Steven M.Zadravecz (Steve)

Partner

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Steven Zadravecz has more than 20 years of experience representing employers in high-stakes, complex litigation matters. He concentrates on cases involving trade secret misappropriation, employee raiding, noncompetition agreements, and breach of duty. Steve also has been lead counsel in more than 30 high-profile California wage and hour class actions and has an active practice defending employers in state and federal discrimination, retaliation, and harassment matters, with a particular focus on disability discrimination and accommodation actions.

Steve is an accomplished trial lawyer who has prevailed in multiple jury trials. Most recently, he obtained a multimillion dollar verdict for an employer in a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit and secured a defense verdict for an employer in a discrimination/harassment lawsuit. Steve has significant class action experience in the wage and hour context, and his class action engagements include matters involving claims of meal and rest breaks violations, failure to pay overtime, employee misclassification, and improper calculation of the regular rate of pay. In a recent case, Steve defeated potential wage and hour class claims by successfully compelling a case into arbitration on an individual, nonclass basis. He also successfully defended the enforceability of an employer's arbitration agreement before the California Court of Appeal.

Steve counsels regional and national companies in the areas of unfair competition, privacy, wage and hour, and accommodating disabilities and leaves of absence. He lectures to employers and management groups, including the National Employment Law Institute, and conducts in-house workshops.

Experience

  • Applied Medical Resources obtains favorable jury verdict following trialJones Day successfully defended Applied Medical Resources Corporation against a lawsuit brought by a former employee who asserted claims for, among other things, disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, failure to prevent discrimination, and wrongful discharge in violation of public policy.
  • Distribution International and E.J. Bartells obtain complete victory in trade secrets misappropriation actionJones Day clients Distribution International Southwest, LLC and Rhem, LLC, d/b/a E.J. Bartells, two large commercial insulation distributors, obtained a unanimous, favorable jury verdict following a trial in the District Court of Denver, Colorado.
  • Global chemical company protects trade secrets, obtains restraining order against former employeeJones Day assisted a global chemical company in pursuing claims of trade secret misappropriation against a former employee when the company discovered the employee had been systematically downloading decades of its trade secrets and confidential information.
  • Applied Medical forecloses class claims in putative wage and hour class actionOn June 2, 2017, Jones Day obtained a significant victory for client Applied Medical Resources Corporation in a putative wage and hour class action, prevailing on a motion to compel individual, non-class/non-representative arbitration.
  • Applied Medical obtains $33 million judgment in cross-border business disputeAfter nearly three years of protracted litigation, Jones Day client Applied Medical Distribution Corporation obtained a damages award and judgment exceeding $33 million against a South Korean corporation, Ah Sung International, Inc., and its President/majority shareholder, and senior director.
  • 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.
  • Payment processing company pursues trade secret cases against former sales representativesJones Day is representing a payment processing company that is prosecuting unfair competition and trade secret-type claims against former sales agents who used confidential pricing and customer information to lure away its customers on behalf of a competitor while still contracted with our client.
  • Applied Medical Resources' arbitration agreement enforceability affirmed on appealJones Day obtained a significant victory for client Applied Medical Resources Corporation ("AMRC") in a putative wage and hour class arbitration alleging claims for violation of California's Labor Code, obtaining a published opinion confirming the enforceability of an arbitration agreement between Applied Medical and the plaintiff, an AMRC employee.
  • Verizon obtains summary judgment in employment discrimination caseJones Day successfully defended Verizon California, Inc. and several individual defendants against claims of disability and race discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, failure to prevent discrimination, failure to accommodate, and failure to engage in the interactive process.
  • Applied Medical Resources obtains dismissal of discrimination actionApplied Medical Resources Corporation retained Jones Day to defend the company against a former employee's claim that he was terminated based on his age and in retaliation for lodging various complaints.
  • Glidewell obtains TRO to protect trade secretsJones Day represented James R. Glidewell, Dental Ceramics, Inc., a leading developer of innovative products for the dental industry, after two high-ranking research and development employees left and started a competing business.
  • Applied Medical Resources obtains dismissal of class and individual wage hour claimsJones Day represented Applied Medical Resources Corporation in a putative class action complaint alleging various statutory claims for violation of California's Labor Code, California's Private Attorney General Act, and California's Unfair Competition Law based on the claim that the Company failed to provide him and similarly-situated employees meal and rest breaks and failed to pay required overtime wages.
  • Walgreens successfully enjoins state court suitable seating PAGA representative actionOn June 22, 2017, Jones Day obtained a significant victory for its client, Walgreen Co., in a state court suitable seating PAGA representative action, prevailing on a motion to enjoin the entire action, and to enforce a settlement agreement against the named plaintiff.
  • Micron Technology defeats putative wage and hour class action and claims under the Private Attorney General Act filed on behalf of all California engineersJones Day represented Micron Technology, Inc. in a putative class action brought on behalf of all individuals performing engineering services in California.
  • 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.
  • PC Mall achieves settlement in related wage and hour class actionsJones Day represented PC Mall, Inc. in a pair of related putative class actions brought against its subsidiary PC Mall Gov, Inc., and a division of PC Mall, known as MacMall.
  • Applied Medical Distribution obtains defense verdict in case brought by former employee asserting multiple employment claimsApplied Medical retained Jones Day to defend the company in an action brought by a former employee alleging, among other things, sex and age discrimination, sex harassment, and retaliation.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • January 31, 2019
      Challenges Employers Face in 2019 -- Case and Statutory Update; Jones Day University
    • November 15, 2018
      Class Action and Litigation Trends: A 2018 Review, Jones Day CLE at Hyundai Motor America
    • June 27, 2018
      Independent Contractor Classifications in California After Dynamex
    • March 23, 2018
      Keynote speaker on trends in California Employment Law at annual conference for Southern California Association of Law Libraries
    • January 23, 2018
      Labor & Employment Case and Statutory Update 2019, Jones Day MCLE University
    • July 12, 2017
      National Employment Law Institute – The California Family Rights Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act
    • January 25, 2017
      2017 Legislative and Employment Law Update: What the Future Holds for California, Jones Day University
    • November 2, 2016
      Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses – Legal Clinic: Human Resources & Employment Matters
    • January 27, 2016
      2016 The Constantly Evolving Landscape: Employment Law in California, Jones Day University
    • January 19, 2016
      Orange County Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section – The Contingent Workforce
    • January 13, 2016
      California Grocers Association – The Effect of the New California Grocery Worker Retention Law
    • November 5, 2015
      California Grocers Association – Update on California Wage and Hour Developments, Including Recently Enacted Legislation
    • June 12 & June 19, 2015
      California Employment Law Council’s Annual Educational Program – The Contingent Work Force: Pitfalls and Perils
    • November 12, 2014
      Update on California Wage & Hour Developments, Including Recently Enacted and Pending Legislation
    • June 11, 2013
      Trade Secrets and Employee Mobility - Protecting Your Company's Proprietary Information
    • 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
    • October 21, 2008
      Wage and Hour Law and Developments in California, California Employment Advisory Counsel
    • September 18, 2008
      Jones Day 2008 California Labor & Employment Law Briefing
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