Robert W. Thompson, Managing Partner


Mr. Thompson is a partner in the Orange County office and is the managing partner of the firm. He also heads up the firm's auto dealership practices group.

Mr. Thompson specializes in labor and employment law as well as consumer and business litigation. He represents employers in a wide range of industries throughout California. He provides advice to employers relating to labor and employment issues and has extensive experience in defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and wage and hour violations. He also represents businesses in many areas with a special emphasis on complaints of consumer fraud and statutory violations. His business background and degrees including a Masters of Business Administration gives him an insight into the myriad of issues facing businesses to day so that he can provide solutions to prevent litigation or manage problems after they arise. He is a trial attorney who has had great success defending his clients in Court. Mr. Thompson has extensive experience in defending class actions in both the consumer fraud and wage and hour cases in the restaurant and hospitality industry as well as the automobile dealership industry. He has been successful in defeating many class action cases and is well versed in the various strategies available in handling class action cases.

J.D. University of San Diego

M.B.A., University of Southern California

B.A. California State University at Fullerton

Institute on International & Comparative Law, Magadalen College, Oxford University, Oxford, England

Mexican Legal Studies Program, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Mexico

California State Bar; United States District Court for the Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California and the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; Admitted Pro Hac Vice to the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Southern District of Florida, the Eastern District of Louisiana, the District of Minnesota, the District of Massachusetts as well as various State Courts; United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court
Perez v. RadioShack, a class action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois representing employees of RadioShack in a nationwide class action and received partial summary judgment against RadioShack for over 1000 employees and settled for approximately $9 million along with the companion cases of Goldman v. RadioShack, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Lloredo v. RadioShack, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and Birns v. RadioShack, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; 5)

Priestley v. Mervyn’s, a class action filed in Orange County Superior Court, recovering approximately $4 million on behalf of employees; 6)

McCarthy v. Seibel Systems, a class action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, reaching a $2.7 million settlement; 7)

Gabel v. Oracle, a class action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, recovering $2 million on behalf of 66 employees (the remainder of this case is currently at the California Supreme Court on certain legal issues); 8)

Stanton v. Hot Topic, a class action filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, recovering $1.67 million on behalf of employees; 9)

Greditzer v. Infogenesis, a class filed in Santa Barbara County Superior Court, recovering approximately $1 million on behalf of 58 employees; 10)

Breazier v. Body Shop, a class action filed in Orange County Superior Court, recovering $500,000 on behalf of employees; 11)

Robbins v. Craftmatic, a class action filed Orange County Superior Court and recovering $300,000 plus considerable injunctive relief on behalf of consumers; 12)

Batin v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, a class action filed in Alameda County Superior Court, recovering a $2 million settlement on behalf of the employees; 13)

Strich v. Solstice Capital, a class action filed in U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Eastern Division, recovering $1.65 million settlement on behalf of the employees; 14)

Wright v. Linkus, a class action filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California. Preliminary Approval was recently granted for a $2.5 million settlement on behalf of the employees; 15)

Shaw v. Avaya, Inc., a class action filed in the Central District of California, resulting in a settlement of $500,000 on behalf of its former employees who were not paid commissions following their terminations; 16)

Sullivan v. Oracle, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, now pending at the California Supreme Court; 17)

Hernandez v. TGIF’s Restaurants, a wage and hour action pending in Orange County Superior Court, representing the defendant TGIF’s restaurants; 18)

Loverso v. Raceway Ford, filed in the Riverside County Superior Court, representing Raceway Ford in consumer class action; 19)

Montano v. Carriage Motors, filed in the Riverside County Superior Court, representing Carriage Motors in a consumer class action and successful in defeating class certification; and 20)

Castenada v. Spreen Honda, filed in the San Bernardino Superior Court, representing Spreen Honda in consumer class action and successful in obtaining a Judgment on the Pleadings as to the class claims.

Pacific Inland Bank v. Charles Ainsworth (1995) 41 Cal. App. 4th 277;

Casey Parks v. Eastwood Insurance Services (2002) 235 F. Supp. 2d 1082;

H-D Michigan, Inc. v. Biker's Dream, Inc. (1998) 48 U.S.P.Q. 2d (BNA) 1108;

H-D Michigan, Inc. v. Biker's Dream, Inc. (1998) U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17266;

Testan v. Carlsen Motor Cars, Inc. (2002) WL 234737;

Perez v. RadioShack Corp. (2005) 386 F. Supp. 2d 979;

Sullivan v. Oracle (2008) WL 5147996;

Radillo v. Superior Automotive Group (2008) WL444439;

Stevens v. Superior Court (Star Ford) (1999) 75 Cal. App. 4th 594;

Wayne M. Minor v. Peter Pan Motors (1991) 227 Cal. App. 3d 1613.

Frequent Lecturer on Spoliation of Evidence, Unfair Trade Practices, Consumer Legal Remedies, Privacy Torts, and the procedural mechanisms of class actions and representative actions

"To the Prevailing Party Goes the Spoils; An Overview of an Emerging Tort in California", Western State University Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 1, Fall 1990;

"Reassessing Appraisal Liability", Orange County Lawyer, December, 1995;

“Attention to Detail Crucial in Mediating Class Action Disputes”, Orange County Lawyer, May, 2004;

Orange County Bar Association; Southern California Defense Counsel; RIMS; Alzheimer's Association of Orange County; Saddleback College Advisory Committee; Federal Bar Association; Orange County Business Alliance