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John P. LeCrone

LeCroneJohn
Partner
Vice-chair, Employment Practice
T213.633.6825
F213.633.6899
John LeCrone focuses his practice on employment law and complex litigation. He represents employers and management exclusively in wrongful discharge, harassment, and discrimination litigation; in matters including wage and hour class actions, trade secrets/unfair competition and ERISA; and in proceedings before federal and state administrative agencies. He trains supervisors and employees in best practices for dealing with workplace harassment and discrimination, and provides counsel and advice on a range of personnel issues, including privacy matters, employment agreements, and workplace technology. John also assists clients in investigations of employment-related complaints and corporate malfeasance and in due diligence matters related to mergers and acquisitions.

John serves as vice-chair of the firmwide employment law practice and is a member of the firm's executive committee.

Practice Highlights
  • Lead defense counsel in numerous wage and hour class actions in state and federal court.
  • Lead defense counsel in multi-plaintiff and class action cases alleging discrimination under the California Unruh Civil Rights Act and Gender Tax Repeal Act.
  • Trial and arbitration counsel in numerous single-plaintiff lawsuits alleging employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and failure to accommodate.
  • Lead trial counsel (both plaintiff and defense) in cases alleging theft of trade secrets, employee raiding, and unfair competition.
  • Lead defense counsel in cases brought under ERISA alleging discrimination, denial of benefits, and COBRA violations.
  • Counsel to employers and executives in negotiating employment-related agreements, including change-in-control agreements, severance agreements and separation agreements.

Representative Experience

Single-Plaintiff Litigation

Employee v. Charter Communications LLC

Won summary judgment in wrongful termination case involving claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and retaliation on behalf of fourth-largest cable and internet provider in the U.S.  Employee-plaintiff had dyslexia and was terminated after refusing to return from medical leave.  Court found plaintiff’s complaint failed on all seven claims.  (C.D. Cal. 2013)

Weaver v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Southern California Permanente Medical Group

Won full defense award after two-week arbitration of case brought by a former partner physician alleging nine causes of action related to his partnership and service as a physician with Southern California Permanente Medical Group. (2013)

Porteous, Teri v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Southern California Permanente Medical Group

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of various Kaiser entities and an individual defendant in a wrongful termination case alleging claims for age discrimination, retaliation, defamation, violation of Business and Professions Code § 17200, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. (2011)

Winston v. Countrywide Home Loans, Bank of America

Lead trial counsel for defendants in a month-long trial for fraud and wrongful discharge claims brought by former Countrywide executive. Obtained defense verdict at trial on all but one claim. The Court of Appeals found for the defense on the final claim and reversed the judgment in full, (without a new trial) finding that substantial evidence did not support the jury’s verdict. Plaintiff’s petition for review to California Supreme Court denied. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2011; Cal. App. & Supreme Ct. 2013)

Velarde v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, et al.

Lead defense counsel in action alleging disability discrimination and failure to accommodate. (2008)

Aboseif v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group et al.

Lead defense counsel in an arbitration case brought by a former partner physician alleging nine causes of action related to his partnership and service as a physician. (2012)

Williams v. Sony Pictures Entertainment

Lead defense counsel in case alleging disability discrimination, wrongful discharge, and failing to accommodate. (2011)

Farmer v. Searles Valley Minerals Operations

Defense counsel in action alleging disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and interference with alleged union-organizing. Obtained summary judgment on all claims. (2011)

Class Action and Multi-Plaintiff Defense

Chullino v. Prospect Mortgage

Lead counsel in wage and hour class action alleging meal period, overtime and off-the-clock violations. Class claims dismissed before certification. (2012)

Long v. Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

Obtained summary judgment for defendant in Unruh Act class action brought on behalf of all males in California alleging gender price discrimination connection with 3rd party charitable events held at the Playboy Mansion. Summary judgment upheld by 9th Circuit Court of Appeal. (C.D. Cal., 9th Cir. 2014)

Campbell v. American Express, Conde Nast Publications, et al.

Obtained summary judgment as lead defense counsel in class action brought on behalf of all males in California against eight corporate defendants alleging violations of the Unruh Act (gender discrimination) and Gender Tax Repeal Act in connection with a "Women's Golf Month" event. (2012)

Lucarini v. Dresser, Inc.

Lead defense counsel in wage and hour class action brought on behalf of oil industry technicians alleging violations of alternative work week, meal period, on-call time, and off the clock rules. (SBSC 2010)

Henson v. Searles Valley Minerals Operations, Inc.

Lead defense counsel on wage hours class action alleging meal period, pay stub, overtime, and “off-the-clock” violations. Obtained favorable settlement before class certification. (2010)

In re KPMG overtime litigation

Defended KPMG in nationwide consolidated wage and hour class actions alleging improper classification of unlicensed accounting employees. (2012)

Mayfield v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Inc.

Lead defense counsel in action involving breach of contract, unfair competition and labor code violations.

Schrader et al. v. adidas Promotional Retail Operations, Inc.

Defense counsel in wage and hour class action alleging improper classification of retail store managers. (2010)

Rojas v. Shell Oil et al.

Lead defense counsel in wage and hour class action brought against nine petroleum refinery defendants alleging violations of Labor Code section 2810 and related wage statutes. Motion to Dismiss under FRCP 12(b)(6) granted, and case dismissed on pleadings in 2009. (CDDC)

Bartlett et al. v. Diamond Parking; Teruel et al. v. Diamond Parking

Achieved successful settlement on behalf of employer in related wage and hour class actions. (N.D. Cal. 2008) Read more

Roberts v. Anderson News Company

Lead defense counsel and obtained dismissal (before class certification) in a wage and hour class action alleging claims for overtime, meal periods and 'off the clock' work. (2005)

Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition

Windsor Capital Group v. Cryan, et al.

Lead defense counsel in action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and breach of contract. (2011)

World Financial Group v. HBW Insurance Services

Lead defense counsel in action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and breach of contract. (Ventura Cnty. (Cal.) Super. Ct. 2011)

U.S. Trust Company v. Lehman Brothers

Plaintiff's counsel in action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and employee raiding against Lehman Brothers and individual defendants recruited by Lehman Brothers. Achieved favorable settlement on all claims, including injunctive relief. (Orange Cnty. (Cal.) Super. Ct. 2008)

U.S. Trust Company v. Morris Noble

Plaintiff's counsel in action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets against a senior-level employee who left U.S. Trust to join Morgan Stanley. Case resolved on favorable terms. (San Francisco (Cal.) Cnty. Super. Ct. 2008)

Latin World Entertainment v. H&M Communications Group

Lead defense counsel in action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition and breach of contract. Obtained dismissal with prejudice on all claims. (2007)

Claus Ettensberger Corporation v. Lorinser North America

Plaintiff's counsel in action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of exclusive distributorship agreement. Obtained a favorable settlement of nearly $1 million against Lorinser North America, a Germany-based performance automotive parts supplier. (2006)

Cantata Technology v. Visger

Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in trade secrets action resulting in $3 million judgment on behalf of Cantata Technology (aka Brooktrout Technologies) against former executive. (2005)

ERISA Litigation

Fan, et al. v. China Eastern Airlines

Lead defense trial counsel for China Eastern Airlines in a multi-plaintiff ERISA case. Obtained favorable judgment exonerating client from bad faith violations of ERISA. (2007)

Trang v. China Eastern Airlines

Obtained summary judgment in multi-plaintiff ERISA case. (2007)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Editorial Board, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, 2002-present
  • Labor and Employment Section, State Bar of California

Professional Recognition

  • Received the H. Stewart Tremaine Award, Davis Wright Tremaine, 2013
  • Selected to "Southern California Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2007-2014
  • Selected to "Top Employment Lawyers - U.S." Thomson Reuters, 2008
  • Selected to "Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition" in Employment and Labor Law, Thomson Reuters, 2009