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Josh Adams joined the firm as a shareholder in 2019. He has represented labor union clients across a wide spectrum of industries, including healthcare, the entertainment industry, education, heavy industry such as mining and public utilities, and public sector unions with county, state, municipal and court employees. Before joining the firm, Josh worked as a shareholder at Bush Gottlieb and a partner at Rothner, Segall & Greenstone, both union-side firms in Los Angeles.
Throughout his career, Josh has handled the most complex and difficult legal matters that labor unions confront, including precedent-setting arbitrations in multi-employer units, economic and unfair practice strikes, and federal and state court litigation to enforce the rights of unions and employees. Josh often appears before the National Labor Relations Board, the California Public Employment Relations Board, and various other administrative agencies. He provides consultation and civil litigation defense in response to investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor into union internal affairs and union officer elections. Josh also provides human resources services to unions, conducts workplace investigations, and acts as defense counsel to unions facing claims against them by members and employees.
Among his recent accomplishments, Josh successfully argued in state court to defeat a strike injunction filed against United Teachers Los Angeles before the largest teacher strike in California in 30 years. He served as lead negotiator in bargaining a successor contract against a major subsidiary of multi-national corporation Rio Tinto. Josh also has wage-and-hour class action litigation experience, serving as class counsel on behalf of a class of warehouse workers in a case that resolved for $1.87 Million. The lawsuit has been instrumental in helping to change working conditions for hundreds of warehouse workers. He also has provided trainings, advice and consultation to numerous public-sector unions in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME.
Josh is a graduate of Oberlin College with Honors, and a cum laude and Order of the Coif graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. In law school, he received numerous awards for outstanding academic achievement and for public service. Upon graduation, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson, a federal judge in the Central District of California.
Josh is regularly invited by union clients and labor associations to give presentations and trainings, and he is a contributing editor to the treatise, “The Developing Labor Law.” Josh is fluent in Spanish.
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- California State Bar
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