Camilo Echavarria defends large corporations in single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff and class action 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 large national corporations. In his appellate practice, Camilo has represented both appellants and appellees in state and federal courts. His clients have included Bank of America, 24 Hour Fitness, Merrill Lynch, Providence Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Bonneville International and Target Corporation.
Camilo’s 17 years of experience includes over three years as in-house counsel for NBC Universal, which gives him firsthand knowledge of cost-effective ways to partner with clients and provide responsive, results-oriented counsel. Camilo has developed numerous alternative fee arrangements for his corporate clients, enabling them to reduce legal spend and maintain budget predictability.
Afont v. Alaska Airlines
Won summary judgment in wrongful termination case involving claims of harassment, retaliation and disability discrimination. Appeal currently pending. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2014; Cal. App. Pending)
Former Physician v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group
Won directed verdict in arbitration in age discrimination and harassment case brought by former physician. (AAA Arbitration 2014)
Franklin v. 24 Hour Fitness
Defend 24 Hour Fitness in race discrimination and retaliation claims brought by former employee. (ADR Arbitration 2014)
Villafana v. Bank of America, N.A.
Defend Bank of America in age discrimination and retaliation claims brought by 20+ year former employee. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2014)
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 (without a new trial) finding that substantial evidence did not support the jury’s verdict. Plaintiff’s petition for review to California Supreme Court denied. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2011; Cal. App. & Supreme Ct. 2013)
Lenge 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)
Fazeli v. Bank of America, N.A.
Won summary judgment for Bank of America in retaliation claim brought by former banking center manager. Wrote successful motion for summary judgment and argued the appeal. Successfully defended appeal with the 9th Circuit affirming summary judgment ruling. (C.D. Cal. 2011, 9th Cir. 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)
Class Action and Multi-Plaintiff Defense
Noe, et. al. v. Sarnoff, et. al.
Defend national concessions and entertainment clients in wage and hour class action brought on behalf of concessionaires at various sport arena locations in California alleging they were improperly classified as independent contractors and other claims. (L.A. Cty (Cal.) Super. Ct. Ongoing)
Long v. Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
Obtained summary judgment for defendant in Unruh Act class action brought on behalf of all males in California alleging gender price discrimination connection with 3rd party charitable events held at the Playboy Mansion. Summary judgment upheld by 9th Circuit Court of Appeal. (C.D. Cal., 9th Cir. 2014)
Khoshnood, Lalwani & Shahwan v. Bank of America, N.A.
Defended Bank of America in federal court in wrongful termination, race discrimination, and retaliation case filed by three former banking center managers. (2013)
In re KPMG overtime litigation
Defended KPMG in nationwide consolidated wage and hour class actions alleging improper classification of unlicensed accounting employees. (2012)
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. (2012)
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)
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. (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. Wrote appellate brief and argued appeal. (LASC 2011, Ct. of Appeals 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)