Max Sank

Max Sank Partner

Max Sank represents private educational institutions in a broad range of employment law matters and student issues.  One of the firm's litigators, Max has successfully defended schools in matters brought by employees and students such as racial harassment, age discrimination, and breach of employment and enrollment agreements, in addition to other student, faculty, and governance related issues.

Max also advises and counsels the firm's clients on a variety of employment and student related issues so clients can avoid disputes when possible and prevail if litigation becomes necessary.  His areas of expertise include the interactive process and reasonable accommodations for employees and students, workplace and student investigations, employment/enrollment agreements (including arbitration agreements), and student discipline.

In additions to his litigation and counseling practice, Max has also provided training to the firm's private school clients on pressing matters such as workplace harassment, employee/student bullying, terminations and layoffs, California's paid sick leave law, mandated reporting, and transgender student and employee issues.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's Los Angeles office, Max worked for a national labor and employment firm where he represented private sector clients in single plaintiff and class-based litigation.

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of Southern California Law School

Plaintiff v. Private School (2017) – Obtained judgment in arbitration on behalf of School in lawsuit by former coach/athletics manager alleging wrongful termination in violation of public policy based on complaints he had made about student and facilities safety issues and harassment and discrimination based on the employee’s age and disability.

Plaintiff v. Private School (2016) – Obtained judgment in arbitration on behalf of School in lawsuit by former teacher alleging wrongful termination in violation of public policy based on the employee’s age.

Plaintiffs v. Private School (2015) – A former student and his parents filed a lawsuit claiming the School failed to take action to address bullying and racial harassment by other students and that the School breached the enrollment agreement.  After the firm compelled the case from state court to arbitration, plaintiffs dismissed their claims outright.

Plaintiffs v. Private School (2015) – A former student and her parents alleged that the School forced the student to withdraw her enrollment.  After the firm compelled the case from state court to arbitration, plaintiffs dismissed their claims outright.

Riverside Sheriffs’ Association v. County of Riverside (2015) – Trial court denied union’s petition for writ of mandate concerning the issue of retirement benefit formulas for union members. 

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of Southern California Law School

Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of Labor and Employment, (2013-2014)

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of Southern California Law School

Feb 3, 2020

District Court Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Enjoining the State from Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration Agreements (AB 51)

Assembly Bill 51 (AB 51) prohibited mandatory arbitration agreements in employment.  The new law was set to take effect on January 1, 2020.  However, the California Chamber of Commerce and other business groups sued to block AB 51.  They sought to have AB 51 declared preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act, which allows for mandatory arbitration.  On December 30, 2019 a federal district court judge granted a temporary restraining order.  On Friday January 31, 2020 the court granted a preliminary injunction directing the State not to enforce the new law.  The preliminary injunction will remain in effect until the case is resolved on the merits. 

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of Southern California Law School

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