Areas of Practice
Employment Law : Travis defends employers in civil actions involving various types of employment-related claims including wrongful termination, whistle-blower actions, discrimination, harassment, pay stub claims, wage and hour claims, and contract actions. Travis also prosecutes workplace violence restraining orders on behalf of employers and their employees. Travis counsels and advises clients on these issues. Travis has served as a reporter on employment discrimination cases for Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin.
Trade Secrets and Employee-Mobility : Travis prosecutes and defends actions involving trade secret claims, unfair competition, and enforcement of restrictive covenants and non-competes. Travis advises clients on employee-mobility issues and how to protect sensitive and valuable information.
Business and Construction Disputes : Travis represents clients in a variety of commercial disputes including fraud, breach of contract, defamation, unfair competition, and corporate deadlock and dissolution proceedings. Travis has represented owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in connection with private and public works construction projects.
•San Diego Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2016-2019
Recent Litigation Successes
•Obtained nearly $8 million in settlement for a plaintiff business in a misappropriation of trade secrets case.
•Obtained terminating sanctions and default judgment against a defendant in a defamation case for destroying evidence.
•Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of high-profile whistleblower and wrongful termination case on behalf of employer.
•Obtained terminating sanctions and monetary sanctions of over $100,000 against the plaintiff in a wrongful termination case.
•Obtained over a dozen restraining orders to protect employers and their employees against workplace violence and civil harassment.
•Extern to the Honorable Justice Gilbert Nares, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division 1
•Intern to the Honorable Judge Ronald Prager, San Diego Superior Court
•Don’t Let Trade Secrets Walk Out the Door with Departing Employees
Daily Journal , April 11, 2018
• California Enacts New Law Mandating Paid Sick Leave for Employees, National Law Review, September 20, 2014
• Consumer Arbitration Agreement Found Unconscionable As Case Law Develops Post Concepcion, 18 Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report, San Diego, Winter 2011
• In Brown v. Ralphs Grocery Co., California Court of Appeal Strikes Back on the Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements, 18 Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report, San Diego, Fall 2011
Class Action Defense Strategy Law Blog Posts
• Class Action Waivers Are Enforceable Despite Any State Statutory Right To A Class Action, January 18, 2013
• Another California Court of Appeal Rules That Concepcion Discredits Gentry's Rule Invalidating Most Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Provisions, August 17, 2012
• Federal Law Preempts State Law Barring Arbitration Of Claims For Public Injunction, March 23, 2012
• The California Court Of Appeal Disagrees With The U.S. Supreme Court On The Enforceability Of Arbitration Agreements, November 2, 2011
• Ninth Circuit Rules That The National Bank Act Preempts California's Unfair Competition Law, April 6, 2010
Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts
• California Enacts New Law Mandating Paid Sick Leave for Employees, September 19, 2014
• In the wake of the California Supreme Court's Harris Decision, A FEHA Claimant Must Show Discrimination was a Substantial Motivating Factor and An Employer Waives its Mixed-Motive Defense by Failing to Assert It in Its Answer, September 10, 2013
• In A 2-to-1 Split Decision, The California Court Of Appeal Parses The Language Of An Agreement And Denies Arbitration Of California Labor Code Claims, October 19, 2012
• California Court of Appeal Holds Defendant Did Not Waive Its Right To Compel Arbitration By Waiting Until After Class Certification Where Other Class Members--But Not Plaintiff--Had Agreed To Arbitrate, December 20, 2011
• Ninth Circuit Affirms That Employees Who Work Outside California Cannot Use the California Unfair Competition Law to Vindicate Their Federal Overtime Rights, December 15, 2011
• Ninth Circuit Holds that an Employer Need Not Reasonably Accommodate an Employee Who Does Not Meet the Job's Minimum Requirements, December 13, 2011
• California Court of Appeal Holds that Courts Must Consider All Relevant Evidence, Including Hearsay, in Deciding Whether to Issue Injunctions to Prevent Workplace Violence, December 13, 2011
• Ninth Circuit Rules That An Employee Who Quits Because The Business Is Closing Has Not Voluntarily Departed Under the WARN Act, January 26, 2011
• California Court of Appeal Holds No Overtime for UPS Supervisor, December 15, 2010
• DLSE Issues Opinion Permitting Employer Deductions of Vacation and/or Sick Leave for Absences of Less than Four Hours, December 1, 2009
•Presenter, “Data Preservation, Destruction, and Its Consequences,” San Diego, CA, November, 2016
•Presenter, “Data Destruction and Its Consequences,” San Diego, CA, August, 2015
•Presenter, “Terminating Sanctions,” San Diego, CA, May, 2014
•San Diego Rotary Club (No. 33)
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