Overview

Rick Reyes focuses his practice solely on management-side employment litigation and advice and counseling.

He has experience in all aspects of litigation, from pre-litigation negotiations to the early stages of litigation (including risk and liability assessments and drafting dispositive motions), discovery, trial, and appellate work. 

Rick has successfully represented small, medium, and large employers in claims relating to:

  • Single-plaintiff and representative actions (including class actions and PAGA cases) alleging wage and hour violations under the California Labor Code and state regulations
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under state and federal law
  • Workplace health and safety violations

Additionally, Rick advises and counsels employers on numerous labor and employment issues to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Similarly, he assists and guides clients on best practices relating to human resources, including onboarding and hiring, employee discipline, and termination (including mass layoffs, furloughs, etc.). Rick has also assisted clients with transactional work including developing employee handbooks, executive compensation agreements, severance agreements, and other employment-type policies, such as reimbursement policies, and meal and rest period policies, to meet the needs of each specific client and industry.

In law school, Rick served as the chief managing editor of the UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law and the co-chair of UCLA’s Latinx Law Students Association. He also interned for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and served as a summer law clerk at a boutique employment defense firm where he gained invaluable experience in servicing clients in the hospitality industry.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Hispanic National Bar Association

2017-present

Member

Mexican American Bar Association

2017-present

Academy Fellow

National Employment Law Council

2021 and 2022

Recognition

Named, Up and Coming 100: Rising Stars

Southern California

Super Lawyers

2022

Recipient, Mexican American Bar Foundation Endowment Fund Scholarship

Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF)

2018

News, Analysis & Press

Transgender Individuals in the Workplace: An Overview of Employers’ Scope of Obligations in California

The National Law Review

March 18, 2019

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2019
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2013magna cum laude

Languages

  • Spanish

Bar Admission

California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California