Jack S. Sholkoff
For more than twenty years, Jack S. Sholkoff has been working with employers to manage and resolve their employment law related matters. Mr. Sholkoff has handled all facets of employment law, providing general counseling as well as conducting administrative hearings, trials and appeals on behalf of employers.
Mr. Sholkoff represents both large and smaller employers in a variety of matters, including complicated contractual, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, employee leave cases, trade secret and employee mobility issues. Mr. Sholkoff was lead counsel in Areso v. CarMax, Inc., (2011) 195 Cal.App.4th 996, which established new law—favorable to employers--regarding the definition of a sales commission in California.
In recent years, Mr. Sholkoff has also been on the forefront of preparing and enforcing arbitration agreements. For example, in Grabowski v. C.H. Robinson, Inc., (S.D.Cal.2011) 817 F.Supp.2d 1159, Mr. Sholkoff was lead counsel in one of the first cases in California to obtain Court enforcement of a class action waiver in an arbitration agreement, thus effectively ending the class action claim against the employer. Mr. Sholkoff has enforced similar class action waiver provisions in other cases, and often provides advice and counsel for employers seeking to reduce the threat of class actions by using enforceable arbitration agreements. Moreover, Mr. Sholkoff has repeatedly obtained appellate enforcement of employer arbitration agreements involving single plaintiffs as well as class action waivers.
Mr. Sholkoff also emphasizes a preventative approach to employment law issues. He recognizes that by helping employers adopt “best practices” for handling employee related issues, employers will reduce unnecessary expense, avoid employee related problems, and have additional time and resources to focus upon the goals underlying their businesses.
Mr. Sholkoff has also served as a contributing editor to the Employment Law Strategist, as well as writing contributions to various other newsletters. He is a member of the Labor and Employment law sections of the American Bar Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Mr. Sholkoff graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in History in 1986, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California in 1989, where he served as Executive Editor of Articles to the Computer/Law Journal and Major Tax Planning.
Mr. Sholkoff is married and has two children. He has served as President of Kadima Day School, and serves on the executive board of Temple Aliyah. He is a marathon runner and an award winning baker, having won First Place/Blue Ribbon in the Biscotti Competition at the Los Angeles County Fair.
Education and Honors
J.D., University of Southern California, 1989
B.A., magna cum laude, Tufts University, 1986
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section)
In The News
- January 30, 2015 - - "California Supreme Court Lets Arbitration Award Stand, Dodges “Honest Belief” Defense"
- January 20, 2015 - - "PAGA Representative Claims Remain Alive After SCOTUS Denies Iskanian Review"
- June 27, 2014 - - "Two California Appellate Decisions “Delegate” Authority From Courts to Arbitrators"
- April 16, 2014 - - "California Court Gives the Green Light for Arbitration of Wrongful Termination Suit"
- March 16, 2013 - Business Management Daily - "Punch in, Punch Out: State Appeals Court Allows Time Clock Rounding"