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Rick Bergstrom
Partner

Contact

(T) +1.858.314.1118
(F) +1.844.345.3178

Education

  • Pepperdine University (J.D. 1993); California Polytechnic State University (B.S. 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • California

Rick Bergstrom has been recognized by corporate counsel across the United States among an elite group of standout attorneys as a BTI Client Service All-Star. This award is based solely on recognition by corporate counsel for delivery of client service exceeding all others.

Rick has been praised for his creative and strategic thinking and business-minded approach to problem-solving and litigation. He has successfully represented clients in representative actions under the California Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), class actions, and individual lawsuits involving claims for overtime, misclassification, pay equity, failure to provide meal and rest periods, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, fraud, and defamation.

After defeating two motions for class certification, Rick recently prevailed on an evidentiary motion to strike the remaining PAGA claims on manageability and judicial estoppel grounds. The ruling was affirmed on appeal and was the first PAGA motion to strike affirmed by a California court of appeal in this context. Rick has litigated and is currently litigating several PAGA only actions involving a variety of claims under the California Labor Code.

Rick also testified before Congress concerning the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos. He lectures to management groups and conducts workshops for corporate counsel regarding compliance with California and federal laws. He also develops, reviews, and implements personnel policies for local, national, and international companies.


Honors & Distinctions

  • 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star

    Consistently recommended by Chambers USA, Legal 500, PLC Which lawyer?, and Best Lawyers

    In Chambers clients say he's "terrific" and "able to bring home the results that we expect and has proven that he doesn't shy away from high-stakes litigation, keeping clients as his focal point"
Rick Bergstrom