Law Office of Mann & Elias

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Los Angeles employment lawyers helping victims of the workplace.
Main Office


6100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite # 1104
Los Angeles  CA  90048

Phone
  • 323-857-9500

Scott Mann

Scott Mann was a superior student at Pepperdine University School of Law,
achieving membership on the School’s Law Review (top 10%), and winning the
school’s prestigious Vincent Dalsimer Moot Court tournament. This made it all
the more surprising that, following graduation, he was unable to land a job with
any of the biggest defense law firms who interviewed him. “In law school, you
don’t learn the difference between defense and plaintiff litigation practice”
explains Mr. Mann. “So during my interviews for these high paying corporate
litigation jobs, I emphasized that I would not only work hard, but that I would
work smart and efficiently. These firms wanted workhorses, and here I was
talking about how efficient I would be for their clients. I thought efficiency
was a good quality, but not for them. They simply wanted their associates to
work long hours they could bill to their clients. So in a way, they helped me
find my calling, to be a Plaintiff’s attorney”.


And so it was that Scott found himself learning the ropes on his own, taking
depositions and making court appearances for other attorneys. Through the course
of that experience, he was retained by the Legal Office of David Grey to
prosecute one of their small PI cases to trial. When the jury returned a verdict
well above all expectations, he was offered the job of in-house trial lawyer for
the David Grey in 1994. He inherited nearly 200 litigation cases, mostly small
car accidents and premises liability claims. This led to Scott honing his
advocacy skill by taking a very high number of cases to jury trial. “Having to
work under such conditions helped me gain invaluable experience in prosecuting
cases in trial.” With more and more practice, came bigger cases and larger
verdicts.


In April of 1998, Scott formed The Law Offices of Mann & Elias with Law
School mate, Imad Elias. The firm has thrived ever since, thanks in large part
to Scott’s expertise in trying cases but also because of his uncanny ability to
provide excellent legal representation yet remain extremely efficient in doing
so.


EMPLOYMENT



  • Partner, Law Office of Mann & Elias (1998 to present)

  • In-house Trial Lawyer, Legal Office of David Grey (1994 to 1998)


AREAS OF PRACTICE



  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

  • Catastrophic Injuries

  • Severe Burn Injuries

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • Trip & Falls

  • Premises Liability

  • Assault & Battery


LITIGATION PERCENTAGE



  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


BAR ADMISSIONS



  • All California Superior Courts

  • All California Courts of Appeal

  • All California U.S. District Court

  • California Supreme Court


EDUCATION



  • Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., 1992)

    • Member: Law Review

    • Recipient: American Jurisprudence

    • Recipient: Vincent Dalsimer Moot Court Award



  • University of Colorado, Boulder (M.A., 1987)

  • California State University (1996-1998)

  • University of Nevada (B.S. Hotel and Casino Management, 1998)


ASSOCIATIONS



  • California State Bar

  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles

  • Sierra Club

  • Nature Conservancy

  • Natural Resources Council


Education
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1992
    Malibu, CA
    Member: Law Review
    Recipient: American Jurisprudence
    Recipient: Vincent Dalsimer Moot Court Award
  • University of Colorado
    Masters , 1987
    Boulder, CO

Imad Elias

The least anyone can say about Imad Y. Elias’ background is that it is unusually
diverse. Imad was born in the ancient city of Damascus. A year later, his
father, a legendary local trial attorney, moved the family to the surging
Princedom of Kuwait. There, Imad was educated under the rigorous French
schooling system from Kindergarten through the Baccalaureate level. He then
attended college and law school in Southern California


Growing up in Kuwait, Imad derived a real life education well beyond the
confines of school. During a time of rapid economic development, Kuwait’s
population was a virtual melting pot of nationalities. Imad’s friends and
classmates hailed literally from every corner of the world.


Imad counts this background as one of his major assets as a trial lawyer. “It
was a priceless experience to be immersed, at a young age, in a place where such
diverse cultures converged. I grew up having multi-national friends, exposed
first hand to their customs and values. I learned that life can be perceived,
valued and experienced in many different, but equally valid, ways, by different
people. I also learned that in the end, no matter our background, we all cherish
our common humanity. I learned how to understand others, and how to empathize.
This is an invaluable lesson for me today, especially when I’m about to argue a
client’s case to twelve different people sitting as our jury in court ”


Some say Imad empathizes too much! Upon graduation from law school, he
rejected two generous job offers by insurance defense law firms. Instead, he
volunteered his time at the San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services,
representing indigent clients on a pro-bono basis. “I had some money saved, so I
thought, why not help those who desperately need but can’t afford attorneys?”
Mr. Elias argued for his clients in court nearly every day, gaining valuable
court experience. “I learned how to be completely comfortable and at ease in
front of judge and jury”.


After a year of pro-bono work, Imad finally joined the private sector in 1994
where he developed an expertise in employment law litigation. Over the years, he
has represented hundreds of plaintiff employment claims covering all claims of
discrimination and harassment. In 1998, Imad left a prestigious business
litigation law firm to form the Law Office of Mann & Elias with Scott Mann.
He manages the firm’s Employment Law practice.


In successfully prosecuting over 25 jury trials, and having represented
clients in hundreds of arbitrations and mediation, Mr. Elias has demonstrated a
superior ability to understand, anticipate and address all the different
perspectives of any given dispute. He has often been complimented by opposing
lawyers for his ‘insight’ ‘creativity’ or ‘originality’, usually in connection
with jury selection, closing argument or settlement discussions. This surprises
Mr. Elias. “I certainly appreciate the compliments. But I am not intentionally
trying to be original. The angle with which I argue for my client in a dispute
happens to be how I perceive the issue. Most attorneys think in linear fashion,
because they weren’t exposed to different points of view or cultures in their
past. So they perceive my approach to be fresh or novel. Of course this adds an
element of surprise in my client’s favor during litigation.” Usually, this means
success for Imad’s client, a good result in any culture.


EDUCATION



  • JD, Pepperdine Law School, 1992

    • 1/4 finalist, Moot Court - trial advocacy

    • 1/4 finalist, Moot Court - Mediation Tournament



  • BA (Economics/Government), Claremont McKenna College

    • Dean’s List




EMPLOYMENT



  • Present - LAW OFFICE OF MANN ELIAS, Partner

  • 1996-1998 - HUANG & MITCHELL, Associate

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Education
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1992
    Malibu, CA
    1/4 finalist, Moot Court - trial advocacy
    1/4 finalist, Moot Court - Mediation Tournament
  • Claremont McKenna College
    Bachelor of Arts , 1988
    Claremont, CA

Articles Written

California Age Discrimination Laws

Created On: 04/15/2013

The History of Sexual Harassment Law

Created On: 02/16/2011

The practice of sexual harassment is centuries old. An early -- and extreme -- example of sexual harassment in the U.S were the sexual assaults on African American Women slaves by their owners, without any legal recourse available to the victims. Sex discrimination has only been illegal in the U.S since the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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