Rupert A. Byrdsong
Rupert A. Byrdsong...Super Lawyer!
A rising star at Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt, the No. 1 Black law firm in California
By Brian W. Carter, Sentinel Staff Writer
What is a super lawyer? Can they fly, leap tall buildings in a single bound or bend steel? No...I don't think any human being can do any of those things but I'll tell you what they do...they defend, prosecute and litigate enough to get above average results.
A super lawyer is someone who has risen to the top of his or her profession. This kind of lawyer takes their job seriously and has gained the respect of their peers.
Rupert A. Byrdsong is one of those lawyers. Byrdsong is one of many lawyers in Southern California profiled in Super Lawyer Magazine 2010 and featured as one of its Rising Stars from 2005-2008.
His peers and independent research chose him, earning him a place in the magazine this year. He was also listed in the Daily Journal under "Ones To Watch" describing the top employment lawyers of the greater Los Angeles area.
In 1991, Byrdsong received his Political Science degree with Honors as an undergraduate from Morehouse College. He made the National Dean's List, graduated magna cum laude and earned a membership into Phi Beta Kappa.
In 1994, Byrdsong received his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University School of Law. While attending Vanderbilt, he was on the Executive Board of the Black Law Students Association, Phi Alpha Delta and worked as a Research Assistant on employment discrimination, sexual harassment and civil rights issues.
Byrdsong is listed in Acknowledgments in the casebook Employment Discrimination Law-Cases and Materials on Equality in the Workplace (6th ed. 1999).
He joined the law firm, Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt (IMW), where he's been a partner since 2001. He has handled civil rights cases representing the Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department addressing claims of excessive force, false arrest and imprisonment, warrantless searches, trespass and police misconduct.
Byrdsong attained the defense on the case of Donald Gaskin v. LAUSD, where the plaintiff claimed the District demoted him in position after failing to assist his disabilities.
Over the past several years, his civil rights cases have grounded the firm's employment in litigation practice. He has a great amount of experience in both state and federal courts.
On another case, Damon Berg v. COLA, Byrdsong represented a Child Support Officer II, who made allegations of varied discriminations and harassment against the City of Los Angeles, which resulted in further mistreatment.
The plaintiff claimed damages for emotional distress, loss of income and other loss from termination. IMW successfully obtained the defense for that case.
He is a sought after speaker on employment issues in the state. From 2003 to 2006, he was on and served as advisor for the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section for the State Bar of California.
Byrdsong is also involved in his community, is past president of John M. Langston Bar Association and served on the Board of the California Association of Black Lawyers.
Byrdsong may have a judge robe in the future, but the super lawyer shows no signs of slowing down.
"It is something that I have thought about but right now I enjoy litigation so much...trial work and doing the day-to-day things that we do...I will defer that on hold for now."