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Charles F. Barker

Partner and General Counsel
Los Angeles
F: +1.213.620.1398


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1976, Order of the Coif
  • A.B., University of Southern California, 1973
  • California
  • American
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Charles F. Barker is the firm’s General Counsel. He remains a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group.

Areas of Practice

Charles has tried numerous state and federal cases involving claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, overtime compensation, and other labor-related issues. He has extensive experience representing employers in discrimination and wage and hour class actions and has successfully tried four such cases. He also represents employers before administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Department of Labor, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Charles counsels employers with regard to wage and hour laws and regulations, trade secrets, union matters, and other state and federal laws regulating the employer. He has assisted companies resisting unionization and has experience in collective bargaining, arbitrations, and strikes.

Charles has assisted and counseled clients in the following industries: insurance, aerospace, retail, finance, trucking, manufacturers, entertainment, lodging, temporary services, and professional services firms.


  • Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2013-2020
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2008-2011, 2013-2019
  • Top Labor & Employment Lawyers, Chambers & Partners', 2009-2013

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Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Employment issues to personnel directors and various employer groups



  • Member, Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Labor Law Section