Richard J. Simmons: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Richard J. Simmons

Phone213.617.5518

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Practice Areas

  • Healthcare
  • International Reach
  • Latin American Practice
  • Labor and Employment
  • Employee Benefits ERISA
  • Labor and Employment Counseling
  • Food and Beverage
  • Employee Hiring Discipline Termination
  • Handbooks and Personnel Policies
  • Wage and Hour Regulations
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Labor Union Management Relations
  • Wage and Hour Class Actions
 
University University of Massachusetts, B.A., summa cum laude
 
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Berkeley, J.D. Editor-in-Chief of the Industrial Relations Law Journal, now the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law
 
Admitted1976, California
 
Memberships 

Memberships

•Member, California Society for Health Care Attorneys
•Member, American Society for Health Care Attorneys
•Member, Labor Law and Tax Sections, American and Los Angeles Bar Associations
•Member, National Advisory Board, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, published by Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California in Berkeley

 
Biography

Richard J. Simmons is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Simmons represents employers in various labor relations matters involving state and federal wage and hour laws, wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, employee discipline and termination, employee benefits, affirmative action, union representation proceedings, and contract arbitrations.

Honors

•The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive, 2015
•International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2012, 2015
•Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2009-2015
•Recognized, Labor & Employment and Labor & Employment Litigation, Legal 500, 2011-2014
•Rainmaking, Daily Journal, 2009
•Top Labor & Employment Attorney, Daily Journal, 2009-2014
•Employment MVP, Law360, 2011
•Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2011-2012
•Who's Who Legal: California, 2008-2009
•Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2008-2015
•Best of the Bar, Labor and Employment, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2007
•Leading lawyer in labor and employment, Chambers USA, 2006-2015
•Appointed by the California Industrial Welfare Commission as a member of three separate Minimum Wage Boards for the State of California

Publications & News

Articles

•As the Brinker dust settles, review what we learned

Daily Journal, August 12, 2014

•Court Decision on Meal Periods, Rest Periods and Off-The-Clock Work is Absolutely Attention-Getting

HR & Employment Bulletin, August 5, 2008

•WCAB Adopts Stunning Reversal of Position Regarding Health Insurance Obligations To Employees on Workers' Compensation Leave

March 8, 2002

•IWC Seeks to Clarify Uncertainty Regarding Salary Basis Rules

November 10, 2001

•Labor Commission Issues New Exemption Standards

June 13, 2001

• Application of WARN Rules to Hospitals, Healthcare Human Resources Management Association of California News (Fall 1989)
• Labor and Employment in the Theatre Industry, ShoWest Intro by Boxoffice Magazine (1988)
• Coping with COBRA--The New Federal Health Insurance Law, Labor and Employment Law News of the State Bar of California (Fall 1986)
• Employer Rights: An Endangered Species, The 28th Annual Personnel and Industrial Relations Association Conference (Winter 1985)
• Wrongful Discharge, California Society for Health Care Attorneys Journal (1984)
• Wage Setoffs: The Do's and Don'ts of Deductions, Los Angeles Lawyer (February 1983)
• Sexual Harassment in the Work Place, Rural Telecommunications Journal (Winter 1982)
• Comparable Worth: An Emerging Doctrine, Rural Telecommunications Journal (Summer 1982)
• The New California Fair Employment and Housing Regulations: A Case of Administrative overreaching, Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2
• A Lawyer's Guide to U.S. Wage and Price Standards, Los Angeles Lawyer (April 1979)
• First Amendment Protection of Shopping Center Picketing, Industrial Relations Law Journal, Boalt Hall School of Law

Books

•Wage and Hour Manual For California Employers - 18th Edition

2015

•Employment Discrimination And EEO Practice Manual For California Employers - 10th Edition

2015

•WARN Employer's Guide to California and Federal Mass Layoff and Plant Closing Rules - 6th Edition

2015

•Leaves of Absence And Time Off From Work Manual - 13th Edition

2015

•Sexual Harassment Training Manual and Prevention Kit - 12th Edition

2015

•California's Paid Family Leave Law: SB 1661 - 3rd Edition

January 2014

•Employee Handbook and Personnel Policies Manual - 13th Edition

January 2014

•Book of Human Resources Forms - 3rd Edition

January 2013

•California's Meal and Rest Period Rules: Proactive Strategies For Compliance - 3rd Edition

July 2012

•Family and Medical Leave Manual for California Employers - 11th Edition

January 2010

•California's Sue Your Boss Law - 2nd Edition

January 2010

•Employer's Guide to the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act - 9th Edition

January 2010

•COBRA-Employer's Guide to the Federal Health Insurance Rules - 11th Edition

March 2009

•Wrongful Discharge, Staff Reduction And Employment Practices Manual - 4th Edition

February 2007

•California Employer's Guide to the Federal Overtime Exemptions

February 2007

•California's Anti-Business Employment Laws - 2nd Edition

February 2007

•California's Sue Your Boss Law - Compliance Audits Under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004

2004

•California Employer's Guide To The Federal Overtime Exemptions

2004

•California's Anti-Business Employment Laws -- Monuments To Inefficiency

•Wage and Hour Manual For California Hotels, Motels, and Restaurants

•Hospital Wage-Hour Manual

•Guide to EEO Practices and Employment Discrimination Laws for Hotels, Motels, and Restaurants

•Management Guide to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action

•Employer's Guide To Workplace Security And Violence Prevention - 4th Edition

December 2002

•The Federal Polygraph Law

December 2002

•The Federal Immigration Law - 2nd Edition

November 2002

•Employer's Guide to SB 198 Injury and Illness Prevention Programs and the California Corporate Criminal Liability Act - 3rd Edition

October 2002

•Employer's Guide to the Americans With Disabilities Act

October 2002

•AB 60-The Reform of California's Wage And Hour Laws - 4th Edition

October 2002

•The Hospital Equal Employment Opportunity Manual

•Employer Obligations Under the Federal Plant Closing Law

Media Mentions

•Employment MVP: Sheppard Mullin's Richard Simmons

Law360, December 7, 2011

•Logging a String of Big Wins in Labor & Employment

Daily Journal, February 9, 2011

•Employment Defense - Simmons

California lawyers companies turn to first

Daily Journal, July 14, 2010

•Steeped in Employment Law

January 23, 2006

•Interview with Richard J. Simmons

February 23, 2002

Speaking Engagements

•Mr. Simmons has lectured nationally on wage and hour, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and other labor relations matters.
•He has also been a lecturer at graduate labor law courses presented by the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, and has appeared as an authority on labor law and employee benefit issues on the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News.

Events

•2015 Wage and Hour Laws

Castle Publications, Ltd. Labor & Employment Seminars

Summer 2015

•2015 Employee Handbook and Personnel Policies

Castle Publications, Ltd. Labor & Employment Seminars

Summer 2015

•2015 Employment Discrimination and Personnel Relations Laws

Castle Publications, Ltd. Labor & Employment Seminars

Summer 2015

•2015 Wage and Hour Laws

Castle Publications, Ltd. Labor & Employment Seminars

Winter 2015

•2015 Employee Handbook and Personnel Policies

Castle Publications, Ltd. Labor & Employment Seminars

Winter 2015

•2015 Employment Discrimination and Personnel Relations Laws

Castle Publications, Ltd. Labor & Employment Seminars

Winter 2015

•2014 Employee Handbook And Personnel Policies

Summer 2014: August 14 and 26

•2014 Employment Discrimination and Personnel Relations Laws

Summer 2014: August 13 and 21

•2014 Wage and Hour Laws

Summer 2014: August 12 and 20

•2014 Wage and Hour Laws

Winter 2014: February 19, March 4 and 20

•2014 Employee Handbook and Personnel Policies

Winter 2014: March 6 and 12

•2014 Employment Discrimination and Personnel Relations Laws

Winter 2014: February 20 and March 5

•2013 Employee Handbook and Personnel Policies - Pasadena Area and Orange County

Winter 2014: February 28 and March 12; Summer 2013: August 1 and 20

•2013 Employment Discrimination and Personnel Relations Laws - Pasadena Area and Orange County

Summer 2013: July 31, August 15

•2013 Wage and Hour Laws - Pasadena Area, Los Angeles, and Orange County

Summer 2013: July 30, August 7, August 14

•2012 Employee Handbook And Personnel Policies - Pasadena, Orange County and Los Angeles

Winter 2012: February 24, March 8 and 14; Summer 2012: August 2, 14 and 16

•2012 Employment Discrimination And Personnel Relations Laws - Orange County, Pasadena and Los Angeles

Summer 2012: July 26, August 1 and August 8

•2012 Wage And Hour Laws - Orange County, Pasadena and Los Angeles

Summer 2012: July 25, July 31 and August 7

•Meal Periods, Rest Periods and Labor Code Class Actions After Brinker

WebEx, April 18, 2012

•2012 Employee Handbook and Personnel Policies - San Francisco, Orange County, Pasadena and Los Angeles

Winter 2012: February 8, February 24, March 8 and March 14

•2012 Employment Discrimination and Personnel Relations Laws - San Francisco, Orange County, Pasadena and Los Angeles

Winter 2012: February 7, February 16, February 23 and March 1

•2012 Wage and Hour Laws - San Francisco, Orange County, Pasadena and Los Angeles

Winter 2012: February 6, February 15, February 22 and February 29

•The Aftermath of AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion

Labor & Employment Law Webinar

WebEx, May 26, 2011

•2011 Employee Handbook And Personnel Policies - San Francisco, Pasadena, Orange County and Los Angeles

Winter 2011: February 9, February 25, March 8 and March 10

•2011 Employment Discrimination And Personnel Relations Laws - San Francisco, Orange County, Pasadena and Los Angeles

Winter 2011: February 8, February 16, February 24, and March 3

•2011 Wage and Hour Laws - San Francisco, Orange County, Pasadena and Los Angeles

Winter 2011: February 7, February 15, February 23, and March 2

•2010 Employee Handbook and Personnel Policies Series - Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Pasadena

•2010 Employment Discrimination and Personnel Relations Laws Series - Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Pasadena

•2010 Wage and Hour Laws Series - Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Pasadena

•2009 Employee Handbook and Personnel Policies Series - Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Pasadena

•2009 Employment Discrimination and Personnel Relations Laws Series - Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Pasadena

•2009 Wage and Hour Laws Series - Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Pasadena

•2008 Employee Handbook and Personnel Policies Series - Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Pasadena

•2008 Employment Discrimination and Personnel Relations Laws Series - Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Pasadena

•2008 Wage and Hour Laws Series - Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Pasadena

•California Hospital Association: Labor and Employment Law Seminar

Dec. 5, Sacramento and Dec. 12, Garden Grove, December 2007

 
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Richard J. Simmons

Forty-Third Floor, 333 South Hope Street
Los AngelesCA 90071-1448




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