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George Howard Jr. has advised employers for more than 40 years, representing them in virtually every type of employment or labor dispute, including multi-week bench and jury trials and other proceedings before judges, administrative law judges and arbitrators. The first San Diegan admitted as a fellow of the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and recognized by Chambers USA as one of the premier labor and employment lawyers in California, he focuses on:
- Employment litigation
- Union/management relations and collective bargaining
- Employment law counseling
- Appellate practice
George’s long and varied experience, and his extensive contacts in the legal community, are a valuable source of advice and counsel to clients in an array of industries.
In 1999-2000, George was instrumental in negotiating the first collective bargaining agreement in California between a labor organization and a federally recognized Indian tribe.
Experience in Action
- Advising on a full range of employment and labor matters, including employment discrimination, wage and hour compliance, harassment, trade secrets and employee mobility, retaliation, whistleblower, ERISA, employment contract issues and union/management relations.
- Representing employers in labor relations matters, including union organizing, collective bargaining and related NLRB proceedings, and labor disputes.
- Representing clients in litigation, trials and appeals in all types of employment disputes, including allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation; whistleblower claims; wage and hour class actions; and employee mobility disputes. George’s appellate work often involves serving as amicus counsel.
- Represented a publicly held consumer products company in the successful defense of a whistleblower claim, resulting in a 12-0 defense jury verdict. The plaintiff also was assessed punitive damages by the jury for improper, post-termination retention and misuse of the employer’s data.
- Defended multiple employers against California Labor Code/Private Attorneys General Act class and representative actions.
- Obtained summary judgment for a garment industry employer against claims by a staffing agency of improper diversion of staffing agency employees.
- Successfully assisted a Native American tribe in its renewal negotiations with a labor union representing employees at a tribe-owned casino. George continues to serve as outside labor counsel to the tribe.
- Co-authored an amicus brief to the California Supreme Court in an important case under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act, Turrieta v Lyft.
- Recognized in Super Layers as among the top 10 lawyers in San Diego in any area of practice (2007-present)
- Recognized in Chambers USA (2005-present)
- The Best Lawyers in America (1993-present)
Professional & Civic Activities
- American Employment Law Council, member (1995- Present)
- United States District Court for the Southern District of California, lawyer representative (2013-2016)
- California Supreme Court Historical Society, treasurer and board member
- J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court, master
Rutter Group's California Practice Guide-Employment Litigation, chapter and founding editor
- American Bar Foundation, fellow
- College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (The first San Diegan to be admitted to the College), fellow (inducted 2007)
- Amicus coordinator and past chair of the Employers Group Legal Committee, a group of 18 California employment lawyers who represent the interests of employers as amicus curiae in appeals of important employment and labor cases.
News & Insights
- University of Virginia (J.D., 1977)
- University of Virginia (B.A., with highest distinction, 1974)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- California State Courts