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Richard J. Simmons

Los Angeles
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  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Editor-in-Chief of the Industrial Relations Law Journal (now the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law)
  • B.A., University of Massachusetts, summa cum laude
Publications & News

Richard J. Simmons is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Simmons represents employers in various labor relations matters involving state and federal wage and hour laws, wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, employee discipline and termination, employee benefits, affirmative action, union representation proceedings, and contract arbitrations.

  • Most Powerful Employment Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2016
  • Leading lawyer in labor and employment, Chambers USA, 2006-2016
  • Recognition as expert in Labor and Employment, The Legal 500, United States
  • California Hospital Association Certificate of Distinction, 2015
  • The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive, 2015
  • International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2012, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2009-2017
  • Recognized, Labor & Employment and Labor & Employment Litigation, Legal 500, 2011-2014
  • Rainmaking, Daily Journal, 2009
  • Top Labor & Employment Attorney, Daily Journal, 2009-2014, 2016
  • Employment MVP, Law360, 2011
  • Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2011-2012
  • Who's Who Legal: California, 2008-2009
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2008-2016
  • Best of the Bar, Labor and Employment, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2007
  • Appointed by the California Industrial Welfare Commission as a member of three separate Minimum Wage Boards for the State of California
  • Graduated summa cum laude, University of Massachusetts as Commonwealth Scholar and member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • President Sophomore Men's Honor Society


  • "Application of WARN Rules to Hospitals," Healthcare Human Resources Management Association of California News (Fall 1989)
  • "Labor and Employment in the Theatre Industry," ShoWest Intro by Boxoffice Magazine (1988)
  • "Coping with COBRA--The New Federal Health Insurance Law, "Labor and Employment Law News of the State Bar of California (Fall 1986)
  • "Employer Rights: An Endangered Species," The 28th Annual Personnel and Industrial Relations Association Conference (Winter 1985)
  • "Wrongful Discharge," California Society for Health Care Attorneys Journal (1984)
  • "Wage Setoffs: The Do's and Don'ts of Deductions," Los Angeles Lawyer (February 1983)
  • "Sexual Harassment in the Work Place," Rural Telecommunications Journal (Winter 1982) 
  • "Comparable Worth: An Emerging Doctrine," Rural Telecommunications Journal (Summer 1982)  
  • "The New California Fair Employment and Housing Regulations: A Case of Administrative Overreaching," Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2  
  • "A Lawyer's Guide to U.S. Wage and Price Standards," Los Angeles Lawyer
  • "First Amendment Protection of Shopping Center Picketing," Industrial Relations Law Journal, Boalt Hall School of Law


Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Mr. Simmons has lectured nationally on wage and hour, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and other labor relations matters.
  • He has also been a lecturer at graduate labor law courses presented by the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, and has appeared as an authority on labor law and employee benefit issues on the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News.


  • Member, California Society for Health Care Attorneys
  • Member, American Society for Health Care Attorneys
  • Member, Labor Law and Tax Sections, American and Los Angeles Bar Associations
  • Member, National Advisory Board, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, published by Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California in Berkeley