Lillian K. Yoo

Overview

Lillian K. Yoo is a trial attorney in Meyers Nave’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and Trial and Litigation Practice Group. She provides experienced and practical counsel on a broad range of issues for her public agency clients. Lillian regularly handles a wide range of labor and employment disputes, including complex wage and hour class actions, wrongful termination, harassment and retaliation claims.    Her civil experience also includes defending personal injury and government tort claims as well as claims of excessive force, battery, sexual assault, negligence and other allegations of professional misconduct against law enforcement and school district personnel.

Before joining Meyers Nave, Lillian was an employment and criminal law associate at a Los Angeles law firm. Specifically, she worked on matters ranging from allegations of employee misconduct, Skelly hearings, suspensions, dismissal proceedings before the Office of Administrative Hearings, reduction-in-force proceedings, and disability discrimination and sexual harassment claims. Lillian also handled numerous matters arising out of allegations of child abuse and/or molestation.

For school district clients, Lillian offers unique, well-rounded insight into their most pressing legal issues, having represented not only district clients but also the government—in her former role in the state prosecutor’s office—as well as teachers themselves. On behalf of school districts, she now leverages this insider understanding of her opponents to lend her clients a distinct, strategic advantage in court, in negotiations, and behind the scenes as strategic counsel.  Lillian’s representations have included matters involving the California Teachers Association and United Teachers of Los Angeles, enabling her to gain acute familiarity with those organizations.

For law enforcement clients, Lillian has investigated and defended claims of excessive force, battery, sexual assault, negligence and other allegations of professional misconduct on behalf of various law enforcement agencies, including officers with the Los Angeles Police Department, San Leandro Police Department, and Petaluma Police Department.  Lillian began her career at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. In participating in the prosecution of dozens of felony matters, and in assisting with the prosecution of serious crimes in the Hardcore Gang Unit, Lillian developed key relationships within the agency, command of its inner workings, and courtroom skill.
 

While in law school, Lillian externed with Senior Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and clerked at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. She is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California.
 

Published Decisions

  • Marken v. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, (2012) 202 Cal. App. 4th 1250

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, CALI Award for Highest Grade in Employment Law

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association

Education

  • Pepperdine University, JD, with Honors, 2008
  • University of Southern California, BA, Sociology, with honors, 2004