Nancy Abell is a partner in the Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings. She previously served as the global chair of the firm's Employment Law Department. Resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office, Ms. Abell is a trial lawyer who works exclusively in the representation of private and public employers in all aspects of employment law and litigation, including discrimination, fair pay and wage and hour class actions; trials of statutory and common law claims; Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs systemic cases and affirmative action compliance reviews; unfair labor practice charges and other proceedings before the NLRB; organizing campaigns; labor negotiations; arbitrations; systemic charges and complaints before the EEOC, state anti-discrimination agencies, the Department of Labor and state wage and hour compliance agencies; and disability access cases under Title III and state laws.
Her clients include major technology companies, defense contractors, manufacturing companies, law and other professional firms, entertainment companies, financial institutions, and retailers. She has successfully defeated numerous high-profile discrimination and wage-hour class actions, represented numerous leading national law firms in partner and glass ceiling cases and defended members of the judiciary.
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2018
May 11, 2018
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2017
June 05, 2017
Nancy Abell Honored with AJC’s Learned Hand Award
September 27, 2016
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2016
June 08, 2016
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2015
May 20, 2015
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2014
May 27, 2014
Paul Hastings Extensive Practice Strength Highlighted in The Legal 500 United States 2013
June 05, 2013
Paul Hastings Employment Practice Honored with Chambers ''Award for Excellence'' and Firms Leading Practices and Lawyers Ranked in Chambers USA 2013
May 27, 2013
Paul Hastings Soars in 2012 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 14, 2012
Paul Hastings Excels in Chambers USA 2012 Guide
June 07, 2012
Paul Hastings Excels in Chambers USA 2011 Guide
June 10, 2011
Paul Hastings Soars in 2011 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 01, 2011
Paul Hastings Garners Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2010 Guide
June 14, 2010
Paul Hastings Excels in 2010 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 07, 2010
Paul Hastings Selected as The American Lawyers Labor & Employment Litigation Firm of the Year
January 06, 2010
Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Northern California, Southern California, Georgia, Illinois, New York and Washington, D.C.
June 17, 2008
Paul Hastings Earns Top Marks in the Latest Volume of The Legal 500 US
June 19, 2007
Paul Hastings Attorneys Named Top Women Litigators by Daily Journal
May 22, 2007
Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers in Southern California, Connecticut, Georgia, New York, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
May 20, 2007
Paul Hastings Named Global Management Labour & Employment Law Firm of the Year for Second Consecutive Year
May 04, 2007
Seven Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as America’s Leading Lawyers by Lawdragon
August 29, 2006
Paul Hastings Practice Areas and Attorneys Earn Top Honors in Latest Edition of Chambers USA
June 05, 2006
Paul Hastings' Nancy Abell and Donna Melby Named Top Women Litigators by the Daily Journal
June 02, 2006
Paul Hastings named Global Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
March 31, 2006
Paul Hastings Soars in Chambers USA 2005 Rankings
May 25, 2005
Prior Salary in Employment Decisions: California Changes and Attempts to Clarify Recent Salary History Ban and Fair Pay Act Legislation
August 01, 2018
Understanding The DOL’s Proposed Regulations On Paid Sick Leave For Federal Contractors
March 07, 2016
Proposed Amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulations Pose Substantial New Burdens and Risks for Federal Contractors
June 04, 2015
OFCCP Issues Final Rule: Federal Contractors Face New Record-Keeping Challenges Dealing with Internet Applicants
October 11, 2005
Affirmative Action Compliance in 2005: OFCCP Issues Proposed Standards Governing Compensation Discrimination Analyses
December 06, 2004
Supreme Court Raises Bar For Dismissing Discrimination Complaints
February 27, 2002
California Supreme Court Ruling On Arbitration Agreements May Require Revision Of Existing Agreements Used In California
September 01, 2000
Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
Chambers USA 2018: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 45 research areas and named 112 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
May 15, 2018
Daily Journal's Top Labor & Employment Lawyers
Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Paul Cane, and Donna Melby were recognized by The Daily Journal in their annual series celebrating the “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers” in California.
July 19, 2017
Human Resource Executive Magazine - Most Powerful Employment Attorneys
Nancy Abell, Paul Cane Jr., Neal Mollen, Patrick Shea, and
Kirby Wilcox have been recognized as five of the Most Powerful Employment
Attorneys for 2017 by Human Resource Executive Magazine.
June 16, 2017
Recognized by Chambers USA 2017
Chambers USA 2017: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 46 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 05, 2017
AJC's Learned Hand Award
Nancy Abell was honored with the Learned Hand Award by
the Los Angeles chapter of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). The Learned
Hand Award is presented to outstanding leaders in the legal profession who
exemplify the principles for which Judge Learned Hand was renowned. The award
was presented at AJC’s 36th Annual Learned Hand Award Dinner on September 22,
Recognized by Chambers USA 2016
Chambers USA 2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 47 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 08, 2016
Daily Journal Top Women Lawyers
Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Holly House, and Donna Melby were recognized by the Daily Journal in its Top Women Lawyers 2016 list, which recognized 100 leading women attorneys in California.
April 21, 2016
Paul Hastings Receives Most Individual Rankings in Daily Journal’s 2015 Top Labor and Employment Lawyers
Nancy Abell, Leslie Abbott, Elena Baca, Paul Cane, Stephen Harris, Donna Melby, and
Jeffrey Wohl were recognized by the Daily Journal in its Top Labor and Employment list for 2015, which honored California’s top labor and employment lawyers. Paul Hastings received more individual rankings than any other firm.
June 03, 2015
Daily Journal Recognizes Top Women Lawyers
Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Holly House, and
Donna Melby were recognized by the Daily Journal in its Top Women
Lawyers 2015 list, which recognized 100 leading women attorneys in California.
National Law Journal Recognizes Nancy Abell in Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers List
Nancy Abell was recognized by National
Law Journal in its inaugural Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers list,
which honors individuals who have changed the practice of litigation through
the use of innovative legal strategies.
Recognized with an Award for Excellence by Chambers and Partners
The Firm’s Employment practice was honored with an Award for Excellence by Chambers and Partners.
May 24, 2013
Law360 Awards - Top Practice Groups of the Year
Paul Hastings' Employment Law practice was recognized as one of Law360s "Top Practice Groups of The Year."
January 02, 2013
The Daily Journal, Top Labor & Employment Lawyers 2012
Los Angeles partner Nancy Abell, Los Angeles partner Elena Baca, Orange County partner Stephen Berry, San Francisco partner Paul Cane, Palo Alto partner Bradford Newman and San Francisco partner Kirby Wilcox, were listed in The Daily Journals list of Top Labor & Employment Lawyers.
July 18, 2012
The Daily Journal, Top Women Lawyers
Partners Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Holly House, Donna Melby, and Teri OBrien were named to The Daily Journal's Top Women Lawyers list for 2012.
May 09, 2012
Daily Journal Top Labor & Employment Lawyers 2011
Six Paul Hastings lawyers were named to the Daily Journals annual list of Top Labor & Employment lawyers: George Abele, Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Paul Cane, Donna Melby, and Kirby Wilcox. Of the 250 lawyers from various firms considered, 75 were selected for this distinction, which focuses on litigators and corporate and regulatory specialists on both the plaintiff and defense side of major labor and employment issues.
July 13, 2011
The Daily Journal
Los Angeles partners Nancy Abell, Elena Baca and Donna Melby were recognized by The Daily Journal as Top Women Lawyers of 2011 in California.
May 11, 2011
America's Top 50 Advocates
Nancy Abell was named one of America's Top 50 Advocates by writing expert and law professor Ross Guberman in his latest book titled Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates.
February 23, 2011
The Daily Journal
The Daily Journal named Nancy Abell, Rick Kirkbride, Bill Sullivan, and Charlie Thornton to its list of Top 100 California Leading Lawyers of 2010.
September 22, 2010
The Daily Journal
The Daily Journal named Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Paul Cane, Jr., Donna Melby and Kirby Wilcox to their 2010 list of Top Employment Lawyers. Paul Hastings secured the most lawyers on the Top Employment Lawyers list than any other firm.
July 14, 2010
Legal Media Group II
Nancy Abell, Stephen Berry, Barbara Brown, Paul Cane, Jr., Paul Grossman, Geoff Weirich, Kirby Wilcox , and Jeffrey Wohl have been recognized by Legal Media Group as leading experts in the Labor and Employment field.
May 23, 2010
Legal Media Group
Legal Media Group recognized Nancy Abell, Barbara Brown, Paul Cane, Jr., Marty Edelman, Paul Grossman, Geoff Weirich, and John Wymer, III as The Best of the Best USA in 2009.
May 19, 2010
Best of the Best Recognition for 2009
Legal Media Group recognized Nancy Abell and Marty Edelman as The Best of the Best in 2009 in the areas of Labor and Employment and Real Estate, respectively.
May 17, 2010
Nancy Abell and Donna Melby have been selected as two of 2010's Top Women Litigators by the Daily Journal.
May 12, 2010
Who's Who Legal
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, a leading global law firm, announced today that Who's Who Legal has named 16 of the firm's lawyers to The International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers 2010 list. The lawyers include:
Paul Cane, Jr.
John Wymer III
May 06, 2010
Human Resource Executive Magazine
Nancy Abell, Barbara Brown, Paul Grossman, and John Wymer have been recognized as five of the Most Powerful Employment Attorneys for 2010 by Human Resource Executive Magazine. Jack Gallagher also made the 2010 Top Ten List for Labor in Human Resource Executive Magazine.
April 01, 2010
Ethisphere Magazine's Attorneys Who Matter for 2009
The Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think-tank focusing on business ethics, has named Nancy L. Abell and Tim L. Dickinson to its 2009 Attorneys Who Matter list.
This achievement recognizes lawyers who have made exceptional contributions to the corporate compliance field. The Ethisphere Institute selected lawyers based on area of expertise, peer/client endorsements, high-profile litigation cases handled, public service and legal community engagement, as well as academic involvement. The organization recognized Nancy within the Labor & Employment category and Tim within the FCPA category.
July 30, 2009
Paul Hastings Lawyers Nancy Abell ...
Paul Hastings Lawyers Nancy Abell, Paul Grossman and Al Latham Selected to the Daily Journal's Top California Labor & Employment Attorneys List (2009)
June 24, 2009
Paul Hastings' Donna Melby and Nancy Abell Named Top Women Litigators by ...
Paul Hastings' Donna Melby and Nancy Abell Named Top Women Litigators by the Daily Journal (2006)
January 06, 2006