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Richard J. Simmons

Los Angeles
F: +1.213.620.1398


  • 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
Thought Leadership


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

Areas of Practice

Richard is a lawyer’s lawyer and represents employers in wage-hour, discrimination and wrongful discharge lawsuits. He has represented employers in over 100 class action lawsuits and landmark decisions. When the California IWC was sued, it asked Richard to defend the case over all other firms.

Richard represents employers in various employment law matters involving litigation throughout the country and general advice regarding state and federal wage and hour laws, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, employee discipline and termination, employee benefits, affirmative action, union representation proceedings, and contract arbitrations.


  • Top Labor and Employment Attorney, Daily Journal, 2018, 2019
  • Mr. Simmons argued the only case before the California Supreme Court that produced a victory for employers and business in 2018. Labor & Employment Attorney of the Year, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2009-2020
  • The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive, 2015, 2017
  • Employment Lawyers Hall of Fame Inductee, Lawdragon, 2017
  • Most Powerful Employment Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2016-2017
  • Leading Lawyer in Labor and Employment, Chambers USA, 2006-2019
  • Recognition as expert in Labor and Employment, The Legal 500, United States
  • California Hospital Association Certificate of Distinction, 2015
  • International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2012, 2015
  • Recognized, Labor & Employment and Labor & Employment Litigation, Legal 500, 2011-2014, 2016-2018
  • "10 Leading Rainmakers," Daily Journal, 2009
  • Top Labor & Employment Attorney, Daily Journal, 2009-2014, 2016-2019
  • Employment MVP, Law360, 2011
  • Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2011-2012
  • Who's Who Legal: California, 2008-2009
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2008-2020
  • 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

Thought Leadership


  • "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

Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts


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