About Our Firm

Eskridge Law Office

Eskridge Law

ESKRIDGE LAW is a woman-owned litigation and trial firm dedicated to civil litigation, with emphases in real estate, business, and employment litigation.

ESKRIDGE LAW has been in existence in Torrance since 1997. The attorneys and staff of ESKRIDGE LAW are committed to providing excellent legal representation.  The firm prides itself on strong communications with its clients.  Because of its smaller size, ESKRIDGE LAW is able to maintain individualized relationships with all its clients and to respond very quickly to client needs.  The attorneys and staff at ESKRIDGE LAW are available to answer clients’ questions and discuss their needs and concerns on a daily basis.  ESKRIDGE LAW’s clients know the status of their cases at all times.

Both ESKRIDGE LAW and Gayle L. Eskridge have held AV ratings from Martindale-Hubbell every year since 2001.  An AV rating identifies a lawyer or firm with very high to preeminent legal ability.  The AV rating is a reflection of expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence.  Ms. Eskridge has also been designated a California Super Lawyer for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.  (Only 5% of all attorneys in Southern California ever receive such a distinction.)  Ms. Eskridge has also been designated a Top Attorney in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine.  Ms. Eskridge has also been selected a California Top Ten Attorney in the Litigation, Lawsuits & Disputes Division by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.  Ms. Eskridge is also one of America’s Most Honored Professionals 2017 – top 1%.  Ms. Eskridge has also been designated as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate by the National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel, and the The American Lawyer.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Business and Real Estate:

Among ESKRIDGE LAW’s victories in business and real estate disputes are the following:

2016

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully settled a partition action on behalf of its client (the defendant).
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully settled an action claiming real estate fraud on behalf of its client (the defendant).
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a settlement of over $250,000 on behalf of tenants of two apartments which were damaged by water.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW represented a veterinary practice in the successful purchase of its office building.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully settled a breach of contract and fraud case among owners of a company.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully defended an unlawful detainer action.

2015

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained $375,000 on behalf of its clients in a shareholder derivative action.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully settled a partition action on behalf of its client (the plaintiff).
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully settled a claim regarding allegations of damage to real property.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully settled an ADA access claim brought against one of its retail business clients for only $4,000.

2014

  • ESKRIDGE LAW convinced an insurance company to pay $235,000 to resolve a case on behalf of one of its real estate clients.

2013

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained settlements totaling $15,500 from two defendants, and a default judgment of over $600,000 from a third defendant in a real estate fraud case.

2012

  • ESKRIDGE LAW succeeded in settling a dispute involving an HOA for $45,000, plus some non-monetary items which were greatly appreciated by the clients.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW succeeded in obtaining a full dismissal of its client (the seller) in a real estate litigation matter.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW succeeded in preventing a lawsuit in a real estate “failure to disclose” case in a settlement which involved its client (the seller of an apartment complex) paying only $12,500.

2011

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $44,000 judgment in a business litigation matter after only a few months of litigation.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a mistrial in a matter involving an 11,000 acre ranch, and obtained a favorable settlement involving the transfer of certain property shortly afterward.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully resolved an ADA construction access lawsuit.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $130,000 pre-litigation settlement for a client in a stock dispute involving convertible debentures.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully defended the owner of commercial property regarding ADA access issues.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW represented a client in the sale of her tree trimming business.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully prevented the owner of commercial property from being criminally prosecuted related to land use violations.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW assisted the buyers of a residential property in forcing reluctant sellers to proceed with closing escrow.

2010

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully settled a partition action involving an income property in Gardena.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully quashed a real estate fraud lawsuit which had been brought against ten of its clients.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW provided legal advice which was successful in preventing many of its business clients from being sued.

2009

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a dismissal of a $38 million loan fraud case against its client.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a judgment of $479,341 in a shareholder derivative action.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully resolved a partition action involving three apartment buildings.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully defended a major non-profit corporation which had been accused of allowing one of its employees to sexually harass a consumer.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully settled a breach of contract action against a local non-profit corporation.

2008

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained $150,000 in a shareholder derivative action.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained $55,000 for a small business in breach of contract case.

2007

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully prevented numerous of its business clients from being sued.

2006

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully represented two plaintiffs in a fraud/breach of contract/partition action involving two residential properties and seven investment properties.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully defended the owners of a residential property against an action for breach of contract and fraud. ESKRIDGE LAW succeeded in obtaining a court order expunging the lis pendens, after which the case quickly settled.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully represented the plaintiff in an action for specific performance of a contract to purchase real property, despite the fact that the contract was never signed by the owner of the property.  Today, ESKRIDGE LAW’s client is residing peacefully at the property.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully defended the majority shareholders of a local electronics company in complex business litigation involving numerous claims and cross-claims.  A settlement which involved buying out the interests of the minority shareholder was ultimately achieved.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW represented the defendant in a declaratory relief action and, after prevailing on a motion for summary judgment, received a settlement of $33,500 in favor of its client – the defendant.

2005

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a settlement of $75,000 on behalf of a would-be buyer whose real estate agent/loan broker falsely represented to the buyer that her loan application had been denied, then secretly purchased the property for himself.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW represented local associations of realtors in numerous business, employment, and real estate matters.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully represented the plaintiff in a partition action.  As the result of a settlement achieved at mediation, the defendant purchased plaintiff’s share of the property at the current market value.

2004

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully handled the sale of a Palos Verdes property on behalf of the seller.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully represented a home health corporation in litigation against one of its former directors and officers involving eleven different causes of action.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully represented the buyers of a major floral store in Orange County.

2003

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully represented the sellers in the sale of a machinery manufacturing company.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW achieved summary judgment in a construction defect case in Los Angeles Superior Court.

2002

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a cost award of $156,000 in favor of Defendant Velur Investments II, Inc. in a competition case brought by Roland Land Investments, Inc.

2001

  • ESKRIDGE LAW prevailed at trial in a real estate matter in Orange County Superior Court, on behalf of plaintiffs.

2000

  • ESKRIDGE LAW helped numerous clients to avoid litigation by taking preemptive measures and by quickly resolving any disputes which arose.

1999

  • ESKRIDGE LAW prevailed in a real estate case which was tried to a jury in Torrance Superior Court on behalf of plaintiffs.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained the dismissal of a case against its client by filing a motion for summary judgment.
  • A Torrance jury awarded $1.5 million to ESKRIDGE LAW’s clients in a stock fraud case against a local real estate broker.

1998

  • ESKRIDGE LAW prevailed in a jury trial in Kern County Superior Court, representing property owners who were sued by an RTC-controlled company.  The company sought to rescind a contract for the sale of 11,000 acres.  Not only did the jury rule in favor of ESKRIDGE LAW’s clients as to the ownership of the entire 11,000 acres — the jury also awarded ESKRIDGE LAW’s clients $300,000 on their cross-claim.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW prevailed in a bench trial in Torrance Superior Court, representing an interior designer who sued a former client for non-payment.

Employee:

Among ESKRIDGE LAW’s victories for employees are the following:

2017

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a pre-litigation settlement of $700,000 in a wage and hour claim brought on behalf of a caretaker who was an undocumented immigrant.

2016

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $106,000 pre-litigation settlement on behalf of a client who was forced to quit his job due to being retaliated against for whistleblowing.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $145,000 settlement on behalf of an employee who was terminated after complaining about age and disability-based discrimination and harassment.

2015

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained reinstatement for a client who had been terminated from a major university.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $46,000 pre-litigation settlement on behalf of a client based on age, sex, and sexual orientation discrimination.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a pre-litigation settlement of $50,000 on behalf of an employee who was retaliated against for whistleblowing.

2014

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a settlement of $159,000 on behalf of an employee who was harassed and discriminated against based on her physical disabilities and on her age.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained $130,000 on behalf of a client who had been forced to quit his job due to violation of wage and hour laws.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a pre-litigation settlement of $136,000 on behalf of an employee who was retaliated against for whistleblowing.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a settlement of $165,000 on behalf of an employee who was harasses and discriminated against based on his age.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $105,000 settlement on behalf of a client in a case involving breach of an employment contract..
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained reinstatement plus $10,000 in lost wages on behalf of a client who had been wrongfully terminated.

2013

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $136,000 pre-litigation settlement on behalf of a medical administrator who was retaliated against for whistleblowing concerning patient care issues.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $240,000 settlement on behalf of a public employee who was discriminated against because of his age and disability.  
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $125,000 pre-litigation settlement on behalf of an accountant who was harassed and discriminated against because of his age and disability.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $90,000 settlement on behalf of a client who “blew the whistle” on safety issues which impacted the general public.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $65,000 pre-litigation settlement on behalf of a company district controller who was terminated after refusing to violate the Labor Code.

2012

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained an early retirement package for a client who became medically unable to perform the essential functions of her job.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained over a settlement of more than $300,000 on behalf of a female welder who was sexually harassed at work.  (This settlement was obtained in only a couple months.)
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a settlement of $90,000 on behalf of an accountant who was terminated after having a heart attack and bypass surgery.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $50,000 pre-litigation settlement on behalf of a customer service representative who was terminated because of her race and physical disability.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a pre-litigation settlement of $50,000 on behalf of a housekeeping employee who was sexually harassed.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a pre-litigation settlement of $57,500 on behalf of a senior maintenance technician who was terminated because of whistleblowing and also because of his physical disability.

2011

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained over $150,000 on behalf of a female executive who was sexually harassed at work.  (This settlement was obtained in less than a month).
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $125,000 settlement on behalf of a teacher who was harassed and discriminated against because of his race and retaliated against for whistleblowing.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $28,000 settlement for an employee who was denied meal breaks.  (This took only a couple weeks to achieve).
  • ESKRIDGE LAW assisted several clients in obtaining their unemployment compensation benefits.

2010

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a pre-litigation settlement of $165,000 for a client who was terminated because of his age.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a settlement of $125,000 in a pregnancy discrimination case.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a pre-litigation settlement of $40,000 for a Filipino client in a race discrimination case.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW was successful in several unemployment appeals before the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a settlement of $77,000 for a salesperson who was sexually harassed and then terminated because of her gender.  (This settlement was obtained in a few months, without filing a lawsuit).
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a settlement of $40,000 for a hospital employee who was harassed and discriminated against because of her age.  (This settlement was obtained in only a couple months, without filing a lawsuit). 
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained settlements totaling $68,000 for a female employee who was sexually harassed at a medical office.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $50,000 settlement for an executive who was terminated when his division was dissolved.  (This settlement was obtained within a few months, without filing a lawsuit).
  • ESKRIDGE LAW was successful in obtaining long term disability insurance coverage for an employee who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

2009

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $207,000 settlement for an aerospace company employee who was discriminated against and harassed based on her sex.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $100,000 settlement for a corporate vice president who was discriminated against and harassed based on her sex.  (This settlement was obtained within a few months, without filing a lawsuit).
  • ESKRIDGE LAW was successful in getting an employee who had been terminated because of a mental disability reinstated with full back pay, and in obtaining an accommodation for the employee’s disability.  (This settlement was obtained within a few weeks, without filing a lawsuit).
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $55,000 settlement for an employee who was terminated for complaining about wage and hour violations.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $50,000 settlement for a female employee who was sexually harassed by a co-worker.  (This settlement was obtained within a few months, without filing a lawsuit).
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $25,000 settlement for an employee who had been terminated for complaining about sex discrimination.  (This settlement was obtained within a couple months, without filing a lawsuit).

2008

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained settlements totaling $251,0000 for an employee who was terminated from joint employers in retaliation for reporting racial harassment.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $203,000 settlement for an employee who was discriminated against based on his age and race.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $225,000 settlement for an employee who was sexually harassed by her supervisors.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $180,000 settlement for an employee who was terminated in retaliation for reporting racial harassment and other illegal activity which was occurring in the workplace.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $172,500 settlement for an employee who was terminated by a hospital in retaliation for whistleblowing.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $250,000 settlement for an employee who was retaliated against after he reported that a supervisor was harassing other employees based on their race.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $220,000 settlement for an employee who was terminated based on his age.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $125,000 settlement for an employee who was terminated for whistleblowing.

2007

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $120,000 settlement for an employee who was exposed to race-based harassment at work.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $50,000 settlement plus a new job and her own department for a public attorney who had been discriminated against based on her gender.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained reinstatement of a longshoreman who had been improperly terminated.

2006

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $150,000 settlement for a nurse who had been sexually harassed.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $60,000 settlement for a licensed clinical social worker who had been discriminated against based on her age and gender.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $45,000 settlement on behalf of an executive who had been discriminated against based on his age and physical disability.

2005

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $75,000 pre-litigation settlement for a hotel manager who had been discriminated against based on her age and gender.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $150,000 settlement for a health care worker who was terminated while he was out on disability leave, after the employer caused the employee’s mental disability by harassing him based on his age.

2004

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $45,000 settlement for an executive who was fired in violation of his employment contract.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $190,000 settlement for two auto mechanics who had been discriminated and harassed based on their ages and race.

2003

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $100,000 settlement for an employee who was sexually harassed, and who was retaliated against when she reported the harassment to Human Resources.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $120,000 settlement for an employee who was sexually harassed, then fired when she reported the harassment to Human Resources.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $45,000 settlement for an employee who was disabled by grand mal seizures.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $280,000 settlement for an employee who was terminated for complaining about various legal improprieties being committed by his employer.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $75,000 settlement for an employee who was offered a promotion in exchange for sexual favors.

2002

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $175,000 settlement in a gender and race discrimination case.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $135,000 settlement in a breach of contract matter, only a month after filing the lawsuit.

2001

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $115,000 settlement in a gender and race discrimination case.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $750,000 settlement in a race discrimination case.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $150,000 settlement in a disability discrimination case.

2000

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $100,000 settlement for a customer service manager who was discriminated against based on her gender.

1999

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $75,000 settlement for a school counselor who was wrongfully terminated.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $176,500 settlement in a sexual harassment case.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $275,000 Judgment in a pregnancy discrimination case following a trial by jury in Los Angeles Superior Court.

1998

  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $200,000 settlement for its sexual harassment client without even filing a lawsuit.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW obtained a $400,000 settlement in a medical condition discrimination/gender discrimination case five months after filing the action.

Employer:

ESKRIDGE LAW has always been able to prevent its employer clients from being sued at all – provided the firm is retained before the lawsuit is filed.  As a result, ESKRIDGE LAW seldom represents employer clients in litigation.  However, the following are some representative cases in which ESKRIDGE LAW defended employers who had not obtained legal advice from ESKRIDGE LAW prior to being sued:

2016

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully settled a wage and hour class action with over 500 class members for less than $400,000.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW settled a pre-litigation claim of disability discrimination and harassment for $8,500 on behalf of its employer client.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW settled a pre-litigation claim of disability discrimination and harassment, and wage and hour violations, of $7,500 on behalf of its employer client.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW settled a sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress case for $45,000 on behalf of its employer client.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW settled a sexual harassment case for $18,000 on behalf of its employer client.

2015

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully settled a sexual harassment case for only $45,000 very early in the litigation.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully settled a five-plaintiff wage and hour case for only $5,900 per plaintiff.

2014

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully settled a wage and hour case brought against a law firm for only $7,500 very early in the litigation.

2013

  • ESKRIDGE LAW prepared numerous employee manuals, severance agreements, and other employment-related documents for its employer clients.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully prevented many of its employer clients from being sued, despite employees’ allegations of discrimination and harassment.

2012

  • ESKRIDGE LAW advised several of its employer clients in matters including disability leave law, age discrimination law, and sexual harassment law.  ESKRIDGE LAW also advised its employer clients relating to lay-offs and other terminations.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW was successful in negotiating a severance package of under $3,000, preventing its employer client from being sued for pregnancy discrimination.

2011

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully prevented many of its employer clients from being sued, despite employees’ allegations of discrimination and harassment.

2010

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully prevented many of its employer clients from being sued by providing well-drafted employee manuals, pre-hire documents, employment contracts, and general employment law advice.

2009

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully defended a major non-profit corporation which had been accused of terminating an employee based on a physical disability.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully resolved a sexual harassment claim made by a former employee against an aerospace company.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully defended an overtime claim against a fashion design company.

2008

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully resolved an age discrimination claim made by a former employee against an aerospace company.

2007

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully resolved a lawsuit in which a former employee alleged pregnancy discrimination.

2005 – 2006

  • ESKRIDGE LAW prevented numerous of its employer clients from having any claims brought against them.

2004

  • ESKRIDGE LAW represented an out-patient surgical clinic and successfully resolved a lawsuit claiming unpaid overtime pay.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully defended two 7-Eleven stores who were sued by the same former employee claiming he was owed wages for unpaid overtime, among other things.

2003

  • ESKRIDGE LAW represented a cabinet maker and successfully resolved a lawsuit claiming unpaid overtime pay.

2001

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully represented a confetti and balloon company in a case in which the former employee alleged unpaid overtime, termination in violation of public policy (whistleblowing), and defamation.  The employee dismissed her lawsuit while the motion for summary judgment ESKRIDGE LAW had filed was pending.
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully defended an adult day school in a wrongful termination case.  (In fact, ESKRIDGE LAW got the case dismissed within a couple months of being retained – with no settlement being paid.)
  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully defended a tile and marble store in a lawsuit claiming discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

2000

  • ESKRIDGE LAW represented a computer company in a wrongful termination case which alleged termination in violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

1999

  • ESKRIDGE LAW successfully defended a company in the aircraft industry in a case in which the former employee claimed she was fired in retaliation for whistleblowing.

Community Partnerships and Contributions:

ESKRIDGE LAW believes in giving back to the communities it serves.  To that end, the firm has contributed to and is involved in grassroots partnerships with various non-profit community-based organizations.  Some of the community-based organizations to which ESKRIDGE LAW has contributed either time, money, or both, include:

  • Hercules Animal Rescue, Inc. – financial assistance and pro bono legal services;
  • Emergency Animal Rescue, Inc. – financial assistance and pro bono legal services;
  • Friends of Cats, Inc. – financial assistance and pro bono legal services;
  • Torrance Human Relations Forum – “Visions of Unity” art and writing scholarships for Torrance Unified School District students – financial assistance;
  • Cancer Legal Resource Center – pro bono legal services;
  • Victims of AIDS – pro bono legal services;
  • National Down Syndrome Society – financial assistance.

Commissions, Memberships & Certifications:

  • State Bar of California;
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association;
  • Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association;
  • California Bureau of Real Estate;
  • National Employment Lawyers Association;
  • American Association for Justice;
  • Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California;
  • American Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles;
  • South Bay Bar Association.