Puneet K. Sandhu

Puneet K. Sandhu advises a wide range of employers in all aspects of employment law. She has successfully defended individual employment discrimination cases and wage-and-hour class actions in both state and federal court.  Key representations include:

  • A leading university in winning a motion for summary judgment in an age and disability discrimination lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • A major retailer in a series of wage and hour class action lawsuits.
  • A leading distributor of medical and surgical supplies in winning summary judgment and an anti-SLAPP motion, including attorney’s fees, in Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • A distributing company in a wage and hour trial in which Ms. Sandhu served as second chair.
  • A regional manufacturer in winning a motion to dismiss a False Claims Act suit filed by a former employee in federal court.

Ms. Sandhu has had a distinguished academic career. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she was recognized as Order of the Coif, received awards for her academic and advocacy skills, and was a member of the California Law Review and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. She also earned a master’s degree from the London School of Economics where she submitted an award-winning dissertation. Ms. Sandhu earned her bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University where she also earned several academic honors.

Ms. Sandhu clerked for the Honorable Florence-Marie Cooper of the United States District Court and the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Young & Zinn, she practiced law at Munger, Tolles & Olson, specializing in employment law. Before attending law school, Ms. Sandhu spent two years as a community organizer in South Los Angeles, where her work focused on maintaining and expanding access to health care.

Ms. Sandhu was recently named a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2017 in the field of defense-side employment litigation, a distinction awarded only to the top 2.5% of attorneys after a careful research and peer evaluation process. 

Ms. Sandhu is a past president and current board member of the South Asian Bar Association Foundation, which is dedicated to organizing, supporting and promoting public interest activities for the benefit of the South Asian community in Southern California. She also teaches employment law as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.