Representative Matters

Ameneh Ernst focuses her practice primarily in labor and employment law, with particular emphasis in the area of employment litigation, including workers' compensation defense. She also handles Labor Code section 132a and Serious & Willful Misconduct claims.

Ameneh has represented employers in diverse industries, including hospitals, banks, and manufacturing, as well as municipalities and school districts.

She has experience in all phases of discovery, pre-trial, trial, and appellate litigation. She obtained an en banc decision from the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board on the issue of substantial evidence and the duty to develop the record. McDuffie v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (2002) 67 CCC 138 (en banc).

Professional Background

Ameneh joined Hinshaw in May 2015. Previously, she was a shareholder at Kegel, Tobin & Truce where she focused on the area of workers' compensation defense litigation. One of her primary clients was the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority.

She has also worked as editor of firm publications of an international employment law firm where she covered California appellate decisions and California legislation related to employment law.

Professional Affiliations

  • California State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services

Representative Matters

  • McDuffie v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (2002) 67 CCC 138 (en banc)


  • "California Court Overturns Employee's Jury Verdict in Reverse Discrimination Case," JD Supra, Nov. 25, 2014
  • "In California, Who Decides If An Arbitration Agreement Covers Class Arbitration?" JD Supra, Nov. 13, 2014
  • "California Employer That Did Not Gain Benefit From Employee's Use of Car Is Not Liable for Accident," JD Supra, Nov. 3, 2014
  • "California Supreme Court: Newspaper Carriers Can Proceed With Class Action Challenging Independent Contractor Status," JD Supra, July 2, 2014
  • "California Court: Exceeding Break Times and Falsifying Time Records Is Grounds for Disqualification from UI Benefits,", Oct. 1, 2014
  • "California Supreme Court Allows Whistleblowing Doctor To Sue Before Exhausting Judicial Remedies," JD Supra, March 28, 2014
  • "California Supreme Court: Holding Franchisor Liable as Employer Depends on Level of Control Over Day-to-Day Employment Decisions," JD Supra, Aug. 29, 2014
  • "Quit or Retired? It Makes No Difference When It Comes to Paying Final Wages in California,", Oct. 1, 2014.
  • "California Supreme Court: Undocumented Worker May Recover Lost Wages for Period Up to Employer's Discovery of Immigration Status,", July 7, 2014

J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 1998

B.A., cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles, 1995