ZENA M. KALIOUNDJI
Zena M. Kalioundji is the founding Partner of Binder Kalioundji LLP. She knows what it takes to succeed. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Minors in Humanities and Law and Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, Zena was one of a handful of students who completed the accelerated 2-year law program at Southwestern Law School.
Zena started her legal career with one of the largest law firms in the San Fernando Valley, quickly making a name for herself in the legal community. She has received the distinguished honor of being named a Super Lawyer-Rising Star by Thomson Reuters for the years 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019. During her tenure at the firm, Zena's passion for the law, novel legal strategies, and overall care made her a go-to for her clients. She developed a specialty for employment, workers' compensation and real estate law.
At Binder Kalioundji, Zena has taken her many years of experience to create a more focused and client-based law practice.
DAVID S. BINDER
For the past 20 years, Mr. Binder has represented management in all aspects of employment law including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, accommodation, interactive process, wrongful discharge, wage and hour claims, whistle blower, and breach of contract.
Mr. Binder's practice includes representing employers before all Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards in California. Mr. Binder's expertise includes all aspects of workers’ compensation claims, including Labor Code §132a claims, Serious and Willful petitions, and Subrogation Actions.
Mr. Binder has a wide range of experience representing employers before state and federal administrative agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Labor Commissioner, Employment Development Department, and CalOSHA.
On a regular basis, Mr. Binder provides advice and counsel to employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship including accommodation, interactive process, discipline, terminations, policies and procedures, compensation, FMLA and CFRA leave, and compliance with federal and state laws.
J.D., Loyola Law School, 2000
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1994
California Coalition on Workers' Compensation
Claims Litigation Management
VBS Day School
(Board of Trustees 2014 – 2020 / Legal Vice-President 2018-2020)
MEL HADDAD, J.D.
Mel received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2021. While in law school, Mel received the Labor and Employment award of excellence and was a junior staffer on the USF Law Review. Mel's activities also included being Co-President of the Labor and Employment Law Student Association. Prior to starting law school, Mel received his Bachelor of Arts degree from CSUN.
Prior to starting at Binder and Kalioundji, Mel was a legal intern for prisoner legal services in San Francisco, CA and the Department of Labor- EBSA.
As a new member of the team, Mel is more than eager to provide Binder and Kalioundji's clients with all of his abundant enthusiasm, and zealous advocacy.
Alex Kiek joined Binder Kalioundji LLP after graduating from CSUN with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Business Law. At CSUN, he achieved membership on the Dean's List. Alex is an integral member of the firm.
Binder Kalioundji LLP brings something new to the table.