Meredith Karasch

Meredith Karasch Senior Counsel

Meredith Karasch provides counsel and advice to educational institutions in all aspects of labor, employment, and education law. Meredith has a passion for education law and has substantial expertise in a variety of matters such as student issues, employee discipline, harassment allegations, and business services.

An experienced litigator and trial lawyer, Meredith has defended clients before administrative bodies and state and federal courts where she has been effective at obtaining favorable results for the firm's clients. Her litigation practice includes drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, preparing motions, participating in settlement negotiations, and handling trials and appeals involving education, employment and general business issues.  Meredith is also experienced in providing advice and counsel on a wide variety of education and business issues.

Before beginning her law career, Meredith taught biology, integrated science, and physics for several years at a California high school.  Meredith also served as an Assistant General Counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Professional and Community Involvement

Meredith is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and served as a Governing Board Member in 2008-2011.  She is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Recognitions

Meredith was selected as a Southern California Super Lawyers' Rising Star in 2013.

Education

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Nov 16, 2020 Press Release

LCW to Present Eight Workshops at the 2020 Community College League of California Annual Convention

We are thrilled to present and sponsor the 2020 Community College League of California Annual Convention taking place virtually this week (November 17 – 20)!  Don’t miss our eight scheduled conference presentations by our expert speakers.  Topics include return to campus issues, layoffs, negotiating in stressful budgetary times, and much, much more. 

Sep 3, 2020

Governor Newsom Announces New Blueprint for Safer Economy Plan; California Department of Public Health Issues Guidance Regarding Tier Framework for Reducing COVID-19 and Adjusting Permitted Sector Activities

On Friday, August 28, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” plan, effective August 31, 2020, which imposes color-coded, risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening COVID-19 allowable activities and expands the length of time between changes to assess how movement affects the trajectory of the disease. This Blueprint replaces the previous County Data Monitoring List for determining what activities can and cannot reopen. On August 28, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) also issued a Plan for Reducing COVID-19 and Adjusting Permitted Sector Activities to Keep Californians Healthy and Safe, which provides information on how to interpret the Blueprint’s color-coded Tier System Framework and the steps required for a county to advance to the next tier.

Apr 30, 2020

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues New Guidance Authorizing Employers to Test Employees for COVID-19

On April 23, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued updated guidance concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Rehabilitation Act and how employers may respond to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. The EEOC makes clear that while the laws will continue to apply during the present public health emergency, the EEOC will not interfere with or prevent employers from following the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) or by state or local public health authorities concerning steps to respond to COVID-19.

Apr 29, 2020

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues New Guidance Authorizing Employers to Test Employees for COVID-19

On April 23, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued updated guidance concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Rehabilitation Act and how employers may respond to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. The EEOC makes clear that while the laws will continue to apply during the present public health emergency, the EEOC will not interfere with or prevent employers from following the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) or by state or local public health authorities concerning steps to respond to COVID-19.

Mar 23, 2020

Revised Special Bulletin: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Enacted Into Law

On March 18, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to reduce the impact of the virus on American families, the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) and President Trump signed the bill into law a few hours later.  We initially reported on this issue on March 18, 2020 and are issuing a revised Bulletin to answer questions regarding the effective date of the Act and whether the Emergency Paid Sick Leave required under the Act is a separate entitlement if an employer already offers an equivalent amount of leave.

Mar 18, 2020

UPDATE, March 18, 2020, 9:09 a.m. House Passes Dramatically Revised Version Of Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Bill Finally Moves To Senate

On the evening of Monday, March 16, 2020, the House of Representatives passed a dramatically revised version of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which the Senate received on March 17.  Among the key changes to the bill is the significant limitation of the purposes for which employees may take Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Public Health Emergency Leave.  It has been announced that the Senate will be voting on this bill today.  Liebert Cassidy Whitmore is monitoring this bill closely.  Please check https://www.lcwlegal.com/responding-to-COVID-19 for updates on this and other evolving matters related to COVID-19.

Education

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

15 January 2021
17 November 2020
Speaking Engagements

Return to Campus Issues - the Learning Place in Transition

Community College League of California (CCLC) Annual Convention Webinar
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18 September 2020
Consortium Trainings

Managing COVID-19 Issues: Now and What's Next

Central CA CCD ERC Webinar
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5 August 2020
Consortium Trainings

Managing COVID Issues: Now and What’s Next

Ventura County Schools Self-Funding Authority Webinar
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Education

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

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