Sepideh Ardestani focuses her practice on civil litigation, with a special emphasis on class and representative actions in the employment and consumer contexts. Ms. Ardestani primarily represents employees with respect to a broad range of issues, including overtime claims, meal and rest break claims, unlawful wage deduction claims, and expense reimbursement claims. Ms. Ardestani also works frequently within the firm’s consumer and privacy class action group, focusing principally on consumer telephone privacy claims.
Sepideh earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she focused her coursework on Biological Anthropology. In addition to her JD degree from Whittier Law School, Sepideh desired an advanced law degree and pursued a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at Santa Clara University School of Law, which is ranked in the top ten schools in the United States for intellectual property law.
Prior to joining Gaines & Gaines, Sepideh practiced estate and trust administration, as well as estate, trust and conservatorship litigation. Her knowledge enabled her to successfully craft and administer estates of all sizes and complexity.
In her free time, Sepideh enjoys spending time with her husband and son, traveling and cooking.
- Represented consumers in a class action stemming from violation of federal credit and debit card privacy laws (the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003) against a local spa. Settled prior to class certification.
- Represented employees in a class and representative action against nationwide pet food company for failure to pay overtime wages. Settled for $300,000.
- Represented employees in a class and representative action against oil failed maintenance company for failure to provide meal periods, fully reimburse business expenses for uniform maintenance and for illegal deductions from wages. Settled for $175,000.
- Represented employees in a class and representative action against trucking company for failure to timely pay employees and for illegal deductions from wages. Settled for $950,000.
- U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California
- University of California, Los Angeles, 2004, B.S.
- Whittier Law School, 2009, J.D.
- Santa Clara University School of Law, 2010, LL.M. (Intellectual Property Law)