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Joseph L. Paller Jr.

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Experience

In 2012, the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals ranked Mr. Paller as one of the top 75 labor and employment attorneys in California. Mr. Paller was also inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in recognition of his distinguished and continuing professional achievements. For many years, he has been honored for his professional achievements in Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The American Lawyer and Los Angeles Magazine by Best Lawyers in America, Martindale Hubbell, Southern California Super Lawyers and similar publications.

Mr. Paller has litigated hundreds of labor and employment disputes in state and federal courts, before state and federal administrative agencies, and in arbitration. In addition, he has designed and qualified employee benefit plans in Arizona, California, Minnesota, Nevada and Texas. He lectures nationally for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and is a Contributing Author for the leading treatise on ERISA, Employee Benefits Law, published by the American Bar Association.

Since 2001, Mr. Paller has been a member of the Personnel Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which provides civil service protections for classified employees in the nation’s second largest school district.

For 18 years, Mr. Paller has taught classes in labor and employment law for the Labor Center at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Since 1995, Mr. Paller has served as an employment dispute arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. For many years, he was a regular contributor to the “Shoptalk” column in the Los Angeles Times.

Mr. Paller is a former member of the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee in Washington, D.C. Mr. Paller also served as Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section, and as President of the Orange County Labor & Employment Relations Association.

Mr. Paller has been admitted to practice law in California, Nevada, New York and Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of UCLA School of Law.

Mr. Paller is rated AV-Preeminent®, the highest level of professional excellence, by Martindale Hubbell.

Selected Publications

  • Fair Representation and the Attorney-Client Relationship in Labor Arbitration: Dilemmas for Union Counsel, Arbitration 2011: Varieties of the Arbitration Experience; Proceedings of the 64th Annual Meeting, National Academy of Arbitrators, Bureau of National Affairs (2012)
  • Contributing Author, Employee Benefits Law, merican Bar Association/Bureau of National Affairs (3rd ed. 2012 & 2nd ed. 2010)
  • J. Paller & A. Barnes, The Economics of Wage & Hour Litigation: Recovering Attorney’s Fees and Costs, Wage & Hour Litigation Issues, The Labor Law Exchange, Vol. 22 (AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, 2008)
  • Union Lawyers Are Not Liable for Malpractice or Breach of the DFR in Labor Arbitration or Contract Negotiations, LCC Bulletin, No. 183 (AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, July-August 2007)
  • “Gentlemen Do Not Read Each Other’s Mail:” A Lawyer’s Duties upon Receipt of Inadvertently Disclosed Confidential Information,The Labor Lawyer, Vol. 21, No. 3 (American Bar Association, Winter/Spring 2006)
  • Fiduciary Investment Issues in Defined Contribution Plans, Benefits & Compensation Digest (web exclusive) (International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, August 2006)
  • NLRB Forbids Regions’ Ex Parte Communications With Supervisors In Organizations Represented by Counsel, California Labor & Employment Law Quarterly (2003)
  • Contributor, weekly “Shop Talk” column, The Los Angeles Times (1997-2002)
  • Contributing Author, Defense of Non-Traditional Labor Protest Activities, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (AFL-CIO 2001)
  • J. Paller & S. Kaplan, “The Protection of Employee Privacy,” The Employee Termination Handbook (Wiley Interscience, 1986)

Selected Papers/Presentations

  • “Facebook and Social Media: New Traps for Employers and Employees, New Opportunities for Unions,” 30th Annual Labor Law Conference, sponsored by National Labor Relations Board Regions 21 and 31, the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, and the Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association, Anaheim, California (2012)
  • “Social Media and the National Labor Relations Board: Something to Get All A-Twitter About,” 32nd Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium, sponsored by Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California (2012)
  • “Update on Employment Law,” and
  • “Workshop: Human Resources Issues,” Trustees Institute for Jointly Managed Training and Education Funds, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Las Vegas, Nevada (2012)
  • “Hot Issues at the NLRB: Cases on Social Media and Protected Activity, and the New Notice Posting Rules,” Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association, Anaheim, California (2011)
  • “Are There Greater Fiduciary Responsibilities in Your Defined Contribution (DC) Plans?” 57th Annual Employee Benefits Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, New Orleans, Louisiana (2011)
  • “Collective/Class Actions and Collective Actions: Selected Ethical and Legal Issues,” 2011 AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Conference, San Diego, California (2011)
  • “Fee Disclosure in Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Plans,” Investments Institute, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Las Vegas, Nevada (2011)
  • “Fair Representation and the Attorney-Client Relationship in Labor Arbitration: Dilemmas for Union Counsel,” 64th Annual Meeting, National Academy of Arbitrators, San Diego, California (2011)
  • “The NLRB in the Obama Administration,” 2010 Western States Labor & Employment Law Conference, sponsored by National Labor Relations Board Regions 20, 21, 28, 31 and 32, the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, and six local Chapters of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Las Vegas, California (2010)
  • “Returning to the Mainstream: The NLRB in the Obama Administration,” 28th Annual Labor Law Conference, sponsored by National Labor Relations Board Regions 21 and 31, the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, and the Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association, Anaheim, California (2010)
  • “Defined Contribution Plans: Another Source of Retirement Security,” Advanced Trustees Institute, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Orlando, Florida and San Diego, California (2010)
  • “Legal Ethics after Pyett: New Minefields for Union Counsel,” UFCW Attorneys Conference, San Diego, California (2009)
  • “Labor and Employment under the Obama Administration: Change We Can Expect,” 29th Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium, sponsored by Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California (2009)
  • “Defined Contribution Plans in 2008: Pension Protection Act and Related Issues,” Plan Professionals Institute�Attorneys, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, La Costa, California (2008)
  • “Defined Contribution Plan Issues,” AFL-CIO Lawyers ERISA Working Group Meeting, Washington, D.C. (2008)
  • “Recent Developments Under the National Labor Relations Act,” 26th Annual Labor Law Conference, sponsored by National Labor Relations Board Regions 21 and 31, the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, and the Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association, Anaheim, California (2008)
  • “Investment Issues in Defined Contribution Plans,” Investments Institute, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, San Francisco, California (2008)
  • “Fiduciary Issues in Defined Contribution Plans,” Plan Professionals Institute�Attorneys, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Las Vegas, Nevada (2007)
  • “New Assaults on Employee Free Choice: Employer Neutrality and Voluntary Recognition Agreements in the Board and the Courts,” Labor & Employment Law Section Retreat, sponsored by Los Angeles County Bar Association, Rancho Bernardo, California (2007)
  • “Investment Issues in Defined Contribution Plans,” Investments Institute, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (2006)
  • “Recent Challenges to Voluntary Recognition/Neutrality Agreements: Dana Corp. and Chamber of Commerce v. Lockyer,” UFCW Attorneys Conference, Ojai Valley, California (2006)
  • “The NLRB�s Assault on Voluntary Recognition/Neutrality Agreements: Majestic Weaving and Dana Corporation (with a passing nod to Dana/Metaldyne),” AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, Western Regional Conference (2006)
  • “�Gentlemen Do Not Read Each Other�s Mail:� A Lawyer�s Duties Upon Receipt of Inadvertently-Disclosed Confidential Information,” Committee on the Development of the Law Under the NLRA Labor & Employment Law Section, American Bar Association, Rancho Mirage, California (2006)
  • “Multiemployer Plan Issues: Developments Affecting Defined Contribution Plans in 2005,” AFL-CIO ERISA Workshop, Washington, D.C. (2005)
  • “The Attorney-Client Relationship in Labor Arbitration and Collective Bargaining: Issues for Union Attorneys,” nationwide teleconference sponsored by American Bar Association�s Labor and Employment Law Section (2005)
  • “The Future of Multi-Employer Bargaining: The Sherman Anti-Trust Act, The Supermarket Strike and What It All Means to Labor Attorneys,” 23rd Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California, Anaheim, California (2005)
  • “Medical Information and Employment: A Guide for Workplace Advocates,” 23rd Annual Labor Law Conference, sponsored by National Labor Relations Board Region 21, the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, and the Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association, Anaheim, California (2005)
  • “Defined Contribution Plans: Challenges/Opportunities,” 50th Annual Employee Benefits Conference, sponsored by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, New Orleans, Louisiana (2004)
  • “Traditional Labor Law Intersections with Employment Law,” 24th Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2004)
  • “Being Safe in an Unsafe World: Balancing Workplace Security with Employee Rights,” 56th Annual Meeting, Industrial Relations Research Association, San Diego, California (January 2004)
  • “New Initiatives for Personnel Commissions,” Annual Meeting, California School Personnel Commissioners Association, San Diego, California (2003)
  • “Bad Policy: New NLRB Rules Forbidding Ex Parte Communications by Regional Staff With Supervisory Employees of Organizations Represented by Counsel,” 2002 UFCW Attorneys Conference, Amelia Island, Florida (2002)
  • “Ethics and the National Labor Relations Board,” National Institute on Basic NLRA Law and Procedures, American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, Los Angeles, California (2002).
  • “Security vs. Civil Liberties in the Workplace after 9/11,” 20th Annual Labor Law Conference, sponsored by National Labor Relations Board Region 21, the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, and the Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association, Anaheim, California (2002)
  • “Employer Surveillance of Employee E-Mail and Computer Files, and Related Atrocities: A Union Perspective,” 19th Annual Meeting, Labor and Employment Law Section, State Bar of California, La Costa, California (2001)
  • “California�s New Salary Requirements for the �White Collar� Exemption: The Next Wave of Wage and Hour Litigation?” 12th Annual Entertainment Industry Labor & Employment Law Conference, sponsored by Los Angeles County Bar Association (2001)
  • “Selected Issues Involving Wage and Hour Class Actions: a Plaintiffs Counsel�s Views on When Class Action Treatment is Appropriate, Advantages and Disadvantages of FLSA and UCL Claims, and Restrictions on Communications with Class Members,” Beverly Hills Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section (2001)
  • “Ethical Conflicts Arising from Simultaneous Representation of Unions and Their Members,” 21st Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2001)
  • “The E-Revolution in the Workplace,” Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association (2001)
  • “Defensive Maneuvers in Worker Advocacy Litigation: Opposing Employer Attempts to Disqualify Plaintiffs� Counsel and Abusive Employer Discovery,” Annual Lawyers Conference, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, Boston, Massachusetts (2000)
  • “Ethics Issues for Union Counsel,” 2000 Annual Retreat, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Palm Springs, California (2000)
  • “Medical Information, Privacy and Employment: a Guide for Union Attorneys and Advocates,” 20th Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Los Angeles, California (2000)
  • “Selected Issues in Union Campaign Publicity: Employer Trade Secrets and Confidential Union Information,” UFCW Attorneys Conference, Ojai Valley, California (1999)
  • “Sexual Harassment and Union Representational Responsibilities,” Nineteenth Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium, sponsored by Los Angeles County Bar Association (1999)
  • “An Introduction to the National Labor Relations Act: Representation Proceedings,” Eighteenth Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium, sponsored by Los Angeles County Bar Association (1998)
  • “Conflict in the Workplace: Early Intervention for EEO Charges,” Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of the Pepperdine University School of Law (1998)
  • “Representing Multiple Parties in Employment Cases — Conflicts, Consents & Ethical Dilemmas,” Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Seminar (1997, 1993 and 1991)
  • “Ethical Issues for Union Counsel,” UFCW Attorneys Conference, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts (1996)
  • “Ethics in Labor-Management Relations,” Fifth Annual National Conference on Ethics in America (1994)

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (2012)
  • Member, Board of Directors, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (2005-08)
  • Chair, AFL-CIO Lawyers Committee on State and Local Privacy Legislation (2001)
  • Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association (1993-94) Union Co-Chair, ERISA Litigation Subcommittee of the Committee on Employee Rights and Responsibilities, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association (1987-2002)
  • President, Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association (formerly, Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association) (1993-94)
  • Member, Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (1988-present)
  • Member, Executive Committee, Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association (1988-present)
  • Chair, Southern California Labor and Employment Law Symposium, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (1989)
  • Founding Co-Chair (1990), and Member, Planning Committee (1994), Entertainment Industry Labor Law Conference, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Planning Committee, Labor Law Conference, co-sponsored by National Labor Relations Board Region 21, the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service and the Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association (1989-present)

Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer, “VEBAs,”Capital Stewardship Institute, National Labor College, Los Angeles (2008)
  • Instructor, Labor Studies, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles Community College District (1995-Present)
  • Co-Facilitator, Labor Arbitration Training, American Arbitration Association, Las Vegas, Nevada (2002)
  • Instructor, National Education Association, Grievance and Arbitration Training Program, Anaheim (2002)

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience

  • Arbitrator/Mediator, Southern California Employment Disputes Panel, American Arbitration Association (1995-Present)
  • Presenter, Employment Arbitrator Training II, American Arbitration Association, Orlando, Florida (2002)
  • Presenter, Commercial Arbitrator Training, American Arbitration Association, Anaheim, California (1999)

Martindale-Hubble Rating

  • “AV Preeminent”(“An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence”)