Craig J. Ackermann – Shareholder
Since founding Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C. in 2004, Craig Ackermann has served as lead counsel in dozens of wage and hour class actions in California state and federal courts, including a number of missed meal break cases, unpaid detention time and rest break cases, non-reimbursed business mileage and cell phone expense cases, and several unpaid overtime class actions. Since 2007, Mr. Ackermann has been lead or co-lead counsel in more than 75 class action cases that resolved for amounts between $300,000 and $3 million. He has been lead counsel or co-lead counsel in six cases where the plaintiffs prevailed on contested class certification motions. From 2004 through the present, Mr. Ackermann has also served as lead counsel for hundreds of individual plaintiffs in individual or multi-plaintiff sexual or racial harassment or retaliation cases in state and federal courts in California, Texas, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Michigan and other states. When working outside of California, Mr. Ackermann typically co-ventures cases with qualified local counsel. In 2012, after five years of litigation and a successful jury trial, he obtained a final judgment for a client over $318,000 in a Title VII and FEHA retaliation case. In 2013, he was lead counsel for a private equity executive in a hard fought case that resolved for more than $3 million. Before founding Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C., Mr. Ackermann worked for Arenson, Dittmar & Karban in New York City, where he was part of a small legal team that represented 150 workers in a sexual harassment case against a Wall Street Bank that settled for $23.5 million. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ackermann also worked as an associate in the labor and employment sections of Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C. in Dallas, Texas, and Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles, California, where he represented numerous Fortune 1000 companies in individual and class action employment-related lawsuits. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, Mr. Ackermann is a member of the California and Texas Bars. In recent years, he has been repeatedly selected as a California Superlawyer.
Yael Tilajef Ackermann – Shareholder
As a shareholder of Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C., Yael Tilajef Ackermann was formerly involved in building the firm’s sexual harassment practices. She has served as lead or co-lead counsel in a growing number of sexual harassment cases in California. She has represented dozens of victims of workplace sexual harassment in cases throughout California, including cases involving male-on-male sexual harassment, anti-gay harassment, teenage sexual harassment cases, and traditional male on female harassment cases. Previously, Yael Tilajef Ackermann worked as an associate for the Law Offices of Vicki J. Greene, practicing complex litigation for clients in high net-worth family law cases. Before moving back to Los Angeles in early 2003, she also worked in New York City from 1999 through 2002 as an associate for the law firms of Rimberg & Associates, P.C. and Peter Axelrod & Associates, P.C., and served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Bernard J. Fried of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Mrs. Ackermann holds a BS from Sy Syms School of Business, a division of Yeshiva University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. She is admitted to the New York, New Jersey, and California Bars.
Rosie L. Stolerman – Chief Operating Officer
In her executive management role as Chief Operating Officer, Rosie L. Stolerman is responsible for management of the Firm’s administrative team in both our Los Angeles and Tacoma offices. She is also responsible for the monitoring of all work assignments and work flow for the associates in both offices; updating and implementing the Firm’s HR and other policies and procedures; and a variety of other executive matters.
Since joining Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C. in 2009, Rosie has worked as the firm’s office manager and sole paralegal on dozens of wage and hour class actions and over 100 sexual harassment cases. As the firm’s fully bilingual paralegal in English and Spanish, Ms. Stolerman had the primary responsibility for all Spanish intakes and translations for Spanish speaking clients. Under the supervision of the firm’s attorneys, Ms. Stolerman was intimately involved in propounding and assisting in responding to discovery requests in state and federal court cases; preparing and assembling numerous Charges of Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; e-filing court documents in federal court matters; conducting client and witness interviews; assisting in the preparation and compilation of exhibits for mediation briefs, depositions and trial; organizing and managing the firm’s documents and files; the preparation of pleadings in on-going litigation; and the entire spectrum of calendaring, case management and office management work for the firm.
Sam Vahedi – Senior Complex Litigation Counsel, Employment Litigation and Class Actions
Sam Vahedi joined Ackermann & Tilajef as Sr. Complex Litigation Counsel in 2016. Since joining the firm, Mr. Vahedi has handled over 50 class action cases involving claims for unpaid wages, missed rest breaks, unreimbursed business expenses and misclassification.
Sam Vahedi received his law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he received the First Honors Award in Legal Drafting, and was admitted to the practice of law in California shortly thereafter. Mr. Vahedi also attended business school at Loyola Marymount University while he was studying law and earned his M.B.A. degree in 2011. He graduated cum laude from the University of California, Davis, with a dual degree in English and Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior.
Prior to joining our firm Mr. Vahedi founded Sam Vahedi & Associates, and also worked with several private law firms specializing in civil litigation. While in law school, he interned at the Office of the Los Angeles District Attorney, Hardcore Gang Division, and clerked at several private law firms specializing in civil litigation. Throughout his practice, Mr. Vahedi has gained extensive experience in the areas of consumer and employment class actions, civil litigation and other areas of law. He is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Consumer Attorneys of California, California Employment Lawyers Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, and Culver Marina Bar Association, to name a few.
Avi Kreitenberg – Senior Associate, Employment Litigation and Class Actions
Avi Kreitenberg joined Ackermann & Tilajef as a Senior Associate in 2017. Since joining the firm, Avi has been assigned as the associate responsible for class action cases involving claims for unpaid wages, missed rest breaks, and unreimbursed business expenses.
Avi Kreitenberg received his law degree from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. Soon after, Avi worked as a law clerk for Julian Hammond, Esq. who was of counsel to Ackermann & Tilajef in 2009.
Prior to joining our firm as Senior Associate, Avi was employed as an Associate by KamberLaw, LLP, a consumer and privacy class action law firm.
Brian Denlinger – Senior Associate, Employment Litigation, Class Actions and Sexual Harassment
Brian Denlinger joined Ackermann & Tilajef’s Tacoma, Washington office as a Senior Associate in 2017. Brian has been assigned as the associate responsible for numerous class action cases involving claims for unpaid wages, rest periods, and overtime. Brian is also involved in several multi-plaintiff and individual employment discrimination actions, including sexual harassment cases.
Brian Denlinger received his law degree with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2012, where he was a Managing Editor of the Journal of Corporation Law, and was admitted to the practice of law in Colorado shortly thereafter. Prior to law school, Brian graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa.
Prior to joining Ackermann & Tilajef, Brian was the principal officer of his own law firm, where he represented plaintiffs in employment matters, including employment discrimination. Brian also worked for private law firms as general counsel and practicing civil litigation. While in law school, Brian clerked at private law firms that specialize in civil litigation.
Kaitlyn Morales – Office Manager
Kaitlyn Morales joined Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C.’s Los Angeles office in August 2017 as the firm’s Office Manager. She attended the University of La Verne where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in January 2017. Prior to joining Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C., Kaitlyn worked as a Legal Assistant for a criminal defense law firm in Los Angeles, CA. Kaitlyn currently has plans of obtaining her Paralegal Certificate in 2018.
Jaclyn Blackwell – Senior Legal Assistant
Since joining Ackermann & Tilajef in 2016, Jaci currently operates as the firm’s senior legal assistant. She completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in history and environmental studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011, and worked for a real estate firm for five years as a senior legal assistant. Jaci currently plans to apply for and attend law school in California in 2018.
Amanda Lutsock – Litigation Assistant
Amanda Lutsock joined Ackermann & Tilajef’s Tacoma, Washington office as a Litigation Assistant in 2017. In 2016, Amanda graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. She is currently attending Tacoma Community College as to complete the Paralegal Pro Certificate Program. She will be graduating from the program in 2018. Amanda has hopes to attend law school in the future.
Prior to joining Ackermann & Tilajef, Amanda volunteered at Tacoma Community House in the immigration department and went on to work as a Legal Assistant for Villacorta Law, P.S., an immigration law firm located in Tacoma, WA.
Laurie Ritz – Litigation Assistant
Laurie Ritz joined Ackermann & Tilajef ‘s Los Angeles, California office as a Litigation Assistant in 2017. Laurie is a graduate of the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley. He is currently attending the Paralegal Program from University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a regular volunteer at the Cedar Sinai Hospital and a dedicated member of the Beverly Hills team.