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Nannina Angioni

Nannina Angioni

Partner

Business, Labor & Employment Litigation and Compliance

Nannina Angioni is a founding partner of KAEDIAN LLP. She focuses her practice on business, labor and employment litigation and compliance. Ms. Angioni advocates on behalf of companies, entrepreneurs, and management in all areas of business and employment relations throughout California and Nevada. Ms. Angioni also proactively advises businesses, provides guidance on human resources and discipline issues, trains management and supervisory staff, and conducts investigations as part of a comprehensive strategy to prevent litigation and facilitate clients’ growth.

Prior to forming KAEDIAN LLP, Ms. Angioni was a partner at a respected mid-sized law firm, where she managed an active civil litigation practice with a heavy caseload in both state and federal courts. Ms. Angioni’s practice covered a full spectrum of litigation in single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits and administrative hearings, involving claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower protection, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, Labor Code violations, disability accommodations, breach of contract, unfair business practices, and privacy rights violations. Ms. Angioni quickly established an impressive track record for her clients, obtaining summary judgment and early dismissals in numerous cases. Through effective use of investigation techniques, strategically aggressive discovery and motion practice, Ms. Angioni secured successful results that mitigated client exposure and facilitated business continuity. She was also instrumental in helping clients achieve compliance with applicable regulations by drafting and revising employee handbooks, personnel policies and procedures, contracts, and employee documents and also conducting mandatory trainings and employee investigations.

Early in her private practice career, Ms. Angioni worked as an associate at a boutique litigation firm that specializes in plaintiff-side employment and tort actions. At this firm, Ms. Angioni developed an understanding of what drives plaintiffs to file claims and ways in which businesses can proactively curtail litigation exposure. Handling a significant caseload also allowed Ms. Angioni to hone strategic and technical skills that she uses in and out of the courtroom to ensure swift action on all fronts.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Angioni served as a certified law clerk in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where handled preliminary hearings in criminal cases that still inform much of the crossover work she encounters when sharing the bench with KAEDIAN LLP’s other partners.

Ms. Angioni received her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Pepperdine University. While in law school, she served as an extern to Honorable Robert W. Alberts during his tenure with the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.

When not engaged in legal practice, Ms. Angioni is an active member of the community, an avid speaker and a frequent volunteer for causes she is passionate about. She is a member of the California State Bar Committee on Administration of Justice, the California Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and the City Club of Los Angeles’s Young Executives Committee. She has participated in many speaking engagements, including offering Continuing Legal Education seminars, harassment and discrimination compliance training and corporate leadership presentations on the legal implications of common human resources issues. She is also a volunteer and member of the planning committee for the Dress For Success Power Walk, an Advisory Board Member of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, and a volunteer for the Venice Family Clinic.

Ms. Angioni is admitted to practice law in both California and Nevada, as well as before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS:

  • Presenter, three part series, Employment Law Compliance – Basic Training, presented to national management and supervisor staff of publicly traded company
  • Presenter, Harassment and Discrimination compliance training – presented to all city employees and management staff
  • Speaker, Joseph B. Campbell American Inn of Court, Discrimination in Employment (CLE event)
  • Speaker, Elimination of Bias: Women in the Practice of Law (CLE event)
  • Speaker, City Club of Los Angeles, Lawyers Lunch Meeting, “Top 10 Ways to Avoid Employee Lawsuits”
  • Speaker, City Club of Los Angeles, Lawyers Dinner Meeting, “Protecting Your Business from Employee Claims”

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:

Wrongful Termination:

  • Obtained pre-answer dismissal of lawsuit alleging wrongful termination.
  • Obtained summary adjudication of wrongful termination cause of action based upon alleged retaliation for reporting unlawful conduct.
  • Obtained dismissal of wrongful termination cause of action brought against corporation and its shareholders.
  • Obtained pre-litigation dismissal, and complete walk-away from case, threatened against corporation and its owner for alleged wrongful termination and gender bias.
  • Defended police department against claims that an officer had been wrongfully terminated from the force due to his military commitments.

Employment Discrimination and Harassment Causes of Action:

  • Successfully defended police department against an officer’s age discrimination and harassment claims.
  • Obtained summary adjudication and dismissal of plaintiff’s claims alleging pregnancy discrimination and gender-based harassment.
  • Obtained summary adjudication and dismissal of plaintiff’s causes of action alleging discrimination and harassment based on race.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of lawsuit alleging harassment and discrimination on account of plaintiff’s race, gender, and alleged disability.
  • Obtained dismissal of employee claims brought through Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Wage and Hour Class Actions:

  • Successfully defended corporations against wage and hour claims involving allegations that the companies failed to provide employees with meal breaks, rest periods, overtime pay, itemized wage statements, and reimbursements.
  • Obtained dismissals in Labor Commission proceedings filed by former employees alleging meal break, rest period, and paycheck violations.

Retaliation for Complaining About Unlawful Conduct:

  • Obtained summary adjudication and dismissal of plaintiff’s retaliation and whistleblower protection causes of action against a medical products company.
  • Defended police department against claim that department retaliated against officer who complained about alleged unlawful conduct.

Labor Law Compliance:

  • Drafted, reviewed, and revised employee handbooks and employee forms for various companies.
  • Counseled corporate clients in connection with day-to-day labor and employment inquiries, personnel file audits, complaint handling, internal investigations, and management best practices.
  • Conducted internal investigations for companies who receive employee complaints regarding harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and unfair business practices.
  • Successfully defended companies in investigations conducted by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Breach of Contract and Related Business Claims:

  • Obtained summary judgment of lawsuit alleging conversion, fraud, intentional interference with contractual relationships, and conspiracy.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of lawsuit alleging medical business owner violated independent contractor agreement with physician.
  • Obtained summary adjudication of cause of action alleging violation of Business & Professions Code § 17200, intentional interference with prospective contractual relations, and unfair business practices.
  • Successfully represented produce distributor in defense of breach of contract claims by a foreign produce grower.
  • Successfully represented interior design company for breach of contract claims against development and construction companies for failing to uphold promises regarding certain contractual benefits.
  • Obtained dismissal of breach of contract and common count causes of action brought against technology distribution company.

Public Entity Defense:

  • Successfully represented public entity and peace officers accused of wrongfully arresting person who carried a loaded firearm while driving on city streets.
  • Successfully represented public entity and peace officers accused of wrongfully arresting person who was in possession of narcotics.
  • Represented public entity against claims that it violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) in connection with a peace officer’s employment.
  • Successfully defended peace officer against negligence claims arising from a vehicle collision.
  • Represented public entity against claim that its park employees negligently caused a person to sustain personal injuries when closing down the park.
  • Represented public entity against claims that a defective traffic signal caused a car accident and resulting personal injuries.
  • Represented public entity against claims that it maintained a dangerous condition in its park and recreational areas.
Katherine “Kacey” McBroom

Katherine “Kacey” McBroom

Partner

Criminal Defense & Business Litigation

Kacey McBroom is a founding partner of California law firm KAEDIAN LLP. She focuses her practice on white collar and general criminal defense and certain civil matters, particularly when they intersect or overlap with criminal concerns. She represents defendants throughout California in a wide variety of federal and state cases.

Prior to forming KAEDIAN LLP, Ms. McBroom was a senior level associate with a respected Los Angeles defense firm where she practiced both criminal and civil defense litigation. She has handled pretrial negotiations, investigation, case analysis, trial preparation and multiple trials from inception to verdict. Ms. McBroom’s impressive caseload has varied across the criminal and quasi-criminal spectrum. Her state criminal practice has ranged from DUI to grand theft to attempted murder. Her white collar practice has included defending individuals charged with securities fraud, insider trading, Medicare fraud, wire fraud, obstruction of justice and RICO violations and insurance fraud. Ms. McBroom has also handled civil and quasi-criminal matters, defending businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals across multiple industry sectors in the civil context. She left the firm to pursue a lifelong dream of having her own practice and to represent the clients who would benefit most from her undivided attention and wide-ranging experience.

Ms. McBroom first honed her criminal defense skills as an associate with The Law Offices of Randolph & Associates and then as a Deputy Public Defender for the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office. Both opportunities gave her a depth and breadth of experience that few attorneys can match, and exposed her to cases involving armed robbery, battery, sexual assault, white collar crime and DUI defense. Ms. McBroom began her legal career as a law clerk to noted criminal defense attorney Gigi Gordon at the Post Conviction Assistance Center in Los Angeles. Ms. Gordon was known nationwide for her work fighting disgraced law enforcement officers and challenging the testimony of jailhouse informants and preserving DNA evidence to exonerate those wrongfully convicted. In her capacity as Ms. Gordon’s law clerk, Ms. McBroom conducted investigations into the criminal convictions achieved in part by the perjured testimony of disgraced Los Angeles Police Department officers from the Rampart Division.

Ms. McBroom obtained her J.D. from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor of Arts in History from Brown University. While in law school, she served as a law clerk for the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, a summer associate with Quisenberry & Kabateck LLC and a certified legal intern for the Post Conviction Justice Project, a clinical program at the University of Southern California that provides legal representation to parole-eligible inmates serving indeterminate life sentences for murder in California state prisons.

Outside of her client work, Ms. Broom is also an active member of the California Public Defenders Association and of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Criminal and Litigation Sections.

Ms. McBroom is admitted to practice law in California and before the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:

  • Obtained an acquittal in a Riverside County case involving a defendant accused of assault with a deadly weapon after the defendant already had two strikes for similar offenses on his record. (People v. Villalba).
  • Obtained drug diversion in matter where defendant charged with multiple counts of possession for sale and possession of loaded firearm.
  • Integral part of a team that obtained a complete dismissal in a high-profile case where the defendant stood accused of rape and torture. (People v. Albalwi).
  • Served as second chair on an SEC matter in which the result was favorable to the defendant on two counts and resulted in a hung jury on the remaining count (S.E.C. v. Smith).
  • Successfully appealed a prison sentence ordered by the Federal District Court following the Supreme Court’s seminal ruling in Blakely v. Washington, which resulted in remand, credit for time served and immediate release from federal prison. (U.S. v. Chichil)
  • Obtained an acquittal in San Bernardino County in a vandalism case, challenging eye-witness testimony.
  • Negotiated dismissal of child molestation charges, a highly uncommon outcome with such highly controversial subject matter.
  • Obtained minor infraction for defendant charged with assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. (People v. Harris)
  • Obtained dismissals in several juvenile drug possession matters, including a 15 year old accused of marijuana possession on school property and a 16 year old accused of possession of controlled substance with intent to sell.
  • Obtained dismissals in an array of cases based upon law enforcements’ violations of defendants’ Fourth Amendment rights against illegal search and seizure.