Robert A.Naeve (Bob)

Of Counsel

Irvine + 1.949.553.7507

With 40 years of experience, Bob Naeve is nationally recognized in class action litigation, counseling, and structured negotiations arising under federal and state disability antidiscrimination laws.

Bob has counseled and represented public and private clients regarding discrimination and access claims arising under Titles I, II, and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act; sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act; section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act; and numerous other federal and state disability access and antidiscrimination laws. He has served as lead trial lawyer in class actions alleging the inaccessibility of retail stores, websites, apps, kiosks, courthouses, travel plazas, and other public and private programs and services. He also has a significant structured negotiations practice, helping clients resolve claims of systemic discrimination asserted by civil rights organizations.

Bob also defends state court systems in constitutional law litigation arising under federal and state free speech, due process, equal protection, privacy, and related provisions.

In addition, Bob has a varied employment law practice, representing employers in unfair competition, trade secrets, noncompetition, and employee mobility litigation. He has defended innumerable wage and hour class actions and single plaintiff employment-related claims.

Bob is a published author and regular contributor to national publications devoted to disability and employment laws. He also conducts seminars, webinars, and in-house training sessions on these topics.

Bob is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the American, California, and Orange County Bar Associations.


  • Cortec Group acquires Enthusiast Auto HoldingsJones Day advised the Cortec Group in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Ohio-based Enthusiast Auto Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, an e-commerce distributor of automobile aftermarket and performance parts, including for Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, and Volkswagen.
  • Audit committee conducts independent investigation of allegations of financial and personal misconduct of CEO of American ApparelJones Day conducted, on behalf of the independent directors of American Apparel, an investigation of alleged misconduct and possible Sarbanes Oxley violations by the former CEO, resulting in his termination for non-suitability.
  • Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn successfully defend against Title III Accessibility class actionsJones Day defended Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn against two separate class action lawsuits arising under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Tech company resolves DOL auditJones Day represented a tech company with multi-state operations with respect to an audit of the Company's compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as well as with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), being conducted by the United States Department of Labor (DOL).
  • Verizon California defeats class certification in California wage and hour class actionJones Day represented Verizon California in a wage and hour class action in which the plaintiff alleged that he was misclassified as exempt from California overtime requirements and sought to certify a class of Verizon California's first level FiOS supervisors on the basis of his California Labor Code and California Business & Professional Code claims under Fed. R. Civ. P. 23.
  • Godiva negotiates settlement in series of wage and hour class actionsJones Day represents Godiva Chocolatier, Inc. in separate wage and hour class actions that challenge virtually every aspect of the Company’s wage and hour practices in California and involve every current and former exempt and non-exempt employee who worked at any Godiva retail outlet since 2005.
  • Publicly-traded retailer settles class actionJones Day represented a publicly-traded retailer in a class action in California, involving the alleged failure to provide meal and rest breaks to hourly employees, and the alleged failure to pay employees for all working hours.
  • South Coast Repertory, one of the primary not-for-profit performing arts centers in Orange County, California receives corporate and employment adviceAttorneys from Jones Day Irvine (and Los Angeles) provide ongoing corporate and employment advice for South Coast Repertory, one of the primary not-for-profit performing arts centers in Orange County, California.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • January 22, 2019
      Labor & Employment Case and Statutory Update 2019, Jones Day MCLE University
    • May 17, 2016
      Title III of the ADA, the Internet, and New Technology
    • January 27, 2016
      2016 The Constantly Evolving Landscape: Employment Law in California, Jones Day University
    • October 14, 2010
      2010 California Labor & Employment Law Briefing
    • October 8, 2009
      Wage and Hour Litigation and Developments: Recent Trends, New Types of Cases, and What to Expect in 2009, Jones Day 2009 California Labor & Employment Law Briefing
    • January 29, 2009
      Access in California -- the New Frontier/Public Accommodation Law in California, Jones Day 2009 MCLE University
    • September 18, 2008
      Jones Day 2008 California Labor & Employment Law Briefing