Kerry Garvis Wright
Kerry Garvis Wright is a litigation partner, trial attorney and chair of Glaser Weil’s Employment Practice Group. Since launching the Firm’s employment practice, Kerry has been widely recognized for her experience and caliber of service, including being consistently named one of the “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal and a “Labor and Employment Star” by Benchmark. As Benchmark observed, Kerry “has earned her stripes as a ‘warrior in court and therapist out of court’ with a portfolio of clients including household names in the entertainment elite.”
Kerry has extensive experience representing employers and employees in high-stakes litigation, having first- and second-chaired dozens of jury trials and arbitrations involving claims of workplace discrimination, harassment, whistleblower and other retaliation claims, wage-and-hour claims, including claims brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), and breach of contract and related claims, such as trade secret misappropriation and employee solicitation.
In addition to her litigation practice, Kerry regularly provides strategic advice and counseling to employers regarding problems ranging from the commonplace—such as employee separations and discipline and negotiating executive and other employee agreements—to those involving emerging, cutting-edge principles of law.
Kerry also has led noteworthy workplace investigations involving highly sensitive allegations, including sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct. Since the advent of the watershed #metoo movement, Kerry has handled claims by and against some of the most significant names in the entertainment, private equity and tech industries. Due to the nature of these claims, however, many of Kerry’s successes never see the light of day; they are handled swiftly and discreetly with a highly coordinated approach. In the event that a particular matter cannot be resolved before a lawsuit is filed or otherwise goes public, Kerry utilizes contingency press and other sophisticated strategies to protect her clients.
In testimonials provided to Chambers, one client shared that “Kerry is amazing to work with. She is tough, smart, strategic, focused and knows employment matters inside and out.” Another pointed out that “she is extremely thorough in having command of the facts and is a great litigator,” noting that “she doesn’t miss a beat.”
Kerry serves on the board of the Western Justice Center, an organization which empowers people to strengthen their communities by growing the conflict resolution skills and capacity of youth, educators, schools and community partners.
Western Justice Center Board of Directors, 2016 and 2017 Justice Awards Co-Chair
Quoted, "Practice Area Snapshot...Convergence of COVID Fallout and Other Factors Fuel L&E Law," Of Counsel, July 2023.
Kerry Garvis Wright Featured on KABC Radio, February 28, 2018
Kerry Garvis Wright Featured on KABC Radio, January 8, 2018
Honors & Awards
“Employment Lawyer of the Year,” Century City Bar Association, 2023
"Top Labor and Employment Lawyers" in California, Daily Journal, 2016, 2018-2021, 2023
Labor & Employment, California (Band 5), Chambers USA, 2023
“Legal Impact Report,” Variety, 2023
"500 Leading Litigators in America," Lawdragon, 2022, 2024
“Leaders of Influence: Labor & Employment Attorneys,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2022
“Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2022
Labor & Employment Star (US-National), Benchmark Litigation, 2022
Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, multiple years
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rated
Co-author, “NLRB Stericycle Decision Brings Heightened Scrutiny to Employment Work Rules and Policies,” Glaser Weil Client Alert, August 15, 2023.
Co-author, "Failure to Pay Arbitration Invoice Can Lead to Trial, Penalties," Daily Journal, November 3, 2022.
Co-author, "What NFL Should Do About Cheerleader Discrimination Claims," Law360, June 21, 2018.