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© 2015 Birndorf Law Offices, APC. Powered by WIX



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

Deborah Birndorf Zeiler has been practicing law for more than twenty years, with eleven years at major law firms in both Chicago and Los Angeles.  Her practice primarily focuses on representing employers in all aspects of employment law, including harassment and discrimination claims, wage claims (including defense of wage and hours class actions), disability claims, and misappropriation of trade secrets.  She also provides preventative counseling and advice, and 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 in the top of her class.  She is licensed to practice in California and Illinois, is a frequent speaker on a variety of employment law topics (see Speaking Engagements), and teaches Legal Aspects of Employee Relations at UCLA Extension.

 She is a member of the American Bar Association, the California State Bar, the Los Angeles Bar Association, and the Illinois Bar. 


Debbie has been honored by being named a Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor in 2013, 2015, 2016 and most recently in 2017.  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.


She is an active in her community as a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, UCLA Bruin Professionals, the Greater Los Angeles Community Association Institute, and various Human Resources professional trade organizations including PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association) and SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management).

Jonathan Assia

Associate Attorney

Jonathan Assia joined Birndorf Law Offices in August 2018. After earning his B.A. from UCLA in 2015, Jonathan ventured to the east coast where he graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Law. During his time in law school, Jonathan externed with a Federal District Court Judge, where he learned about litigation from a judicial perspective, and was published in Boston University School of Law’s Review of Banking and Financial Law. Following his graduation, Jonathan returned to Los Angeles where he became a member of the California Bar Association and now practices management side employment law as Ms. Birndorf’s associate. In his short time with the firm, Jonathan has assisted with everything from large class actions to day to day client consultation. In his free time, Jonathan is an avid golfer, classical music enthusiast, and dedicated sports fan.


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. 


Our Address

11845 West Olympic Blvd.

Suite 735W

Los Angeles, CA 90064​

Email info@birndorflaw.com
Tel  310.914.8400

Fax 310.914.8480



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