People: Jon D. Meer, Partner

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Jon D. Meer

Partner

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-1586
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Mr. Meer is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is a member of the Labor & Employment Department and has extensive experience representing global clients in class action and collective action lawsuits, as well as several other types of high exposure claims.

Mr. Meer has successful experience in litigation and client counseling of employers in all areas of wage & hour class action and collective action litigation, mass layoffs and related litigation, employment discrimination class actions, and high exposure claims for wrongful discharge, discharge in violation of public policy, sexual and other harassment, disability, reasonable accommodation and access issues, labor arbitration, unfair business practice litigation under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200, employee benefits litigation, and protection of employer trade secrets and non-competition issues.

Mr. Meer also has assisted numerous clients in large employment-related transactions such as wage & hour compliance audits, corporate restructuring, plant or facility closures, reductions in force, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, internal investigations, state and federal audits and investigations, trade secret protection and privacy issues, electronic discovery issues, and document retention for litigation.

Professional Accolades and Peer Recognition

Mr. Meer has been named to the list of Top 75 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal legal newspaper, which selects the Top 75 California labor and employment attorneys, based on professional accomplishments and case victories.

Mr. Meer also has been selected to be included in The Best Lawyers In America.  This publication is based on a peer review process where leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers in 135 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  The lawyers selected are the top 1%, based on the evaluations received.

Mr. Meer also has been selected to be included in Los Angeles’ Best Lawyers, which is published by The Best Lawyers In America.  This publication selects approximately 100 lawyers in the field of labor and employment law, in the Los Angeles area. 

Mr. Meer is listed in the National Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers and has an “AV” Rating from Martindale-Hubbell/Thomson-Reuters, which is their highest peer review survey rating for legal abilities and ethical standards.  Mr. Meer also received a 5.0 out of 5 peer top ranking for legal abilities by lawyers.com.

Mr. Meer has also been included in Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers, based on a peer review survey that selected approximately 100 employment lawyers.  The selection process was conducted by American Law Media Publishing and the listing appeared in The American Lawyer and The Los Angeles Times.

Mr. Meer also has been elected to be included in the Southern California Super Lawyers in the area of Labor & Employment Law in a peer ranking survey in Los Angeles Magazine and has been included in the Nationwide Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers based on national rankings from in-house corporate counsel at Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Meer has also been selected as one of the Top Attorneys in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine.  Mr. Meer has also been selected to be included in the “Top Lawyers” listing selected by the Beverly Hills Courier.

Mr. Meer has also been listed in the National Register for Marquis Who’s Who In American Business, Worldwide Who's Who of Executives and Professionals and Elite American Lawyers.  Mr. Meer has also been profiled in Bloomberg Businessweek.

Mr. Meer is frequently quoted as an expert in labor and employment issues and has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The National Law Journal, msnbc.com, Law360.com, workforce.com, law.com, complianceweek.com, allbusiness.com, Inc.Magazine, The Los Angeles Business Journal, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, The San Francisco Recorder and Legal Elite.

Trial, Class Action, And Case Victories

Mr. Meer is one of the most successful trial lawyers in Southern California and one of the most successful class action trial lawyers nationwide.  He is also one of the original members of the firm’s National Trial Team.

Mr. Meer is one of only a handful of employment lawyers in with successful class action trial experience, including the successful defense of wage & hour claims in a class action that went to trial before a Los Angeles jury.

Mr. Meer has won complete defense verdicts for employers in several wage and hour trials and also obtained complete defense verdicts for employers in over a dozen other jury trials.

Mr. Meer has been lead counsel in class action cases with potential exposure in excess of $200 million.  He has a consistent record of defeating class certification in wage & hour cases as well as complex discrimination and civil rights cases.  Mr. Meer has defeated class certification or conditional certification in dozens of cases and has obtained summary judgment for employers in over 60 cases in state and federal courts.  He has also won appellate cases before the California Court of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Meer also has been particularly successful in recovering significant amounts of money on behalf of employers and companies, after defeating claims brought by former employees.  He has recovered attorneys’ fees for employers in over a dozen cases after winning dismissal of their lawsuits, with awards of attorneys’ fees ranging from $5,000 to $1 million.

Mr. Meer has defeated a case brought by a chief executive officer of a pharmaceutical company, resulting in an order for the plaintiff to pay $1 million in attorneys’ fees to the defendant as well as a criminal conviction for the plaintiff.  He also defeated a case brought by a Senior Vice President of a large publicly traded company, resulting in an attorneys’ fees award to the defendant in excess of six figures.  He has also defeated a case brought by an in-house counsel, resulting in an attorneys’ fee award to the defendant in excess of six figures, along with litigation costs.  He also defeated a case brought by a serial litigant who had previously filed over 100 discrimination cases, resulting in an attorneys’ fee award for the defendant in excess of six figures, which was then executed as a judgment lien on the plaintiff’s other pending lawsuits.

Class Action Dismissals And Settlements

Mr. Meer has defeated class certification in over 20 cases alleging wage-related claims such as failure to pay overtime, failure to pay for “off the clock” work, failure to provide meal or rest periods, failure to reimburse for business expenses, failure to account for tip-related pay, failure to provide accurate wage statements and failure to pay accrued wages.  He was defeated class certification in state-wide and nation-wide cases involving claims with potential class sizes of 100 to 27,000 employees.

Mr. Meer has also negotiated favorable class action or collective action settlements in over 30 cases involving wage & hour, unfair competition and discrimination claims.

Recently, he negotiated a class action settlement with a payment representing less than 3% of the potential exposure in a case involving 25,000 current and former convenience store employees of a global corporation with potential damages and penalties exceeding $125 million.

He also recently negotiated a settlement for less than 5% of the potential exposure in a class action case brought against one of the nation’s largest commercial construction companies, which settled on the second day of trial.  Before trial, the plaintiff class demanded a settlement in excess of $15 million.  

Mr. Meer also has settled a state-wide class action case involving 600 current and former employees for a single payment of $5,000 to the class representative.

Mr. Meer also settled a state-wide class action for a single payment of $1,000 to the class representative, in a case brought on behalf of approximately 500 call center employees.

Mr. Meer also settled a class action case for an $8,000 payment divided among two class representatives in a lawsuit brought on behalf of over 300 commercial truck drivers.

Mr. Meer obtained a walk-away dismissal of all class action and individual claims in a case alleging failure to pay overtime based on an inaccurate calculation of the “regular rate” of pay, for a potential class of over 3,000 employees.

Mr. Meer also obtained a dismissal of a nationwide class action for failure to pay overtime based on alleged “off the clock” work for a class of over 15,000 retail store employees and obtained dismissal of a California subclass of 6,000 retail store employees alleging meal and rest period violations.

Mr. Meer obtained a walk-away settlement in a class action alleging various ERISA violations for failure to pay benefits, benefit cutbacks and breach of fiduciary duty.  The claims alleged in this case, if successful, could have destroyed the solvency of tax-qualified status of the pension plan that was sued.  

Mr. Meer also has obtained walk-away settlements in three other class action cases, each of which involved over 300 employees.  He has also negotiated favorable settlements in four class action cases brought by large labor unions.

Mr. Meer also obtained a walk-away dismissal  of all class action claims in a case filed on behalf of approximately 500 management consultants and analysts, who claimed they were improperly classified as exempt from overtime, meal period and rest period obligations.  

Mr. Meer also obtained a walk-away dismissal of all class action claims in a case filed on behalf of approximately 450 insurance adjusters who claimed they were improperly classified as exempt from overtime, meal period and rest period obligations.

Mr. Meer obtained dismissal of a class action brought on behalf of 4,000 current and former employees of a national defense contractor and the case settled for a single payment of $2,999 to the class representative.

Training, Audits and Litigation Avoidance

Mr. Meer can arrange on-site training for in-house counsel, executive officers, human resources representatives, management or any level of employees through the “Seyfarth At Work” training series.  This training focuses on current issues in employment law presented in programs such as “Managing Within The Law,” “Human Resources Nuts And Bolts,” “Responding To Internal Complaints” and state-required non-harassment training.

Mr. Meer also conducts full-scale or topical audits of human resources policies or practices to help avoid litigation.  These audits include review of all written policies, review of all required employer postings, notices, recordkeeping requirements, review of exempt and non-exempt job classifications and statistical sampling of payroll records to identify potential issues regarding overtime, meal periods and rest periods.

Mr. Meer also frequently help clients develop and implement litigation avoidance procedures, including standardized review processes, documentation protocols, decision-making flow-charts, statistical auditing and electronic document management.

Mr. Meer is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is a member of the Labor & Employment Department and has extensive experience representing global clients in class action and collective action lawsuits, as well as several other types of high exposure claims.

Mr. Meer has successful experience in litigation and client counseling of employers in all areas of wage & hour class action and collective action litigation, mass layoffs and related litigation, employment discrimination class actions, and high exposure claims for wrongful discharge, discharge in violation of public policy, sexual and other harassment, disability, reasonable accommodation and access issues, labor arbitration, unfair business practice litigation under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200, employee benefits litigation, and protection of employer trade secrets and non-competition issues.

Mr. Meer also has assisted numerous clients in large employment-related transactions such as wage & hour compliance audits, corporate restructuring, plant or facility closures, reductions in force, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, internal investigations, state and federal audits and investigations, trade secret protection and privacy issues, electronic discovery issues, and document retention for litigation.

Professional Accolades and Peer Recognition

Mr. Meer has been named to the list of Top 75 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal legal newspaper, which selects the Top 75 California labor and employment attorneys, based on professional accomplishments and case victories.

Mr. Meer also has been selected to be included in The Best Lawyers In America.  This publication is based on a peer review process where leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers in 135 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  The lawyers selected are the top 1%, based on the evaluations received.

Mr. Meer also has been selected to be included in Los Angeles’ Best Lawyers, which is published by The Best Lawyers In America.  This publication selects approximately 100 lawyers in the field of labor and employment law, in the Los Angeles area. 

Mr. Meer is listed in the National Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers and has an “AV” Rating from Martindale-Hubbell/Thomson-Reuters, which is their highest peer review survey rating for legal abilities and ethical standards.  Mr. Meer also received a 5.0 out of 5 peer top ranking for legal abilities by lawyers.com.

Mr. Meer has also been included in Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers, based on a peer review survey that selected approximately 100 employment lawyers.  The selection process was conducted by American Law Media Publishing and the listing appeared in The American Lawyer and The Los Angeles Times.

Mr. Meer also has been elected to be included in the Southern California Super Lawyers in the area of Labor & Employment Law in a peer ranking survey in Los Angeles Magazine and has been included in the Nationwide Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers based on national rankings from in-house corporate counsel at Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Meer has also been selected as one of the Top Attorneys in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine.  Mr. Meer has also been selected to be included in the “Top Lawyers” listing selected by the Beverly Hills Courier.

Mr. Meer has also been listed in the National Register for Marquis Who’s Who In American Business, Worldwide Who's Who of Executives and Professionals and Elite American Lawyers.  Mr. Meer has also been profiled in Bloomberg Businessweek.

Mr. Meer is frequently quoted as an expert in labor and employment issues and has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The National Law Journal, msnbc.com, Law360.com, workforce.com, law.com, complianceweek.com, allbusiness.com, Inc.Magazine, The Los Angeles Business Journal, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, The San Francisco Recorder and Legal Elite.

Trial, Class Action, And Case Victories

Mr. Meer is one of the most successful trial lawyers in Southern California and one of the most successful class action trial lawyers nationwide.  He is also one of the original members of the firm’s National Trial Team.

Mr. Meer is one of only a handful of employment lawyers in with successful class action trial experience, including the successful defense of wage & hour claims in a class action that went to trial before a Los Angeles jury.

Mr. Meer has won complete defense verdicts for employers in several wage and hour trials and also obtained complete defense verdicts for employers in over a dozen other jury trials.

Mr. Meer has been lead counsel in class action cases with potential exposure in excess of $200 million.  He has a consistent record of defeating class certification in wage & hour cases as well as complex discrimination and civil rights cases.  Mr. Meer has defeated class certification or conditional certification in dozens of cases and has obtained summary judgment for employers in over 60 cases in state and federal courts.  He has also won appellate cases before the California Court of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Meer also has been particularly successful in recovering significant amounts of money on behalf of employers and companies, after defeating claims brought by former employees.  He has recovered attorneys’ fees for employers in over a dozen cases after winning dismissal of their lawsuits, with awards of attorneys’ fees ranging from $5,000 to $1 million.

Mr. Meer has defeated a case brought by a chief executive officer of a pharmaceutical company, resulting in an order for the plaintiff to pay $1 million in attorneys’ fees to the defendant as well as a criminal conviction for the plaintiff.  He also defeated a case brought by a Senior Vice President of a large publicly traded company, resulting in an attorneys’ fees award to the defendant in excess of six figures.  He has also defeated a case brought by an in-house counsel, resulting in an attorneys’ fee award to the defendant in excess of six figures, along with litigation costs.  He also defeated a case brought by a serial litigant who had previously filed over 100 discrimination cases, resulting in an attorneys’ fee award for the defendant in excess of six figures, which was then executed as a judgment lien on the plaintiff’s other pending lawsuits.

Class Action Dismissals And Settlements

Mr. Meer has defeated class certification in over 20 cases alleging wage-related claims such as failure to pay overtime, failure to pay for “off the clock” work, failure to provide meal or rest periods, failure to reimburse for business expenses, failure to account for tip-related pay, failure to provide accurate wage statements and failure to pay accrued wages.  He was defeated class certification in state-wide and nation-wide cases involving claims with potential class sizes of 100 to 27,000 employees.

Mr. Meer has also negotiated favorable class action or collective action settlements in over 30 cases involving wage & hour, unfair competition and discrimination claims.

Recently, he negotiated a class action settlement with a payment representing less than 3% of the potential exposure in a case involving 25,000 current and former convenience store employees of a global corporation with potential damages and penalties exceeding $125 million.

He also recently negotiated a settlement for less than 5% of the potential exposure in a class action case brought against one of the nation’s largest commercial construction companies, which settled on the second day of trial.  Before trial, the plaintiff class demanded a settlement in excess of $15 million.  

Mr. Meer also has settled a state-wide class action case involving 600 current and former employees for a single payment of $5,000 to the class representative.

Mr. Meer also settled a state-wide class action for a single payment of $1,000 to the class representative, in a case brought on behalf of approximately 500 call center employees.

Mr. Meer also settled a class action case for an $8,000 payment divided among two class representatives in a lawsuit brought on behalf of over 300 commercial truck drivers.

Mr. Meer obtained a walk-away dismissal of all class action and individual claims in a case alleging failure to pay overtime based on an inaccurate calculation of the “regular rate” of pay, for a potential class of over 3,000 employees.

Mr. Meer also obtained a dismissal of a nationwide class action for failure to pay overtime based on alleged “off the clock” work for a class of over 15,000 retail store employees and obtained dismissal of a California subclass of 6,000 retail store employees alleging meal and rest period violations.

Mr. Meer obtained a walk-away settlement in a class action alleging various ERISA violations for failure to pay benefits, benefit cutbacks and breach of fiduciary duty.  The claims alleged in this case, if successful, could have destroyed the solvency of tax-qualified status of the pension plan that was sued.  

Mr. Meer also has obtained walk-away settlements in three other class action cases, each of which involved over 300 employees.  He has also negotiated favorable settlements in four class action cases brought by large labor unions.

Mr. Meer also obtained a walk-away dismissal  of all class action claims in a case filed on behalf of approximately 500 management consultants and analysts, who claimed they were improperly classified as exempt from overtime, meal period and rest period obligations.  

Mr. Meer also obtained a walk-away dismissal of all class action claims in a case filed on behalf of approximately 450 insurance adjusters who claimed they were improperly classified as exempt from overtime, meal period and rest period obligations.

Mr. Meer obtained dismissal of a class action brought on behalf of 4,000 current and former employees of a national defense contractor and the case settled for a single payment of $2,999 to the class representative.

Training, Audits and Litigation Avoidance

Mr. Meer can arrange on-site training for in-house counsel, executive officers, human resources representatives, management or any level of employees through the “Seyfarth At Work” training series.  This training focuses on current issues in employment law presented in programs such as “Managing Within The Law,” “Human Resources Nuts And Bolts,” “Responding To Internal Complaints” and state-required non-harassment training.

Mr. Meer also conducts full-scale or topical audits of human resources policies or practices to help avoid litigation.  These audits include review of all written policies, review of all required employer postings, notices, recordkeeping requirements, review of exempt and non-exempt job classifications and statistical sampling of payroll records to identify potential issues regarding overtime, meal periods and rest periods.

Mr. Meer also frequently help clients develop and implement litigation avoidance procedures, including standardized review processes, documentation protocols, decision-making flow-charts, statistical auditing and electronic document management.

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law (1989)
    Law Journal Executive Editor for Publication; Honorable Paul J. Liacos Scholar in the Law
  • B.S., Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, with honors (1986)
    Dean’s List (all semesters); Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society; Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court of New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
  • Delaware State Court of Claims
     

Affiliations

  • State Bar of California - Labor and Employment Section
  • American Bar Association - Labor and Employment Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association - Labor and Employment Section
  • Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations Alumni Association
  • Cornell University - Los Angeles Alumni Association and Applicant Interview Committee
  • UCLA Law School - Former Moot Court Judge
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation - Former “Lawyer in the Classroom” Participant in South-Central Los Angeles
     

Representative Engagements

Reported Trial Court And Appellate Case Decisions

  • Osman v. Tatitlek Support Services, Inc., 2017 WL 945024 (C.D. Cal. 2017) (granting summary judgment for the employer as to claims for “off-the-clock” work where employers were required to remain on the employer’s premises and sleep on the employer’s premises; the Court held that a geographic restriction does not constitute compensable “hours worked”)
  • Galvan v. Michael Kors USA Holdings, Inc., 2017 WL 253985 (C.D. Cal. 2017) (dismissing wage-related class action claims brought on behalf of warehouse workers and holding that only one plaintiff could pursue wage-related claims through a binding arbitration, based on a class action waiver in an arbitration agreement)
  • Payala v. Wipro Technologies, Inc., 2016 WL 6094158 (C.D. Cal. 2016) (denying class certification for proposed class of approximately 1,500 computer technicians, based on varied job assignments responsibilities and levels of experience)
  • Chavez v. Converse, Inc., 2016 WL 4398374 (N.D. Cal. 2016) (granting summary judgment for the employer in a potential class action, alleging failure to properly pay overtime wages based on the calculation of the “regular rate of pay” to include employee bonuses)
  • Southern California Pizza Wage and Hour Cases, 2016 WL 3513505 (Orange County Superior Court 2016) (denying class certification in a case filed on behalf of 25,000 employees of one of the largest franchisees of Pizza Hut restaurants, alleging failure to reimburse expenses for making pizza deliveries; the court denied class certification on the grounds that individualized issues predominated regarding any alleged underpayment of actual expenses incurred by each employee)
  • Patel v. Nike Retail Services, Inc., 2016 WL 1241777 (N.D. Cal. 2016) (denying class certification based on alleged misclassification of over 100 assistant store managers as exempt employees)
  • Alvarez v. Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., 2016 WL 1243566 (Los Angeles Superior Court 2016) (granting summary judgment for the employer as to a class of over 1,100 current and former employees alleging misclassification after receiving a pay cut following a three-year furlough program)
  • Kizer v. Tristar Risk Mgt., 2015 WL 10372896 (Orange County Superior Court 2015) (denying class certification based on alleged misclassification of over 600 insurance claims examiners as exempt employees)
  • Kohler v. Presidio Int’l Inc., 782 F.3d 1064, (9th Cir. 2015) (affirming trial victory for the defendant in a disability discrimination case, and vacating and remanding part of the verdict for application of new legal precedent)
  • Bicek v. C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., 2014 WL 1415974 (E.D. Cal. 2014) (granting the employer’s preemptive motion to deny class certification as to all class-wide claims for “misclassification” of exempt employees, unpaid overtime, failure to pay minimum wage, failure to provide meal periods, failure to authorize and permit rest periods, failure to provide itemized and accurate wage statements, failure to pay accrued wages at the time of termination, and PAGA penalties)
  • Yardley v. ADP Total Source, Inc., 2014 WL 1494105 (C.D. Cal. 2014) (granting summary judgment for the employer on former human resources employee’s claims for constructive discharge, intentional infliction of emotional distress and punitive damages)
  • Cagle v. C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., 505 B.R. 534 (E.D. Cal. 2014) (granting dismissal of wage-related claims based on the plaintiff’s failure to disclose his lawsuit in connection with bankruptcy proceedings)
  • Martinez v. Columbia Sportswear USA Corp., 553 Fed.App. 760, 2014 WL 293035 (9th Cir. 2014) (affirming summary judgment for the defendant and holding that a business can lawfully provide an “equivalent facilitation” for disabled patrons even if there are architectural barriers to access)
  • Hoskins v. BP Products North America Inc., 2014WL 116280 (C.D.Cal. 2014) (granting summary judgment for the employer as to all claims for disability discrimination, retaliation, failure to engage in the interactive process, failure to provide reasonable accommodation and wrongful termination in violation of public policy)
  • Kohler v. Presidio Int’l, Inc., 2013 WL 1246801 (C.D. Cal. 2013) (judgment for the defendant following the trial, in case alleging Title III ADA violations at a national claim of retail stores)
  • Alcala v. Best Buy Stores, L.P., 2012 WL 6138332 (C.D. Cal. 2012) (granting summary judgment for the employer on claims for discrimination in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Family Medical Leave Act and California Family Rights Act; granting summary judgment for the employer on claims of retaliation in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act and wrongful termination in violation of public policy; granting summary judgment for the employer on claims for failure to prevent harassment and discrimination; granting summary judgment for the employer on claims for failure to provide reasonable accommodation and failure to engage in the interactive process to determine alternative accommodations)
  • Jones v. Spherion Staffing, LLC, 2012 WL 3264081 (C.D. Cal. 2012) (putative class action case brought on behalf of approximately 23,000 employees and former employees of a temporary staffing agency; the court granted the employer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings as to class action claims for alleged meal and rest period violations, failure to provide accurate wage statements, failure to pay all wages due at the time of termination of employment and unfair competition)
  • Martinez v. Columbia Sportswear USA Corp., 859 F. Supp. 2d 1174 (E.D. Cal. 2012) (summary judgment in favor of defendant on ADA accessibility claims and related state law claims), affirmed (9th Cir., January 28, 2014)
  • Vargas v. BP America Inc., 2012 WL 169953 (E.D. Cal. 2012) (granting summary judgment granted for the employer in whistleblower case involving alleged promises of no retaliation made by the Chairman and President of the company)
  • Feezor v. Patterson, et al., 896 F. Supp. 2d 895 (E.D. Cal. 2012) (summary judgment granted for multiple defendants in a case involving approximately 30 claims of unlawful conduct in violation of federal and state law)
  • Nguyen v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., 2011 WL 6018284 (C.D. Cal. 2011) (granting summary judgment against the class representative and dismissing entire class action alleging meal period violations, claims for penalties under California Labor Code section 226, restitution under the California Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”) and penalties under the California Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”); also denying Plaintiff’s cross-motion for summary judgment)
  • Vargas v. BP America Inc., 2011 WL 1601588 (E.D. Cal. 2011) (granting motion for judgment on the pleadings for the employer as to allegations of widespread safety violations and whistle blower claims)
  • Nguyen v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., 275 F.R.D. 596, 2011 WL 2183993 (C.D. Cal. 2011) (denying plaintiff’s request for class-wide discovery prior to seeking certification and limiting discovery requests to only the location where the class representative worked)
  • Osborne v. Prudential Insurance Co. of America, Inc., 2010 WL 4103680 (C.D. Cal. 2010) (defeated conditional class certification in a nationwide FLSA lawsuit alleging failure to pay overtime and off-the-clock work involving call center employees; summary judgment was then granted against the class representative)
  • Yip v. Unite Here Pension Fund, 2010 WL 2816061 (S.D. Cal. 2010) (granting motion to dismiss and denying plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of dismissal of ERISA claims in a class action for failure to pay employee benefits)
  • Jones v. Wild Oats Markets, Inc., 467 F. Supp. 2d 1004, 1013, 1016 (S.D. Cal. 2006) (awarding attorneys’ fees to defendant; the court stated “Mr. Meer has set forth evidence that he is considered a leading practitioner in his field;” “There is no doubt that counsel has special skill and experience and that the quality of representation was excellent in this case”)
  • Bradley, et al. v. Networkers International LLC, 2009 WL 265531 (Cal. App. 4th Dist. 2009), review granted, California Supreme Court (2009) (denying class certification in case alleging violations of the California Labor Code for unpaid overtime, missed meal and rest periods and related penalties as well as injunctive relief and restitution under the California Unfair Competition Law)
  • Goldberg v. LDDS WorldCom, 124 Fed. App. 577 (9th Cir. 2005) (affirming summary judgment for an employer sponsored benefit plan covering 10,000 plan participants on the issue that certain pre-existing medical conditions were properly excluded)
  • Marshall v. Kelly Services, Inc., 134 F.3d 378 (9th Cir. 1998) (affirming summary judgment for an employer in a case brought by a former Senior Vice President alleging age and disability discrimination; also affirming summary judgment for the company’s Chief Executive Officer, who was personally named in the lawsuit)
  • Hodge v. Superior Court, 145 Cal. App. 4th 278 (2006) (holding that there is no right to a jury trial in a class action for unpaid wages brought under the California Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 et seq.)
  • Valdez v. Clayton Industries, Inc., 2002 WL 31769424 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. 2002) (affirming summary adjudication for the employer for claim of sexual harassment)
  • Magallanes v. Telemundo Network, Inc., 2002 WL 31029235 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. 2002) (reversing and remanding case where plaintiff’s counsel sought multiplier for award of attorneys’ fees for work performed in connection with class action settlement)
  • Linsley v. Fox Television Stations, Inc., 2001 WL 1383148 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. 2001) (affirming summary judgment for the employer in a wrongful termination lawsuit)
  • Other Recent Significant Engagements and Victories (Client names are confidential)
  • Represents four national retail clients as lead counsel for California litigation.
  • Represents a dozen Fortune 500 companies as lead counsel for California wage and hour litigation.
  • Represented an international oil company in three class action cases for alleged meal and rest period violations; the cases were brought by the United Steelworkers union and International Brotherhood of Electrical workers union; cases settled on very favorable terms, primarily consisting of changes in recordkeeping practices for hourly employees.
  • Represented a state-wide chain of 230 convenience stores in two class action cases for alleged unpaid overtime and meal and rest period violations; the court granted summary adjudication as to the overtime claims; plaintiffs then failed to move for class certification on the remaining claims.
  • Represented a state-wide chain of 160 convenience stores in a class action case for alleged failure to pay mileage expenses for employees traveling for company business purposes; the court dismissed the class-wide allegations and the case was narrowed to a single plaintiff lawsuit, resulting in a $5,000 settlement.
  • Represented a chain of auto parts retailers in a nationwide class action alleging disability access discrimination; class-wide allegations were dismissed by the court and the case was reduced to a single plaintiff lawsuit.
  • Represented an international telecommunications company in a class action alleging misclassification of independent contractors, unpaid wages and meal and rest period violations; class certification denied by the court and affirmed by the court of appeal.
  • Represented a national ink manufacturing corporation in a case alleging failure to pay overtime wages and meal and rest period violations; judgment was granted in favor of the employer following a 10-day trial. 
  • Represented a foreign government and its Los Angeles Consulate and Ministry of Foreign Trade in a case alleging discrimination and wrongful termination.
  • Represented the Chairman and President of a prominent national financial services firm, who was accused of sexual harassment and retaliation.
  • Represented the Chief Executive Officer of an international publicly-traded company, who was accused of inducing breach of contract and unfair business practices in connection with the termination of a division manager.
  • Represented an international chain of quick service restaurants in a class action alleging violation of the California Labor Code based on improper questions contained on job applications.
  • Represented a national chain of fitness centers in a claim of gender discrimination for operating “women only” fitness facilities.
  • Represented an international automobile company in wage & hour audit for exempt and non-exempt job classifications for research, development and design employees. 
  • Represented an international talent agency in overhaul of human resources and compensation practices for exempt employees.
  • Represented a chain of movie theaters in connection with employment-related issues for asset sale of partial operations.
  • Represented numerous national retailers in class actions for overtime pay and meal and rest period issues.
  • Represented numerous national retailers in claims for disability discrimination based on “accessibility violations” at store facilities.

Presentations

Speeches and Presentations for Continuing Legal Education

  • Mr. Meer is a frequent speaker on employment law topics and litigation. He has taught several courses for other lawyers, which were certified for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California, including a course entitled "Winning Summary Judgments in Employment Litigation." Mr. Meer also has been a speaker at the Annual Advanced Employment Law Briefing of the National Employment Law Institute (NELI) and has spoken at the annual national meeting of the Professionals in Human Resources Management. Mr. Meer also has spoken at the Annual Employment Law Update sponsored by The Employers Group and at various meetings of The Employers Advisory Council and American Corporate Counsel Association. 

Publications

Published Articles & Treatises

  • Author and Panelist, “California Labor & Employment Roundtable.”  A discussion of the newest trends in labor & employment law by five of California’s leading lawyers, published in The California Lawyer (April 2015)
  • Co-Author, “Video Depositions Usher In New Era Of Courtroom Evidence,” in Society of Human Resources Management Magazine.  Article discussed the use of videotaped taped testimony in a successful jury trial (July 2013)
  • Co-Author, “Takeaways From Eddie Bauer’s Recent Victory,” in Law360.  Article discussed recent trial victory for the defendant (May 2013)
  • Co-Author, “L.A. Court Offers First Interpretation of Labor Law Precedent” -- the first denial of class certification following the decision in Brinker v. Superior Court, The National Law Journal (2012)
  • Chapter Author, “Chapter 16 - Wage and Hour Collective Action Trials,” Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012).  Definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation.
  • Author, “Harassment Based on Religion,” Harassment in Employment Law Lindemann & Kadue, Eds.; BNA Publications (2011)
  • Author, “Wider Bases For Retaliation Claims, But Not Better Chances For Success,” Worforce.com (July 2008)
  • Author, Annual Update in Wage and Hour Litigation, Lorman Seminars (2008)
  • Author, “To Settle Or Not To Settle -- Recovering Attorneys’ Fees As A Prevailing Party,” California Lawyer (2006)
  • Author, “The First 10 Things An Employer Should Do When Served With An Employment Related Lawsuit Or Administrative Claim,” The Corporate Counselor (Summer 2001)
  • Author, “To Settle Or Not To Settle -- 10 Questions An Employer Should Ask,” California Labor Letter (1999)
  • Co-Author, “Damage Control -- Steps Employers Should Take After A Lawsuit Has Been Filed, The Practitioner, Employment Law (Summer 2001)
  • Co-Author, “Another Option -- Employers Should Consider Arbitration,” California Lawyer ( May 2003)
  • Co-Author, “The Alleged Harasser as Defendant” and “The Employer’s Litigation Strategy,” Sexual Harassment In Employment Law B. Lindemann, Ed. BNA Publications (1992)
  • Co-Author, “Employee Investigations, Privacy & the Law,” Advanced Annual Employment Law Briefing National Employment Law Institute (1996)
Selected Media Coverage On Case Victories Reported In Law360
  • Bed Bath, Eddie Bauer Tell 9th Cir. ADA Suits Unreasonable (February 3, 2015)
  • Rocket Engine Co. Jets Out of Age Bias Suit (July 15, 2013)
  • Takeaways From Eddie Bauer’s Recent Victory (May 9, 2013)
  • Citing Brinker, Judge Denies Cert. In Calif. Meal Break Case (May 3, 2012)
  • Baxter Not Obligated To Ensure Meal Breaks Are Taken (November 30, 2011)