Overview

Robert W. Conti represents both private and public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including the litigation of bench and jury trials in both federal and California state courts and before various administrative agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board, the California Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement and the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He has specific knowledge of claims arising under:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Fair Employment and Housing Act
  • The California Workers' Compensation Act
  • The California and federal family leave Acts

In his traditional labor law practice, Robert assists clients with collective bargaining negotiations, representation campaigns and hearings, and alternative dispute resolution. He also has handled airline pilot arbitrations.

On a daily basis, he also provides advice to clients on wage and hour issues, reasonable accommodation concerns, and the documentation, discipline, and discharge of employees.

His interest in labor and employment law began when he was working at a television station in Los Angeles, where he organized a unit in the newsroom and bargained for both the local contract and the union national contract.

A regular lecturer for various educational groups, Robert also provides training in sexual harassment prevention and other topics to a variety of employers, which includes:

  • Private and public colleges and universities
  • Local and national private employers
  • School districts

In addition to his labor and employment practice, Robert also defends businesses in public access cases, including physical barrier and website accessibility, brought under Title III of the ADA and the California Unruh Act.  

During law school, Robert clerked for the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and for a union-side law firm. After graduating, he started working for a national management-side labor and employment firm and then worked in the labor and employment departments of a national entertainment law firm.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors

Orange County Lavender Bar Association

Recognition

Nominee, Local EMMY Awards

Recipient, Best Feature Reporting

Los Angeles Press Club

Named, Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers

2008-2010

Speaking Engagements

LGBT Global Mobility

California HR Conference 2018

August 2018

What Managers Can Do to Mitigate Litigation Risk (and What You Can Do to Help Them)

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 2018
Southern California Legal Update - Long Beach

Irvine, CA

January 23, 2018

A Corporate Balancing Act: Business Need vs. Legal Risk

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 12, 2017
Southern California Breakfast Briefing - Long Beach

Irvine, CA

October 13, 2016

The Employee from Hell: HR Quiz Show

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 6, 2016
New Employment and Labor Laws for 2016 - Long Beach

Irvine, CA

February 2, 2016
Horses, Tattoos and Guns… Accommodation Issues and Solutions for Today’s Workplace

Irvine, CALos Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

July 31, 2013

Employment Law Update

Joint Winter Meeting - SoCal CUPA-HR and Southern California HERC, Costa Mesa, CA

February 1, 2013

Out & About: LGBT Issues and the Globally Mobile Workforce

Global Employer Institute

Littler Mendelson, Washington D.C.

November 9, 2012

Defusing the Potential Explosion: Practical Approaches to Disarming Employment Law Time-Bombs in Your Workplace

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

Defusing the Potential Explosion: Practical Approaches to Disarming Employment Law Time Bombs in Your Workplace

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

Education

  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • B.S., University of Southern California

Bar Admission

California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida