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Representing California Employers and Executives

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Our Employment Law practice includes both counseling employers on how to comply with the myriad of federal, state and local, employment and labor laws, and representing employers in employment related litigation.  We also have substantial experience representing high ranking executives, negotiating their employment agreements and severance packages.




  • Best Practices in Hiring, Firing and Managing Employees

  • Employee Handbooks 

  • Employment Policies

  • Severance Agreements

  • RIFS and Layoffs

  • Leave of Absences

  • Day-to-Day Counseling

  • Job Descriptions

  • Dress Code Policies


  • Wage and Hour Individual and Class Action Defense

  • Harassment and Discrimination Defense

  • Defend against Claims of Wrongful Termination

  • Disability Discrimination/Disability Accommodations

  • Executive Compensation

  • Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

  • Representing Clients at Labor Commissioner Hearings



Deborah Birndorf Zeiler

Managing Partner

Debbie Birndorf Zeiler has been practicing law for more than twenty-five years, including ten years at major law firms.  She represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including defense of harassment and discrimination claims, wage claims, wage and hour class actions, disability claims, and misappropriation of trade secrets.  She also provides counseling, drafts, and reviews employment contracts, severance agreements, employee handbooks, and personnel policies.

Debbie earned her B.A. from UCLA, an M.B.A. from NYU, and her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated top of her class.  In addition to her full-time practice, Debbie teaches Legal Aspects of Employee Relations at UCLA Extension as part of the HR Certificate Program

Debbie has been named a 2021 Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor.  She was previously awarded the Super Lawyer honor in 2013 and 2015-2020.  She has also been named one of the Top Employment and Labor Attorneys in Los Angeles and one of the Top Women Attorneys by Los Angeles Magazine.  Birndorf Law Offices was also recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the Best Law Firms in Los Angeles.


Debbie serves on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section and Chairs the Saturday Seminar Program Committee.


Birndorf Law Offices, located in Los Angeles, California, was formed in 2004 by attorneys who have practiced at major law firms in both Chicago and Los Angeles.  Our firm is an employment counseling and litigation boutique representing California employers and executives. 


Our lawyers are hardworking, committed, pragmatic, and well-educated, having received their degrees from some of the most prestigious schools in the country.  We strive to deliver the highest quality legal work, and never forget that our primary concern is our clients' well-being.


Our clients range from individuals to large corporations, and we have worked in a broad range of industries, including electronics, manufacturing, computer software and hardware, printing, engineering, health care, pharmacy, and grocery stores.



Monica Smith

A native of Atlanta, Monica has been pleased to be Ms. Birndorf's assistant, paralegal, and office manager for over ten years. 

Arianna Aveni

Recently graduated, Arianna is thrilled to be joining the office team as administrative support.

Supporting staff


Our Address

11845 West Olympic Blvd.

Suite 735W

Los Angeles, CA 90064​

Tel  310.914.8400

Fax 310.914.8480



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