Freyaan Y. Karanjia


Freyaan Karanjia represents public and private employers in administrative claims and all aspects of labor and employment litigation in both state and federal court.  Freyaan has experience defending clients including major healthcare institutions, construction corporations, and temporary staffing agencies in suits for wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour disputes.  Freyaan also counsels clients on a variety of employment matters and developments in the legal landscape.

Prior to joining the firm, Freyaan was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Reed Smith LLP, where she represented pharmaceutical companies, corporations, and financial institutions in complex commercial litigation and products liability matters.  Freyaan has served as a Writing Advisor in the UCLA Law School Lawyering Skills Program, and has also worked on legal issues affecting incarcerated women and children in conjunction with the UCLA Health and Human Rights Project and Just Detention International.



  • University of California, San Diego, B.A. in International Studies, magna cum laude, 2009
  • University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 2012
  • John Muir College Caledonian Honors Society
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society
  • Muir College Provost's Honors

Professional Experience

  • Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, Associate, June 2014  – present
  • Reed Smith LLP, Associate, January 2013 – June 2014; Summer Associate, 2011
  • Just Detention International, Postgraduate Fellow, 2012 – 2013
  • HIV/AIDS Legal Services Alliance, Law Clerk, 2010


  • All California state courts
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California


  • Hindi
  • French

Professional Activities

  • Member, State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section


Speaking Engagements

  • Human Resource Law from A to Z, National Business Institute, October 2016
  • Managing Leaves and Accommodations, PPSC Annual Employment Law Seminar, October 2015
  • Personnel Law, SDEA, December 2015

Representative Matters

  • Second-chaired arbitration resulting in complete judgment for defense contractor in $10 million employment suit
  • Favorably settled sexual harassment and disability discrimination action for major health care system at mediation
  • Negotiated favorable settlement of pregnancy discrimination claims on behalf of temporary staffing agency
  • Represented family-owned restaurant in wage and hour dispute before the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement resulting in favorable settlement