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David G. Jones
Woodland Hills, California
Areas of Practice:
Wage and Hour Litigation
Partner David G. Jones has substantial experience in providing advice on labor and employment issues to both employers and employees. Mr. Jones is also well versed in employment litigation, having handled cases, among many others, concerning discrimination, sexual harassment, benefits issues, and retaliation. In the past, Mr. Jones has represented entities such as City and County of Los Angeles and Wal-Mart in employment related matters.
Mr. Jones has also served as General Counsel for the Los Angeles Firemens' Relief Association, which administers self-funded health plans for active and retired Los Angeles City firefighters and offers programs and assistance for nearly 12,000 firefighters and their families. As part of his work, Mr. Jones was instrumental in negotiating and securing a two hundred million dollar Operations Agreement directing City health insurance subsidies to retired Los Angeles City Firefighters.
In 2019, Mr. Jones prevailed in Jeffra v. California State Lottery (2019) 39 Cal.App.5th 471, where the Court of Appeal decided that a Lottery investigator who engaged in whisteblowing activities under the California Whistleblower Protection Act and was subjected to retaliation by the employer should prevail on an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss his complaint. Mr. Jones successfully argued that Mr. Jeffra engaged in protected conduct when he and another investigator complained to the California State Auditor about alleged fraud and mismanagement by the Lottery. The Court of Appeal credited the evidence supporting his position that the employer investigation was pretextual, and that Jeffra was forced to retire or face losing benefits based upon his whistleblowing activity.
Mr. Jones has been recognized on the Southern California Super Lawyer list for Employment Law. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Mr. Jones has been AV Rated (Preeminent) by Martindale Hubbell, receiving a peer rating of 5 of a possible 5. Mr. Jones also received a perfect 10 out of 10 rating from the attorney website AVVO. These websites rate attorneys based upon various factors including experience, industry recognition and professional conduct.
Mr. Jones has served as a Trustee for the San Fernando Valley Bar, and is currently President-Elect for the 2019-20 term. He is the current Chair of the Bar's Attorney Referral Service Committee and serves on various other committees.
He has been involved as a Board representative for the Valley Community Legal Foundation, and participates in its annual "Blanket the Homeless" Program. Mr. Jones acted as attorney advisor to the Mock Trial Team for West Ranch High School, which advanced to semi-finals in 2015-16 in the Constitutional Rights Foundation Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition for first time in school history.
He has also served as a Trustee and Vice President to the Whittier Law School Alumni Association and has been actively involved in its Los Angeles Chapter.
Mr. Jones has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Whittier Law School, teaching a course on Employment Law. He has also served as an expert witness on employment related matters.
California State Bar, 1996
Whittier Law School, Los Angeles, CA, J.D., cum laude, 1996
Authored, “Weiss v. United States: Military Judges and Appointment By Indirection,”
San Fernando Valley Bar Association (Trustee/Board of Trustees)
San Fernando Valley Bar Association (Treasurer)
Whittier Law School Alumni Association (Vice President)
Featured Panelist, in Los Angeles Daily Journal “Verdicts and Settlements” Issue Article regarding Arbitration entitled “Taking Shape,” April 19, 2002
Employee Privacy in the Workplace, Valley Lawyer, February, 2017
Employment Claims: Compelling Non-Signatories to Arbitrate, Valley Lawyer, June, 2017 (Co-Author Alex Vo)
Sexual Harassment and Confidentiality Agreements, Valley Lawyer, February, 2018
Biblia Latina: Life Lessons from Latin Legalese and Phrases, Valley Lawyer, March, 2019
The Do’s And Don’ts of Employee Handbooks for Law Firms, San Fernando Valley Bar, 2002
Recent Changes in California Law/Legality of Workplace Recordings, Provisors, 2017
Recent Developments in Employment Law, Provisors Human Capital, 2016
California Sick Leave Law, Provisors, 2016
Recent Developments in Employment Law, Provisors, 2013
Pro Bono Activities:
Settlement Officer, Los Angeles Superior Court, Voluntary Settlement Conference (VSC) Panel
Panel Arbitrator, Labor and Employment, NAM National Arbitration and Mediation