ELIOT RUSHOVICH

Managing Partner

Email: eliot@riselawfirm.com
Direct Phone: (310) 728-6003
Main Phone: (310) 728-6588
Fax: (310) 728-6560

Eliot J. Rushovich is the Managing Partner at Rise Law Firm. Mr. Rushovich exclusively represents employees in employment law cases. Over the past decade, he has represented numerous employees at all levels of seniority, from minimum wage hourly employees to senior level executives at Fortune 500 companies. He is particularly skilled in litigation matters related to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and wage and hour matters (including both individual and class action cases). He also has extensive experience representing senior-level executives in confidential out-of-court settlement negotiations and mediations.

In recent years, Mr. Rushovich has become a leader in the community. Besides being a regular member of the major plaintiff's employment associations in Southern California, Mr. Rushovich serves on multiple legal committees based in Los Angeles and as an expert panelist at various employment law related seminars and functions. Prior to founding Rise Law Firm, Mr. Rushovich was a name Partner at Rushovich Mehtani LLP for five years, and before that spent several years working as an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, one of the oldest and largest law firms in Los Angeles. While at O'Melveny & Myers, Mr. Rushovich handled a number of senior level executive employment agreements and severance agreements, including negotiating the agreements of multiple high-profile executives at the major movie studios.

In his spare time, Mr. Rushovich spends time toiling away at the gym, trying out new restaurants, and trying to keep up with the latest trends in tech.

EDUCATION

  • Harvard Law School, J.D.

  • Harvard College, B.A., Magna Cum Laude Honors

HONORS & AWARDS

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating, 2018-Present

  • Super Lawyers® Top 100 Rising Stars, Southern California, 2016-2019 (Featured in Los Angeles Magazine)

  • Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Southern California, 2015-2019 (Featured in Los Angeles Magazine)

  • A perfect 10.0 rating on Avvo, deemed “Superb”

BOARDS & COMMITTEES

  • Committee Member, California Employment Lawyers Association, Barristers Committee, 2015-2016

  • Board Member, Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, EMET Legal Division, 2015-2017

  • Board Member, Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, Young Adults of Los Angeles, 2017

LEGAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)

  • Member, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)

  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)

  • Member, Disability Rights Bar Association (DRBA)

RECENT SEMINARS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Panel Speaker, "Nuts and Bolts of Employment Law II", Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, December 2016

  • Podcast Contributor, "Sound Advice - 8 Key Issues in Employment Settlement Agreements", American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, October 2015

  • Panel Speaker, "Disability Discrimination and Termination: Legal Considerations for ApplicantAttorneys", California Applicants' Attorneys Association - Southern California Regional Chapter, March 2015

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of California

  • United States District Court for the Central District of California

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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LISA WATANABE-PEAGLER

Partner

Email: lisa@riselawfirm.com
Direct Phone: (310) 728-6024
Main Phone: (310) 728-6588
Fax: (310) 728-6560

Lisa M. Watanabe-Peagler is a Partner at Rise Law Firm. Ms. Watanabe-Peagler has devoted her practice exclusively to representing employees in employment law cases. She has successfully litigated state and federal cases on a wide variety of employment-related matters, including claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment and wage and hour violations on an individual and class action basis.

As a Partner at the Firm, Ms. Watanabe-Peagler handles all aspects of case management from pre-litigation through resolution, including alternative dispute resolution, settlement and trial. Ms. Watanabe-Peagler has successfully prepared and argued several dispositive motions and has served as second chair in jury and bench trials. Ms. Watanabe-Peagler is committed to effectively and aggressively representing her clients while keeping them well-informed and supported throughout the legal process.

Prior to joining Rise Law Firm, Ms. Watanabe-Peagler was a Partner at Rushovich Mehtani LLP.  She previously practiced at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. in its Labor and Employment and Litigation practices where she advised and represented employers in all forms of labor and employment disputes. Ms. Watanabe-Peagler was also an attorney at Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP where she litigated various civil matters including business, personal injury, habitability and construction defect. As a former defense attorney at these nationwide firms, Ms. Watanabe-Peagler brings unique insight and across-the-aisle experience to her current practice.

Outside of work, Ms. Watanabe-Peagler is involved in the legal community as a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, the Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Ms. Watanabe-Peagler also serves on the Board of Directors for the Harvard Club of Southern California and the Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood.

Ms. Watanabe-Peagler enjoys spending her free time with her husband, son and daughter. Ms. Watanabe-Peagler is also an avid fitness enthusiast and fan of the local sports teams as a former collegiate athlete who worked in the professional baseball industry for a few years prior to law school.

EDUCATION

  • Southwestern Law School, J.D., Law Review Member

  • Harvard University, B.A., Cum Laude Honors

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Southern California, 2017-2019 (Featured in Los Angeles Magazine)

  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award, 2017

  • 9.6 out of 10 rating on Avvo, deemed "Superb"

BOARDS & COMMITTEES

  • Vice President, Programs, Harvard Club of Southern California, 2016-Present

  • Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood, 2019-Present

LEGAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)

  • Member, Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of California

  • United States District Court for the Central District of California

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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NEHEMIAH CHOI

Associate Attorney

Email: nehemiah@riselawfirm.com
Direct Phone: (310) 728-6761
Main Phone: (310) 728-6588
Fax: (310) 728-6560

Nehemiah Choi is an Associate Attorney at Rise Law Firm. Mr. Choi began his journey into the legal profession as a member of a legal department of a multinational telecommunications company that was actively engaged in mergers and divestures around the world. He worked alongside corporate executives and associates and partners of internationally renowned law firms, consulting firms, and banks. Prior to joining Rise Law Firm, Mr. Choi also worked as a Law Clerk for the Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, where he provided legal assistance to victims of domestic abuse. Mr. Choi’s keen interest in business and corporations, coupled with a greater passion for social justice, fairness, and equality, allow him deeper understanding of his cases, clients, and opponents.

While in law school at USC, Mr. Choi served as the Executive Senior Editor of the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice and also as the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA). 

Just some of Mr. Choi’s hobbies include: traveling; playing or listening to music; playing or watching sports; cooking; and scuba diving.

EDUCATION

  • University of Southern California (USC) – Gould School of Law, J.D.

  • University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, B.S.B., graduated with high distinction

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice – Executive Senior Editor

  • Sidley Austin Foundation (Public Interest Law Foundation) Summer Grant

  • Judge Delbert E. Wong (Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association) Fellowship

  • USC Gould School of Law Merit Scholarship

BOARDS & COMMITTEES

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association – Board of Governors (2016-2017)

  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association – President (2015-2016)

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MEGHAN MAHER

Associate Attorney

Email: meghan@riselawfirm.com
Direct Phone: (310) 728-6567
Main Phone: (310) 728-6588
Fax: (310) 728-6560

Meghan K. Maher is an Associate Attorney with Rise Law Firm. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Maher worked for President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, where she organized communities across seven states.  During law school, Ms. Maher interned at Inner City Law Center, the criminal division of the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

While at Loyola Law School, Ms. Maher served as the Chief Note and Comment Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, where she oversaw a team of editors who selected notes for publication. She also served as a member of the Scott Moot Court Honors Board, where she competed in the 2017 ABA Moot Court Competition in Philadelphia. 

When not at work, Ms. Maher enjoys spending time with her husband, Robert, and their German Shepard/Husky mix, Berlin.  Ms. Maher enjoys reading new books, particularly historical fiction. However, travel remains Ms. Maher’s number one passion.

EDUCATION

  • Loyola of Los Angeles Law School, J.D., Law Review, Moot Court

  • University of San Francisco, B.A., Magna Cum Laude and Davies Scholar

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Outstanding First Year Brief Award 

  • Alumni Scholarship Recipient (2014-2017)

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