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RICHARD FREY - Lead attorney and Board member - Epstein Becker Green

Richard Frey is a seasoned litigator working for Epstein Becker Green in Los Angeles, California. My. Frey's focus is on general and complex commercial litigation and business matters, as well as unique labor and employment challenges faced by corporations and individuals. He also has significant experience in trade secret and unfair competition litigation, including litigation involving non-compete agreements.

Mr. Frey previously served dual leadership roles as both the Chair of Venable's West Coast Commercial Litigation Practice Group and Chair of the firm’s West Coast Labor and Employment Practice Group.

He has litigated cases in both state and federal courts and has particular skill in defending commercial class actions against alleged violations of the California Business and Professions Code § 17200, as well as wage and hour and shareholder derivative class actions. 

In addition to his significant litigation experience, Mr. Frey provides transactional advice on corporate matters including employee-related concerns associated with mergers and acquisitions and executive employment agreements.  He also has substantial experience representing clients across a wide range of industries in a variety of business matters including those involving distribution deals, partnership agreements and other contract negotiations.

Mr. Frey represents Fortune 500 companies, as well as prominent hospitals and healthcare groups.  He also represents sports and entertainment agents and has provided counsel to movie studios and independent film producers on guild and labor matters.




Richard Frey - Epstein Becker Green - Member of the Firm

Member of the Firm     
Epstein Becker Green


Jonathan Brenner - Epstein Becker Green

JONATHAN M. BRENNER is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice in the Los Angeles office of Epstein Becker Green. He represents employers from a wide range of industries, including, among others, financial services, health care, retail, insurance, performing arts, and professional services, as well as academic institutions.

Before joining Epstein Becker Green, Mr. Brenner was a Partner in an international law firm’s West Coast Employment and Labor practice and a member of that firm’s Office of General Counsel. 

Mr. Brenner was named among The Best Lawyers in America© (2016 to 2018) in Employment Law Management and Labor & Employment Law.


Jonathan M. Brenner - Epstein Becker Green - Member of the Firm

Jonathan Brenner
Member of the Firm    
Epstein Becker Green


Robert Pebble - Epstein Becker Green

ROBERT H. PEPPLE is an Associate in the Employment, Labor, & Workforce Management practice, in Epstein Becker Green’s Los Angeles Office. His clients include corporations and individuals in numerous industries, such as entertainment, health care, manufacturing, retail, and telecommunications.

Mr. Pepple regularly litigates and provides advice on human resource issues, non-competes, trade secrets, and many other aspects of California and federal employment laws.




Robert H. Pepple - Epstein Becker Green - Associate

Robert Pepple
Epstein Becker Green


Spencer Hamer - K & L Gates LLP

Spencer Hamer focuses his practice on labor and employment matters including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, executive agreements, leaves of absence, disability, retaliation, unfair competition, trade secrets, wrongful termination, privacy rights, and the National Labor Relations Act.

Mr. Hamer has successfully represented employers in numerous cases in state and federal court. In addition, his practice involves management training, compliance audits, employment policies and procedures, workplace investigations, and risk management strategies.

Mr. Hamer has represented employers in a variety of industries, including health care, hospitality, manufacturing, advertising, digital media, and education.



Spencer Hamer - K & L Gates LLP - Partner

Spencer Hamer
K & L Gates LLP



Bruce J. Sarchet has focused his entire legal career on the representation of management in labor and employment law matters and has particular expertise in issues involving:

  • Unionized employers
  • Violence in the workplace
  • Employment discrimination
  • Employee leaves of absence

He regularly appears in state and federal courts and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on matters involving:

  • The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • California's Educational Employment Relations Act
  • California's Meyers Milias Brown Act

With energy, enthusiasm, and intense focus, Bruce provides clients with superior quality work and exceptional client service and has earned a reputation as a hands-on problem solver. He provides consultation and representation to large, medium and small businesses across California in a variety of industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, transportation, technology, and construction. He also represents public sector employers. He crafts practical, real world solutions to workplace problems such as dealing with difficult employees and recognizing and balancing business realities and necessities with the need to minimize exposure to litigation.

For unionized employers, Bruce frequently serves as chief spokesperson in collective bargaining negotiations and provides representation in grievances and arbitration hearings. He also represents employers during union organizing drives and unfair labor practice charges under the National Labor Relations Act.

An animated, effective and entertaining public speaker, Bruce regularly makes presentations to local professional organizations on labor and employment law topics and has also presented numerous in-house training sessions and workshops to management teams at private and public employers. Bruce has published numerous articles for local business journals, providing practical, hands-on labor and employment law advice to small business owners.

From 2005 to 2013, Bruce served on the firm's five-attorney Management Committee, which handles the firm's operations. In this capacity, he oversaw thirteen Littler offices in seven states. Prior to his selection to the Management Committee, he served as the office-managing shareholder for the firm's Sacramento office and served several terms as a member of the firm's Board of Directors.

Bruce is an active member of the following practice groups:

  • Food and Beverage Industry (co-chair)
  • Traditional Labor Law
  • Public Sector
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Healthcare Employers
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Corporate Compliance

He also serves as the California coordinator and liaison for Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI). Bruce focuses on California state legislative and regulatory developments in employment and labor law, as well as municipal ordinances and regulation of the workplace. He assists the employer community in understanding and impacting California legislation before it becomes law.


Bruce Sarchet - Littler Mendelson - Shareholder




Corinn Jackson creates and manages legal and electronic resources to assist in counseling employers in all areas of labor and employment law. She helps develop and manage the firm's internal and external publications. Her practice includes matters arising under:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Other state and federal laws governing the employment relationship

Corinn has extensive experience conducting trainings on, and investigations into claims of, discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace, advising clients on preventing similar claims and counseling individuals involved in the claims.

Corinn serves as a California liaison for Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI). She focuses on California state and local legislative and regulatory developments affecting the workplace, and advises clients on understanding legislation before it becomes law and helps them prepare their policies and practices for compliance.

Corinn has been an adjunct professor of legal writing and advocacy at the USC Gould School of Law.


Corinn Jackson - Littler Mendelson - Special Counsel

Corinn Jackson
Special Counsel     


Wayne Watten - Prindle, Goetz, Barnes, & Reinholtz

Wayne W. Watten is Of Counsel to Prindle, Goetz, Barnes & Reinholtz LLP. Mr. Watten received his BS from Brigham Young University in 1974 and his JD from Pepperdine Law School in 1977. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1977. He joined Callahan, McCune and Willis in 1984 and became a partner for 15 years. He formed Watten, Discoe, Bassett & McMains in 2000 and was a named partner for 16 years. He has been a litigator representing insureds and self insureds in the insurance defense industry for over 40 years.

Mr. Watten has spoken throughout Southern California and has been published on numerous legal topics including civil litigation and trial practice. He is a member of the California State Bar, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Orange County Trial Lawyers, and is President of the Board of Directors of Orange County Global Medical Center.

He is married to his wife Marilyn and has two sons, Kenny and Greg. He enjoys playing golf, running marathons, swimming and traveling.


Wayne Watten - Prindle, Goetz, Barnes, & Reinholtz - of Counsel

Wayne W. Watten
Of Counsel
Prindle, Goetz, Barnes, & Reinholtz


Charles H. Goldstein - The Goldstein Law Firm

Charles H. Goldstein is senior partner in the Goldstein Law Firm, a Beverly Hills labor, employment and wage and hour class action and PAGA defense firm that has represented employers in many industries in the private sector. During his 50 years of practice, Mr. Goldstein has represented counties, including Los Angeles County, cities, special districts and the courts. Mr. Goldstein has been recognized by State Bar Associations of California and Virginia for practicing law over 50 years and by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for his 30 years of dedicated legal service demonstrated by numerous contributions for the benefit of all of the citizens of Los Angeles County.

Mr. Goldstein was outside counsel to the City of Glendale before the California Supreme Court in Loder v. City of Glendale the case that legalized drug testing of job applicants and was one of the chief negotiators and author of the landmark Work Continuation Agreement that resulted in the Metro Rail and other public transit lines in Los Angeles County being built without costly work stoppages. This has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the taxpayers of Los Angeles County.

Mr. Goldstein leads the team of talented litigators at The Goldstein Law Firm who defend employers.


Charles H. Goldstein - The Goldstein Law Firm - Senior Partner



Joseph A. Goldstein - The Goldstein Law Firm

JOSEPH A. GOLDSTEIN focuses on wage and hour class actions and PAGA matters, discrimination and harassment matters, and business/commercial disputes. His recent matters include winning a denial of class status in a multi-million dollar wage and hour class action; winning a petition to confirm an arbitration award in “bet the company” litigation; successfully negotiating the buyout of a family-member who was a minority shareholder in a large family-owned, closed corporation; winning a denial of a writ of attachment against a large corporation; and successfully obtaining a nuisance settlement in a wage and hour class action.

Mr. Goldstein sits on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Delegation to the California Conference of Bar Associations. Mr. Goldstein has authored four (4) statutes that have been passed by the California Legislature and signed by the Governor into law: AB 1850 protects children who witness acts of domestic violence but whom the law previously did not regard as victims of those crimes; AB 1738 allows home-owners in common interest developments the right to have counsel present in disputes with the HOA for the first time in California; AB 830 expands the definition within the gender violence statute to include and protect transgender individuals, and creates new protections for individuals based on sexual orientation; and SB 1007 which provides that a party to an arbitration has the right to have a certified shorthand reporter transcribe any deposition, proceeding, or hearing.

Mr. Goldstein is a graduate of the George Washington School of Law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with General Honors from the University of Chicago with a major in Modern European History. He received a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Secondary School Social Studies Education. Mr. Goldstein was a John Dewey Scholarship award winner at Columbia University. Mr. Goldstein is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of California. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, United States District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, United States District Court, Central District of California and The United States Supreme Court.


Joseph A. Goldstein - The Goldstein Law Firm - Partner



Matt Kidd - Triton Construction