Ethan Chernin


Santa Monica

(310) 943-4812

(310) 394-4700

Ethan represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including single plaintiff wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment claims and collective/class action wage and hour claims. He defends employers before governmental agencies, arbitrators, and courts and is particularly knowledgeable about California’s unique employment law landscape.

Ethan also maintains a robust counseling practice with an eye toward helping employers avoid litigation at the outset. He regularly advises employers on state and federal labor and employment laws, and is experienced in preparing company policies, employee handbooks, and employment/severance agreements.

In addition, Ethan has developed a practice defending companies in website accessibility cases under the California Unruh Act and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

During his career, Ethan has worked with both large and small businesses in many industries, including health care, telecommunications, cybersecurity, food retail, food service, finance, and construction. In all aspects of his practice, whether litigation or counseling, Ethan emphasizes a reasonable, practical approach, tailored to the needs of each client. As a trial lawyer, he knows that juries respond to a sense of fairness, and he bears this foundation in mind while vigorously defending his clients against even the most nuanced legal claims.

Ethan is proud to be a member of the Board of Directors for the Disability Rights Legal Center. The Disability Rights Legal Center is a non-profit, public interest advocacy organization that champions the civil rights of people with disabilities, as well as those affected by cancer. 



What could a 32-hour workweek mean for California employers?

June 23, 2022

Ethan Chernin spoke with HR Dive about a bill in California that could change the state's definition of a workweek from 40 hours to 32 hours per week.

Should ‘Deskless’ and Office Workers Be Treated Differently?

August 19, 2021

Michele Ballard Miller and Ethan Chernin were quoted in SHRM discussing how the recent focus on the return to worksites and hybrid work, employers risk overlooking "deskless" employees who never had the option to work remotely.

Cozen O’Connor Promotes 20 to Membership

April 08, 2020

Cozen O'Connor is pleased to recognize 20 attorneys with the promotion to member.

West Coast Expansion Continues with the Addition of 13 Labor & Employment Lawyers from Miller Law Group in California

August 01, 2019

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce 13 attorneys from California’s Miller Law Group — one of the largest woman-owned employment law firms in the country — have joined its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.


Four Things You Need to Know About Website Accessibility Claims in California [Alert]

January 11, 2023

When businesses fail to ensure that their website are accessible to the visually impaired, they risk facing a barrage of expensive lawsuits.


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2007
  • California

State Bar of California

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Pro Bono Adoption Matters for Alliance for Children’s Rights