Gary Ganchrow


555 S. Flower Street
30th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 683-6535



Yeshiva University
B.S. and top honors in Psychology, Cum Laude, 1989

Fordham University
J.D., Cum Laude, 1992

Practice Areas

Mr. Ganchrow honed his litigation and trial skills as a young lawyer by defending large insurance companies in high-stakes “bad faith” lawsuits. He joined Parker, Milliken, Clark, O'Hara & Samuelian in 1996 and became a shareholder soon after. Since then, he has litigated a wide array of employment, business, real estate and contract matters, while also dispensing the common-sense and practical advice needed to help corporate clients steer clear of the courtroom. He also regularly assists California businesses, both start-up and established, on statutory and regulatory compliance issues, and represents corporate fiduciaries with respect to issues relating to compensation and corporate duties.
Professional Experience:
Mr. Ganchrow has more than 25 years of litigation, trial and regulatory experience in State and Federal courts. A brief sampling of Mr. Ganchrow’s broad litigation and regulatory experience has included:
  • Defending and prosecuting individual and class action wage and hour lawsuits
  • Defending wrongful termination, discrimination, non-compete and ADA lawsuits
  • Helping a client navigate an investigation by the Office of Civil Rights and avoid penalties for HIPAA violations
  • Obtaining defense verdicts and judgments in punitive damages “bad faith” lawsuits
  • Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a mezzanine lender in a multi-million dollar lawsuit brought against it by an investment banking firm
  • Negotiating a pennies-on-the-dollar “coupon” settlement in class action consumer unfair business practices lawsuit
  • Successfully representing a public entity at the trial and appellate court levels in complex pension litigation
  • Successfully compelling a non-profit corporation to reinstate a deposed corporate officer and director
  • Successfully defending and prosecuting of trade secret misappropriation claims
  • Prosecuting a federal Administrative Procedures Act against the FDIC
  • Successfully defending DLSE misclassification claims
Academic Experience:
Adjunct Professor at USC Gould School of Law: Legal Writing and Advocacy Program (2017 - 2019)
Sample Publication:
  • “Manual Transmission” – The Effect of Employment Manuals, Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 22, 2008
  • “Take It or Leave It” – The California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) and the Notice Requirements, Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 5, 2008
  • “Embracing Give and Take” – The Interactive Process Under the FEHA, Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 26, 2008
  • “At-Will Power” – How Employers Can Protect Themselves From Wrongful Termination Lawsuits, Los Angeles Daily Journal, November 7, 2008
  • “The Ins and Outs of Employee Medical Leave Under the California Family Rights Act and Family Medical Leave Act”– Los Angeles Daily Journal, November 18, 2008
  • “Can You Be Sued for Your Tenant’s Actions,”Apartment Owners Association News – November, 2011
  • “Minimizing Legal Exposure When Hiring Resident Managers,”Apartment Owners Association News – December, 2011
  • “Scope of Bank Info Privacy is Uncertain”- Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 19, 2017
  • “The Do’s and Dont’s of Dealing with Injured Employees,”Apartment Age (Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles) – March 2017
  • “Strategies for Contracting With and Paying Resident Managers,”Apartment Age (Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles) – April 2017
  • “License for Hire? Make Sure Your Contractors Are Covered,”Apartment Age (Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles) – May 2017
  • “Employee Manager v. Resident Manager – Know What the Difference is and What It Means to You,”Apartment Age (Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles) – August 2017
  • “Harassment Prevention – More to think about for property managers,”Apartment Age (Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles) – March 2018
  • “How the Supreme Court's Decision Regarding Who is An Employee Affects Property Management,”Apartment Owners Association (“AOA”) News – February, 2019
  • “A Square Peg In a Round Hole - Paying Resident Managers with a Salary,”Apartment Age (Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles) – May, 2019
  • “Making a Molehill Into a Legal Mountain – How Small Resident Manager Payment Problems Can Turn Into Big Ones,”Apartment Owners Association (“AOA”) News – June, 2019
  • “The Unforeseen Pitfalls of Hiring a Resident Manager Under AB 1482,” Apartment Owners Association (“AOA”) News – January, 2020
  • “Am I My – Or My Management Company’s – Resident Manager’s Keeper?” Apartment Age (Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles) – April, 2020
  • “Covid-19: Emergency Ordinance And Executive Orders - A Crash Course,” Apartment Age (Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles) – May, 2020
  • “Understanding the contract clause of the US” - Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 15, 2020
  • “Avoiding Employee Harassment Claims: What Every Property Owner and Manager Needs to Know,” Apartment Age (Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles) – August, 2020
  • “Do Rent and Eviction Moratoriums Violate Landlords’ Constitutional Rights Under the Contract Clause?” Apartment Owners Association (“AOA”) News – August, 2020
  • “Strategies for Avoiding Liability As a Joint Employer,” Apartment Age (Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles) – November, 2020
  • “Pitfalls of Paying Resident Managers a Generous Salary ("No Good Deed Goes Unpunished"),” Apartment Owners Association (“AOA”) News – December, 2020
  • “Employing a Resident Manager Couple – A Savings, or Double Trouble?” Apartment Owners Association (“AOA”) News – March, 2021
Speaking Engagements:
  • Instructor, “The Ins and Outs of Employee Medical Leave Under the California Family Rights Act and Family Medical Leave Act,” Employment/Labor and Family Law sections of the Orange County Paralegal Association (OCPA) – 2009
  • MCLE Ethics Instructor, “The Move to Disqualify” – January 25, 2011
  • Labor and Employment Law Conference Panelist, “Mandatory Arbitration Agreements and the Erosion of Public Access to the Judicial System,” Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association (OC LERA) – July 19, 2017
  • Guest Lecturer, “Strategies for Paying Resident Managers and Other Employment Topics,” North American Real Property Management (NARPM) – November 15, 2017
  • Guest Lecturer, “Helping Clients Navigate Relationships with Resident Managers – From the ‘Marriage’ Through ‘Divorce’ – and How to Avoid Legal Fallout When the Relationship Sours,” San Fernando Valley Bar Association (SFVBA) – September 11, 2019
  • Presenter, “How to Avoid Falling Prey to Attorneys Looking to File Resident Manager Lawsuits: Common Pitfalls, Misconceptions, and Solutions When Paying and Terminating Resident Managers,” Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) Conference and Expo – October 2, 2019
  • Guest Host, “Legal Pandemic Q&A Session Webinar” Apartment Owners Association (“AOA”)– July 9, 2020
Pro bono:
Mr. Ganchrow has served on the Board of and performed pro bono legal work for various non-profit organizations. Mr. Ganchrow also runs the interest-free loan fund for Anshe Emes Synagogue.