Mr. Escobedo regularly guides employers on best steps for avoiding employment-law claims. His advice-and-counsel practices include training on harassment prevention, anti-bullying, and effective management tools; reviewing and revising employee handbooks and other company policies; and conducting workplace investigations.
As a litigator, Mr. Escobedo’s practice includes defending claims of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment (gender, race/national origin, disability, religion, and age), retaliation, failure to accommodate, defamation, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and related issues. Mr. Escobedo also has extensive experience defending wage-and-hour claims, including failure to pay overtime wages, off-the-clock work, meal and rest period violations, and misclassification issues.
Mr. Escobedo’s practice includes defending employers in single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits, as well as class actions, and claims under the Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”). Mr. Escobedo has represented clients in California state court, federal court, arbitrations, administrative hearings (EEOC, DFEH, DLSE, and EDD), and mediation.
Mr. Escobedo also regularly volunteers at local elementary schools to discuss the importance of higher education and the legal system.
Recent Litigation Experience
•Motion to Dismiss in federal court on claims of wrongful termination and ERISA violations
•Motion for Summary Judgment in federal court on claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and failure to prevent discrimination
•Motion for Summary Judgment in state court on discrimination claims based on age, race, and disability
•Demurrer in state court to claims of defamation and invasion of privacy
•Motion for Summary Adjudication in state court on gender and disability claims
•Opposition to Motion for Class Certification in federal court on rest period violations
•Opposition to Motion for Class Certification in federal court on meal and rest period violations
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego, Pro Bono Attorney
•Gompers Preparatory Academy, Speaker
•King Chavez Primary Academy, Speaker
Honors and Recognitions
•Southern California Top Lawyers, 2014-2015
Speeches and Presentations
•Managing A California Contingent Workforce - The Other ‘Joint’ Concern In The Workplace,” (Napa, CA, March 2017) (presenter)
•“Wage-And-Hour Laws - Employment Law Roundtable,” San Diego Employers Association (San Diego, CA, January 2017) (presenter)
•“California Dreaming...Or Is It a Nightmare? Doing Business In California” (Chicago, IL, May 2016) (presenter)
•“You’ve Been Sued - Now What? Practical Steps For Running Your Business During the Life of a Lawsuit,” San Diego Employers Association (Carlsbad, CA, August 2016) (presenter)
•“California Employment Law - How To Do Business And Thrive,” 7-11 Franchise Owners Association (Las Vegas, NV, July 2016) (presenter)
•“The Right Things To Do To Avoid A Wrongful Termination Lawsuit” (San Diego, CA, October 2015) (presenter)
•“Employment Law In The Hospitality Industry - A Roundtable Discussion” (San Antonio, TX, May 2015) (presenter)
•“Immigration Updates In The Employment Arena - California Law” (San Diego, CA, April 2015) (presenter)
•“The ABC’s For College,” Juarez Lincoln Elementary School (Chula Vista, CA, February 2015) (presenter)
•“Legal Success: The Latino Experience,” SDLRA’s Professional Advancement Committee, CLE (San Diego, CA, September 2014) (presenter)
•“Neighbor Law School - Employment Law Seminar,” Earl B. Gilliam Association (San Diego, CA, June 2013) (panelist)
In the News
September 26, 2018
Guillermo A. Escobedo Appointed Vice President of San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association
SAN DIEGO, CA (September 26, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, congratulates Principal Guillermo A. Escobedo, who was appointed Vice President of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association (SDLRLA). During his one-year term, Mr. Escobedo plans to lead the objectives of SDLRLA, which includes...
April 30, 2018
Jackson Lewis Publishes Q1 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter 2018
Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the first quarter of 2018. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events...
December 1, 2017
Jackson Lewis Publishes Q3 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter
Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the third quarter of 2017. This edition includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Chairman, Board of Directors liaison, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diversity-related achievements, activities,...
Professional Associations and Activities
•California Restaurant Association
•Hispanic National Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Employment Law Section
•San Diego County Bar Association
•San Diego Hotel-Motel Association
•San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, Board Member
•State Bar of California