Robert C. Hayden – Senior Counsel

Robert C. Hayden is Senior Counsel at Ezer Williamson Law and has provided advice and representation to employers since 1978 on a broad range of labor and employment issues, as well as business, insurance and transactional disputes.


Prior to joining Ezer Williamson, Mr. Hayden was a partner at  RGLawyers LLP where he practiced for over six years representing both employees and companies in employment litigation, including wage and hour class actions, wrongful termination, and employment litigation.

Prior to RG Lawyers, Mr. Hayden  was a partner with  K&R Law Group LLP for approximately 11 years where Mr. Hayden created and headed the employment law group.  Mr. Hayden also worked on litigation arising out of multi-party commercial disputes.

Mr. Hayden  began his career in 1978 in the Labor and Employment Department of Kindel & Anderson, and 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 and left in 1989 upon the firm’s dissolution. During his time at Kindel & Anderson and Overton, Lyman & Prince, Mr. Hayden represented employers in all aspects of union organizing campaigns, unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, and state and federal litigation to enjoin mass picketing, strike violence and strikes conducted in violation of union collective bargaining agreements.

Following the dissolution of Overton,  Mr. Hayden spent over six years at Lewis, D’Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard (now Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith), leaving as a partner in 1995 to develop the Employment Law practice at K&R Law Group.  While at Lewis, D’Amato, Mr. Hayden worked on a wide range of civil litigation matters, including real estate, construction, contract, and commercial disputes.


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 University of California at Berkeley – Boalt Hall 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 matters, including:

  • Disability and Discrimination

  • Family and Medical Leave Act and California’s Family Rights Act

  • Workplace Investigations

  • Personnel Issues in all aspects of the employment relationship

  • State and Federal WARN Act analysis

  • Human Resources Policies and Procedures and Employee Handbooks

  • Wage and Hour Litigation, including Class Actions and PAGA Claims

  • Wrongful Termination Litigation

  • Employment Discrimination Litigation

  • Independent Contractor Analysis and Litigation

  • Trade Secret Litigation

  • Administrative Matters Before State and Federal Wage & Hour and Antidiscrimination Agencies

Professional Experience

Mr. Hayden is admitted to practice before all of the 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, and he has extensive experience in both State and Federal Courts.

Representative matters include:

  • Defeated Class Certification Motion in wage and hour class action, and successfully defended denial of the motion 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

  • 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 cases with issues arising under union collective bargaining agreements

Over the course of his career, spanning over 35 years, Mr. Hayden has represented a wide variety of employers, from family businesses and start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, including printers, 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 collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements.  He represents employers in employment litigation, including wrongful termination, employment discrimination and administrative wage claims, as well as non-competition and trade secret litigation and advice.  He also advises and represents employers in investigating and responding to claims of discrimination before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  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 is also experienced in the resolution of business and partnership disputes through informal negotiation, mediation, and if necessary, litigation or binding arbitration.  Additionally, as in-house counsel for two healthcare entities, he developed and conducted employee compliance programs, reviewed and negotiated contracts and billing agreements with vendors, subcontractors, and strategic partners.  He continues to provide these services for various clients of this firm.

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Beverly Hills Bar Association

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