Ron S. 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.
Ron S. Brand provides legal 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 Employment Development Department, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office, 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. He provides preventive counseling and advice to employers on a wide variety of human resource and personnel issues, including hiring, retaining and terminating employees, 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. In addition, Mr. Brand negotiates, drafts, and provides advice to both employers and high-level executives regarding employment, compensation, severance, confidentiality/non-disclosure, and non-solicitation/non-competition agreements.
Mr. Brand conducts in-house management seminars and training sessions for executives, supervisors, managers, and human resource professionals on all aspects of labor and employment law, including anti-harassment prevention training required by California law. He 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.
Mr. Brand also has substantial experience in practice areas tangentially related to labor and employment law, including 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).
Prior to joining his brother at The Brand Law 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, a Partner at the Irvine office of a national labor and employment law defense firm, and an Associate in the Litigation Group of an Illinois-based law firm. Mr. Brand provides pro bono labor and employment law counseling and advice to various non-profit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of Orange County and HomeAid Orange County. He is currently the Chair of the Personnel Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County. Mr. Brand enjoys hiking, skiing, tennis, reading, food and wine, music, and spending quality time with his family.