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John Zaimes

John Zaimes

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John is Co-Leader of Mayer Brown’s US Employment & Benefits Group.  He has extensive litigation and counseling experience with all manner of employment-related issues, including wrongful termination, wage and hour, harassment and discrimination claims, as well as OSHA matters and reductions in force.  He also frequently handles corporate internal investigations, matters involving covenants not to compete, employee solicitation and the protection of trade secrets/confidential information.

John regularly defends companies in class action suits, including those claiming violations of California’s unique wage and hour laws, as well as the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.  He also defends class actions under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and its state analogs, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  John and his team have successfully employed aggressive, innovative strategies to bring all of those class actions to an early resolution.  His wage and hour litigation experience includes successfully trying to judgment a major suit with statewide implications against the California State Labor Commissioner.

Over his years of litigation, John has been involved in a number of published decisions, including:

  • two United States Supreme Court opinions;

    1. Meghrig v. KFC Western, Inc., 516 U.S. 479 (1996) (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act)

    2. Cory v. Western Oil & Gas Assn., 471 U.S. 81 (1985) (Commerce Clause)

  • the California District Court of Appeal’s 2009 wage and hour class action precedent, Hernandez v. Vitamin Shoppe Industries, 174 Cal. App. 4th 1441 (2009)

  • three federal court wage and hour class action precedents:

    1. Harris v. Vector Marketing Corp., 753 F. Supp.2d 996 (N.D. Cal. 2010) (FLSA collective action certification)

    2. Harris, supra, 716 F.Supp.2d 835 (N.D. Cal. 2010) (Conditional FLSA collective action certification)

    3. Harris, supra, 656 F.Supp.2d 1128 (N.D. Cal. 2009) (Summary judgment in class action/collective action)

  • the landmark 2007 consumer credit reporting act decision, Trujillo v. First American Registry, 157 Cal. App. 4th 628 (2007)

  • the 2003 employment discrimination precedent on the “stray remarks” doctrine, Gibbs v. Consolidated Disposal Service, Inc., 111 Cal. App. 4th 794 (2003)

  • The CERCLA summary judgment opinion in Carson Harbor Village, Ltd., v. Unocal Corporation, 287 F.Supp.2d 1118 (C.D. Cal. 2003)

Among the clients he represents are manufacturing concerns, credit and related reporting agencies, financial institutions, retailers, airlines, life sciences companies, consulting firms, hospitality industry and food service clients and sales organizations.

John has earned an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, meeting the highest criteria for legal ability and professional ethical standards.  He has also been selected by his peers as one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” multiple times from 2005-2018.

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