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 is primarily 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 also works with the firm's local counsel attorneys in other states where the firm represents victims of sexual harassment in a mentoring relationship with local attorneys. 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. She has generated successful results for numerous satisfied clients. 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 firm of Rimberg & Associates, P.C., where she handled a variety of litigation matters on behalf of employers and small businesses. Prior to Rimberg & Associates, Mrs. Ackermann worked for 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.

 

Sam Vahedi – Senior Associate, Employment Litigation and Class Actions

Sam Vahedi joined Ackermann & Tilajef as a Sr. Associate in 2016. Since joining the firm, Sam has been assigned as the associate responsible for over 25 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 was an owner of his own law firm, and worked for 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.

Jaclyn Blackwell – Office Manager

Jaci joined Ackermann & Tilajef as our office manager and legal assistant in 2016. 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.