Hannah Sweiss


Southwestern Law School, Juris Doctor (2013)

  • Witkin Award for Academic  Excellence (Trademark Law)
  • Dean’s Merit Award Recipient
  • Judge Barry Russell Federal Bar Association Award Recipient
  • Molly Dilman Zimring Memorial Scholarship Recipient
  • Hewitt/Hookstratten Scholarship Recipient
  • Alumni Scholarship Recipient
  • Ethel M. and Irwin R. Buchalter Scholarship Recipient

California State University, Northridge (2007)

  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Real Estate

American University of Cairo, Egypt

  • Undergraduate (2003-2005)


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  • Hannah Sweiss is an Associate Attorney in our Employment Practice Group. She represents clients with wide-ranging business interests and has unique experience in real estate, and franchise and distribution law.

    Ms. Sweiss’ primary practice focuses on employer defense in matters involving wage and hour, the California Labor Code, Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and related claims in class, multi-plaintiff and single-plaintiff actions. She also defends employers faced with claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination; and provides elimination of bias and sexual harassment prevention training.

    As employment defense counsel, Ms. Sweiss represents employers in audits conducted by the Employment Development Department (EDD), Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) and Department of Labor (DOL). Her defense style seeks to balance the business and legal considerations employers face.

    Ms. Sweiss provides counsel for employers to reduce risk of claims made by their employees and governing agencies overseeing employment matters, particularly regarding:

    • Classification of Employees
    • Employment Policies/Practices
    • Employment Agreements
    • Employee Discipline
    • Employee Termination

    Experience in both real estate and franchise and distribution law uniquely positions her to also provide clients with legal counsel pertaining to:

    • Breach of Contract
    • Collection Matters
    • Intellectual and Real Property Disputes

    Ms. Sweiss graduated from Southwestern Law School in 2013, where she was on the Dean’s List, earned the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Trademark Law, the Judge Barry Russell Federal Bar Association Award, and two other scholarships.

    During law school, Ms. Sweiss served as a law clerk for the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Real Estate, where she participated in administrative hearings, prepared accusations, presented opening and closing statements at hearings, and successfully argued for license revocation or denial based on regulatory guidelines.

    Ms. Sweiss was also an intern at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where she participated in preliminary hearings and received positive results in opposition motions.

    While at Southwestern, Ms. Sweiss served as President of the law school’s Real Estate Association, President of the Middle Eastern Law Student’s Association, and President of the Graduate Class Gift.

    Ms. Sweiss participated in the Dispute Resolution Program at Pepperdine University School of Law’s Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Real Estate from California State University, Northridge. She is named a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.

  • Languages

    • Conversational Arabic
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association

    • Board of Trustees, 2016-18
    • Chair, New Lawyers Section, 2015-18

    Arab American Lawyers Association

    • Vice President
    • Board of Governors

    State Bar of California

    • Employment Law Section
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