John Rubiner

John Rubiner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
 | 550 South Hope Street, Suite 2200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2631
Phone: 213.615.7060
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (70%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    John K. Rubiner is a partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary's Los Angeles office and is Chair of the firm’s Southern California Employment Team which consists of over a dozen employment attorneys. He is a highly experienced trial attorney who has tried to verdict a wide array of jury, bench and arbitration matters. His experience also includes five years Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles.

    Mr. Rubiner has defended employers in virtually every type of employment case in his nearly 25 years of private practice. He has handled hundreds of discrimination, wage and hour, and harassment cases ranging from single plaintiffs to class action cases involving thousands of class members. He also regularly handles ADA accessibility suits, and Fair Housing Act claims.

    Mr. Rubiner has significant experience in claims involving trade secrets and confidential information. As an experienced trial attorney, he also has handled numerous business litigation cases involving directors and officers of public, private and non profit entities, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty, FDCPA TCPA case whistle-blower claims, and various other business tort claims. Mr. Rubiner also represents property owners, landlords, HOAs and community associations in a variety of contract matters, governance disputes, and real property cases.

    In addition, Mr. Rubiner defends professional liability claims, including professional negligence cases and errors and omissions claims against lawyers, insurance agents, real estate agents and other professional service providers. 

    Mr. Rubiner is an active participant in civic and bar activities. His service includes president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association – a full-service bar representing over 6,000 lawyers. He also previously served on the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. 

    About John Rubiner

    Admitted: 1991, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.fmglaw.com/attorney_bio.php

    Honors/Awards:

    • Martindale-Hubbell – AV Rated (2000 to the present); Southern California Super Lawyer (2014 – present); Executive Director’s Award, Beverly Hills Bar Association (2003); Barrister of the Year Award, Beverly Hills Bar Association (1998); Special Achievement Award United States Dept. of Justice (1996, 1997); Public Counsel, Super Volunteer Award (1995)

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Admitted to the California, Illinois and Wisconsin Bars; U.S. Supreme Court Bar; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Bar; United States District Courts for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California and Northern District of Illinois

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Executive Council -- National Council of Bar Presidents; Past President - Beverly Hills Bar Association;  Former Chair -- State Bar of California, Federal Courts Committee Former President -- Beverly Hills Bar Association Barrister; Former Governor -- Los Angeles County Bar Association Board of Governors; ABA Labor and Employment Section, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Technology Subcommittee; Committee Member -- National Conference of Bar Presidents

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Edelson and Kay, eds., Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California (State Bar of California 2014 Ed.) (Co-Author of Chapters 13-16, re criminal liability for trade secret theft); Access Denied, Los Angeles Lawyer, February 2006 (Co-Author);  Access Denied, Using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to Restrict Employee Mobility, The Computer & Internet Lawyer, June 2006 (Co-Author); Using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in Employment Cases, California Labor and Employment Law Review, March 2007 (Co-Author); Edelson and Kay, eds., Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California (State Bar of California 2009 and 2011 Supplement) (Co-Author of Chapters 13-15, re criminal liability for trade secret theft); Co-Author, Chapter 6: General Evidentiary Issues for Workplace-Related ESI, Workplace Data Law and Litigation (Bloomberg BNA 2013); Book Review, 8 UCLA J.Envtl. L. & Pol’y. 119 (1988) 
    • Employment Law Update, Association of California Health Districts, Webinar, May 2019; Update in Employment and Immigration Law, Video Games Bar Association Los Angeles Summit, May 2017 (co-presenter on employment); Litigation Holds in Employment Lawsuits: Creating an Early and Effective Plan for Collecting and Preserving ESI, Stafford, Webinar, April 2016; National Conference of Bar Presidents Midyear Meeting, Member Mobilization: Engagement Strategies for Your Bar, February 2016; American Bar Assn., Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, Get It In, Keep it Out — ESI in Evidence: You Have Collected It — Now How Do You Use It, March 2014; Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, ESI Miami (Moderator – electronic discovery issues) American Bar Assn., Section of Labor and Employment Law, March 2012; Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, Emerging Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Media, American Bar Assn., Section of Labor and Employment Law, March 2011; The Times They Are E-Changing: How California’s new e-discovery rules will dramatically alter the litigation landscape, Beverly Hills Bar Association, October 2009; Second Annual CLE Conference, E-Discovery, What’s Practical for Employers and Employees, American Bar Assn., Section of Labor and Employment Law, September 2008

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Executive Director’s Award 2003; Beverly Hills Bar Association; Lawrence Blake (Barrister of the Year) Award 1998; Beverly Hills Bar Association   Special Achievement Award 1996, 1997; United States Department of Justice Super Volunteer Award 1995

    Educational Background:

    • B.S. Finance (with High Honors), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1987

    Industry Groups

    • Beverly Hills Bar Association
    • Past President; Executive Council National Conference Of Bar Presidents
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    Office Location for John Rubiner

    550 South Hope Street
    Suite 2200
    Los Angeles, CA 90071-2631

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