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Ndubisi (Bisi) A. Ezeolu

Ndubisi Ezeolu, Partner-in-Charge of the Tucker Ellis Los Angeles office, is an experienced litigator who focuses his practice on representing and counseling businesses, municipalities, and public entities in complex labor and employment matters.

Bisi serves as a one-stop resource for companies and their executives on a broad range of employment law issues. He has advised on and litigated virtually every wage-and-hour issue there is, including exemptions, incentive compensation, independent contractor status, off-the-clock work, overtime, meal and rest, pay practice, and PAGA claims. Bisi also has litigated a wide variety of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, trade secret, and unfair business practices matters. He draws on his background in representing title insurance companies, real estate lenders, banks, and other financial institutions in lawsuits involving mortgage banking, fraudulent transfers, forgery, identity theft, and loan fraud.

Bisi devotes a significant amount of time to serving the community. He has provided pro bono services for homeowners in financial trouble and serves on the board of directors for Five Acres – a non-profit organization committed to providing children and families with mental and health services, foster care, and adoption solutions – and the Pasadena Fire Foundation.

Bisi and his wife Marisa live in Altadena with their three children. An avid sports fan, Bisi enjoys both playing sports and rooting for his favorite teams.

Education
Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 2007); Order of Barristers; William E. Davis Mock Trial Prize; Dean Dunmore Moot Court Competition Distinguished Advocate Award
Tufts University (B.A., 2003)
State Admissions
California, 2008
Federal Admissions
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • Obtained summary judgment for urgent care center in disability discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, rest break, unpaid wage, and waiting time penalty case
  • Obtained defense verdict after jury trial for community college district in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and unfair business practices matter
  • Defended real property management company in executive compensation, wage-and-hour, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination matter
  • Defeated class certification for restaurant group in a wage and hour class action alleging claims for off-the-clock work, unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, and missed meal and rest breaks
  • Defeated class certification for health care company in a wage-and-hour class action alleging off-the-clock work and unpaid overtime
  • Obtained verdict after bench trial in quiet title and declaratory relief matter involving loan fraud
  • Successfully defended leading title insurance company in one of the first breach of contract and bad faith cases in California involving an international policy of title insurance
  • Counseled public and private clients on ways to avoid or mitigate issues arising in the workplace, including issues relating to the protection of trade secrets, employee mobility, hiring and termination, wage-and-hour compliance, worker classification, leaves of absence, and reductions in force

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • “Mentors v. Sponsors,” Norman S. Minor Bar Association 5th Annual Law Student Summit for Success (November 2020)
  • “Consistently Interrupting Systemic Bias in the Workplace,” Moderator, 2020 In-House Counsel Summit Webinar, Tucker Ellis LLP (September 2020)
  • The BTI Client Service All-Stars 2020, BTI Consulting Group (2020)
  • Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers, Daily Journal (2019)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Five Acres, Board Member (2021-present)
  • Pasadena Fire Foundation, Board Member (2019-present)
  • Kids Included Together, Board Member (2011-2017)