The attorneys of Makarem & Associates, are committed to providing effective lawyering for our clients. All of our top trial lawyers are recognized by Super Lawyers, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Advocate Magazine, Cal Lawyer and CAALA, Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles.
Ron Makarem

Principal Attorney

Ron Makarem is the founder of Makarem & Associates, a top law firm located in Los Angeles, California. Ron has been practicing law since 1995 and has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and judgments for consumer clients across the State.

For 2019, Ron was selected as a top 100 attorney in California by Super Lawyers. Ron was awarded, “Top Attorney” in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine and a Super Lawyers for 2013. In 2007, Ron was selected as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” Attorneys in California by California’s largest legal newspaper, The Daily Journal. In 2012, Ron received the distinguished CLAY award for “Attorney of the Year” by California Lawyer Magazine for his work on a landmark California Supreme Court case. In 2012, Ron also became a certified legal malpractice specialist by the California State Bar. In 2015, Ron received the AALASC Trailblazer Award. The Trailblazer Award recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated vision, courage, and tenacity in their practice.  Ron was selected by Super Lawyers magazine as a “Rising Star” in 2010,  and a “Super Lawyer” in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Ron attended the University of Southern California and graduated with honors in 1992 with a degree in Political Science with honors, cum laude. Ron then attended Pepperdine University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1995. In 2001, at the young age of 30, he became a partner at the law firm of Ruben & Jones, later Ruben & Makarem, before starting Makarem & Associates in 2004.

Throughout his entire legal career, he has dedicated his practice to litigating on behalf of the consumer and strives to maintain the public’s respect for the legal profession. Ron sued Donald Trump in 2005, and as part of that Federal lawsuit filed against The Apprentice he deposed Donald Trump in New York’s Trump Tower. A native to Los Angeles, he enjoys watching and coaching his daughters’ soccer teams during his free time.

For more on Ron Makarem including his landmark cases, professional associations, and additional awards and honors please view his full profile here.

Jean-Paul LeClercq

Senior Associate Attorney

Jean-Paul is an Associate at Makarem & Associates who joined the firm in 2007. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2006 and was a Dean’s Merit Scholarship recipient. Jean-Paul received the Witkin award for excellence in Torts, was an Associate Editor on the Pepperdine Law Review journal, and is a member of the Order of the Coif.

Since joining the firm, Jean-Paul has been the primary attorney in an increasingly diverse practice, including contract disputes, legal malpractice, pharmaceutical product liability, personal injury, and consumer protection class actions.

Most recently, Jean-Paul’s practice has focused on employment disputes, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage & hour class actions. His performance in this area of law, including work as trial first chair in 2011, earned him recognition from his peers as a “SuperLawyer” Rising Star and a selection as one of The Recorder’s top 50 “Fast Track” lawyers, both in 2012. Jean Paul has been selected as a Rising Star each year from 2012 through 2015.

Jean-Paul graduated from the University of California at San Diego in 2003 with a major in Political Science/Public Law, and a Minor in Management Science.

Jean-Paul was born and raised in Malibu, CA. Prior to joining Makarem & Associates, Jean-Paul worked as a clerk for the Honorable Haley J. Fromholz at the Los Angeles Superior Court and was a summer Associate at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, LLP in San Diego. Prior to entering law school, Jean-Paul clerked at Senator Barbara Boxer’s Los Angeles office, and was a Men’s and Women’s Varsity Water-Polo coach at Malibu High School.

Gene Williams

Senior Associate Attorney

Gene Williams has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court in a wide range of legal matters. In his seventeen years of practice, he has litigated more than 100 class actions in both state and federal court, including consumer and wage and hour class actions, where he has successfully obtained class certification and/or sizeable settlements for plaintiffs, and also successfully defended companies against class action claims. Gene has had numerous articles published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal relating to his expertise in wage an hour matters, and is regularly sought for comment on wage an hour issues. While Gene focuses primarily on wage and hour class action litigation, he has substantial experience in a broad range of practice areas including partnership disputes, trademark and trade dress litigation, and general commercial litigation.

Gene graduated cum laude from UCLA School of Law in 2000, where we won the best team award in the school’s annual moot court competition and was a member of the moot court board. Gene received a B.A. Degree in History from UCLA in 1997.

Gene’s practice is focused on obtaining the best possible result for his client, whether through trial, dispositive motion practice, mediation or informal settlement. Having first chaired numerous jury trials and handled over 100 mediations, Gene is comfortable in front of judges, juries and mediators.

Samuel Almon

Senior Associate Attorney

Samuel Almon represents clients in complex civil litigation in state and federal court. He has significant experience in commercial disputes, financial services litigation, securities actions, and appellate practice. Samuel has represented companies in a wide array of industries in highstakes contract and business tort cases. He has recently litigated actions involving trade secrets claims, restrictive covenants, state mortgage regulations, and novel commercial insurance coverage claims. Samuel has also represented commercial and investment banks in actions involving swap agreements and other financial products, has defended publicly held corporations in shareholder securities fraud actions, and has defended registered representatives and brokerdealers in FINRA (formerly NASD) arbitrations.

His notable pro bono matters have included the representation of indigent former tenants of a slum housing complex in an action against the property owners and manager; a federal civil rights class action against the State of Georgia on behalf of developmentally disabled individuals; and the representation of a mother in the adoption of her foster child.

In his appellate practice, Samuel has represented appellants and appellees in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, as well as numerous state supreme courts and intermediate appellate courts. Mr. Almon is licensed to practice law in Georgia and California.

Samuel graduated from University of Chicago Law School in 2004, where he was a Edmund A. Spencer Scholar. Prior to law school, Mr. Almon graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia, where he got his B.B.A in Finance in 2001.

Jared Walder

Associate Attorney

Jared Walder has been an attorney at Makarem & Associates since 2017. Jared primarily represents consumers and closely held business entities in civil litigation in state and federal courts. His practice focuses on legal malpractice, business litigation,  legal ethics, employment litigation, consumer class actions, and writs and appeals. Prior to joining the firm, Jared represented plaintiffs in individual and complex consumer protection matters where he helped recover tens of millions of dollars on behalf of his clients.

Jared graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2014. During law school, he earned a Scholastic Excellence Award and received a Law and Business Certificate along with his J.D. Following law school, Jared clerked for a United States Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, Jared earned an M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2008 and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from U.C. San Diego in 2006.

Jared is licensed to practice in California state and federal courts. He is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and the California Employment Lawyers Association.

Susan Huerta

Associate Attorney

Susan Huerta handles labor and employment matters.  She has 8 years of experience in employment litigation.  Her experience includes representing plaintiffs against large companies in a variety of individual and class action wage and hour matters, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation of all types, and has been instrumental in the litigation of several cases that have achieved verdicts in excess of a million dollars.

Susan is an ardent advocate for the rights of employees in the workplace, particularly in the face of large corporations and employers.  Her approach to handling cases is to listen to her client and seek what they have been illegally deprived of in the workplace.  Susan has represented clients at all phases of employment disputes, including EDD disputes, DFEH and EEOC claims, and State and Federal civil litigation matters.  In the past, Susan has provided pro bono legal assistance to both battered women and unaccompanied immigrant children, representing clients before administrative bodies and Courts alike, such as ICE, the BIA, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Susan genuinely cares about her clients and works hard to obtain justice for them, always keeping their best interests in mind.  Her clients describe her as caring, professional, and someone they can trust to fight for them.  As a mother of three, she is dedicated and compassionate and understands the difficulties involved for individuals who have suffered from unfair and illegal pay practices and/or have lost their job due to the wrongful acts of their employers.

Susan is admitted to practice before all State Courts of California and Federal Courts of the Central and Northern Districts of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the California Employment Lawyers Association, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, and the Mexican American Bar Association.

Susan is also fluent in Spanish.  She joined Makarem & Associates in 2018.

Contact us

If you have a legal question or concern, especially regarding legal malpractice, wage and hour, consumer or employment law, contact Makarem & Associates today. Call us at 310-312-0299 or contact us online.