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  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California


  • Spanish

Camilo Echavarria

Partner-in-Charge, Los Angeles
Camilo Echavarria defends employers in single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour issues, unfair competition, non-competes, and Unruh Act. In his appellate practice, Camilo has represented both appellants and appellees in state and federal courts, and has been successful in defending all grants of summary judgment that have been appealed. His clients have included Bank of America, 24 Hour Fitness, Providence Health System, Kaiser Permanente, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Toyo Tires, Compass Group USA, and Target Corporation.

Camilo’s two decades 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.

Representative Experience

Single-Plaintiff Litigation

Hernandez v. Bank of America

Won summary judgment in wrongful termination and discrimination case brought by former 30-year employee. Currently on appeal. (2018)

Castro v. Bank of America

Won summary judgment in wrongful termination and retaliaiton case brought by former 40-year employee. (2018)

Dismissal of discrimination case for Providence Health & Services

Former Providence Health & Services employee filed claims of discrimination based on immigration status after she was terminated. Obtained dismissal of all claims on behalf of the client after a hearing before the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO). (2018)

Andrew v. Providence Health & Services

Defended large health care provider in a single-plaintiff wrongful termination and disability discrimination case. Successfully resolved case early in litigation on terms favorable to the client. (2016)

Zipkin v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Southern California Permanente Medical Group et al.

Trial counsel in a case brought by a longtime physician partner of Southern California Permanente Medical Group with 13 causes of action alleging, among other accusations, unlawful retaliation, violation of public policy, violations of the Cal. Health & Safety and Business & Professions Codes, defamation, and emotional distress. After a three week trial, the judge returned a complete defense verdict for all defendants on all claims. (2017)

Afont v. Alaska Airlines

Won summary judgment in wrongful termination case involving claims of harassment, retaliation, and disability discrimination. Successfully defended appeal with the court affirming summary judgment ruling. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2014; Cal. Ct. App. 2016) 

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 2015)

Ghadery v. 24 Hour Fitness, Lucatuorto v. 24 Hour Fitness, Tooley v. 24 Hour Fitness

Defended 24 Hour Fitness in race and age discrimination and retaliation lawsuits brought by former employees. Successfully compelled arbitration and, after limited discovery, resolved actions. (ADR Arbitration 2016)

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

Won summary judgment in wrongful termination case involving claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and retaliation. 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)

Class Action and Multi-Plaintiff Defense

Nine employees v. Providence Health & Services

Successfully defended Providence in multi-plaintiff action involving meal and rest break claims while being on-call. (2018)

Noe, et. al. v. Sarnoff, et. al.

Representing 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. 2017)

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 third 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)

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)

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)

Additional Qualifications

  • Litigation Counsel, NBC Universal Inc., 2003-2006
  • Litigation Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP, 1997-2003

Professional & Community Activities

  • Partner in Charge, Los Angeles, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 2019
  • Chair of Committee, 2018; Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Associate Development Partner, Employment Practice Group, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Co-Chair of Board of Directors, California Minority Counsel Program
  • Board of Trustees, Mexican American Bar Foundation
  • Board of Directors, LK Health, a nonprofit FQHC clinic
  • Regional President, Southern California, 2014-2016; Member; Hispanic National Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of the "Top Latino Lawyers" by Latino Leaders Magazine, 2018
  • Named one of the "Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles," Los Angeles Business Journal, 2018
  • Named to "Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders," by Diversity MBA Magazine, 2015
  • Winner, 2015 Corporate LiveWire – Global Awards, Arbitration, Los Angeles
  • Selected to "California’s 75 TopL Labor and Employment Lawyers," Daily Journal, 2014
  • Selected to "Southern California Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2007-2011
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