JAMES J. McDONALD, JR.
JAMES J. McDONALD, JR. is managing partner of the Irvine office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. He tries employment cases before juries, judges and arbitrators. Jim has defended hundreds of employment lawsuits alleging wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, wage and hour violations, retaliation, defamation and related torts. He also advises employers on how to prevent employment disputes from arising and on various strategic human resource management issues. Jim is author of the book California Employment Law: An Employer’s Guide, editor of the treatise Mental and Emotional Injuries in Employment Litigation, and author of more than 50 published articles. He speaks frequently on issues such as religion in the workplace, mental disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the defense of psychological injury claims in employment litigation, new theories of harassment and discrimination, the use of expert witnesses, and California employment law. Jim teaches labor and employment law in the Human Resources Management Program at the University of California, Irvine. He has been listed since 2007 in “Southern California Super Lawyers” and in “Best Lawyers in America”. He was also named Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year 2016" for Employment Law in Orange County.
AMY PATTON is a partner in the Employment Law Group at Payne & Fears LLP in Irvine. She represents employers in state and federal courts in a broad range of labor and employment law matters, including claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, trade secret misappropriation and wage and hour violations. In addition to her litigation practice, Amy assists management in the development of sound workplace practices and policies. She counsels employers on compliance with family and medical leave laws, wage and hour compliance and employee discipline issues. Amy advises clients on the creation and implementation of leave programs, conducts wage-hour and pay practices audits, analyzes exemption status under state and federal law and drafts and updates employee handbooks and other personnel policies. She is the 2016 Chair of the Orange County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law. Amy received her B.A. degree from University of Texas and her J.D. from University of Houston Law Center, where she graduated magna cum laude and is a member of Order of the Coif.
RON S. BRAND
RON S. BRAND is a Shareholder at Jackson Tidus in Orange County. His practice focuses on representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including defense against Federal and State-based wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, whistleblower, defamation, breach of contract, and fraudulent inducement. Ron drafts and provides advice regarding employment, compensation, severance, confidentiality/non-disclosure, and non-solicitation/non-competition agreements. He also provides preventive advice to clients on a wide variety of human resources and personnel issues, including hiring, employee compensation and benefits, employee discipline and training, leaves of absence, harassment and workplace violence investigations, termination, and the development of policies and procedures designed to avoid employment claims and litigation. Ron conducts in-house management seminars and training sessions on all aspects of labor and employment law, including anti-harassment prevention training required by California law. He is a frequent lecturer on employment law related issues. Ron is a “AV Preeminent” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbard. He is a graduate of University of California, Irvine, and DePaul University College of Law. Ron currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Labor and Employment Section of the Orange County Bar Association.
JIM HART is a Shareholder at Littler Mendeleson in Irvine. He represents and counsels public and private sector employers in a wide range of employment and labor matters, with experience in all facets of the litigation process, from initial investigation and filing through trial and appeal. Jim practices in federal and state courts in California, both at the trial and appellate level, and before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Department of Labor, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. He has specific expertise with wage and hour laws and regulations, the Americans with Disabilities Act and corresponding state disability laws, privacy laws, and appellate procedure. Jim assists with internal human resources investigations of employees, audits of company policies, and other ongoing employee matters, such as workplace violence restraining orders. He also provides his clients with compliance counseling. Jim is a frequent author and presenter on employment law related matters. He is a graduate of University of California, Irvine, and Pepperdine University School of Law.
JACQUELINE BEAUMONT is a Shareholder with Call & Jensen in Newport Beach. She focuses her practice on the representation of clients in complex commercial and employment matters. Jacqueline has particular expertise in wage-and-hour class action disputes, wrongful termination allegations, and discrimination claims under Title VII and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. She has broad expertise in all areas of employment law and advising, including drafting and implementing workplace policies, guiding employee investigations and terminations, overseeing reductions in force, and negotiating executive agreements. Jacqueline has received many professional awards, including being selected as “Super Lawyer” for five consecutive years, and receiving the Wiley W. Manuel pro bono award multiple times. She frequently publishes articles on employment law and trial practice topics, and has lectured at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and Cal State University Fullerton. Ms. Beaumont graduated cum laude from the University of California, Davis, and studied at the Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris, France. She holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall).
KASHIF HAQUE is a partner with Aegis Law Firm in Irvine. His practice focuses on class actions and representation of employees in all aspects of employment litigation, including wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, discrimination, retaliation and harassment. Kashif practices in federal and state courts in California. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Labor and Employment Section of the Orange County Bar Association. Kashif has received many professional awards, including being named as one of the Top 5 Employment Lawyers in Orange County (2011-2015), and selected as “Super Lawyer” (2009-2015). He is a frequent speaker on employment law topics before various professional and legal organizations. Kashif received his B.A. and B.S. degrees from University of Central Missouri, and his J.D. degree from Washington University School of Law.
NICOLE NGUYEN is an attorney with Sessions & Kimball, LLP in Mission Viejo. Her practice focuses on representing employees in discrimination and sexual harassment cases. Nicole is an experienced litigator and has a perfect record of prevailing in dispositive motions, arbitrations, and bench and jury trials. She serves as a member of the Orange County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section’s Executive Committee. Nicole has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” and as “Up-and-Coming 50: 2016 Women Southern California Rising Stars List”. She was recruited by the University of Southern California to start college at age 16, as both a Resident Honors and Thematic Option Scholar. Nicole later graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s in English Literature and a minor in economics. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Columbia University School of Law, where she received honors for her writing ability, debate skills, and commitment to public service.