- Southwestern Law School J.D. May 2000
- University of California, Riverside. B.A. in Political Science, 1997
Jerusalem F. Beligan
Jerusalem Beligan is Of Counsel with Kabateck LLP with extensive experience in employment and consumer cases.
Mr. Beligan has an exceptional track record representing clients in some of their most complex, novel, and critical civil matters in state and federal courts. Before joining Kabateck LLP, Jerusalem gained extensive experience working for a defense firm, where he specialized in class litigation. He later joined a plaintiff firm and honed his trial skills in employment law, representing public and private employees in state and federal court for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Jerusalem has won cases on the appellate level, both in federal and state court. In 2018, he reversed a district court order denying a motion for class certification in an employment case, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recognized him as having “extensive experience litigating class-action cases in state and federal court.” In 2019, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) nominated Jerusalem for the ‘Trial Lawyer of the Year’ Award for his outstanding work and remarkable win in that case.
In another Ninth Circuit victory, Jerusalem and the trial team at KBK successfully revived a consumer class action against Toyota, which a federal district court dismissed. In the case, the plaintiffs allege that Toyota’s switch from plastic to soy-based wiring in its engines increased the probability of rodent-inflicted damage, resulting in millions of out-of-pocket losses for consumers and the creation of a substantial safety hazard. The district court judge held that the plaintiffs could not blame Toyota for the increase in damages and safety hazards, only the rodents. The three-judge panel in Heber ruled the district court judge was off the mark when he found the proposed class could not blame Toyota for damage done by a third party—the rats—saying the alleged defect was the soy-based wiring harness, not the animals.
Mr. Beligan is also committed to protecting the rights of employees across the state. He was co-lead class counsel in a wage-and-hour class action against a defendant employer that settled for $8,750,000 in California superior court. The employment class action involved claims for unpaid minimum wages, unpaid overtime, meal-and-rest break violations, and derivative claims for inaccurate wage statements and penalties for the late payment of wages due.
Jerusalem graduated with high honors (magna cum laude) from the University of California, Riverside, in June 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in sociology. He was on the Dean’s Honors List all four years. After UCR, Jerusalem attended law school at Southwestern University. While in law school, he clerked for the LA District Attorney’s Office (Major Fraud Division) and the LA City Attorney’s Office. Jerusalem obtained his Juris doctorate in May 2000, became a member of the California Bar in December 2000, and has been practicing for 20 years.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Daily Journal Top Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2020
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Employment Law
- Consumer Rights
- Personal Injury
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIP
- American Association of Justice (AAJ)
- California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
- Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
- Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA)
- National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
- California Employment Lawyers Association, “Admissibility of Evidence at Class Certification After Sali v. Corona Reg’l Med. Ctr.: Know the Difference Between Federal and State Court” (June 2019