Overview

Jason W. Kearnaghan is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Areas of Practice

Jason represents employers in state and federal courts with respect to all facets of employment law including wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and hostile work environment.  A significant portion of his practice is devoted to the defense of complex wage and hour class action litigation.  He has experience representing employers in union negotiations, organizing campaigns, elections, union grievance proceedings and unfair labor proceedings. Jason also represents clients before state and federal administrative agencies, such as the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and the National Labor Relations Board.

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Jason practiced business litigation in the healthcare context.  His practice included contractual disputes and managed care liability for Fortune 500 healthcare service providers and subsidiaries.  He also served in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps as a trial attorney in criminal prosecution.

Honors

Honors

Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2013

Insights

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • CalCPA Pasadena, CA Chapter, February 3, 2020
  • Key 2018-19 NLRB Rulings and Reversals Impacting Non-Union and Union Employers, Strafford Webinar, December 3, 2019
  • CCWC’s 17th Annual Conference: Legislative & Educational Forum, July 17, 2019
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, October 9, 2018
  • Unions and Right-To-Work Employment Post-Janus Decision: Implications for Public and Private Employers, Strafford Webinar, September 18, 2018
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, October 10, 2017
  • Key 2016 NLRB Rulings Impacting Non-Union and Union Employers: Avoiding Pitfalls in an Evolving Legal Environment, March 9, 2017
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, October 11, 2016
  • National Association of Healthcare Recruitment Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 14, 2016
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, March 8, 2016
  • ALIS Law Conference, Los Angeles, California, January 26, 2016
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, November 10, 2015
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, April 14, 2015
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, November 11, 2014
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, April 8, 2014
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, November 12, 2013
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, May 14, 2013
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, November 13, 2012
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, February 14, 2012
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, July 12, 2011
  • PIHRA Pasadena Mid Year Legal Update, August 10, 2010

Events

Education

J.D., University of San Diego, 1999

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995

Admissions

  • California
  • Minnesota
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
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