Jeffrey represents employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters, and related litigation, including individual and class action wage and hour lawsuits, wrongful termination, discrimination, and sexual harassment cases. He has appeared in state and federal courts throughout California, and has argued cases before the California Court of Appeal and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Jeffrey has particular expertise defending employers in wage and hour class and representative PAGA actions. He was co-counsel for the employer in a landmark case before the California Supreme Court on constructive discharge, Turner v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc. (1994) 7 Cal. 4th 1238.
Jeffrey also represented the employer before the California Court of Appeal in AHMC Healthcare, Inc. v. Superior Court (2018) 24 Cal. App. 5th 1014, an important case upholding an employer’s time clock rounding policy.
Jeffrey represents employers in individual and class action litigation, and provides day-to-day advice and counseling on employment law compliance. Recent examples of Jeffrey’s accomplishments are:
- Defeated class certification of a wage and hour class actions;
- Obtained defense verdict for employer in overtime exemption trial;
- Successfully compelled arbitration of individual claims and obtained dismissals of class allegations;
- Successfully defended employer on an unfair labor practice charge filed with the NLRB over the validity of class action waiver in an arbitration agreement;
- Successfully defeated class certification in a wage and hour class action;
- Obtained a ruling from the Court of Appeal denying class certification of a wage and hour class action;
- Published decision from the Court of Appeal upholding an employer’s time clock rounding policy;
- Negotiated numerous favorable class action settlements in cases involving meal and rest breaks, tip sharing, overtime, minimum wages, regular rate, time clock rounding, and PAGA claims;
- Obtained summary judgments for employer in discrimination and wrongful termination cases;
- Negotiated favorable settlements in cases involving sex harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination claims; and
- Advised employers on wage and hour compliance.
Admitted to Practice
United States Court of Appeals
- Ninth Circuit
- D.C. Circuit
United States District Courts
- Central District of California
- Southern District of California
- Northern District of California
- Eastern District of California
- B.A., Economics, the State University of New York at Albany
- Cum Laude
- J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
- Wage and Hour Laws, Advising California Employers and Employees (CEB)
- Payment of Wages and Overtime, California Wage and Hour Law: Compliance and Litigation (CEB)
Turner v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc. (1994) 7 Cal. 4th 1238 (leading case on constructive discharge);
AHMC Healthcare, Inc. v. Superior Court (2018) 24 Cal. App. 5th 1014 (upholds employer time clock rounding policy);
Haynes Building Services, LLP, 2014 NLRB Lexis 94 (2014) (ALJ held that employer lawfully sought to compel arbitration of employee’s putative class action lawsuit based on employee’s prior agreement to arbitrate).