Jeffrey P. Ames

Partner

Jeff Ames represents public and private employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including the defense of employment class actions involving wage and hour claims, disparate impact discrimination, and WARN Act claims.  In addition to litigation, he regularly advises employers on daily employment-related issues including wage and hour compliance, employee terminations, leaves of absence and disability accommodation, and reductions in force, among others.  Jeff’s clients include telecommunications and technology companies, health care systems, and local and national retailers.

Jeff has extensive trial experience before judges, juries, and arbitrators.  After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law, he served as a United States Navy Judge Advocate, where he successfully tried numerous cases before juries and judges.  He served as the Navy’s Senior Defense Counsel for Europe and Southwest Asia in Naples, Italy, and then as Special Counsel to the United Nations War Crimes Unit in Pristina, Kosovo.  Jeff later prosecuted federal crimes as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California, and was the Evidence Instructor at the Naval Justice School in San Diego.  Since completing his military service, Jeff's practice has been dedicated to defending employers in litigation matters, and counseling employers on all aspects of their daily employment practices.

Jeff continues to serve as a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  He is currently assigned as the Commanding Officer of the Navy Reserve Region Legal Service Office Southwest in San Diego, where he coordinates the provision of Navy legal services throughout the Southwestern United States.

 

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • Baylor University, B.B.A, 1995
  • U.S. Naval War College, College of Command and Staff, 2003

Professional Experience

  • Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, Partner, January 2011 - present; Associate, March 2007 - December 2010
  • Shea Stokes, ALC, Associate, January 2006 - March 2007
  • United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, January 1999 - December 2005

Admissions

  • All California and Maryland state courts
  • All United States District Courts in California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Captain, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy
  • Member, Board of Directors, Camp Fire San Diego County
  • Instructor, Naval Justice School
  • Instructor, Defense Institute of International Legal Studies
  • Member, State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers of America
  • Volunteer Judge, University of San Diego School of Law Appellate Moot Court
  • Volunteer, Diversity Fellowship Program, San Diego County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Getting Back to Business After Your Workplace Investigation, PPSC Annual Employment Law Seminar, October 2016
  • Human Resource Law from A to Z, “Employment Law Update” and “Wage and Hour—Exemptions”, National Business Institute, October 2016
  • Managing Employee Disability and Accommodation Issues:  When is Enough Really Enough?, PPSC Annual Employment Law Seminar, October 2015
  • Leaves of Absence in CA:  New Laws. New Problems?, PPSC Summer Seminar Series, June 2015
  • International Humanitarian Law and The Proscription on the Use of Child Soldiers, Defense Institute of International Legal Studies, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, June 2015
  • Unleashing Your Inner Sherlock, PPSC Annual Employment Law Seminar, November 2014
  • New Developments, PPSC Annual Employment Law Seminar, October 2013
  • The Attorney-Client Privilege and Attorney Work Product Doctrine - What Every In-House Counsel Needs to Know, Association of Corporate Counsel, 2013
  • Litigation Holds and the Duty to Preserve Electronic Evidence, Association of Corporate Counsel, 2012, San Diego Defense Lawyers, 2013
  • Wage and Hour Time Bombs, San Diego Defense Lawyers, 2012
  • Top HR Action Items for 2013, PPSC Annual Employment Law Seminar, November 2012
  • Ways to Nullify Exemptions, San Diego Education Association, 2011
  • June 14, 2017: Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now

Representative Matters

  • Secured dismissal of all class claims in a putative wage and hour class action in the health care section.  (2016)
  • Obtained summary judgment of all claims in action for disability, gender and pregnancy discrimination and retaliation brought against multi-state bail bonds company. (2015)  Appeal dismissed. (2015)
  • Obtained summary judgment in a case involving claims of age and disability discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination brought against a health care system.  (2015)
  • Secured unanimous defense verdict in federal jury trial against San Diego educational institution involving enforceability of settlement agreement.  (2015)
  • Obtained summary judgment in a case involving claims of race discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, and wrongful termination brought against a regional health care provider.  (2014)  Appeal dismissed.  (2015)
  • Counsel for employer in Serpa v. California Surety Investigations, (No. B237363, __ Cal. App. 4th __ , reversing a trial court’s denial of the employer’s petition to compel arbitration and finding that a unilateral right-to-modify clause did not make the arbitration agreement unconscionable.  (2013)
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court in a case alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, including claims of racial harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination brought against a national commercial services company. (2011)  Appeal dismissed.  (2013)
  • Obtained summary judgment in a single plaintiff case involving 14 claims, including racial and disability discrimination, racial harassment, retaliation, defamation, wrongful termination, and various wage and hour claims brought against a national telecommunications company.  (2011)  Judgment affirmed on appeal.  (2013)
  • Obtained summary judgment of all claims in a collective action alleging claims for rest break violations brought against a major health care system.  (2010)  Judgment affirmed on appeal.  (2012)
  • Obtained summary judgment of all claims in a single plaintiff case involving claims for disability discrimination, failure to provide reasonable accommodations, sexual harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge brought against a major health care system.  (2010)  Judgment affirmed on appeal.  (2011)
  • Obtained summary judgment of all claims in a case involving allegations of national origin discrimination, wrongful termination, and an unlawful “English Only” policy brought against a national telecommunications company.  (2010)  Judgment affirmed on appeal.  (2011)
  • Obtained summary judgment of all claims based on the administrative exemption in a misclassification case brought by a senior IT employee of a national telecommunications company.  (2009)  Judgment affirmed on appeal.  (2011)
  • Obtained summary judgment of meal break claims in a putative wage and hour class action brought against a health care system.  (2008)
  • Favorably settled various class actions involving wage and hour claims, discrimination, WARN Act claims, and claims under the Private Attorney General’s Act (PAGA).