John Rubiner

Partner / LOS ANGELES,

Area of Specialization

  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation and Trial

Bar Admissions

  • llinois, 1990
  • Wisconsin, 1991
  • California, 1991
  • Numerous federal district courts, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of California at Los Angeles, J.D., 1990
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S. with high honors, Finance, 1987


  • Co-Author, Chapter 6: General Evidentiary Issues for Workplace-Related ESI, Workplace Data Law and Litigation (Bloomberg BNA 2013)
  • Edelson and Kay, eds., Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California (State Bar of California 2009 and 2011 update) (Co-Author of Chapters 13-16, re criminal liability for trade secret theft), 2014 Edition
  • 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)
  • Book Review, 8 UCLA J.Envtl. L. & Pol’y. 119, 1988

Speaking Engagements

  • Update in Employment and Immigration Law, Video Games Bar Association 2017 Summit, May 2017
  • 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
  • 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, American Bar Assn., Section of Labor and Employment Law, 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
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, Litigation Skills for Employment Lawyers (Moderator and Coordinator, American Bar Assn., Section of Labor and Employment Law, April 2008

Notable Accomplishments

  • Named a “Southern California Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine, 2014 – 2017
  • Executive Director’s Award, Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2003 
  • Lawrence Blake (Barrister of the Year) Award, Beverly Hills Bar Association, 1998 
  • Special Achievement Award, United States Department of Justice, 1996, 1997
  • Super Volunteer Award, Public Counsel, 1995

Fun Fact

  • While representing a federal employee in a constitutional tort claim, Mr. Rubiner obtained certiorari and, thereafter, the dismissal of his client. See Hui v. Castaneda, (U.S. Supreme Court Case No. 08-1529)
  • Varsity college wrestler

John Rubiner


John Rubiner, a partner at the firm and chair of the labor and employment group and member of the litigation group, represents employers facing claims and threats from their current or former employees.  These claims include discrimination, harassment, wage and hour and class actions.  Mr. Rubiner helps employers quickly identify the issues they are facing as well as how to achieve the best outcomes.

Additionally, when former employers steal trade secrets or new hires potentially bring competitors trade secrets, Mr. Rubiner advises employers on how to best deal with these threats. Mr. Rubiner regularly advises clients on a range of employment issues including policies, procedures, handbooks, executive employment agreements and terminations.

Mr. Rubiner’s approach to litigation matches each client’s budget, tolerance and overall needs.  In short, he does what’s needed obtain the desired outcome.  Mr. Rubiner has litigated hundreds of matters in state and federal courts and arbitrations. 

Mr. Rubiner spent almost five years working in the Civil Division of one of the largest U.S. Attorney’s Office in the country.  While there, Mr. Rubiner handled all aspects of defending the United States and its agencies and employees.  This experience has given Mr. Rubiner a tremendous insight into how cases typically progress to resolution and how judges and juries are most likely to respond to the facts of the case.  Mr. Rubiner developed an outstanding track record of winning cases on motions, at trial and, if necessary, on appeal.

In addition to extensive pro bono work assisting non-profits with employment litigation and employment advice, Mr. Rubiner was president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association – a full-service bar representing over 6,000 lawyers in Western Los Angeles County and beyond.  Under Mr. Rubiner’s leadership, the Bar continued its activism and activities by presenting over 200 programs and events and regularly voicing its support for civil rights and the Rule of Law.

Mr. Rubiner is on the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and helps to lead, educate and inspire state, local and specialty bar leaders at biannual meetings.  Mr. Rubiner is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Mr. Rubiner regularly participates in national seminars concerning bar leadership and employment law.  Most recently, Mr. Rubiner taught a course on litigation holds in employment litigation to attorneys across the country.

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