Roland M. Juarez’s practice focuses exclusively on employment and labor law. Roland’s employment law practice is focused on complex employment litigation and problem solving. He has handled class, collective and other complex employment litigation, as well as dockets of single plaintiff employment cases.
His practice has included discrimination and harassment litigation, wage and hour litigation, noncompetition and trade secret cases, cases under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and union-related work, including arbitrations and collective bargaining, employment agreements, and preventative counseling and training.
Roland is a contributing author to the firm’s Employment & Labor Perspectives blog. He also serves as the Co-Head of Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Unfair Competition and Information Protection Task Force. He is also a member of the Firm’s national associates committee.
Roland is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 9th and 11th Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central Districts of California and Texas; and the Northern District of Georgia. He was also a law clerk for Acting Justice Carol H. Arber, New York State Supreme Court (1990).
- Successfully resolved class action alleging website accessibility discrimination under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state law based on failure to provide accessible video content for the deaf and hard of hearing.
- Obtained complete summary judgment win in a JAMS Arbitration in Los Angeles dismissing claims for wrongful termination, disability discrimination, disability harassment, failure to take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent discrimination and harassment from occurring in the workplace, failure to provide reasonable accommodation, failure to engage in the interactive process, all under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, and failure to provide leave under the California and Federal family leave laws and failure to provide access to personnel and payroll records under California’s Labor Code.
- Multiple successful defense verdicts in trials alleging unpaid overtime, missed meal and rest breaks, and inaccurate wage statements based on misclassification and other wage and hour claims.
- Successful prosecution of employee “raiding” and theft of trade secret matter.
- Successful defense against preliminary injunction in non-competition and trade secret matter.
- Successful defense victories on claims related to discrimination (race, age, sex), disability, FMLA, ADA, failure to accommodate, harassment, breach of employment agreements, negligent Infliction of emotional distress, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
- Successful defense of DOL action alleging unpaid wage claim involving H-1B workers.
Successful 9th Circuit appeal in non-competition matter.
- Multiple national and California-based wage and hour class and collective actions, involving overtime and exemption issues.
- Multiple actions involving non-competition, trade secrets and disclosure of confidential information, in federal and state court, in both California and Texas.
- Regional handling of single plaintiff harassment and discrimination cases.
- Extensive California and federal experience in disabled accessibility litigation under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Experience with employment-related issues in complex corporate transactions, including negotiating and drafting executive employment agreements.
- Represents multiple clients in Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation cases.
- Experience with handling union-related matters, including arbitrations, collective bargaining, strikes, and matters before the National Labor Relations Board.
- Represents clients in the retail, restaurant, grocery, entertainment, temporary and permanent placement, oil and gas, manufacturing, technology, investment and hedge fund industries.
- JD, Columbia Law School, 1992
- BA, University of New Mexico, with Distinction, 1989
- Co-Chair, Restrictive Covenants/Trade Secrets Subcommittee, ABA Section of Litigation Employment and Labor Relations Committee, July 2015 to present
- Chief Counsel, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, pro bono appointment, 2009 – 2017
- Leadership Los Angeles, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, 2009 – Present
- Member, American Bar Association, Employment and Business Law Sections
- Member, California Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
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