Robert A. Jones


Robert (“Bob”) Jones is the former California State Deputy Secretary, Special Counsel for the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, (California Department of Labor) appointed by the Governor in June 2008.  As such, he was responsible for the enforcement activities of all the Divisions of the Agency, including the operation of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner), Division of Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA), and the State’s Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition.

Prior to his appointment, Bob was the Deputy Secretary of Policy and Enforcement. He was also the Chief Counsel for the Labor Commissioner and Acting California State Labor Commissioner from 2005 to 2007. As Acting Labor Commissioner, he was responsible for enforcing the state’s labor laws governing working conditions, minimum wage and overtime.

Bob’s background includes over 30 years of employment litigation and dispute resolution experience before state and federal courts throughout the United States and eight years as a professional labor negotiator.

Bob is the Chair of the firm's California Wage and Hour Practice Group, Co-Chair of the National Wage and Hour Practice Group, and a member of the firm's Class Action Steering Committee.

Bob advises and represents employers in all areas of labor, employment, and legislative matters, with particular emphasis on employers doing business in California.  Bob’s practice includes expert testimony and consulting on state wage and hour enforcement issues. Bob also provides alternative dispute resolution services as a private mediator in employment matters. He is a frequent presenter on employment-related topics.

AV Rated Martindale Hubbell



In addition to regularly providing advice on California related wage and hour issues to national and local clients of Ogletree Deakins, Bob is actively engaged in the litigation of cutting edge employment law issues before the federal and state courts, including major wage and hour class action cases. 

Bob’s experience as a highly placed Labor Department official for the State of California provides the Firm’s clients with access to his unique perspective on not only California employment law enforcement, but also on the legislative and political process involved.

As a past Lecturer for the University of Maryland and frequent presenter for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Bob regularly provides presentations to Ogletree Deakins clients and other interested groups on all aspects of California wage and hour issues.

Education and Honors


J.D., McGeorge School of Law, 1982
M.B.A., California State University, Humboldt, 1973
B.A., Humboldt State College, 1970

Honors and Awards: 
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Legal 500: Labor and Employment - Labor & Employment Litigation

Professional Activities

Professional Activities: 
  • California State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Nevada State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Association of Attendees and Alumni of the Hague Academy of International Law
  • Former Commissioner, California Commission on the Status of Women
  • Former Lecturer, University of Maryland, European Division, Labor and Business Management
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Arbitration Agreements – Long May They ‘Waive': Understanding Class Action Waivers and Other Cutting-Edge Provisions in California Arbitration Agreements" - San Francisco - November 4, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "The Top Three California Law Challenges for Transportation Companies" - October 14, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Modernizing the 'White Collar' Overtime Regulations: Back to the Future" - Dana Point - September 19, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Surf's Up! Riding the Next Wave of California Employment Litigation" - Las Vegas - May 8, 2014 - May 9, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar 2nd Annual Conference - "What's New in California Employment Law? Plenty!" - Napa - March 27, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "Overtime DOL Proposal" - March 20, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "Obama Executive Order" - March 19, 2014
  • Los Angeles Bar Association - "Policing the Workplace - Advanced Seminar on PAGA Actions and Retaliation Claims" - Los Angeles - January 25, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins California Seminar: Managing a Workforce in 2014 - "Top 10 Do's and Don'ts When Dealing with Cal/OSHA" - Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego - October 15, 2013 - October 24, 2013
  • BASF CLE Seminar - The Labor and Employment Section of the Barristers Club - "The Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA)" - San Francisco - August 12, 2013
  • California Framing Contractors Association - "2013 Safety and Risk Management Summit - Hot Topics in Labor and Employment" - Corona - June 11, 2013
  • California Employment Law Council - "Armenta - Contract Hours & Minimum Wage Court Extension to Piece Rate and Commission Compensation" - Los Angeles - April 19, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - "California Legislative Developments and Trends - Where Will The Next Wave of Lawsuits Come From?" - Napa - March 21, 2013
  • Center for Competitive Management National Webinar - "California Wage & Hour Record Keeping Requirements" - San Francisco - March 15, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "Round the Clock - Current Timekeeping & Rounding Requirements" - February 6, 2013

In The News

Media Quotes:
  • October 2, 2014 - Law360 - "New California Laws Push Employers to Retool Business Practices"
  • July 30, 2014 - Ogletree Deakins Publication - "Court Endorses PTO Use for Exempt Employee Partial-Day Absences"
  • July 29, 2014 - Ogletree Deakins Publication - "Motor Carriers Face Uphill Battle After California Supreme Court Decision"
  • February 7, 2014 - Law360 - "5 Items Calif. Employers Should Review on Arbitration Deals"
  • January 31, 2014 - Ogletree Deakins Publication - "Wage Deduction From Final Paycheck Narrowly Allowed by Ninth Circuit"
  • October 18, 2013 - Law360 - "Calif. High Court Pushes Narrow Reading of Concepcion"
  • June 18, 2012 - Law 360 - "Federal Law Trumps Truckers' Break Claims Post-Brinker: Judge"
  • May 2, 2012 - HR Compliance eXpert - "Employers Catch a Break: Calif. Case Puts Spotlight on Best Practices for Meal, Rest Breaks"
  • April 13, 2012 - CCH Employment Law Daily - "Ogletree Deakins Attorneys React To California High Court’s Brinker Decision"
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