Robert C. Hayden – Senior Counsel

Since 1978, Robert C. Hayden, Senior Counsel at Ezer Williamson Law, has represented, and continues to represent and advise businesses and employers in matters involving labor and employment disputes, non-competition and trade secret litigation, business, contract, insurance and transactional disputes.

Mr. Hayden is admitted to practice before all courts of the State of California, the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Background

Mr. Hayden began his career in 1978 in the Labor and Employment Department of Kindel & Anderson, and later moved with the head of that department to Overton, Lyman & Prince to develop a Labor & Employment practice at that firm. He became a partner in 1985, leaving in 1989 upon the firm’s dissolution. Following Overton’s dissolution, Mr. Hayden spent over six years at Lewis, D’Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard (now Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith), handling business and trade secret litigation as well as employment disputes, leaving as a partner in 1995 to develop the Employment Law practice at K&R Law Group. After over a decade with K&R Law Group, Mr. Hayden joined RGLawyers LLP, where he practiced for over six years representing both employers and employees in employment litigation, including wage and hour class actions, wrongful termination, and employment discrimination litigation.

Over the course of his 40-year career, Mr. Hayden has represented a wide variety of businesses and employers, from family businesses and start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, including printing companies, newspapers, HMO’s, importers, manufacturers, construction companies and trucking companies. Mr. Hayden represents employers in connection with a broad range of labor and employment matters, including non-competition and trade secret litigation and related advice, and contract issues. He also represents employers in employment litigation, including wrongful termination, employment discrimination and administrative wage claims. Additionally, he advises and represents employers in investigating and responding to claims of discrimination before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (the “DFEH”) and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”). He provides advice on daily workplace and personnel issues as well as employment law considerations in mergers, acquisitions and sales of business units. Mr. Hayden has also represented employers in union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, union arbitrations, and state and federal litigation to enjoin mass picketing, strike violence and strikes conducted in violation of union collective bargaining agreements.

Mr. Hayden is also experienced in the handling of business, partnership, member and shareholder disputes. Additionally, as in-house counsel for two healthcare entities, he developed and conducted employee compliance programs, reviewed and negotiated business contracts and billing agreements with vendors, subcontractors, and strategic partners. He continues to provide these services for clients of this firm.

Education

Mr. Hayden attended Stanford University where he was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1975. He received his legal education at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he was awarded the degree of Juris Doctor in 1978.

Practice Areas

Mr. Hayden provides advice, counseling and representation to clients in a wide variety of labor, employment and business matters, including:

  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Litigation arising out of business and contract disputes
  • Partnership, member and shareholder disputes
  • Wage and Hour Litigation, including Class Actions, PAGA Claims and Misclassification Issues
  • Wrongful Termination Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination Litigation
  • Wage Claims and other Administrative Proceedings Before State and Federal Wage & Hour and Antidiscrimination Agencies
  • Family and Medical Leave Act and California’s Family Rights Act Advice and Representation
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Advice Concerning Personnel Issues
  • Advice and Counseling Concerning State and Federal WARN Acts
  • Human Resources Policies and Procedures and Employee Handbooks

Representative matters include:

  • Defeated Class Certification Motion in wage and hour class action, and successfully defended denial of class certification on appeal.
  • Succeeded in transferring wage and hour class action from federal court to arbitration, resulting in quick and favorable settlement.
  • Numerous favorable settlements in wage and hour class action litigation for employers in a range of industries and involving a broad range of issues including independent contractor misclassification claims.
  • Defended a charity’s right to raise millions of dollars through an annual San Francisco to Los Angeles bicycle ride by defeating an event promoter’s motion to enjoin the ride.
  • Successful arguments before the Ninth Circuit in wrongful discharge cases involving employees subject to union collective bargaining agreements.

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Benjamin Aranda III American Inn of Court

South Bay Bar Association

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