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During a thirty year career in labor and employment law, representing employers, Roger Schnapp has been highly successful in representing clients in many different industries and of all sizes -- from international corporations to nationwide companies with facilities in many different states to small employers with only one facility and only a few employees.
He has assisted employers with avoiding unionization, with decertifying existing union representatives and with collective bargaining negotiations which provided relief from contractual limitations on management's ability to achieve or maximize profitability.
He has designed individualized personnel policies and procedures for clients which permitted these clients to manage their operations in the most cost effective manner and at the same time provided both the benefits of good employee relations -- including high productivity -- and the maximum protection from successful litigation by dissatisfied employees.
He has represented clients in litigation before courts (including the Supreme Court of the United States and many of the United States Courts of Appeal), administrative agencies and arbitrators, including cases which either defined existing law or created new law in a way that was beneficial not only to his clients, but to all employers.
In 1999, he represented an employer who, prior to retaining him, had been found guilty of violating California's safety and health laws and threatened with the closing of his facility. He was successful in convincing the California Occupational and Health Administration to reverse its finding of a violation. The employer was not required to take any remedial action.
In 1996, he represented an employer in what the Los Angeles Times described as "One of the largest overtime pay cases brought in California."
He has represented an airline whose employees -- in two different bargaining units -- decertified the International Association of Machinists with virtually unanimous votes in two separate elections -- having voted overwhelmingly for certification only two years before.
He successfully represented a client in securing an injunction from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California preventing the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement from holding a hearing on a claimed violations of the California Wage Payment Statute or otherwise proceeding against the employer for the claimed violations.
He has represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board and the Circuit Courts of Appeal in cases which expanded the definition of good faith bargaining and provided favorable (to employers) new guidelines on what constituted an appropriate bargaining unit.
He has represented clients in the Supreme Court of the United States and two United States Courts of Appeal in cases involving wildcat strikes, obligations of employers to release union officials to bargain and the bargaining rights of supervisors under the National Labor Relations Act.
He has represented clients in all of the following areas: labor relations; equal employment or discrimination; wrongful termination; employee noncompetition; occupational safety and health; and employee benefits and compensation.
In addition, he has developed expertise in new and emerging areas in labor and employment law -- the unique problems created by employees who are "telecommuters;" the problems resulting from mergers, acquisitions and corporate reorganizations; and the most effective responses to recent interest in unionization among doctors.
He provides customized seminars to managers and supervisors on all areas of labor and employment law and performs "labor and employment law audits" for employers and their insurance companies. He has taught seminars for and given lectures to numerous prestigious groups, including the National Academy of Arbitrators; the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association; the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution; the Orange County Chamber of Commerce; the International Association of Personnel Women; the American Arbitration Association; the Industrial Relations Research Association; the Council on Education in Management; the Pomona Valley Personnel Association; the Personnel and Industrial Relations Association; the Los Angeles Town Hall; the Society for the Advancement of Management; the Association for Corporate Growth; the Institute of Industrial Relations at the University of California, Los Angeles; and the Business and Corporate Law Section of the Orange County (California) Bar Association.
In 1984, he was asked to testify before the United States Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Subcommittee on Labor, concerning amendments to the Railway Labor Act that would give employees greater ability to rid themselves of unwanted bargaining representatives.
He was selected, in 1989, to serve as a member the United States Secretary of Labor's Business Research Advisory Council and continues to serve as a member.
He was selected to chair the Labor Law Consulting Group of the California State Bar Association's Board of Legal Specialization, the group that will determine the criteria for an attorney to be certified as a labor and employment law specialist.
He was selected for inclusion in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the Labor and Employment Law area and was awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, indicating pre-eminent legal ability and very high ethical standards (based upon confidential opinions from other attorneys).
When the American Arbitration Association initially opened an office in Orange County, he was selected as a member of the association's Orange County Advisory Committee.
He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School, the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Public Utility Management Program of the Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Michigan.
He was the former in-house labor counsel to four different large corporations (two of which had operations all over the world) and is the former managing partner of the Newport Beach office of a national law firm.
He is a regular commentator on employment and labor law on KOGO-AM radio (which covers California from San Diego to Santa Barbara) and has been interviewed and/or quoted as an expert on developments in the employment and labor law area by the following publications and television stations: Financial News Network; Ideas and Trends in Personnel; ILR Report; Long Beach Press-Telegram; Los Angeles Business Journal; Los Angeles Times (including a full page interview on wrongful termination); Orange Coast Daily Pilot; Orange County Business First; Orange County Business Line; Orange County Business Journal; Orange County Register; Recruitment Today; and Town Hall of California Reporter.
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