Expertise

Ronald D. Arena is an experienced litigator who has been representing employers in a wide range of employment matters in California and New York for nearly twenty years. He has represented employers in federal and state courts around the country in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, disability, trade secret, and unfair competition litigation. In addition, Mr. Arena has advised employers on a broad spectrum of employment issues, including disability and other protected leaves of absence, terminations, employment policies and procedures, wage and hour compliance, protection of trade secrets, litigation avoidance, layoffs, and administrative proceedings. Mr. Arena has spoken on a variety of employment related topics, including workplace privacy, harassment investigations, workplace violence, deposition techniques, trial strategies, and electronic discovery. Mr. Arena has also published articles on employment-related topics, including mandatory arbitration agreements, and credit reporting legislation.

Professional and Educational Background

Mr. Arena received his J.D. from Cornell University in 1997 and began his career as a management-side employment attorney in New York City. In 2001, Mr. Arena relocated to San Francisco, California, where he has continued practicing management-side employment law. Mr. Arena received his undergraduate degree in English Literature, cum laude, from Columbia University in 1994. Mr. Arena resides in San Francisco with his wife and four children.

Admissions and Professional Associations

California State Bar, admitted 2001
New York State Bar, 1997-2001
All U.S. District Courts of California
American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
California State Bar, Labor & Employment Section
San Francisco Bar Association

Recent Cases

Obtained order compelling arbitration of individual claims and staying claims for PAGA penalties in wage and hour case brought against national real estate brokerage. Los Angeles County Sup. Ct. (2016)

Obtained order compelling arbitration in coordinated putative class actions brought against a national real estate brokerage. 14-CV-05229-TEH; 14-CV-05234-THE (N.D. Cal., 2015)

Successfully opposed motion for class certification brought under California law in a case brought by a putative class of current and former employee real estate agents in California against a national real estate brokerage. 13-CV-03698 PSG (MRWx) (C.D. Cal., 2015)

Successfully opposed motion for class certification brought under the FLSA in a case brought by a putative nation-wide class of current and former employee real estate agents against a national real estate brokerage. 13-CV-03664-PSG (MRWx) (C.D. Cal., 2015)

Jury trial in retaliation action. Jury awarded the plaintiff $20,640 in lost income and $0 in emotional distress damages. San Diego Sup. Ct. (2015)

Obtained summary judgment on whistleblower claim brought against a national retail bank. Shasta County Sup. Ct. (2014)

Obtained summary judgment in whistleblower and unpaid overtime case brought against a national retail bank. San Joaquin County Sup. Ct. (2014)

Unanimous jury verdict for employer in action alleging sex harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation. Tulare County Sup. Ct. (2014)

Obtained summary judgment on race discrimination and retaliation complaint against national retailer. Orange County Sup. Ct. (2012)

Obtained dismissal of key causes of action in disability discrimination and wrongful death lawsuit. 10-CV-02761-JAM-CMK (N.D. Cal., 2011)

Convinced Plaintiff’s counsel to withdraw pregnancy discrimination lawsuit following deposition of Plaintiff. Santa Clara County Sup. Ct. (2011)