About Our Firm

About Our Law Firm

Employment, Labor Law & Consumer Protection Firm

Cohelan Khoury & Singer has been a leader in protecting the rights of workers and consumers for over 30 years. We are committed to representing the entire scope of the workforce in prosecuting labor laws in the areas of wages, hours, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and all oppressive working conditions in state and federal courts throughout California and the United States. Our clients include low-wage workers and others in agriculture, the garment industry, janitorial and housekeeping, nurses, home health aides, truck drivers, delivery drivers, retail, staffing, temporary employees, energy, factory, technology, and the defense industry. We also take on major companies and corporations in lawsuits against internet fraud, data breach, insurance and banking violations, unfair credit reporting and background checks, deceptive advertising, and misrepresentations in the marketplace.

We also have extensive experience in prosecuting class action cases and have obtained financial recoveries for over one million workers and consumers, and certified classes for tens of millions of consumers. Our firm includes published author Timothy D. Cohelan, author of the first practice guide on class action litigation in California: Cohelan on California Class Actions (1999-2021), as well as Michael D. Singer, major contributing author to the CEB Practice Guide California Wage and Hour Litigation (2010-2021).

Cohelan Khoury & Singer served as co-lead counsel in the groundbreaking California Supreme Court wage and hour case against the Chili’s restaurant chain, Brinker Rest. Corp. v. Superior Court, as lead counsel in the Dilts v. Penske Logistics cases that established some of the most significant wage rights to date for truck drivers, as well as contributing as amicus curiae in virtually every major labor and employment matter in the California Courts of Appeal, California Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. We have settled in excess of 250 class action cases and are among the rare firms that have taken several certified class actions successfully to trial.

Successfully Recovered Settlements for Over a Million Workers

  • Amazon

    Claims on behalf of warehouse employees for unpaid wages due to company practice requiring employees to go through on-premises security searches after clocking out for meal periods and at the end of the day, as well as failure to authorize and permit meal and rest breaks.

  • Ashley Furniture

    Case brought on behalf of commission furniture sales associates for recovery of minimum wages. Class certified and on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • EasySaver Rewards

    Case alleging that Provide Commerce, Inc., owner of multiple internet companies, including Pro Flowers, fraudulently transmitted customer's credit card, debit card, and/or pay pal information to Encore Marketing, Inc. a third party, which charged the card or account without the authorization of the customer.

  • JK Residential

    Claim for failure to pay minimum wage to apartment managers.

  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals

    Case brought on behalf of all California-based current and former hourly employees alleging Kaiser failed to pay all hourly and overtime wages due to Kaiser’s rounding of time entries, provide itemized wage statements, and to pay wages of terminated employees.

  • Massage Envy

    Case brought on behalf of massage therapists and estheticians for failure to pay wages for all hours worked, failure to pay the proper overtime rate, and failure to authorize and permit meal and rest breaks.

  • PICS

    Claim for failure to pay travel time and provide all meal periods.

  • Shelly Automotive

    Case brought on behalf of automobile or service technicians or mechanics for failure to pay wages for all hours worked, failure to pay the proper overtime rate, and failure to authorize and permit meal and rest breaks.


Veteran Employment & Consumer Protection Lawyers

Upholding the Rights of Californians Since 1982
  • Timothy D. Cohelan, Esq.
  • Isam C. Khoury, Esq.
  • Diana M. Khoury, Esq.
  • Michael D. Singer, Esq.
  • Jeff Geraci, Esq.
  • Marta Manus
  • Rosemary Khoury
  • Amber J. Worden
  • Bridgette Valdez
  • Matthew P. Atlas
  • Timothy D. Cohelan, Esq. Timothy D. Cohelan, Esq.

    Partner & Founder

    Timothy Cohelan was named a “California Lawyer of the Year” by California Lawyer Magazine (Clay Award) in 1996. As the author of Cohelan On California Class Actions (Thompson-West 1997-2020 ), Cohelan is often consulted regarding class action practice by other lawyers.
    Timothy D. Cohelan, Esq. Photo
  • Isam C. Khoury, Esq. Isam C. Khoury, Esq.

    Partner & Founder

    Mr. Khoury, a founding Partner of the firm, has been selected as a Southern California/San Diego Super Lawyer for the years 2011-2021 and has received the Martindale Hubble Judicial AV preeminent rating. He received his B.A from U.C.S.D and received his law degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1973.
    Isam C. Khoury, Esq. Photo
  • Diana M. Khoury, Esq. Diana M. Khoury, Esq.


    Diana M. Khoury, Partner, received a law degree from Western State University in 1986 and is a graduate of San Diego State University, where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in 1975. She is a member of the State Bar of California, admitted in 1987.
    Diana M. Khoury, Esq. Photo
  • Michael D. Singer, Esq. Michael D. Singer, Esq.

    Managing Partner

    Michael’s practice is devoted to representing employees and consumers in class actions, cases under the Private Attorneys General Act, and other complex litigation. He has been in practice over 35 years and has served as the managing partner at Cohelan Khoury & Singer for over 15 years.
    Michael D. Singer, Esq. Photo
  • Jeff Geraci, Esq. Jeff Geraci, Esq.


    Jeff Geraci is a 1982 graduate of Pitzer College with a degree in Sociology. He is a 1990 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, and has practiced employment law for twenty-nine years.
    Jeff  Geraci, Esq. Photo
  • Marta Manus Marta Manus


    Marta Manus is graduate of California Western School of Law. She received a B.A. in Psychology in 2005 and has been a member of the State Bar of California since her admission in December 2008. Marta is admitted to practice before all District Courts in the state of California as well as the Fourth District Court of Appeal and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Marta has been exclusively litigating employment law cases since 2008, representing employees in all aspects of labor and employment law matters, including employment discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and wage and hour class action lawsuits.
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  • Rosemary Khoury Rosemary Khoury


    Rosemary Khoury, Attorney, graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in English. She received her law degree cum laude from the University of San Diego and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2020.
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  • Amber J. Worden Amber J. Worden


    Ms. Worden is a certified paralegal and has been with the firm for 19 years. She was named Senior Paralegal after receiving a certificate in Business Litigation with Honors from the University of San Diego’s Paralegal Program.
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  • Bridgette Valdez Bridgette Valdez

    Office Administrator

    Bridgette Valdez has 28 years of professional experience in law firm administration. Ms. Valdez is responsible for overseeing all operations of the firm.
    Bridgette  Valdez Photo
  • Matthew P. Atlas Matthew P. Atlas


    Matthew is a certified paralegal and a graduate of the University of San Diego Paralegal Program. He has been working in the legal profession for approximately 20 years.
    Matthew P. Atlas Photo

Our Attorneys

Cohelan Khoury & Singer’s attorneys are consistently recognized as Super Lawyers and have obtained awards as California Attorney of the Year and Top Labor and Employment Lawyers. Our firm currently consists of eight attorneys, two paralegals and several supporting staff members.

Several members of the firm are AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. To read about our attorneys, office administrator and paralegals, click on their name:

  • The Reader 2021
  • Top 100 Settlements 2017
  • Super Lawyers
  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Martindale Hubbell 2021
  • Consumer Attorneys California
  • CELA

Public Interest Work

Our firm has achieved statewide recognition for pro bono public interest work, including successful cases prosecuted on behalf of homeless persons in Hoffmaster v. City of San Diego(1997) 55 Cal.App.4th 1098.

Cohelan Khoury & Singer’s public interest work has been recognized in numerous cases, including that of United States District Court Judge Milton Pollack, a Senior United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, who has publicly stated that he had “seen no similar indication of a public service rendered by any group of lawyers in all the years I have practiced law myself, which is for 38, or the 27 years that I have been on the bench.” Judge Pollack’s comments came in connection with a class action case brought on behalf of victims of health insurance fraud.

Cohelan Khoury & Singer also provides consulting, expert witness testimony, mediation, and resolution of complex litigation. Contact us today to get started.

A Trusted Reputation Unlike Any Other in Our Field

"In the highest tradition of pro bono service to the community, they [plaintiffs' counsel] have waived that right [to attorney's fees]. It is so commendable that their interests in the community so override their personal financial interest that they would voluntarily, not under compulsion, and not under the court's suggestion, that they would voluntarily say ‘we waive our right to attorney's fees’. How marvelous that you would do so.” 

– Hon. William McCurine, Jr., United States Magistrate Judge

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