John J. Manier



For more than 25 years, John's practice has focused primarily on labor and employment law, and related litigation, on behalf of management, in trial and appellate courts. He has participated in multiple full trials and dozens of mediations, prepared numerous motions for summary judgment and other pre-and-post-trial motions, and briefed cases before the National Labor Relations Board. John also has handled over 50 appellate matters, including direct appeals, writ petitions, amicus briefs, and petitions to the United States and California Supreme Courts. He has drafted briefs and given oral argument in several cases resulting in published appellate opinions. In addition, John provides employment law advice and counseling, and has drafted employment contracts, personnel policies, arbitration agreements, and settlement agreements. He has written and co-written numerous articles that have been published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal and other publications.


John served as a law clerk to the late United States District Court Senior Judge Irving Hill, and then became an associate with the labor and employment law department at O'Melveny & Myers. More recently, John spent five years as a principal with the litigation boutique Nassiri & Jung LLP.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Employment litigation
  • Appeals and Writs
  • Employer advice and problem solving
  • Government agency investigations
  • Trade secret and unfair competition law
  • Wage and hour law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
818-508-3709  Phone
(213) 284-3900  Fax
University Attended:
University of Notre Dame, B.A., Teaching Assistant, Legal Research & Writing, 1987-1988, 1986
Law School Attended:
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., UCLA Law Review, 1987-1989, Editor, 1988-1989, Publication: Comment, The Attorney-Client Privilege and its Availability to Insured Persons, 36 UCLA L. Rev. 977, Class of 1989, Teaching Assistant, Criminal Procedure, Class of 1988, American Jurisprudence Award, Constitutional Law I Class of 1989, American Jurisprudence Award, Property, Class of 1986, 1989
Year of First Admission:
United States District Court for the Southern District of California; 1989, California; United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; United States District Court for the Central District of California; United States District Court for the Eastern District of California; United States District Court for the Northern District of California; Supreme Court of the United States
Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Law Section) State Bar of California.
Birth Information:
South Bend, Indiana, June 20, 1963
Reported Cases:
Published Decisions: Venetian Casino Resort LLC v. NLRB, 793 F.3d 85 (D.C. Cir. 2015) (employer's request that police issue criminal citations to demonstrators and block them from employer-owned sidewalk because of alleged trespass was protected under First Amendment right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances ); Venetian Casino Resort LLC v. EEOC, 530 F.3d 925 (D.C. Cir. 2008) (EEOC must give advance notice to employer and follow other requirements of Freedom of Information Act before disclosing employer-submitted confidential information to third parties); Venetian Casino Resort LLC v. EEOC, 409 F.3d 359 (D.C. Cir. 2005): (court held that lawsuit, which challenged EEOC's regulations on handling employer-submitted confidential information, was ripe for judicial review); Reeves v. Hanlon (2004) 33 Cal. 4th 1140 (affirms a judgment in our client's favor on claims for intentional interference with contractual relations, misappropriation of trade secrets and sets standards for claims of tortious interference with at-will employment contracts); Turner v. Anheuser-Busch (1994) 7 Cal. 4th 1238 (establishes the law in California on what is a constructive discharge); GAB Business Services v. Lindsey & Newsom Claim Services (2000) 83 Cal. App. 4th 409 (court reversed jury verdict against our client, a company that provides independent insurance adjusting services, on claims against a former corporate officer and a competitor company for breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition); Saret-Cook v. Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley & Jennett (1999) 74 Cal. App. 4th 1211 (upholds defense sexual harassment verdict, judgment on cross-complaint and $1 million attorneys' fees award to employer improperly sued for sex harassment); Bardin v. Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company (1999) 70 Cal. App. 4th 494 (upholds right of employer to give accurate references); Kirmse v. Hotel Nikko of San Francisco (1996) 51 Cal. App. 4th 311 (summary judgment upheld; at-will employment); Eng v. County of Los Angeles, 737 F. Supp. 2d 1078 (C.D. Cal. 2010) (granting summary judgment for employer on First Amendment retaliation claim under 42 U.S.C. 1983)

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