Robert M. Pattison is a Shareholder in the San Francisco, California office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Mr. Pattison represents employers in employment litigation, fair employment, wage and hour, labor relations and human resources matters. He has represented employers in a variety of labor and employment matters in state and federal courts - including wage-hour class action lawsuits - and before government agencies throughout the western United States for over 30 years.
Notably, Mr. Pattison argued successfully before the California Supreme Court in the landmark case Ross v. Raging Wire Communications (2008) 42 Cal.4th 920, where the Court found employers have no duty to accommodate medical marijuana use. The decision was significant for California employers as it upheld their right to drug test job applicants and subsequently to decline employment to applicants who fail the test; reaffirmed an employer's right to establish and maintain a drug free workplace policy; and clarified that employers have no duty to accommodate an employee's use of illegal drugs.
Mr. Pattison has been selected for inclusion in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers.
Mr. Pattison authored “ Have Your Meal and Time to Eat It, Too! California Courts and the Law on Meal and Rest Breaks ,” (2009), which addressed the California Supreme Court s then-expected ruling in the Brinker Restaurant Corporation case. He co-authored Aggressive Defense of Employment Litigation, Surveying the Workplace Law Landscape, 1995 Jackson Lewis Conference for Corporate Counsel; The Secret Truth About Inspection of Personnel Files, Labor and Employment Law News, Vol. 5, No. 5 (Spring 1987); and Collective Bargaining: Management's Opportunity to Improve Labor Economies, Employee Relations Journal, No. 1 (Summer 1985). He was the co-editor of Lowest Responsible Bidder: A Guide to Merit Shop Construction, Executive Enterprises Publications Co., Inc., New York, NY (1985).
Mr. Pattison is a member of the State Bar of California and its employment law section.
Mr. Pattison is a graduate of the University of California s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco (during his third year, he clerked for the Division of Judges of the National Labor Relations Board) and of the University of California at Davis.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•Mr. Pattison has been selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers every year from 2009-2014.
Lowest Responsible Bidder: A Guide to Merit Shop Construction
Have Your Meal and Time to Eat It, Too! California Courts and the Law on Meal and Rest Breaks Jackson Lewis publication (2009) [Author]
Aggressive Defense of Employment Litigation 1995 Jackson Lewis Corporate Counsel Conference (1995) [Co-Author]
The Secret Truth About Inspection of Personnel Files Labor and Employment Law News, California Bar Labor Section 5.5 (1987) [Co-Author]
Collective Bargaining: Management's Opportunity to Improve Labor Economics Employee Relations Law Journal 11.1 (1985) [Co-Author]