Southwestern Law School, Juris Doctor
The George Washington University, Bachelor of Arts
Omar H. Bengali
Omar H. Bengali is a Founding Partner of Girard Bengali. Mr. Bengali’s primary practice areas include labor and employment litigation and securities arbitration.
Mr. Bengali began his career representing a wide array of companies in state and federal court. Having founded Girard Bengali, he now specializes in representing executives, employees and small to mid-size companies with all aspects of employment law.
Mr. Bengali litigates all types of employment-related claims and regularly represents employees and executives with claims involving wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, retaliation and discrimination, both inside and outside of the securities industry. Mr. Bengali places particular focus on claims brought by female employees and executives who have been discriminated against on the basis of pregnancy, sexually harassed at work or denied equal pay. Mr. Bengali has defended clients in retaliation and discrimination suits, among others. He has also represented employers before federal agencies on I-9 audits and investigations. In one such audit, Mr. Bengali successfully defended an employer against an Immigration and Customs Enforcement audit, avoiding penalties in excess of several million dollars.
In addition to litigation, Mr. Bengali counsels clients as to their rights and obligations under state and federal laws and advises clients with regard to employment agreements, severance agreements, and other employment-related contracts or issues.
Mr. Bengali’s employment practice extends into the securities arena, including the representation of financial professionals against broker-dealer firms in FINRA arbitrations, as well as successfully counseling clients through FINRA regulatory and enforcement inquiries.
In 2016 and 2017, Mr. Bengali was selected to the Southern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine, a designation earned by less than 2.5% of attorneys under the age of forty.
Professional & Community Involvement
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Beverly Hills Bar Association