R. Brian Dixon provides employers with a full range of counsel and legal representation with particular expertise in all aspects of employee compensation, including:

  • Minimum wage
  • Prevailing wage
  • Overtime compensation obligations
  • Incentive compensation plans

He represents employers before state and federal courts and in compensation disputes and audits involving the Department of Labor, California's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and the enforcement agencies of other states and private plaintiffs. He has specific experience with:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Immigration Reform and Control Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Service Contract Act
  • The Davis-Bacon Act
  • The Wage Orders of California's Industrial Welfare Commission
  • The California Labor Code and other state labor codes
  • State case laws concerning commission and bonus plans
  • State discrimination laws

His practice also includes the resolution of:

  • Wrongful termination issues
  • Equal employment opportunity matters
  • Labor relations concerns
  • Individual employee disciplinary concerns
  • Class action charges involving the classification of employees as overtime exempt
  • Civil penalties under the Private Attorney General Act

Brian works with a broad range of clients, including:

  • Technology companies
  • Hospitals
  • Financial institutions
  • Non-profit foundations
  • Engineering companies
  • Construction companies

Brian has been a shareholder in the Littler Mendelson San Francisco office since 1984 and previously served as the co-chair of the Wage and Hour Practice Group. He has authored compensation guides for many industry associations including the California Trucking Association, the California Association of Children’s Homes, the California Hotel and Motel Association and the Outdoor Amusement Business Association.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Former Member

Wage Board for the Public Housekeeping Industry

California's Industrial Welfare Commission


Named, The Best Lawyers in America®


News, Analysis & Press

Employers Brace for New Overtime Rules

The Recorder

May 17, 2016

The Future of the Minimum Wage – 2015 and Beyond

Today’s General Counsel

November 18, 2014

Questions remain about new labor law

Daily Journal

October 9, 2014

Take Your Vacation. Please.

Corporate Counsel


February 2010

California's Final Wage Payment Rules Require Special Attention

Legal Report

Society for Human Resource Management

April 2009

Interns: Employees or Not

California Lawyer

The State Bar of California

August 1, 2008

Books & Book Chapters

  • The Wage and Hour Answer Book, Littler Mendelson Wage and Hour National Practice Group, Aspen, general editor, 2011
  • "Compensable Work Time and Regulation of Work Time," California Wage and Hour Law and Litigation, California Continuing Education of the Bar, chapter author, 2010
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act, American Bar Association Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee and Section of Labor and Employment Law, BNA, 2005
  • Wage and Hour Laws, A State-by-State Survey, American Bar Association Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, BNA, contributing author, 2004

Speaking Engagements

2020 Virtual California Employer

November 19, 2020

Timely Talk About Wage and Hour Law: 'Tis the Season for Updating Incentive Plans

December 11, 2018

Commission Plans

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 2018

The 2018 Wage and Hour Update: Employers Must Brave the Thicket of Complex Laws

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

Timely Talk About Wage and Hour Law: Sales-Based Incentives (aka Commissions)

October 12, 2017

Wage and Hour Update: Retrenching on the Federal Level and Continued Activism on the Local Level

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017

The Limits of Work Time: What is Compensable Time?

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 5, 2016

State-by-State Wage and Hour Headaches: What Every Multistate Employer Needs to Know

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 5, 2016

Federal and State Initiatives, Audits, Litigation and Settlements: Preparing For and Responding to New Priorities, Enhanced Enforcement Efforts, and Aggressive Investigations by the U.S. DOL and State Equivalents

Los Angeles, CA

September 29, 2014

Employment Law Developments for 2014: What's New and What's Changed in the New Year?

January 9, 2014

How to Keep the DOL From Being a Frequent Guest at Your Hotel: Wage and Hour Solutions for Bay Area Hotels

San Francisco, CA

June 6, 2013

Problems and Solutions in Identifying and Recording Work Time

June 5, 2013

Navigating Wage and Hour Audits by Today's Empowered Department of Labor

March 21, 2013

Converting Good Intentions into Compliance: Effective Pay Practices

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

Wage and Hour Brinker- New Free Lunch

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

Preparing for Brinker - Healthcare Industry

February 8, 2012

Preparing for Brinker - Hospitality Industry

February 8, 2012

Northern California Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - San Francisco, CA

October 1, 2010

2010 Employment Law Update

March 25, 2010

Kenneth Cole Postmortem: 5 Steps to Putting Meal & Rest Break Liability Behind You

May 22, 2007


  • J.D., Stanford University, 1977
  • B.A., University of Rochester, 1973

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California