Jeffrey Webb is a partner in the Employment Law Department based in Los Angeles. He represents employers in complex employment litigation and in arbitrations and lawsuits brought by highly compensated senior executives. His employment class actions practice focuses on wage and hour collective actions and class actions, ERISA class actions, and employment discrimination class actions. Mr. Webb also has a wealth of experience litigating non-competition and trade secrets issues, and he prosecutes and defends restrictive covenant cases in both state and federal courts. Mr. Webb has first-chaired jury trials and bench trials and has also served as lead defense counsel in FINRA, AAA, and JAMS arbitrations. He has successfully argued before federal appellate courts, as well as state intermediate and supreme courts. He is regularly called upon to assume the defense of cases previously handled by other firms.
Clients have said, "He gets the big picture right away. He's a very quick study and understands the details. He knows what questions to ask. He understands the law in great depth and can translate that into actions that can best put your case out and give you the best chance of success." They have also commented that "Jeff consistently delivers decisive, thoughtful, and creative advice on my toughest employment-related issues. He is very responsive, and the work product is always excellent." Another client noted, "He's really smart, careful and thoughtful. He's just possibly the most conscientious labor and employment lawyer I've ever come across." Jeff has also been described as "really good in terms of thinking of a new and unique approach" because he "thinks out of the box." Commenting on his courtroom skills, clients note, "He's an extremely good oral advocate, he's exceptional at it-Jeff is unique in that skill. He's got a great cross-examination ability, and good trial court presence." One client noted, "He gave the best closing argument I have ever heard."
In addition to his employment litigation work, Mr. Webb counsels employers on a wide range of labor and employment matters including non-competition and trade secret issues, workforce reorganizations, C-suite discipline and discharge issues, harassment and discrimination allegations, executive employment agreements, wage and hour issues, and disability and leave issues. He represents clients in a variety of industries including financial services, private equity, investment funds, health care, higher education, high technology, entertainment, retail, and manufacturing.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Webb served as a judicial law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has experience as both a senior government regulator and a senior in-house counsel. During his years of public service, he headed up teams of prosecutors and civil enforcement attorneys who were responsible for ensuring compliance with employment laws. As Vice President of Legal Affairs for Fox Entertainment Group, he advised Fox executives, managed outside counsel, and headed up a team of in-house lawyers who litigated employment cases filed against the company's film, television, and sports subsidiaries. Before joining Paul Hastings, he was the national labor and employment practice group leader for a global law firm. He has been a nationally ranked labor and employment lawyer for years in Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500, and Benchmark Litigation, and he has received regional rankings from Chambers USA, Southern CaliforniaSuper Lawyers, and Massachusetts Super Lawyers.
Accolades and Recognitions
Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star (National)
The Best Lawyers in America (National)
Legal 500 (National)
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Southern California Super Lawyers
Massachusetts Super Lawyers
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Co-Recipient, Herman Humanitarian Award for pro bono and community service
London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM, 1989 (Kahn-Freund Labor and Employment Merit Scholar)
University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 1988 (Graduation Award for Oral Advocacy)
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S.E., magna cum laude, 1985
Class Actions, Collective Actions, and other Complex Litigation
Lead counsel defeating motion for conditional certification in a putative nationwide collective action against a manufacturer in federal court in California.
Lead counsel securing dismissal of statewide putative wage and hour class action in federal court in Massachusetts.
Lead counsel representing retailer in statewide wage and hour matter initiated by a state attorney general, convincing the government to abandon the seven-figure settlement demand made to prior counsel and award no penalties or restitution.
Lead counsel representing manufacturer in wage and hour matter initiated by the United States Department of Labor which initially ordered the client to reclassify all workers in a job classification and pay millions in back wage penalties, convincing the government that they were wrong and that the workers were not misclassified.
Lead counsel defending a big-four accounting firm in a series of putative wage and hour class actions in state and federal courts across the country challenging the classification of thousands of employees as exempt from overtime.
Lead counsel in multi-year defense of an industry association and 12 member companies in a putative class action in federal court in California alleging disparate impact discrimination, disparate treatment discrimination, and harassment.
Lead counsel defending a private equity fund sponsor in a putative wage and hour class action filed by employees of a portfolio company alleging misclassification in Delaware bankruptcy court.
Lead counsel defending a private equity sponsor in putative WARN Act class action in federal court in New York and bankruptcy court in Alabama.
Lead counsel defending a portfolio company of private equity fund sponsor in a putative class actions in California alleging missed meal breaks and rest breaks.
Lead counsel defending a college in a putative wage and hour collective action in federal court in Massachusetts challenging calculation of the regular rate for overtime.
Lead counsel defending a hospital in a putative wage and hour collective action in federal court in Florida alleging missed meal breaks.
Lead counsel defending a travel company in a putative wage and hour class action in state court in Massachusetts alleging misclassification.
Lead counsel defending a manufacturer in federal court in Connecticut in ERISA actions challenging calculation of retirement benefits.
Lead counsel defending a health care company in a putative wage and hour collective action in federal court in Florida alleging off the clock work.
Lead counsel defending a major telecommunications firm in a putative wage and hour class action in California state court alleging off the clock work and meal and rest period violations; prosecuted a number of cross actions against subcontractors for indemnification.
Lead counsel defending 15 entertainment companies in a representative action alleging unpaid wages and wrongful discharge in California state court.
Lead counsel defending a talent agency in a putative class action filed by television writers alleging unfair competition and aiding and abetting age discrimination in California state court.
Disputes with Highly Compensated Executives
Favorable resolution of multi-week federal jury trial in California on claims for age discrimination and retaliation filed against a provider of financial, marketing, and business communications services by its former Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing.
Securing complete defense victory in action filed by former president of a medical device company seeking $25 million in federal court in Massachusetts.
Lead counsel representing a software company in action filed by former CEO seeking $15 million in federal court in Massachusetts.
Lead counsel defending a portfolio company of a private equity firm in action filed in Massachusetts state court by former Chief Financial Officer seeking millions of dollars in equity interests.
Lead counsel defending a social media company in AAA arbitration filed by former Chief Operating Officer seeking millions of dollars as a result of change in control.
Lead counsel defending a hedge fund in JAMS arbitration filed by analyst seeking millions of dollars by challenging a for cause termination.
Lead counsel defending a research institute in pay equity and discrimination actions challenging their hiring process and pay practices.
Lead counsel defending a private investment firm in New York state court action filed by a member of a limited liability company challenging payments of carried interest proceeds.
Trade Secrets, Non-Competes, and Unfair Competition
Successfully obtained judgment for an aerospace industry employer after a four-week California state jury trial in action against former employee for unfair competition, breach of contract, breach of confidence, and tortious interference with contractual relations.
Lead counsel pursuing restrictive covenant claims on behalf of an online retailer in concurrent litigation in California state court and Washington state court.
Lead counsel pursuing restrictive covenant claims on behalf of a global consulting firm in California state court with concurrent litigation in Massachusetts state court.
Lead counsel in defense of a biotechnology company in breach of a restrictive covenant and tortious interference matter in federal court in New York.
Lead counsel prosecuting trade secret misappropriation and breach of non-compete claims against a former employee and competitor in the software and technology industry in Massachusetts state court.
Lead counsel in defense of a Rhode Island valve manufacturer in action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of non-compete in federal court in Pennsylvania.
Lead counsel in defense of a talent agency in a putative class action filed by television writers alleging unfair competition in state court in California.
Lead counsel in defense of a Pennsylvania physicians' group in a matter alleging tortious interference with non-competes.
Lead counsel representing an Oklahoma hospital in non-compete claim against physician.
Lead counsel representing a California entertainment company in a Massachusetts non-compete matter.
Lead counsel representing a New York asset management firm in a matter alleging former employees misappropriated trade secrets.
Lead counsel representing a Massachusetts restaurant supplier in breach of non-solicitation agreement action against former employee in Florida.
Lead counsel representing a Virginia investment management firm in claims against former employee for breach of non-compete and non-solicitation covenants.
Lead counsel defending a team of California investment executives accused of breaching duties of loyalty by planning to leave en masse to compete with employer.
Lead counsel representing a California energy technology company in misappropriation of trade secret claims against former employees.
Trials and Arbitrations
A defense judgment after a two-phase age discrimination trial for an investment management firm.
A defense award after a four-week arbitration before three retired judges on claims for disparate treatment and harassment based on race and gender in a multi-party case.
A defense verdict after a four-week jury trial on claims for fraud and breach of contract against a manufacturing company.
A defense verdict after a three-week jury trial on a race discrimination claim against a major newspaper.
A defense verdict after a four-week jury trial on a former aerospace employee's claim for tortious interference with contractual relations, and judgment in favor of an aerospace employer on claims against employee for unfair competition, breach of contract, breach of confidence, and tortious interference with contractual relations.
A favorable settlement following trial in a wage and hour class action alleging failure to pay overtime, convincing opposing counsel that trial court's ruling would likely be reversed on appeal.
A favorable mid-trial settlement during a multi-week jury trial on claims for age discrimination and retaliation against a provider of financial, marketing, and business communications services.
A favorable judgment for a manufacturer in a wage and hour bench trial.