Overview

Mark W. Robbins has been exclusively engaged in the practice of labor and employment law since 1976. He has extensive experience in:

  • Union organizing and corporate campaigns
  • Collective bargaining
  • Strikes and picketing
  • Arbitrations
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Layoff and restructuring analysis
  • Business restructuring, including WARN and OWBPA compliance
  • Wrongful discharge litigation
  • Employment discrimination and retaliation
  • Workplace harassment
  • Leaves of absence and reasonable accommodation
  • Development and review of employee handbooks and personnel policies
  • Wage and hour matters
  • Performance management and termination advice

He regularly appears in federal and state courts and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement. He has specific knowledge of the following statutes:

  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Title VII
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The WARN Act
  • The OWBPA
  • The California Fair Employment and Housing Act
  • State WARN acts
  • The California Labor Code
  • City and County Living Wage Ordinances

Among his notable successes, Mark successfully defended a supermarket client against a lawsuit filed by employees arising out of the closure of its central baking plant where significant financial demands were at stake.  

Additionally, Mark is an experienced speaker who has participated in panel discussions and lectured before business groups and associations.

Mark represents both for-profit and non-profit employers in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Health care, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and community health centers
  • Media
  • Entertainment
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Warehouse and distribution
  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Financial services
  • Legal services
  • Social services
  • Temporary staffing services
  • Insurance
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Petrochemical
  • Security
  • Airlines
  • Government contractors
  • Supermarkets
  • Wholesale food and produce suppliers

Mark is a core member of Littler Mendelson's Traditional Labor Law Practice Group. He previously served on the firm's Finance Committee.

Before joining Littler, Mark was a trial attorney for six and a half years with the National Labor Relations Board in its Cincinnati and two Los Angeles regional offices where he prosecuted approximately 25 administrative trials and federal court injunction proceedings and investigated hundreds of NLRA cases. He also served for many years as labor counsel to the California Association of Health Facilities.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment and Litigation Section

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment and Litigation Section

Beverly Hills Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment and Litigation Section

American Bar Association

Recognition

Named, Top 100 Labor Attorneys in the United States

Labor Relations Institute

2006-2009

Named, Super Lawyer

Southern California

Super Lawyers

Speaking Engagements

2014 Employer Labor Union

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CAIrvine, CA

March 18, 2014

2014 Employer Labor Union

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CAIrvine, CA

February 25, 2014

2014 Employer Labor Union

Irvine, CALos Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

January 28, 2014

Education

  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 1976cum laude
  • B.A., University of Rochester, 1973With Distinction

Bar Admission

California
District of Columbia
Massachusetts