Raymond F. Lynch
Ray has substantial litigation experience in state and federal trial and appellate courts. His focus is on employment, labor and benefits litigation with an emphasis on defense of complex disputes. His practice includes class and other multi party actions, in particular, wage and hour and pension cases. He has represented employers in the government, transportation, life sciences, utility, manufacturing, health care and financial industries. He also handles litigating, commercial, 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.
With a master's degree in industrial relations and prior experience as a human resource manager, Ray counsels employers on the full range of employment law compliance and litigation prevention.
Areas of Focus
Admissions and Courts
Successfully defeated class certification in a case brought by County Sheriffs, Firefighters and Probation Employees. See Imperial County Sheriff's Assoc., et al., v. County of Imperial, et al., Imperial County Superior Court (2019). The class certification denial is currently on appeal.
Successfully obtained judgment for Stanislaus County following a court trial in Michael R. O'Neal, et al. v. Stanislaus County Employees' Retirement Association, et al., Stanislaus County Superior Court (2019). The case is currently on appeal. See O'Neal, et al. v. Stanislaus County Employees' Retirement Assoc. (2017) 8 Cal.App. 5th 1184. Successfully resolved retiree health vested rights class cases
Successfully resolved retiree health vested rights class cases in Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. Sonoma County Association of Retired Employees v. Sonoma County (2017) See, 708 F.3d 1109 (9th Cir. 2013); Retiree Support Group of Contra Costa County v. Contra Costa County (2016).
Successfully obtained summary judgment of putative class action case alleging employee misclassification as preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act. The judgement was reversed on appeal, remanded, and subsequently successfully resolved. Hireem Elijahjuan, et al. v. Mike Campbell and Associates Logistics, et al., B255533 (Cal. Ct. App. Nov. 4, 2015)
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.
Law Clerk, National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judges
Extern to the Honorable Eugene F. Lynch, United States District Court for the Northern District of California