Justin P. Rodriguez
Bernards, Chad
Justin P. Rodriguez

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Practice Areas:
  • Litigation
  • Class Action
  • Private Attorney General Act
  • Wage and Hour Claims
  • Meal Period Violations
  • Unpaid Commissions and Bonuses
  • Minimum Wage
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Wrongful Termination
Biography:

Mr. Rodriguez's practice focuses on all aspects of complex litigation, including wage and hour class actions, Private Attorneys General Act representative claims, Nationwide Fair Labor Standard Act collective actions, and intensely detailed harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination cases. He is actively involved in nearly all complex litigation for the firm and has obtained excellent results for his clients, recovering several million dollars in class and representative cases for unpaid overtime, unpaid minimum wages, unpaid meal and rest period premiums, wage statement violation penalties, waiting time penalties, and penalties under the Private Attorneys General Act. Mr. Rodriguez achieves these results by utilizing thoughtful and aggressive litigation tactics while maintaining an open, professional, and reasonable dialogue with his opposing counsel.

Mr. Rodriguez's trial experience includes jury trials, bench trials, de novo trials of Labor Commissioner decisions, and Labor Commissioner hearings. Regularly litigating in both state and federal Court, Mr. Rodriguez is able to navigate the procedural aspects of any case regardless of the forum to achieve optimal results for his clients.

Speaking Engagements:
  • Workers’ Rights in the Sharing Economy, McGeorge Employment and Labor Law Student Association, Panel Speaker (March 2016)
  • Epic Systems, PAGA, and the Future of Employment Arbitration in California, Sacramento County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Panel Speaker (September 2018)
  • Class Actions and PAGA Claims, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California & Nevada, Panel Speaker (July 2020)
Education:
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
    • Juris Doctorate
      • Dean’s List, 2008 – 2011
      • Member, Traynor Honor Society
      • Witkin Award in legal research and writing as well as complex civil litigation courses
      • Sacramento County Bar Association, Diversity Fellow, 2009
      • Member, Employment and Labor Law Society
      • Officer, Latino Law Students Association, 2009 – 2010
  • U.C. Davis
    • B.A., Philosophy
      • Departmental Academic Performance Citation for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Bar Admissions:
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
Representative Cases:
  • Hoang v. Vinh Phat Supermarket, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114475 (E.D. Cal. Aug. 12, 2013)
  • Kursar v. Mariah Res., Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120142 (E.D. Cal. Sep. 9, 2015)
  • Cress, et al. v. Mitsubishi Chemical Carbo Fiber and Composites, Inc., Sacramento County Superior Court, Case No. 34-2017-00222101 (June 1, 2018)
Professional Associations:
  • Sacramento County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, Executive Committee Member, 2019 to Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Diversity Fellowship Committee, Member, 2016 to Present
  • Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2017 to Present
  • Voluntary Legal Services Program Employment Law Clinic, Volunteer Attorney, 2011 to Present