With a varied local and national practice, Jonathon “Jon” Watson represents businesses ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies with one focus: constantly serving as a solutions-oriented business partner.
Jon understands that preventive risk management can help avoid costly litigation and strives to help clients develop comprehensive risk management strategies. To do so, Jon immerses himself in his clients’ businesses so that he can best advise on practices that minimize exposure.
When a claim is filed, Jon’s experience in complex matters makes him a trusted partner. From single-plaintiff and multiparty discrimination cases to nationwide class and collective actions alleging state wage and hour and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations, Jon works hard to understand the unique circumstances of each matter and how they impact his clients’ businesses. With a clear understanding of the business implications, Jon works collaboratively with clients to develop a strong defense strategy to drive the case from start to finish.
Jon’s labor and employment practice is soup to nuts. It includes defending employers in matters involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and other Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) statutes, as well as state wage and hour laws and the FLSA. Jon also litigates labor disputes under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA), and he arbitrates disputes arising out of collective bargaining agreements. A thought leader in the field, Jon is a chapter editor of the American Bar Association’s “Fair Labor Standards Act” publication, and he frequently speaks on new developments in federal and state employment law.
For years, Jon has represented and advised clients on labor and employment matters implicating California law. Jon has worked closely with local counsel in California and through pro hac vice admission to defend clients against unfair practices, wage and hour, discrimination, and similar claims. Upon admission to the California bar, Jon looks forward to continuing and expanding his active practice in California.