People: Jonathan L. Brophy, Partner

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Jonathan L. Brophy

Partner

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-1532
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Mr. Brophy is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is a member of the Labor & Employment Department and defends employers in  discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wrongful termination cases in state and federal court and related agencies. Mr. Brophy also represents employers in high exposure wage and hour class actions in both state and federal court.
 
Mr. Brophy has litigated single plaintiff and class action matters on behalf of employers in a wide array of industries including retail, finance, pharmaceutical, logistics, telecommunications, industrial manufacturing, education, aerospace, internet, automotive, and news media.
 
Mr. Brophy also advises employers to proactively avoid single plaintiff and class action litigation.  He has extensive experience drafting employer policies and handbooks, training employees and managers on anti-harassment policies, conducting wage and hour compliance audits, providing pay equity best practices, and conducting internal investigations.  
Super Lawyers Magazine has recognized Mr. Brophy as a Southern California Rising Star over the last eight years from 2009 through 2016.
    
Mr. Brophy also served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Margaret A. Nagle (Ret.) of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Mr. Brophy is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is a member of the Labor & Employment Department and defends employers in  discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wrongful termination cases in state and federal court and related agencies. Mr. Brophy also represents employers in high exposure wage and hour class actions in both state and federal court.
 
Mr. Brophy has litigated single plaintiff and class action matters on behalf of employers in a wide array of industries including retail, finance, pharmaceutical, logistics, telecommunications, industrial manufacturing, education, aerospace, internet, automotive, and news media.
 
Mr. Brophy also advises employers to proactively avoid single plaintiff and class action litigation.  He has extensive experience drafting employer policies and handbooks, training employees and managers on anti-harassment policies, conducting wage and hour compliance audits, providing pay equity best practices, and conducting internal investigations.  
Super Lawyers Magazine has recognized Mr. Brophy as a Southern California Rising Star over the last eight years from 2009 through 2016.
    
Mr. Brophy also served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Margaret A. Nagle (Ret.) of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Education

  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, magna cum laude (2006)
    Managing Editor, Southwestern University Law Review (2005-2006)
    Member, Southwestern University Law Review (2004-2005)
     
  • B.A., McGill University (1998)

Admissions

  • California

Affiliations

  • LACBA “Dialogues on Freedom” Committee (Former Member & Participant)
  • Southwestern University School of Law, Bar Advantage Program (Adjunct Professor) Awards 
  • Super Lawyers Magazine - Southern California Rising Star (2009-2016)

 

Representative Engagements

Representative Class Action Cases

  • Alvarez v. Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., 2016 WL 1243566 (Cal. Sup. 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)
  • Baxter Healthcare Corp. adv. Nguyen, 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”)).
  • Baxter Healthcare Corp. adv. Nguyen, 275 F.R.D. 503 (C.D. Cal. 2011) (defended meal break claim against putative state-wide class; court denied class-wide discovery prior to seeking certification and limited discovery to only the location where the class representative worked).
  • Mr. Brophy also recently 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.

Representative Single Plaintiff Cases

  • Baxter Healthcare Corp. adv. Wensel, LASC Case No. BC457115 (obtained complete summary judgment for employer and four individual defendants on plaintiff’s claims of age discrimination, sex discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress).
  • Defended retailer in sexual orientation discrimination and disability discrimination lawsuit.  The lawsuit was favorably resolved, including resignation by employee, shortly after plaintiff’s deposition completed.
  • Defended dental imaging company in disability discrimination lawsuit removed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  The lawsuit was favorably resolved before a summary judgment motion was filed.
  • Defended education company in sexual harassment and disability discrimination lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court.  The lawsuit was favorably resolved before a summary judgment motion was filed.
  • Defended airline in disability discrimination lawsuit removed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  The lawsuit was favorably resolved before a summary judgment motion was filed.
  • Defended industrial manufacturing company in race discrimination lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court.  The lawsuit was favorably resolved before a summary judgment motion was filed.

Previous Representative Matters

  • Sunstone Behavioral Health, Inc. v. Alameda County Medical Center, 646 F. Supp. 2d 1206 (E.D. Cal. 2009) (acted as second chair in bench trial on behalf of behavioral health consultant in a breach of contract action against medical center; following ruling in favor of client, obtained recovery of over ninety-eight percent of attorneys’ fees and costs.)
  • Obtained $1 million settlement on behalf of client against pool company in negligence action arising from damage to client’s real property

Presentations

  • “2016 Update On California Employment Law: Peculiarities, Problems and Proposals,” (May 2016)
  • "On Equal Pay Day - What Employers Need to Know," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 12, 2016)
  • “Hot Topics In Background Checks,” Seyfarth Shaw’s Advanced Labor & Employment Conference (October 2015)
  • “Trends In Employment, Benefits and Labor Law,” LGBT Bar Association, Lavender Law Conference (August 2015 & August 2014) 
 

Publications

Awards

  • Super Lawyers Magazine — Southern California Rising Star (2009-2016)

Community Involvement

  • Successfully petitioned United States Department of Navy to correct veteran’s service records after the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (May 2015)
  • Los Angeles Marathon 2010 (raised over $2,300 for American Cancer Society)
  • LACBA Domestic Violence Project, Volunteer  (2010 - 2012)
  • Alliance for Children's Rights, National Adoption Day (2007, 2013)