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.
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.
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.