Ron S. Brand provides legal advice, guidance, and representation to employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including defense against Federal and State-based wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, whistleblower, defamation, breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, and other similar claims brought by current and former employees. He represents employers in both Federal and State courts, and before administrative agencies, including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Brand also represents property owners, landlords, and property management companies against Federal and State-based housing discrimination claims.
Mr. Brand also has substantial experience in business and corporate litigation (including claims for breach of contract and shareholder and partnership disputes), unfair competition litigation (including claims for breach of fiduciary duty and loyalty and claims of intentional interference with actual and prospective economic advantage), and trade secrets litigation (including claims of misappropriation of trade secrets).
In addition, Mr. Brand drafts and provides advice regarding employment, compensation, severance, confidentiality/non-disclosure, and non-solicitation/non-competition agreements. He also provides preventive advice to clients on a wide variety of human resources and personnel issues, including pre-employment background screening (such as compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act), employee compensation and benefits, employee discipline and training, leaves of absence, harassment and workplace violence investigations, and the development of policies and procedures designed to avoid employment claims and litigation. Mr. Brand conducts in-house management seminars and training sessions for executives, supervisors, managers, and human resources professionals on all aspects of labor and employment law, including anti-harassment prevention training required by California law. Mr. Brand is a frequent lecturer before providers of continuing legal education, trade groups, associations, and private employers on a wide variety of employment law related issues, including protection of trade secrets and pre-employment background screening.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Brand was a Shareholder at the Irvine office of a regional general practice firm, a Partner at the Irvine office of a national civil litigation firm and a Partner at the Irvine office of a national labor and employment law defense firm. He was also an Associate in the Litigation Group of an Illinois-based law firm.
- DePaul University College of Law, J.D. with honor, 1998, Order of the Coif; Article and Note Editor for the DePaul Business Law Journal (now known as the DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal)
- University of California, Irvine, B.A., Social Ecology, 1994
- Obtained workplace violence restraining orders on behalf of several clients related to threats of violence made by current or former employees.
- Successfully defended numerous clients before the California Department of Industrial Relations, Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board related to claims made by current or former employees for discrimination under California Labor Code section 132a.
- Successfully defended numerous clients before the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in which the EEOC and DFEH made a determination of no reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred based upon evidence obtained in its investigation.
- Obtained a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction on behalf of a client, and against a former employee of the client and a competitor of the client, related to misappropriation of trade secrets and other acts of unfair competition. Based on the permanent injunction issued by the court, the client obtained a favorable settlement of its claims. (Unionbanc Insurance Services, Inc. v. Jane Benedict and Vanorsdale Insurance Services, San Diego County Superior Court Case No. 37-2008-00076440)
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a client in a case where a former employee of the client claimed that she was terminated because of her age. In granting summary judgment in favor of the client, the court held that the client presented sufficient evidence to show a legitimate non-discriminatory reason for the termination and the former employee did not present any evidence that the reason was a pretext or false. (Isidora Armenta v. Morris National, Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC490036)
- Successfully argued before a California Court of Appeal in favor of a trial court’s award of summary judgment on behalf of a client where a former employee of the client claimed that she was terminated because of her age. (Isidora Armenta v. Morris National, Inc., California Court of Appeal Case No. B255575)
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a client in a case where a former employee of the client claimed that his right to reemployment under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) was violated and he was discharged in violation of USERRA. In granting summary judgment in favor of the client, the court held that the former employee was promptly reemployed in a position of like seniority, status and pay, and that he was not “discharged” withing the meaning of USERRA. (Mark Anthony Quiroz v. Comcast of Los Angeles, Inc., United States District Court, Central District of California Case No. CV 05-7183)
- “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell
- 2011 Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars
- 2015 Habitat for Humanity of Orange County Outstanding Volunteer Award for Human Resources
- 2016 Secretary/Treasurer of the Labor & Employment Section of the Orange County Bar Association
- 2017 Chair-Elect of the Labor & Employment Section of the Orange County Bar Association
- 2017 Honorary Chair of WHW’s Suits For A Cause Campaign
- Equity Insurance Managers of Illinois, LLC v. McNichols, 324 Ill.App.3d 830 (2001)
Mr. Brand has written employment law related articles for several magazines, including Investor’s Business Daily and Smart Supervision. He has been quoted in several newspapers regarding employment law related issues, including the Daily Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He also co-authored the chapter regarding employee defection and trade secrets protection in Drafting Employment Documents for California Employers, published by the Continuing Education of the Bar – California.
American Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
Orange County Jewish Bar Association
National Human Resources Association (Orange County, CA Affiliate)
California State Bar
Illinois State Bar
All California Federal Courts
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
Mr. Brand has provided pro bono labor and employment law counseling and advice to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County and Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County. He enjoys hiking, skiing, tennis, reading, food and wine, music, and spending quality time with his family.