Ron S. Brand provides legal advice, 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 Department of Fair Employment and Housing 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.
Mr. Brand also has substantial experience in 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).
In addition, Mr. Brand drafts and provides advice regarding employment, compensation, severance, confidentiality/non-disclosure, and non-solicitation/non-competition agreements. He also provides preventive advice to clients on a wide variety of human resources and personnel issues, including 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. Mr. Brand conducts in-house management seminars and training sessions for executives, supervisors, managers, and human resources professionals on all aspects of labor and employment law, including anti-harassment prevention training required by California law. Mr. Brand 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.
Prior to joining the 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 and a Partner at the Irvine office of a national labor and employment law defense firm. He was also an Associate in the Litigation Group of an Illinois-based law firm.
Mr. Brand has provided pro bono labor and employment law counseling and advice to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County and Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County. He enjoys hiking, skiing, tennis, reading, food and wine, music, and spending quality time with his family.