Ray has substantial litigation experience in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Ray's practice focuses on employment, labor and benefits litigation with an emphasis on defense of complex disputes. His practice includes class and other multi party actions. He has represented employers in the government, transportation, life sciences, utility, manufacturing, health care and financial industries. Ray's practice also includes litigating unfair competition, trade secret and environmental cases.
He has argued matters before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has tried cases in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board. Ray has successfully conducted numerous arbitrations and has extensive labor relations experience.
Ray counsels employers on the full range of employment law compliance and litigation prevention. With a master's degree in industrial relations and prior experience as a human resource manager, he brings a unique and valuable perspective to his legal practice.
Successfully obtained summary judgment of putative class action case alleging employee misclassification as preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act. Elijahjuan, et al. v. Mike Campbell and Associates Logistics, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court (2014)
Obtained dismissal of unfair labor practice charges following administrative trial, affirmed by NLRB and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. Int’l Longshore & Warehouse Union v. NLRB, 363 Fed. Appx. 488 (9th Cir. 2010)
Successful defense of class action pension case following bench trial. George Mathews, etc., et al. v. Ventura County Employees' Retirement Association, and County of Ventura, Ventura County Superior Court, CIV 220607
Obtained dismissal of employment discrimination case on summary judgment subsequently affirmed by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. Surrell v. California Water Service Company, 518 F.3d 1097 (9th Cir. 2008)
Successful defense of sexual harassment case against employer and CEO following two week arbitration. The award was confirmed by a superior court.
"Looking Ahead After NLRB Joint Employer Ruling," co-author, The Recorder (September 2015)
"Tough Times Ahead For Transit Cos. After New NLRB Test?" co-author, Law360 (September 2015)
"NLRB Imposes Broad New Joint Employer Standard," co-author, Labor & Employment Law Alert (September 2015)
"A Favorable Light on FAAAA Preemption," co-author, The Transportation Lawyer (August 2014)
"Employment Law Roundtable," California Employment Law Magazine (Summer 2006)
"Who's The Boss? Defeating Joint Employment Allegations Early In Employment Litigation," co-author, The Transportation Lawyers Association (August 2010)
"Class Actions after AT&T Mobility," Daily Journal (July 2012)
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"To Have and Have Not – FAAAA Preemption," co-speaker, American Trucking Associations Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel (July 2014)
"Current Developments on Pension and Benefits," co-presenter, MLI Conference Boalt Hall (February 2014)
"Independent Contractor Classification Issues in Trucking Industry," California Trucking Association Meeting (January 2014)
"Wage and Hour Pitfalls," HR Compliance Roadmap Seminar (January 2014)
"The Contours of Preemption under the FAAAA," American Trucking Association Litigation Forum (July 2013)
"Compliance and Avoiding Pitfalls of Wage and Hour Errors," AGC of California Annual Legal Retreat (October 2011)
"Pension Reform: What's on the Horizon," MMANC Winter Forum (February 2011)
"Wage and Hour Class Action Lawsuits Against Assisted Living Communities," co-presenter, CALA Webinar (April 2010)
"Family Feud: Managing Employee Relations," American Trucking Association Litigation Forum (July 2009)
"Meal and Rest Break Litigation—Brinker and Beyond," Association of Corporate Counsel (September 2008)
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