Our Team

Gregory W. Smith

Partner

Greg has represented employees for over 30 years in the field of employment litigation, and is a truly seasoned trial lawyer, having tried over 80 cases to verdict. Greg has successfully prosecuted cases against both private businesses and public entities in numerous high-profile jury cases.

Greg has also settled multiple cases in the million-dollar range. In 2009, Greg was one of the lawyers to set precedent in the case McDonald v. Antelope Valley Community College District when the California Supreme Court ruled that tolling was permitted in FEHA discrimination cases. In 2009, 2011, and 2019, Greg was nominated as Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Los Angeles Consumer Attorneys’ Association. He is a member of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) the most prestigious organization a litigator can be accepted into, only the best defense and plaintiff trial lawyers are invited into this exclusive group of attorneys.

In a 2022 order awarding attorney’s fees to Greg and Diana in the Joaquin v. City of Los Angeles case, Judge Kristin S. Escalante described Greg as “an exceptionally talented trial lawyer” who she believed to be “in the top echelon of employment trial lawyers.”

Greg’s recent jury verdicts include:

  • Dooros, et al. v. City of Los Angeles (2019)
    $8.6 million – Retaliation case
  • Bertone v. County of Los Angeles (2021)
    $8.4 million – Whistleblower Retaliation case
  • Briley v. City of West Covina (2018)
    $4 million – Whistleblower Retaliation case
  • Allstot v. City of Los Angeles (2018)
    $3 million plus $850,000.00 in attorney’s fees – Sexual Harassment and Retaliation case
  • Lawrence v. City of Long Beach (2018)
    $2.56 million – Whistleblower Retaliation case
  • McBride v. City of Los Angeles (2017)
    $1.5 million – Whistleblower Retaliation case
  • Joaquin v. City of Los Angeles (2021)
    $1.2 million – Retaliation case
  • Creswell v. City of Montebello (2015)
    $995,000.00 plus $1,500,000.00 in attorney’s fees – Racial Harassment and Retaliation case
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  • Bar Membership
    • California State Courts, United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Education
    • UCLA School of Law, Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy

Leila Al Faiz

Partner

Leila is an experienced litigator and a tireless advocate on behalf of her clients. Before joining the office, Leila served for nearly four years as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She now puts that experience to work for victims of unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation on a daily basis.

Leila graduated from the UCLA School of Law, where she was in the David J. Epstein Public Interest Law and Policy Program. Before her legal career, Leila worked as a humanitarian aid worker, including in Indonesia, Jordan, and Uganda. Leila is a native speaker of English and French and is proficient in Spanish.

Leila’s representative jury verdicts include:

  • Allstot v. City of Los Angeles (2018)
    $3 million – Sexual Harassment and Retaliation case
  • Lawrence v. City of Long Beach (2018)
    $2.56 million – Whistleblower Retaliation case

Leila’s notable settlements include:

  • Lopez v. County of Los Angeles
    $1.5 million – Sexual Harassment case
  • Merrick v. County of Los Angeles (2019)
    $1 million – Sexual Harassment case
  • Lewis v. City of Los Angeles (2020)
    $750,000 – Military Discrimination case
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  • Bar Memberships
    • California State Courts, United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Education
    • UCLA School of Law, Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy

Diana Wang Wells

Partner

Diana is a seasoned litigator who loves advocating for her clients and seeing them vindicated. She handles cases in every stage of litigation, and has tried eight cases to verdict with Greg. Before joining the office, Diana served as a federal judicial law clerk for more than two years.

Diana graduated from the UCLA School of Law, where she was in the David J. Epstein Public Interest Law and Policy Program. Before law school, Diana worked for the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which monitors human rights and rule of law in China for Congress and the Executive Branch of the federal government. She speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese.

Diana was voted by her peers as a Southern California Rising Star in 2020 and 2021. In a 2022 order awarding attorney’s fees to Greg and Diana in the Joaquin v. City of Los Angeles case, Judge Kristin S. Escalante described Diana as “an extremely able lawyer with superior analytical skills” who “litigated [the Joaquin matter] with admirable efficiency.”

Diana’s representative jury verdicts include:

  • Dooros, et al. v. City of Los Angeles (2019)
    $8.6 million – Retaliation case
  • Bertone v. County of Los Angeles (2021)
    $8.4 million – Whistleblower Retaliation case
  • McBride v. City of Los Angeles (2017)
    $1.5 million – Whistleblower Retaliation case
  • Joaquin v. City of Los Angeles (2021)
    $1.2 million – Retaliation case

Diana’s notable settlements include:

  • Moreno, et al. v. City of Los Angeles
    $2.5 million – Race Discrimination, Race Harassment, and Retaliation case
  • Clarke v. City of Los Angeles
    $1.6 million – Sexual Harassment and Retaliation case
  • Gonzalez v. County of Los Angeles
    $1 million – Retaliation case
  • Marx v. City of Los Angeles
    $925,000 – Whistleblower Retaliation case
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  • Education
    • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
    • Paralegal Certificate, U.C.L.A. Extension

Selma Francia

Office Manager & Paralegal

Ms. Francia has worked as a paralegal primarily in the area of employment litigation since completing the Paralegal Training Program. She gained most of her practical experience in providing assistance to trial counsel in a very active civil litigation practice specializing in cases involving sexual harassment, racial, disability and age discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and whistleblower matters. She has considerable understanding of trial requirements to offer superior support in preparing cases for trial. In addition, Ms. Francia has extensive knowledge of civil procedural rules relating to motion practice and discovery, and is also fairly familiar with appellate procedural rules which serves as a foundation for providing excellent assistance to attorneys.