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Ruben D. Escalante

Partner
Los Angeles
T: 213.617.5538
F: 213.620.1398
Orange County
T: 714.424.2890
F: 714.513.5130

Industries

Education

  • J.D., University of Southern California, 2006, Articles Editor, Southern California Law Review, American Jurisprudence
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2003, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, departmental highest honors, college honors
  • Judicial Extern to Justice Thomas E. Hollenhorst, California Court of Appeal
  • Judicial Extern to Judge Stephen G. Larson, United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Overview
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Ruben Escalante is a partner in the Labor and Employment and Business Trial Practice Group. He is a co-team leader of the firm’s self-storage industry team, and a member of the firm’s pro bono committee.  He practices throughout California as a litigator and consultant, and is a Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representative.

Mr. Escalante specializes in representing clients in complex business litigation, labor and employment matters, and class actions as a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment and Business Trial Practice Groups. Mr. Escalante also has significant courtroom experience, including jury trial experience.

As a member of the Labor and Employment Group, Mr. Escalante provides frequent counsel to employers on compliance with state and federal employment laws and regulations, litigation prevention, and civil litigation and trials. He represents only management, and has experience defending employers in both state and federal courts and agencies in multiple areas of employment law, including wage and hour class actions, breach of contract, claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination, defamation, and other related matters.

As a member of the Business Trial Practice Group, Mr. Escalante handles a wide range of complex civil litigation in both state and federal courts. Mr. Escalante has experience handling large consumer class action lawsuits, arbitrations, shareholder derivative actions, purchase price adjustment disputes, breach of contract claims, and other related matters.

Mr. Escalante’s class action experience includes significant matters impacting the storage industry. For example, Mr. Escalante defeated class certification in an action alleging lien sale violations, and secured a federal court ruling that could preclude class certification in similar actions in the future.

Mr. Escalante regularly provides pro bono services at the Public Service Law Corporation’s Pro Se Clinic, is a Board Member of the Public Service Law Corporation, and is the President-Elect of the Federal Bar Association—Inland Empire Chapter.

Mr. Escalante enjoys golfing, playing soccer, and coaching youth sports teams.

  • William J. Lasarow Award, Bankruptcy Court for the Central District, 2015
  • Bob Gerber Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2014
  • Equal Access to Justice Award, Public Service Law Center, 2013
  • March, 2008 – Arbitration (6 days)
    Arbitrator: JAMS (Justice Edward A. Panelli (Ret.))
    Case: Breach of Contract, Fraud
    Role: Managing Associate
    Verdict: Defense Verdict
  • May, 2008 - Jury Trial (24 days)
    Court: Orange County Superior Court (Hon. Peter Polos)
    Case: Gender Discrimination and Harassment, Retaliation, Loss of Consortium
    Role: Managing Associate
    Verdict: Defense Verdict
  • August, 2009 – Trial (8 days)
    Court: Orange County Superior Court (Hon. Richard Luesebrink)
    Case: Disability Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Failure to Accommodate
    Role: Second Chair
    Verdict: Defense Verdict
  • December, 2009 – Jury Trial (8 days)
    Court: Orange County Superior Court (Hon. Franz Miller)
    Case: Overtime (Exemption) and Meal/Rest Period
    Role: Managing Associate
    Verdict: Defense Verdict
  • June, 2010 – Motion for Class Certification
    Court: Los Angeles County Superior Court (Hon. Mary Ann Murphy)
    Case: Business and Professions Code § 21700, Insurance Code § 1758.7, Breach of Contract, Breach of Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Unfair Competition, Civil Code §1750
    Role: Managing Associate
    Result: Class Certification Denied
  • September, 2010 – Motion for Class Certification
    Court: Los Angeles County Superior Court (Hon. Mary Ann Murphy)
    Case: Business and Professions Code § 21700, Unfair Competition
    Role: Managing Associate; Oral Argument
    Result: Class Certification Denied
  • November, 2010 – Motion for Class Certification
    Court: Los Angeles County Superior Court (Hon. Mary Ann Murphy)
    Case: Business and Professions Code § 21700, Unfair Competition
    Role: Managing Associate; Oral Argument
    Result: Class Certification Granted (Limited Grounds)
  • December, 2011 – Jury Trial (26 days)
    Court: Los Angeles County Superior Court (Hon. Abraham Khan)
    Case: Fair Employment and Housing Act, California Family Rights Act, Labor Code
    Role: Second Chair
    Plaintiff Verdict: Retaliation, Failure to Prevent, Negligence
    Defense Verdict: Harassment, Kin Care, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Associational Discrimination, Punitive Damages
  • May, 2012 – Motion for Class Certification
    Court: Orange County Superior Court (Hon. Kim Dunning)
    Case: Unfair Competition, Conversion, Gross Negligence
    Role: Managing Associate; Oral Argument
    Result: Class Certification Denied
  • June, 2012 –Trial (1 day)
    Court: Riverside County Superior Court (Com. Pamela A. Thatcher)
    Case: Overtime, Minimum Wage, Waiting Time Penalties, Liquidated Damages
    Role: First Chair
    Verdict: Defense Verdict
  • April, 2013 –Trial Consultant
    Court: Orange County Superior Court
    Case: Breach of Contract
  • June, 2013 –Trial Consultant
    Court: Riverside County Superior Court
    Case: Pregnancy Discrimination
  • September, 2013 –Appeal from Denial of Class Certification
    Court: California Court of Appeal
    Case: Unfair Competition, Conversion, Gross Negligence
    Role: Managing Associate; Oral Argument
    Result: Class Certification Denial Affirmed
  • November, 2013 –Trial (1 day)
    Court: United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (Hon. Wayne Johnson)
    Case: Adversary Proceeding Representing Plaintiff (Fraud)
    Role: First Chair
    Result: Judgment for Plaintiff
  • November, 2013 – Motion for Class Certification
    Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Hon. William Alsup)
    Case: Unfair Competition, Conversion, RICO
    Role: Lead Attorney; Oral Argument
    Result: Class Certification Denied
  • November, 2014 – Trial Consultant
    Court: San Bernardino County Superior Court
    Case: Sexual Harassment, Marital Status Discrimination, Retaliation
  • February, 2015 – Jury Trial (4 days)
    Court: San Diego Superior Court (Hon. Amalia Meza)
    Case: Lanterman-Petris-Short Act of 1967
    Role: First Chair
    Result: Hung Jury (9 in Favor)
  • February, 2015 – Trial (2 days)
    Court: San Diego Superior Court (Hon. Lisa Schall)
    Case: Lanterman-Petris-Short Act of 1967
    Role: Second Chair
    Result: Judgment for Respondent
  • March, 2016 – Trial Consultant
    Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
    Case: Religious Harassment

Events

  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representative
  • Federal Bar Association (President-Elect)
  • Public Service Law Center Board Member