Linda S. Klibanow

Lin­da has over 40 years of expe­ri­ence arbi­trat­ing and medi­at­ing employ­ment law dis­putes. Hav­ing served as both advo­cate and neu­tral, she’s unique­ly capa­ble of being a true neutral.”

For over 40 years, Ms. Klibanow has focused her prac­tice in the field of labor and employ­ment law. At dif­fer­ent times in her career she has rep­re­sent­ed both man­age­ment and labor, both defense and plain­tiff, and for 20 years has served as a labor and employ­ment neu­tral” – as an arbi­tra­tor, hear­ing offi­cer, dis­cov­ery ref­er­ee, medi­a­tor and neu­tral factfind­er. From her expe­ri­ence both as an advo­cate and also as a neu­tral she is expert in all of the prac­tice areas ref­er­enced below.

In March 2015, Ms. Klibanow com­plet­ed require­ments and received a Mas­ters of Arts in Inter­na­tion­al Affairs from Tufts Fletch­er School of Law and Diplo­ma­cy in order to bet­ter apply her exper­tise in medi­a­tion and arbi­tra­tion to inter­na­tion­al dis­putes in var­i­ous forums.

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  • Harvard CollegeB.A., cum laude, 1972

    Phi Beta Kappa

  • Yale UniversityJ.D., 1975
  • Tufts UniversityMasters, International Affairs, 2015

    Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers AV-rated
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) Fellow
  • California & National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Member
  • Association for Conflict Resolution Advanced Practitioner Arbitrator of the Workplace Section (2016)


  • State Bar of Cal­i­for­nia, 1977
  • U. S. Dis­trict Court, Cen­tral Dis­trict of California
  • U. S. Dis­trict Court, North­ern Dis­trict of California
  • U. S. Dis­trict Court, South­ern Dis­trict of California
  • U. S. Dis­trict Court, East­ern Dis­trict of California
  • Ninth Cir­cuit Court of Appeals
  • Unit­ed States Supreme Court

Labor and Employment Practice Areas

  • Sex, Race, Col­or, Nation­al Ori­gin, Reli­gion, Sex­u­al Ori­en­ta­tion, Dis­abil­i­ty, Med­ical Con­di­tion, Age Dis­crim­i­na­tion and relat­ed Harassment
  • Fam­i­ly and Med­ical Leave
  • Whistle­blow­er Retaliation
  • Wrong­ful Termination
  • Vio­la­tion of USERRA
  • Wage/​Hour
  • Employ­ee Discipline
  • Employ­ee Privacy
  • Employ­ment Breach of Contract
  • Employ­ment Civ­il Rights
  • Labor Rela­tions
  • Col­lec­tive Bar­gain­ing Arbitration
  • Reduc­tion in Force
  • Retal­ia­to­ry Discharge
  • Work­place Violence

Professional Associations and Membership

  • Mem­ber, Cal­i­for­nia & Nation­al Acad­e­my of Dis­tin­guished Neutrals
  • CPR Pan­el of Dis­tin­guished Neutrals
  • State Bar of Cal­i­for­nia – For­mer Mem­ber Com­mit­tee on Alter­na­tive Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion, for­mer chair National/​International Subcommittee
  • Labor and Employ­ment Rela­tions Asso­ci­a­tion (LERA)
  • Amer­i­can Arbi­tra­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (AAA) Employ­ment Arbi­tra­tor and Medi­a­tor Panels
  • Amer­i­can Arbi­tra­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (AAA) Labor Arbi­tra­tor Panel
  • NAM (Nation­al Arbi­tra­tion and Medi­a­tion) Arbi­tra­tion Panel
  • Alter­na­tive Res­o­lu­tion Cen­ters (ARC) Employ­ment Arbi­tra­tor and Medi­a­tor Panels
  • IVAMS Employ­ment Arbi­tra­tor & Medi­a­tor Panels
  • Fed­er­al Medi­a­tion & Con­cil­i­a­tion Ser­vice (FMCS) Ros­ter of Labor Arbitrators
  • U.S. Equal Employ­ment Oppor­tu­ni­ty Com­mis­sion Mediator
  • River­side Supe­ri­or Court Medi­a­tor Panel
  • Court of Appeal – 2nd Appel­late Dis­trict Medi­a­tor Panel
  • Los Ange­les Coun­ty Bar Asso­ci­a­tion (Mem­ber, Labor and Employ­ment Law Sec­tion; For­mer Mem­ber, Exec­u­tive Committee)
  • Amer­i­can Bar Asso­ci­a­tion (Mem­ber, Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion Sec­tion; Labor and Employ­ment Law Sec­tions; sub­com­mit­tees on ADR and Inter­na­tion­al Labor and Employ­ment Law; Advi­so­ry Panel)
  • Cal­i­for­nia Employ­ment Lawyers Association
  • Los Ange­les Coun­ty Civ­il Ser­vice Com­mis­sion Hear­ing Officer
  • Los Ange­les Coun­ty Employ­ee Rela­tions Com­mis­sion (ERCOM) Hear­ing Officer
  • City of Los Ange­les Civ­il Ser­vice Com­mis­sion Hear­ing Examiner
  • Medi­a­tors Beyond Bor­ders (Found­ing Member)
  • Medi​ate​.com Certification

Published Work

  • Author, PAGA saga per­sists in state and fed­er­al courts” Los Ange­les Dai­ly Jour­nal – (June 172015)
  • Author, Post Con­cep­cion Case Devel­op­ments in the Employ­ment Sec­tor – A Cau­tion­ary Tale,” CAALA Advo­cate (Jan­u­ary 2013)
  • Author, The Enforce­abil­i­ty of Manda­to­ry Pre-Dis­pute Employ­ment-Arbi­tra­tion Agree­ments in Cal­i­for­nia Post AT&T Mobil­i­ty,” CAALA Advo­cate (Sep­tem­ber 2012)
  • Assis­tant Edi­tor and Author, The Devel­op­ing Labor Law,” Amer­i­can Bar Association/​BNA (1st-3rd eds.)
  • Author, Advis­ing Cal­i­for­nia Employ­ers,” Cal­i­for­nia Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion of the Bar (2nd ed. 1996 – 1997)
  • Con­tribut­ing Edi­tor, Cal­i­for­nia Prac­tice Hand­book, Employ­ment Dis­crim­i­na­tion,” Los Ange­les Coun­ty Bar Asso­ci­a­tion, Math­ew Ben­der Cal­i­for­nia Prac­tice Hand­book Series (1993)

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