Path-Making Litigation in the Public Interest


Strumwasser & Woocher represents labor unions and related groups in a diverse body of cases seeking to advance worker interests in precedent setting litigation and in legislative reforms. The firm also advises labor unions, including the American Federation of Teachers ‑ College Guild, on ensuring that their political activities comply with California's Political Reform Act.

State Construction and Building Trades Council

The firm represents California's council of construction and building trades in defending a statute that imposes training and prevailing wage standards for workers at oil refineries.

Garment Workers Class Action

As counsel to a class of garment workers wrongfully denied minimum wage and overtime pay, the firm achieved a $1.5 million settlement for approximately 350 employees of contractors to Guess?, Inc.


The firm has worked with representatives of the Service Employees International Union to develop a legislative strategy and to draft proposed legislation to reform existing laws governing nursing homes in California to improve working conditions for nursing home care aides and the quality of care for residents, expand job opportunities for nursing home aides, and help SEIU increase its membership.


Strumwasser & Woocher has advised and represented UNITE HERE on antitrust issues concerning consolidation of the industries in which the union represents employees.


The firm has represented the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL CIO, in an action to remove the officers of a local Los Angeles bargaining unit for failure to hold elections as required by the International's constitution and bylaws. Strumwasser & Woocher also advised AFSCME in complying with California campaign finance and election laws.

Defending Union Leaders

The firm successfully defended current National Labor Relations Board General Counsel from a frivolous lawsuit relating to his previous role as general counsel to the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Wage and Hour Standards

The firm is supporting the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy's campaign for economic justice for truck drivers at the Port of Long Beach. Strumwasser & Woocher is representing a truck driver on a pro bono basis in pursuing a claim for unpaid wages before the state Department of Labor.

The firm represents a community group supporting an initiative to institute a minimum wage and earned paid sick leave for San Diegans.