Mr. Schloss 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.
During his undergraduate studies, he participated in a joint degree program with the University of Arizona's Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations. 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.
•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.
•National Retailer: 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.
•Technology Company: 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.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Chair of the Personnel Committee
•San Diego Symphony, Board of Directors; Former Chair of the Board
•“Companies Need Strategies to Protect Trade Secrets,” San Diego Business Journal, January 10, 2011 [Author]
•The Developing Labor Law, BNA. [Contributing Editor]
Speeches and Presentations
•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
Honors and Recognitions
•Litigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
•San Diego Daily Transcript, Top Labor and Employment Attorneys in San Diego
•David K. Kroll Leadership Award, for his exemplary service, dedication, and commitment to the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (2008)
Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report
California Court Considers Customer Lists, LinkedIn Contacts, in Trade Secrets Case
October 6, 2014
A federal district court for the Central District of California has issued a detailed decision regarding customer lists and LinkedIn contacts in ruling on cross-motions for summary judgment in the trade secrets dispute captioned Cellular Accessories For Less, Inc. v. Trinitas, LLC, No.
By Craig A. Schloss
Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report
CA Court Concludes Contract, Common Law Claims not Preempted by Trade Secrets Act
October 22, 2013
The Court of Appeal for California's Fourth Appellate District recently confirmed that the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (CUTSA), a broad statute intended to be the last word in trade secret misappropriation cases, does not preclude separate but related common law claims, so long as these claims are not based entirely on the trade
By Craig A. Schloss
In the News
August 15, 2016
Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2017
WHITE PLAINS, NY August, 15, 2016 - Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that more than 145 attorneys throughout the firm's 57 locations have been named to the Best Lawyers in America 2017. In addition, 13 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the...
August 17, 2015
Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016
WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm's attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective...
June 11, 2014
David Hoiles Named Managing Shareholder of Jackson Lewis' San Diego Office
SAN DIEGO, CA (June 11, 2014) - Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce David G. Hoiles, Jr. has assumed the role of San Diego office Managing Shareholder, succeeding Craig A. Schloss. “For the past 13 years, Dave has demonstrated a...
Professional Associations and Activities
•San Diego Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), Immediate Past President