Barry D. Kellman

Phone: 310.820.9100
Fax: 310.582.5255
Email: bkellman@kellmanlawyers.com

Prior to becoming a business and employment lawyer, Mr. Kellman enjoyed a distinguished career as a Chief Executive Officer in the retail, publishing, and hospitality industries.  On a daily basis, he puts that “real world” experience to use on behalf of our clients.  His practical advice on recruiting, hiring, compensation, discipline and termination frequently resolves conflicts before they ripen into litigation.

When a lawsuit is necessary, our clients place well-earned confidence in Mr. Kellman’s courtroom skills.  In state court, federal court and government hearings, he has successfully defended hundreds of clients, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, against claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination and related issues.  On a selective basis, Mr. Kellman also represents individuals with meritorious employment claims.

Mr. Kellman is a skilled negotiator with a reputation for getting deals done.  He has managed numerous employment audits and has overseen all employment issues arising from mergers and acquisitions.  He is proficient at drafting the entire array of employment-related documents, from executive employment and confidentiality agreements to policy manuals. 

Mr. Kellman is a member of the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  He appears regularly as a guest speaker for the California Employment Development Department.  He is admitted to practice before each of the United States District Courts in the State of California and
 the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Kellman is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA.  He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he was also named Distinguished Advocate in the Roscoe Pound Moot Court Tournament.

PLEASE NOTE: Barry Kellman also provides training in all aspects of employment law for business owners, managers and Human Resources professionals.

Erika Lynn Kleiman

Phone: 424.277.3777 x1
Fax: 310.582.5255
Email: ekleiman@kellmanlawyers.com

Ms. Kleiman has practiced law in Los Angeles since 1997, with an emphasis on employment law since 2000.  Her practice spans all aspects of employment law, including family and medical leaves, discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour issues.  She has extensive experience advising employers regarding the creation of internal policies and application of employment law best practices, and regularly provides advice on sensitive issues such as pregnancy disability and workplace violence.  Ms. Kleiman’ s clients span a wide range of industries, and include large multi-office corporations as well as high net-worth individuals with household staff.  Ms. Kleiman also represents employers in administrative actions before agencies such as the California Department of Industrial Relations and the EEOC. 

Prior to joining Kellman & Kleiman, Ms. Kleiman was a University Counsel for the California State University system.  In that capacity, she helped develop campus human resources policies, negotiated and drafted employment-related agreements, and supervised the investigation of discrimination and harassment complaints.  Ms. Kleiman began her career as a litigator in the Los Angeles office of a large national law firm.

Ms. Kleiman graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in International Relations.  She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law where she was the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems.  She is a member of the State Bar of California.

PLEASE NOTE: Erika Kleiman also provides training in all aspects of employment law for business owners, managers and Human Resources professionals.

Susan Mercer

Phone: 424.277.3777 x3
Fax: 310.582.5255
Email: smercer@kellmanlawyers.com

Ms. Mercer brings to her practice over 15 years of experience as a litigator and counselor, with an emphasis on employment law and related business matters.  As former Senior Counsel for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, Ms. Mercer has particular expertise in matters relating to the entertainment industry.  In addition to representing our clients in state and federal courts and administrative proceedings, Ms. Mercer counsels employers on the full spectrum of HR compliance issues.

Ms. Mercer is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Boston College.  She received her J.D. from American University: Washington College of Law, where she was Note and Comment Editor of the Journal of Gender and the Law.

Ms. Mercer is admitted to practice before all California state and federal courts, and is a member of the American Bar Association.


About Us


Kellman & Kleiman defends employers (and, on a selective basis, represents employees with meritorious claims) in the following areas:

  • Age discrimination
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Background investigations
  • Breach of contract
  • California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • Civil rights issues
  • COBRA issues
  • Compensation issues
  • Commission issues
  • Confidentiality issues
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Constructive termination
  • Consulting agreements
  • Contract issues
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Defamation
  • DFEH charges
  • Disability discrimination
  • Discrimination
  • DLSE charges
  • Drug testing
  • Employee handbooks
  • Employment audits
  • EEOC charges
  • Equal Pay Act (EPA)
  • Ethnic discrimination
  • Executive compensation
  • Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Failure to promote
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Fraternization issues
  • Gender discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Hiring issues
  • Hostile environment
  • Independent contractors
  • Internet issues
  • Labor Commissioner charges
  • Layoffs
  • Leased employees
  • Leaves of absence
  • Meal periods
  • Negligent hiring and retention
  • Non-competition issues
  • Non-solicitation
  • Overtime issues
  • Payroll issues
  • Personal time off (PTO)
  • Personnel policies
  • Pregnancy discrimination
  • Privacy issues
  • Public policy claims
  • Race discrimination
  • Recordkeeping requirements
  • Recruiting
  • Reductions in force
  • Release agreements
  • Religious discrimination
  • Rest breaks
  • Retaliation
  • Severance issues
  • Sick leave
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Trade secrets
  • Training
  • Unfair competition
  • Vacation pay
  • Wage and hour claims
  • WARN Act
  • Whistleblower claims
  • Working hours
  • Workplace violence issues
  • Wrongful termination



Kellman & Kleiman attorneys provide training for busy professionals in all areas of management and employment law.  Courses may be conducted at our offices or yours, for individuals or groups.  Current course offerings are listed below.


Identifying and Preventing Sexual Harassment

A 2-hour interactive workshop for supervisors that satisfies all requirements of California Assembly Bill AB 1825.  Course materials include personnel policies prohibiting harassment, discrimination and improper fraternization.


Boot Camp for Managers

An intensive 3-hour “crash course” in employment law for managers.  The course provides legally compliant techniques for effectively hiring, evaluating, compensating, disciplining and terminating employees.  Course materials include Hiring Checklist, sample interview questions, Acknowledgment of At-Will Employment, Notice of Counseling, Meal Period Waiver Request, Make-Up Time Request, Termination Checklist and more.


Personnel Investigations

A 1-hour course for Human Resource Managers, business owners and others who might be called upon to conduct or oversee personnel investigations.  Course materials include outline of questions for use in interviewing complainant, witnesses and the accused.


Workplace Privacy

A 1-hour course for managers and Human Resource professionals on how to monitor and evaluate performance without violating privacy rights.  Subjects covered include Internet use, security cameras, offsite conduct, substance abuse problems, “blogging,” and medical privacy issues.  Course materials include relevant policies.


Protecting Confidential Information

A 1-hour program explaining how to protect trade secrets and other confidential information.  Topics covered include covenants not to compete, covenants not to solicit, confidentiality agreements and security measures.  Course materials include relevant policies.

For additional information and registration materials, please contact Barry Kellman at bkellman@kellmanlawyers.com.


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                   Westside Office                   
12100 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1100
                   Los Angeles, CA 90025                   
T:  310.820.9100


 South Bay Office
2615 Pacific Coast Hwy. Suite 300
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
T:  424.277.3777