Rick Waltman is an associate attorney in the San Diego office of Gordon & Rees and a member of the Labor and Employment practice group. Mr. Waltman defends employers in all stages of litigation in both state and federal court. He focuses his practice on minimizing liability for clients sued under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), laws pertaining to employee pay and wage statements, and other state and federal laws. Mr. Waltman has also represented businesses in high value lawsuits involving claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair business practices. His experience includes defense against single-plaintiff lawsuits as well as class actions and representative actions brought under the California Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”).
Mr. Waltman also provides counseling services to businesses on a variety of employment-related issues, including compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the California Labor Code, the California Health and Safety Code, and other state and federal laws. He has also helped businesses develop non-disclosure agreements, independent contractor agreements, and employee handbooks and policies.
While in law school, Mr. Waltman served as an Articles Editor on the San Diego Law Review, a Moot Court board member, and a Research Assistant to Professor Robert C. Fellmeth, Price Professor of Public Interest Law. He also clerked in multiple sections of the California Attorney General’s Office, including the employment section, and served as an extern for the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.