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As a mediator, Brett has the benefit of extensive experience representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants.  On the plaintiff side, Brett has successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars in plaintiff employment and business cases including wage and hour class action cases.  On the defense side, Brett has a successful track record of representing defendants in both employment cases, including wage and hour class action cases, as well is in a wide variety of business litigation cases.  This balanced experience puts Brett in an ideal position to act as a mediator.  He knows both sides and knows how to talk to the parties on both sides of the case.  With employment law cases in particular, Brett brings a wealth of knowledge of the subject matter.  This knowledge and extensive experience was recognized by the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, which inducted Brett as a Fellow in 2016.


Bar & Court Admissions

  • California
  • Nevada
  • U.S. District Court Nevada
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California

Education and Mediation Training

  • Harvard Law School Negotiation Institute, “Mediating Disputes”
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law – “Mediating the Litigated Case”
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., cum laude (1989)
  • Pepperdine University, B.A., summa cum laude (1986)
  • Pepperdine Law Review
  • Pepperdine Moot Court Honors Board
  • Hastings College of Trial Advocacy
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
    (Chair, Ninth Circuit North Credentials Committee)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Listed on the Registry of America’s Most Honored Professionals
  • Named 2016 member of the Lawyers of Distinction
  • Rising Stars List, San Francisco and Sacramento Magazines
  • Roger J. Traynor California Moot Court Champion (1989)
  • Pepperdine Trial Advocacy Tournament Champion (1988)

Professional Activities

  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Section—State Bar Nevada
  • Society for Human Resources (SHRM)
  • Central California Society for Human Resources (HRACC)
  • Society for Human Resources of Tulare/Kings County
  • Northern Nevada Human Resources Association (NNHRA)
  • Southern Nevada Human Resources Association (SNHRA)
  • Litigation Section—State Bar of Nevada
  • Early Neutral Evaluator —Federal Court for employment cases
  • Designated as Expert Witness–Employment Law
  • California Association of Workplace Investigators
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Nevada Restaurant Association (NvRA)—Vice Chair and Board Member
  • Member, Agricultural Personnel Management Association
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Law Section – State Bar California

Publications & Events

  • California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation (The Rutter Group) Contributor and Editorial Reviewer
  • Author of variety of legal topics for law reviews and journals
  • Frequent speaker and author on labor and employment law issues
  • Former Adjunct Professor of both Civil Litigation and Evidence


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