Craig A. Schloss is a Shareholder of the San Diego, California office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Craig A. Schloss
Mr. Schloss specializes in employment and trade secret litigation. He has extensive experience litigating wrongful termination cases, employee unfair competition/trade secrets disputes, wage and hour class actions, and discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuits. He also practices before the National Labor Relations Board regarding union representation matters on behalf of management.
Mr. Schloss is on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Symphony and a former Chair of the Board. He is the Immediate Past President of the San Diego Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA). Mr. Schloss is a member of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Chair of the Personnel Committee. In 2008, he was honored with the David K. Kroll Leadership Award for his exemplary service, dedication, and commitment to the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.
Mr. Schloss graduated from the University of Arizona in 1977 with a degree in economics and received his J.D. from the University of Illinois in 1980, where he participated in a joint degree program with the University's Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Mr. Schloss has been recognized as a leading attorney in employment and labor law by The Best Lawyers in America (2012 - 2015), one of the top labor and employment attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and a “Super LawyerLawyer ” 2007 - 2014. He also maintains an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Schloss led the Employment and Labor Group for the San Diego office of a large, international general practice firm, and served as the managing partner of that office during its early stages of rapid growth.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•Super Lawyer 2007-2014
•Best Lawyers in America (2012 - 2015)
•Recognized as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript
•AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
•Member of Litigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
Author, “Companies Need Strategies to Protect Trade Secrets,” San Diego Business Journal, January 10, 2011. Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law, BNA.
Employment and Labor Law Update: What Employers Need to Know for 2012, San Diego, CA, January 25, 2012.
Managing the Social Workforce: Addressing the Challenges (and Opportunities) of Employee Social Media Use, November 10, 2011.
Employment and Labor Law Update: What Employers Need to Know for 2011, San Diego, CA, January 25, 2011.
Anatomy of an Employee Mobility and Trade Secrets Trial, Trade Secret Seminar
Series, San Diego, CA, October 26, 2010.
Employment and Labor Law Update: What Employers Need to Know for 2010, San Diego, CA, January 28, 2010.
Labor Law and Legislative Update: What You Need To Know As a Practitioner, January 14, 2010.
Meeting the Coming Challenge of the Employee Free Choice Act, San Diego, CA, April 1, 2009.
Trade Secret Theft: Protecting Your Company's Most Valuable Assets, October 8, 2008.
Trade Secret Theft: Protecting Your Company's Most Valuable Assets, July 24, 2008.
Trade Secrets Best Practices: Avoid Being the Next Victim of a Data Security Breach, San Diego, CA, December 5, 2007.
Recent Developments in California Employment and Labor Law, San Diego, CA, January 31, 2007.
National Value-Added Reseller
Litigated $10.8 million jury verdict. After a five-week trial in San Francisco Superior Court, the jury found that multiple defendants had violated their duty of care to their former employer and willfully misappropriated three trade secrets. The jury also found that the new employer aided, abetted, and ratified those acts, and awarded punitive damages against plaintiff's former manager, the new employer, and three of its officers.
Test Preparation and Admissions Consulting Company
Obtained a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit involving allegations of trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, customer diversion, and employee raiding. Defendants included a former shareholder, officer, director, and branch director of the client's San Diego offices, an assistant director, and two managers. This key group of former employees resigned unexpectedly and started a competing business. The preliminary injunction prevented the former employee defendants from (1) doing business with the client's former customers that they unlawfully solicited, (2) taking any steps to further solicit any of our client's customers or employees, and (3) using, distributing, or possessing the client's customer lists and other trade secrets, confidential materials, and corporate documents.
Collective Bargaining Agreement for the San Diego Symphony
Negotiated groundbreaking five-year collective bargaining agreement for the San Diego Symphony with the American Federation of Musicians. The new contract provided for unprecedented full-time employment for all Symphony musicians and subcontracting of the Orchestra to the San Diego Opera.
Obtained a favorable settlement of a 6,000 member meal and rest period violation class action for a national retailer.
Public Accounting Professional Placement Firm
Obtained a favorable settlement for a public accounting professional placement firm in a pregnancy discrimination and breach of stock option plan lawsuit.
Obtained a preliminary injunction against a former programmer of a technology company, enjoining him from using company source code in a competing business.
National Computer Company
Successfully prosecuted an employee unfair competition and trade secrets case for a national computer company against a competitor, resulting in an asset transfer from the competitor to our client.
Real Estate Management Company
Obtained the dismissal of a wage and hour representative action alleging unpaid overtime for a real estate management company in San Diego.
Union Negotiations for Superior Court
Represented San Diego Superior Court in union negotiations with clerks' and court reporters' bargaining units.
Public Technology Company
Obtained a noncompete settlement enforcing provision in a buy/sell agreement, restraining a prior owner from establishing a competing business.
Multinational Electronics Manufacturer
Defended a major multinational electronics manufacturer in trade secrets litigation involving a former employee of a competitor.