Greg S. Labate

Greg S. Labate: Attorney with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP AV stamp icon
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Biography

Greg Labate is Practice Group Leader of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group, and is a partner in the firm's Orange County office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Labate represents employers in a wide range of industries. He provides general advice to employers relating to labor and employment issues, and has extensive experience in defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation, invasion of privacy, workplace violence, wages, and other related matters. Mr. Labate has also defended employers in numerous wage and hour class actions, with a special emphasis on class actions in the mortgage, restaurant, retail, and manufacturing industries. He is a trial attorney who has had great success defending his clients in court and in arbitration.

Honors

•Labor and Employment, Legal 500, 2015-2018
•Recipient, Los Angeles County Special Award for Distinguished Service as General Counsel for Special Assistance for Victims in Emergency

Experience

Representative Clients

Atria Senior Living, Banc of California, Boyd & Associates, CODAN USA, Harbor Freight Tools, Hillstone Restaurant Group, Hyundai, IHOP, In-N-Out Burger, Lawry's Restaurants, loanDepot, Lynx Grills, Marriott, Mobile Mini, Mother's Market, National Health Properties, North American Health Corp., Roto Rooter, SoCal Self-Storage, Stearns Lending, Sunstate Equipment, The Nixon Library, Timberland, Zodiac Aerospace, and many more.

Lectures and Appearances

Mr. Labate has presented lectures for employer's organizations such as Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), Employer's Advisory Council (EAC), Employer's Group, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), and more. Mr. Labate has been the Keynote Speaker at PIHRA’s Annual Convention numerous times. He has also appeared on television and radio regarding labor and employment issues.

Litigation Victories

Tran v. A and G, Inc. (Orange County Superior Court); Defeated class certification in wage/hour class action.

Icon v. REMN (Orange County Superior Court); Obtained an injunction in an employee raiding action.

Kashani v. Hyundai Information Services North America (Orange County Superior Court); Obtained a complete defense verdict in a jury trial, defeating plaintiff's claims for overtime, meal periods, rest periods, and attorney's fees.

Aspesi v. Hyundai Motor America (Orange County Superior Court); Obtained a complete defense verdict in a jury trial, defeating two plaintiffs' claims for sexual harassment, gender discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and more.

Johnson v. Mass Connections (Los Angeles County Superior Court); Defeated class certification in wage/hour class action.

Articles

•How to Hire and Fire Without Fear!
Orange County Business Journal
•Let's Do Lunch: Court of Appeal Decision Under Review
Society for Human Resource Management California Employment Law Special Update
•Five Common Wage and Hour Mistakes That Could Cost Your Company Millions
Orange County Business Journal
•How To Protect Your Company From Employment Class Actions
Orange County Business Journal
•Layoffs, Downsizing & RIFS: How To Do Them Right
Orange County Business Journal
•Ten Steps That Could Save Your Company
Orange County Business Journal
•Is Your Independent Contractor Really An Employee?
•“Layoffs Without Lawsuits: An Employer's Guide To Downsizing In These Difficult Economic Times,” Orange County Business Journal

Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

• New Tip Pooling Guidelines For Employers, April 10, 2018

Media Mentions

•Q&A With Sheppard Mullin's Greg Labate
Law360, August 4, 2009
•Defense Tactic Puts Brakes on Auto Employee's Sex Bias Suit
Daily Journal, July 11, 2008

Speaking Engagements

•Labor and Employment Law Updates
•How to Avoid Class Action Lawsuits
•Layoffs, Downsizing & RIFS
•Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations
•How to Hire and Fire
•Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
•Violence in the Workplace
•Sexual Harassment
•Leaves of Absence
•Employee Handbooks
•Independent Contractors
•Documentation in the Workplace

Events

•Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour - Orange County
Fall 2018 Seminar Series
October 24, 2018
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - Orange County
Spring 2018 Seminar Series
April 18, 2018
•2018 PIHRA Legal Updates - Orange County
February 1, 2018
•2018 PIHRA Legal Updates - Los Angeles
January 17, 2018
•2018 PIHRA Legal Updates - Riverside
January 9, 2018
• HOME ALONE!
Managing The Remote Workforce
November 29, 2017
•Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour - Orange County
Fall 2017 Seminar Series
October 17, 2017
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - Orange County
Spring 2017 Seminar Series
April 27, 2017
•Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour - Orange County
Fall 2016 Seminar Series
October 26, 2016
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - Orange County
Spring 2016 Seminar Series
May 4, 2016
•Labor & Employment Law Update & Happy Hour - Orange County
Fall 2015 Seminar Series
September 16, 2015
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - Orange County
Spring 2015 Seminar Series
May 20, 2015
•Labor & Employment Legal Update & Happy Hour
Fall 2014 Seminar Series - Orange County
October 30, 2014
•Breakfast With Your Labor Lawyer - Orange County
Spring 2014 Seminar Series
April 9, 2014
•Labor & Employment Law Update - Spring 2011
Sheppard Mullin New York, May 19, 2011

Areas of Practice (18)

  • Labor and Employment
  • Labor and Employment Counseling
  • Employee Hiring/Discipline/Termination
  • Employment Agreements
  • Handbooks and Personnel Policies
  • Harassment Investigation and Training
  • Wage and Hour Regulations
  • Workplace Violence
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Wage and Hour Class Actions
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Transportation
  • Automotive

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
714.424.2823  Phone
714.513.5130  Fax
www.sheppardmullin.com
University Attended:
Dartmouth College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1986
Law School Attended:
University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 1990
Year of First Admission:
1990
Admission:
1990, California
Memberships:

Memberships

•Labor Law Section, Orange County Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Published Decisions: Corder v. Houston's Restaurants, Inc ., 424 F. Supp. 2d 1205 (C.D. Cal. 2006) (only one meal/rest penalty per day despite multiple meal and/or rest period violations).
ISLN:
905691464

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (1 review)
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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    5.0/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

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  • Judgment

    5.0/5.0
  • Communication

    5.0/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    5.0/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Of Counsel on 03/12/12 in Labor and Employment

    An excellent lawyer in all respects. I refer clients to him with absolute confidence he will do a terrific job.

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