Garry is a senior class action litigator and strategist at Littler Mendelson, resident in the San Francisco office. He has personally supervised the firm's attorneys on more than 1,000 employment and labor litigation matters and currently defends employers in complex wage and hour, and discrimination class action cases. He also represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in arbitration, mediation, and collective bargaining and offers advice on:

  • Class action avoidance, litigation and defense
  • Traditional labor law and NLRB issues
  • Discrimination issues
  • Collective bargaining negotiations - private and public employers
  • Wellness issues
  • Independent contractor issues
  • Contingent workforce issues
  • Robotics employment law issues
  • Employment law training and compliance
  • Arbitration agreements - class action waivers and enforcement

Garry co-chairs Littler's Robotics Practice Group, providing legal advice and representation to the legal industry, as well as employers deploying this technology in the workplace. He also oversees the Littler Corporate Compliance and Ethics Practice Group and originated the Contingent Workforce Practice Group. He is a founder of and serves on the board of NAVEX Global, the ethics and compliance experts. The legal technology compliance Company provides superior legal compliance solutions through an array of GRC products and services. With more than 8,000 corporate clients in over 200 countries and 75% of the Fortune 100 companies, NAVEX Global represents the largest ethics and compliance community in the world. Over the course of his career, Garry has argued before the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and other district, superior, circuit and appellate courts. He also practices before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Labor Commissioner, and the California Public Employment Relations Board.

Garry is a pioneer in the area of arbitration agreements and alternative dispute resolution, addressing the changing legal requirements, enforceability of class action waivers, and the practical challenges and advantages of various ADR programs. He created model alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs including class action waivers and worked with Harvard and NYU law professor, Arthur R. Miller, to create a video-training program on ADR.

Based on his litigation experience and a career-long effort to translate employment and labor law issues, and developments into practicable and learnable modules for human resource professionals, Garry has originated several of Littler's preventive employment law programs and structures in-house employment law training programs. He regularly delivers presentations before individual corporations, bar associations, national and local human resources groups, and other professional organizations.

Garry has drafted model legislation on workplace violence. He has given scores of presentations on workplace violence prevention and has appeared prominently in national and international media on this and other employment law topics.

Widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on employment law trends in the United States, Garry has written over 100 articles and given several hundred presentations on the future of employment law. He serves as chair of the Open Compliance and Ethics Group's (OCEG) Employment and Labor Law Domain. In this capacity, he writes legal requirements and guidelines for business. He also spoke at the public presentation of the Employment Law Domain of OCEG. Throughout his career, he has researched, addressed and written extensively on ways in which business leaders can build ethical organizations and best ensure compliance with employment and labor law.

Garry also counsels employers on regulatory compliance as it involves planning for natural and manmade disasters in the workplace. He has given more than a dozen presentations on national standards for crisis management, emergency preparedness and has participated in Crisis Management International, Inc. webinars. He leads the firm's program to help employers prepare the workplace for unexpected events.

As a result of Garry's early leadership role in the Fulcrum Class Action Litigation Summits, which were among the best presentations on the latest developments in class action law, Littler has undertaken the defense of more than 1000 employment law class actions. Garry currently serves as lead counsel in more than 10 of these actions and has made multiple presentations on new complex defense strategies for many national organizations and individual clients.

Garry’s extensive experience, includes working with companies in the following industries:

  • High tech
  • Financial services
  • Construction
  • Airline
  • Fitness
  • Retail
  • Staffing
  • School districts

Garry is Immediate Past Chair and Former Name Partner of Littler. He commenced his legal career with the National Labor Relations Board in San Francisco, where he developed a thorough foundation in the fundamentals of traditional labor law. His tenure with the NLRB included three major trials, more than 20 representation cases, and a contempt enforcement action in the appeals court. In law school, he was a member of the Board of Editors and served on the Stanford Law Review.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Former Chair

Labor Law Division Forum Committee on the Construction Industry

American Bar Association


State Bar of California


Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association


International Law Committee

American Bar Association


American Bar Foundation


Bar Association of San Francisco


Santa Clara County Bar Association


Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

Member, Board of Directors

National Association for Urban Debate Leagues


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating



College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Band 1

Chambers USA


Named, Top Artificial Intelligence Lawyers

Daily Journal


Named, World’s Leading Business Lawyers

Labor and Employment

Chambers Global


Named, International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers

Who's Who Legal


Named, 10 Most Innovative Individuals

North American Innovative Lawyers Report, Financial Times



Fastcase 50


Recipient, Innovator Award

The Recorder


Named, Who's Who in American Law


Named, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA


Named, Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorney - Hall of Fame

Human Resources Executive


Named, 100 Most Influential Attorneys in the Nation

National Law Journal

Recipient, Merit Award

Northwestern Alumni Association


Named, Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys

Human Resource Executive Magazine


Named, Management Labour and Employment

Who’s Who Legal

2010 and 2011

Named, 500 Leading Lawyers in America



Named, Top Labor and Employment Attorney

Los Angeles Daily Journal


Named, Top Labor and Employment Attorney

San Francisco Daily Journal


Named, 25 Most Powerful People in Staffing

Staffing Industry Review


News, Analysis & Press

Top Artificial Intelligence Lawyers of 2019

Daily Journal

June 26, 2019

Stay Competitive While Adopting Transformative Technologies

Today's General Counsel

December 27, 2018

AI’s Transformational Role in Making HR More Objective While Overcoming the Challenge of Illegal Algorithm Biases

RAIL: The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law

March 1, 2018

How to Manage Staffing & Morale During Robotics Adoption

Robotics Business Review

September 21, 2017

How Robots Are Transforming the Workplace


November 14, 2016

2016 Workforce/Workplace Forecast

Herman Trend Alert

January 15, 2016

Why Employers Need to Prepare for a New Age

Robotics Law Journal

November 1, 2015

Who Benefits From Culture of Long Work Hours

Bloomberg BNA Human Resources Report

September 7, 2015

The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

Littler Report

August 4, 2015

The singularity and employment

Inside Counsel

August 1, 2015

Love in the time of cubicles

The Washington Post

February 12, 2015

Martine Rothblatt Interview: Welcome to Cyberia

Talent Management

January 2, 2015

Innovators: Garry Mathiason, Littler Mendelson

The Recorder

December 8, 2014

Helping Hands?


October 15, 2014

The next frontier

Canadian Lawyer

September 29, 2014

What if Ray Rice worked in an average company?

The Washington Post

September 16, 2014

Are robots coming for your job?

The Washington Post

August 7, 2014

GCs face reality of new frontier challenges

Canadian Lawyer InHouse

June 23, 2014

Will Robotics and the Workplace Collide or Blend?

Robotics Business Review

June 9, 2014

Schools crack down on unpaid internships

The Washington Post

May 16, 2014

I’ll tell you my salary, if you’ll tell me yours

The Washington Post

April 9, 2014

Will robots spawn lawsuits? Legal expert says yes

Silicon Valley Business Journal

January 10, 2014

Robots steal jobs from humans, cause legal cyclone

San Francisco Business Times

December 5, 2013

Major Law Firm Debuts Robotics Practice Group

Robotics Business Review

November 13, 2013

What ENDA would mean for managers in the workplace

The Washington Post

November 6, 2013

2013 Roundtable Series – Labor & Employment

California Lawyer

October 1, 2013

Bring Your Gun to Work

The Federal Lawyer

June 1, 2013

Robots, the Workplace and the Law

Robotics Business Review

May 3, 2013

ERE Conference’s Final Day: Yes, the Robots Are Coming to a Workplace Near You


April 18, 2013

When maternity leave doesn’t mean ‘out of office’

The Washington Post

February 20, 2013

Firms seeing uptick in labor and employment work

Daily Journal

August 29, 2012

Littler Mendelson Names Phila. Lawyer As Co-President

The Legal Intelligencer

August 22, 2012

Roth named co-president of Littler Mendelson

San Diego Daily Transcript

August 20, 2012

The "Bring Your Own Device" to Work Movement

Littler Report

May 10, 2012

Labor lawyers brace for sweep of changes coming in new year

San Francisco Business Times

December 16, 2011

Surfing the Contingent Workforce Wave

Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal

February 24, 2011

Employment and Labour Law Trends in the U.S. and the Impact of a Global Economy

The International Comparative Legal Guide to Employment and Labour Law 2011

Global Leader Group

February 2011

Don't Tolerate a Bullying Manager

Bloomberg Businessweek

October 26, 2010

Avoiding Class-Actions and Winning in Court

Human Resource Executive Online

June 16, 2010

Temps Nation

California Lawyer

June 1, 2010

Shifting Gears

San Francisco Daily Journal

August 21, 2009

Future Work Force

Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal: Labor & Employment Supplement

July 15, 2009

Employment Law: The Shifting Legal Landscape

Human Resource Executive Online

November 19, 2008

Banning Bullies


July 1, 2008

Hooking Up at Work?


May 13, 2008

Employers Can't Ignore Workplace Bullies

Bloomberg Businessweek

May 7, 2008

Emerging Defense Might Help End Wage and Hour

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

April 11, 2008

The Best Defense

Human Resource Executive Online

March 2, 2008

Garry Mathiason Named Among Top 10 Employment Attorneys

Human Resource Executive Online

March 2, 2008

Take Care of Yourself (or Else)

Executive Counsel

March/April 2008

Bullies in the Workplace

Yahoo! Hotjobs

February 6, 2008

No Bullying Allowed

The Complete Lawyer

January 2008

Employment Law Roundtable

California Lawyer

August 2, 2007

Stamping Out Workplace Bullies

Workforce Management

July 17, 2007

Beware Of That Video Resume

Bloomberg Businessweek

June 11, 2007

Employers Pursue 'Not-So-Voluntary' Wellness Programs

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

April 17, 2007

An Ever-Changing Workforce Management Landscape

Workforce Management

February 13, 2007

Love contract? It's office policy

Los Angeles Times

February 13, 2007

I Can't Believe They Took The Whole Team

Bloomberg Businessweek

December 18, 2006

California Puts Career Plaintiff Out of Business


September 1, 2006

Standing Out The Bounds Of Whistleblowing

Compliance Week

August 1, 2006

You Are What You Post

Bloomberg Businessweek

March 27, 2006

Background Checks That Never End

Bloomberg Businessweek

March 20, 2006

Harassment training rules spur fight

Sacramento Business Journal

February 10, 2006

Giving Disclosures


February 1, 2006

Sexual harassment training becoming a lucrative business

San Francisco Chronicle

January 1, 2006

State to publish harassment guidelines

Central Valley Business Times

December 7, 2005

A Call to Strengthen Proposed NASBA Ethics Requirements--A Three-Step Formula

Compliance & Ethics

August 2005

Strategic Initiatives for the World at Work

Littler Report

April 1, 2005

How to Fire a CEO

Executive Counsel

Fall 2004

How to Hire a CEO

Executive Counsel

July 2004

Balancing Act: California’s Paid Family Leave Law Will Create Compliance Challenges

San Francisco Daily Journal

November 11, 2002

Arbitration in Employment Settings: Implications of Circuit City and Waffle House

Bench & Bar of Minnesota, Vol. 59, No. 6

July 2002

'Waffle House': Long View

National Law Journal

February 4, 2002

Layoff Landmines: Don’t Leave the Company Open to Suits by Ex-Employees

Legal Times

May 28, 2001

Arbitration Affray: Workers Say They Prefer ADR to Pricey Litigation in Court

San Francisco Daily Journal

April 30, 2001


Los Angeles Daily Journal

April 30, 2001

Weapons in the Workplace

SHRM Report

April 1, 1999

What’s In Your Head Can Hurt You

Fortune Magazine

July 20, 1998

The Emerging Law of Training

The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 45, No. 4

July 20, 1998

Employment Law—Compliance in the Age of Flat Triangle

The Recorder


The Electronic Workplace: Employment Law Issues Along the Information Superhighway

California Business Law Reporter

January 1995

Employment ADR: A Dispute Resolution Program for Corporate Employers

CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution


Arbitration Support Services: A New Role for CPAs In Employer-Employee Dispute Resolution

Education Division - California Society of Certified Public Accountants


Books & Book Chapters

  • Five Transformational Impacts of Robotics on Human Resources, the Workplace, and the Law, Recursos Humanos Y Globalizacion: Desafios Para Las Multinacionales En El Proximo Quinquenio, LA Ley Grupo Wolters Kluwer, Chapter co-author Miranda A. Mossavar, 2014
  • Developing and Implementing Effective Compliance Systems , Corporate Governance and Compliance Client Strategies, Aspatore Books, 2007, 7-26
  • Violence in the Workplace, Chapter 26, Employment Law Desk Book for Human Resources Professionals, Thomson West, 2004
  • Threat Assessment: A Risk Management Approach, The Haworth Press, Foreward, authors: Turner and Gelles, 2003
  • The National Employer, LexisNexis and Littler Mendelson, 1984-2012
  • Terror and Violence in the Workplace, 1st - 3rd Eds., 1994-1997
  • Legal and Liability Issues, Preventing Violence in the Workplace, author: Labig, Amacom, 1995, 61-81
  • The Public School Employer and Collective Bargaining: A Guide to the California Educational Employment Relations Act, The Labor Relations Press, 1977

Speaking Engagements

The Time Is Now to Plan for AI and Robotics to Improve Your Company's Hiring, Learning, Security, Productivity and Morale

2019 Executive Employer Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 9, 2019

Panel: Employer Use of Technology and Tracking Employees in the Workplace

ABA Employer Rights and Responsibilities Midwinter Meeting, Las Vegas, NV

March 22, 2019

Big Data Summit: What's the Deal with Using Data Analytics in Hiring, Workforce Management and Litigation?

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 10, 2017

Private Law and Public Law Answers to AI: A Discussion of Robotics and Regulation

We Robot 2017, Yale University, New Haven, CT

April 1, 2017

The Future Has Arrived: Integrating Transformative Technologies in the Workplace

Kelly Distinguished Lecture on Robots and Jobs, Georgia Institute of Technology

November 18, 2016

The Future Has Arrived: Integrating Transformative Technologies in the Workplace

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 4, 2016

Emerging Global Trends and their Impact on Canadian Corporate Counsel

June 19, 2014

The Future of the Workforce: How the Robotics Revolution will Shape the Employment and Labor Law Landscape

Washington, DC

February 12, 2014

The Workplace Revolution: Robotics, Compliance and the Law

San Francisco, CAWalnut Creek, CASan Jose, CA

October 25, 2013

The Robotics Revolution and Workplace Law Compliance Challenges

July 16, 2013

Advanced Workplace Robots and Implications for Recruitment Strategies

2013 Spring Recruiting Conference & Expo - ERE, San Diego, CA

April 17, 2013

Sustainable Innovations for a Changing Global Workforce

Global Employer Institute

Littler Mendelson, Washington D.C.

November 8, 2012

Keynote - Opening Session

Global Employer Institute

Littler Mendelson, Washington D.C.

November 2008 - November 2012

Business Or Pleasure: The Debate Over “Bring Your Own Device” Policies In The Workplace

2012 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 11, 2012

Keynote - Opening Session

2012 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 2002 - October 2012

Keynote Address

Class Action Summit

Littler Mendelson, CA

September 2008 - October 2012

Keynote - General Session

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, AZ

May 1984 - May 2012

2012 Northern California Employment Law Update

San Francisco, CA

February 29, 2012

AT&T v. Concepcion: What the Ruling Means to You

June 21, 2011

Legal Compass--Navigating the Changing Employment Law Landscape

Chief Legal Officer Roundtable - NAW Billion Dollar Company

April 27, 2011

A Guide to Combating Wage and Hour Liability

Littler Mendelson and Reid Bowman, ELT Inc.

March 24, 2011

Legal Update 2011

Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA)

January 11 and 20, 2011

Labor and Employment Law Roundtable

California Lawyer

2007 and 2011

The Emerging New Workforce: Employment and Labor Law Solutions for Contract Workers, Temporaries, and Flex Workers

Institute for Human Resources

December 1, 2010

Emerging New Workforce

Labor Day Forum, CW Professionals

September 16, 2010

Arbitration Agreements: Clause and Effect

August 27, 2010

Epidemic in the Courts: Steps to Avoid Wage-and-Hour Class-Action Lawsuits Webinar

Human Resource Executive

August 12, 2010

Garry Mathiason to Speak at the 2010 Staffing Industry Analysts: Contingent Workforce Risk Forum

San Francisco, CA

May 12, 2010

Legal Risks and Your Contingent Workforce

Contingent Workforce Risk Forum

May 11, 2010

Keynote: The Evolving Legal Environment for Contingent Work: What Every Contingent Workforce Program Manager MUST Know

2009 CWS Summit - Staffing Industry Analysts

November 3, 2009

Landmines, Trends and Tools

San Francisco, CA

October 15, 2009

Managing Employment Law Internationally

Kochhar & Co.

October 2009

10 Litigation Landmines Webinar

Workforce Management

August 18, 2009

The Critical New Issues in Litigating, Settling and Preventing Employment Law Class Actions (Conference Co-Chair)

Law Seminars International

July 27-28, 2009

Employment Class Actions: Innovative Strategies to Successfully Litigate Collective and Class Action Under Labor and Employment Laws

San Francisco, CA

July 27, 2009

Littler Report 2009


June 16, 2009

Workplace Violence Prevention During Troubled Economic Times

Secure 360

May 12-13, 2009

Emergency Planning & Preparation

SF Ready

April 8, 2009

Legal Ethics Training

Hewlett Packard

January 23, 2009

Legal Update 2009

Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA)

January 13, 2009

Global Labor Trends: Facing Recession, The New U.S. Government and the Rise of Unions

BASHAM (Ius Laboris)

December 3, 2008

Global Contingent Workforce Compliance: Making Your Program Work While Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls

Contingent Workforce Strategies Summit - Staffing Industry Analysts

October 29, 2008

Solving Tomorrow's Problems and Wellness Programs--Are they Legal?

Annual Conference - Michigan SHRM

October 16, 2008

Employment Law Update

Berman & Company

October 2, 2008

Impact of Technology on the Development of Labor and Employment Law in Canada

Heenan Blaikie, LLP

September 25, 2008

Bullying in the Workplace

UC Berkeley, School of Law

September 16, 2008

Preventing Violence in the Workplace and Law

Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP)

August 19-22, 2008

The Latest Trends in EEO Law: What’s Creating Risk in Your Workplace?

ELT, Inc. / Littler Mendelson

June 2008

Ending the Wage and Hour Class Wars: The Total Wage and Hour Compliance Initiative

Bay Area Human Resource Executives Council (BAHREC)

May 21, 2008

Wellness Programs

National Employment Law Institute (NELI)

May 8, 2008

Avoiding the Costly Wage-and-Hour Legal Nightmare Webinar

Human Resource Executive

April 22, 2008

Simple Steps to Business Continuity and Compliance Webinar

Simply Continuous

March 12, 2008

Immigration Issues in Acquisition Transactions

Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions Conference, ALI-ABA

February 28-29, 2008

Family Responsibilities Discrimination

Bar Association of San Francisco

February 22-24, 2008

Conducting Effective Internal Investigations and Managing the Whistleblower Threat in Your Firm

Bureau of National Affairs (BNA)

February 6, 2008

Wellness in Employment Law

5th Annual Client Conference - Workforce Logic

November 6-8, 2007

Private Sector Preparedness

Business Recovery Managers Association

August 30, 2007

Keynote—General Session

59th Annual Convention - Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators

July 17, 2007

Preventing Workplace Violence in 2007: Critical Lessons for Threat Assessment & Reduction

May 31, 2007

Retaliation—What the Supreme Court’s 2006 Decision Means to HR

Employee Relations Conference - Newspaper Association of America

April 18, 2007

Conducting an Investigation—What to do when the boss on the Board is implicated?

Leadership Council Summit - Open Compliance and Ethics Group

March 7-8, 2007

The New Legal Duty of Preparing for Disaster in the Workplace—from 9/11 to the Pandemic

First HR / Legal Pandemic Influenza Symposium - BARC

February 23, 2007

Garry Mathiason Presents Keynote Address at HR Week West

San Francisco, CA

February 21, 2007

Employment Law Developments and Trends

Northern California Human Resources Association

January 9, 2007

National Leaves of Absence and Leaves Under CA Law

Institute for Corporate Counsel

December 5, 2006

Law, Ethics and Governance: Issues of Integrity and Liability

Co-presenter: Marcia Narine, Corporate Security, Business Continuity and Crisis Management Conference

October 30—November 1, 2006

Employment Compliance 360 Degrees

Open Compliance and Ethics Group

September 29-30, 2006

Legal and Regulatory Standards For Business Continuity Plans

Business Recovery Managers Association

September 28, 2006

Achieving Employment Compliance: Essential Metrics for a New Age of Legal Compliance and Ethics Management

May 11, 2006

Corporate Crime and Corruption: Influencing Integrity Compliance

New York, NY

November 17, 2005

The New Language of HR Compliance—The Integration of Labor and Employment Compliance with Corporate Compliance

Society of Human Resources Management

November 8, 2005

Workplace Violence Prevention

U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigations and Dallas Police Department

Summer 2005

Contingent Workforce Risk Management Strategies

Executive Briefing - ABE Services, LLC.

November 13, 2003

204 Class Actions: Thirty Developments in 90 Minutes

National Meeting - American Corporate Counsel Association

October 8, 2003

Class Action Employment Law Litigation

Fulcrum Class Action Litigation Summits


Decoding the Eleven Employment Law Trends of the First Decade

Annual Meeting - Society of Human Resources Management

June 26, 2001

Workforce Transition: Ten Legal Landmines Surrounding Layoffs

Deloitte & Touche

May 24, 2001

The Impact of Circuit City on Arbitration Agreements

National Academy of Arbitrators

May 17, 2001

Rethinking your Business: Law Practice Redefined

Glasser Legal Works

April 30, 2001


  • J.D., Stanford University, 1971Law Review Board of Editors
  • B.S., Northwestern University, School of Communication, 1968Clarion DeWitt Hardy Scholar

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California