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ZENA M. KALIOUNDJI

Partner

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. 

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DAVID S. BINDER

Partner

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.

EDUCATION

J.D., Loyola Law School, 2000

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1994

EXPERIENCE

California Coalition on Workers' Compensation

(Member 2015-2020)

Claims Litigation Management

(Member 2015-2020)

VBS Day School

(Board of Trustees 2014 – 2020 / Legal Vice-President 2018-2020)

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MADISON L. HALSEY

Senior Counsel

MADISON L. HALSEY is Senior Counsel at Binder & Kalioundji, LLP in its Canoga Park, California, office. Her practice focuses on representing Employers, Insurance Carriers, and TPA’s before all Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards throughout the State of California. Ms. Halsey is also an experienced civil litigator and handles subrogation and contribution claims that often develop from her handling of workers’ compensation claims. In addition, Ms. Halsey defends clients in a variety of liability and employment matters.  Ms. Halsey is a well-rounded and seasoned litigator whose experience allows her to bring a broad perspective to her work. 


In the workers’ compensation arena, Ms. Halsey has a wealth of experience handling complex litigation including death claims, life pension, and 100% PTD exposure claims.  Ms. Halsey has successfully taken cases to trial with exceptional results.  Her ability to think creatively and critically combined with cost saving strategies and high closure rates make her the go to person when clients need to get things done. 


After graduating from Southwestern Law School, Ms. Halsey began her career defending workers’ compensation claims at one of the largest law firms in Los Angeles.  She continued her interest in the area of workers’ compensation and employment law and honed her skills at two other large defense firms in the San Fernando Valley.  Ms. Halsey joined Binder & Kalioundji, LLP in 2022, recognizing the growth opportunities in addition to the benefit of more direct and intimate client contact.  Ms. Halsey lives in the San Fernando Valley with her husband and twin children.  Her hobbies include Dodger baseball, camping, grilling, and home renovations.

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DANEEL TOUMA

Summer Associate

Daneel M. Touma is the newest Summer Associate at Binder Kalioundji LLP. He joins the firm with a focus on civil litigation. After graduating with an Associate of Arts in Economics from Ventura College and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Daneel has excelled at Loyola Law School where he captains its 5th ranked National Trial Team.


Along with leading the trial team Daneel has participated in Trial advocacy programs and competitions for the last six years. After many years of success he has been accepted into the highly acclaimed Academy of the Advocates Advanced Trial Program, hosted by Baylor Law school in St. Andrews Scotland in the summer of 2022.

At Binder Kalioundji, Daneel is taking his years of learning and Trial Advocacy training and applying it to real word cases with an enthusiastic and diversified approach.

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ALEX KIEK

Law Clerk

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.