Mr. Jon D. Meer is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is a member of the Labor & Employment Department and has extensive experience representing global clients in class action and collective action lawsuits, as well as several other types of high exposure claims.
Mr. Meer has successful experience in litigation and client counseling of employers in all areas of wage & hour class action and collective action litigation, mass layoffs and related litigation, employment discrimination class actions, and high exposure claims for wrongful discharge, discharge in violation of public policy, sexual and other harassment, disability, reasonable accommodation and access issues, labor arbitration, unfair business practice litigation under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200, employee benefits litigation, and protection of employer trade secrets and non-competition issues.
Mr. Meer also has assisted numerous clients in large employment-related transactions such as wage & hour compliance audits, corporate restructuring, plant or facility closures, reductions in force, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, internal investigations, state and federal audits and investigations, trade secret protection and privacy issues, electronic discovery issues, and document retention for litigation.
Mr. Meer is one of the most successful trial lawyers in Southern California and one of the most successful class action trial lawyers nationwide. He is also one of the original members of the firm’s National Trial Team. Mr. Meer is one of only a handful of employment lawyers with successful class action trial experience, including the successful defense of wage & hour claims in a class action that went to trial before a Los Angeles jury.
Mr. Meer has won complete defense verdicts for employers in several wage and hour trials and also obtained complete defense verdicts for employers in over a dozen other jury trials Mr. Meer has been lead counsel in class action cases with potential exposure in excess of $200 million.
He has a consistent record of defeating class certification in wage & hour cases as well as complex discrimination and civil rights cases. Mr. Meer has defeated class certification or conditional certification in dozens of cases and has obtained summary judgment for employers in over 60 cases in state and federal courts. He has also won appellate cases before the California Court of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Meer also has been particularly successful in recovering significant amounts of money on behalf of employers and companies, after defeating claims brought by former employees. He has recovered attorneys’ fees for employers in over a dozen cases after winning dismissal of their lawsuits, with awards of attorneys’ fees ranging from $5,000 to $1 million.
Mr. Meer also conducts full-scale or topical audits of human resources policies or practices to help avoid litigation. These audits include review of all written policies, review of all required employer postings, notices, recordkeeping requirements, review of exempt and non-exempt job classifications and statistical sampling of payroll records to identify potential issues regarding overtime, meal periods and rest periods.
- J.D., Boston University School of Law (1989)
- Law Journal Executive Editor for Publication
- Honorable Paul J. Liacos Scholar in the Law
- B.S., Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, with honors (1986)
- Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
- Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
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