought in the Southern District of California. Successfully moved to dismiss action for lack of personal jurisdiction. (2012)
Commercial litigation for national wireless carrier
Lead defense counsel for national wireless carrier in two separate lawsuits, alleging claims of fraud, breach of contract, wrongful interference with contract, and wrongful interference with prospective economic advantage. Successfully brought motion to compel arbitration in one case, leading to dismissal of case. (2010)
Health care litigation for consortium of 18 mental health care providers
Represented a consortium of 18 mental health care providers in a dispute with the County of Los Angeles and the state of California involving the implementation of a faulty Medi-Cal billing system. (2009)
The Fulcrum Group v. Pacific Health Corporation, et al.; The Fulcrum Group v. Scripps Health
Prosecuted contract actions against Pacific Health, Scripps Health, and subsidiary hospitals. Both cases were successfully resolved prior to trial. (2008, 2009)