Thompson Coburn is pleased to announce that employment litigator Arthur F. Silbergeld has brought his robust management employment practice to our growing Los Angeles Office. Art previously served as a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright.
Art is a nationally recognized employment litigation and labor relations attorney who has advised and defended numerous employers in individual and class action lawsuits, including bench and jury trials, in state and federal courts. He represents large and mid-sized corporations, and has first-chaired more than 100 employment litigations, arbitrations, and NLRB trials.
Art has defended numerous employers in federal and state court in litigation involving complex claims of misclassification, overtime, meal period, discrimination, disability, harassment, wrongful termination, OSHA, whistleblower retaliation, and trade secret violations throughout California and other states. He works with clients to develop creative strategies to win summary judgment or oppose class certification, and has guided clients to successfully resolve disputes in mediation before the expenditure of large legal fees, often before an initial status conference or the hearing on class certification. Art is one of the few California attorneys to have defended several wage class actions through trial.
Art has written and spoken extensively about best practices in complying with employment laws, including compliance under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the California Labor Code. He is the author of “Doing Business in California: An Employment Law Handbook”; “Complying With the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law”; “Americans With Disabilities Act Handbook: A Compliance Guide for Corporations”; and is a chapter co-editor of “The Developing Labor Law,” published by Bloomberg BNA for the American Bar Association. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, annually named as one of the top 75 employment lawyers in California by The Los Angeles Daily Journal, and is past chair of the 1,200-member Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association
Art earned his law degree from Temple University School of Law. He obtained a B.A. from The University of Michigan and a Masters in City Planning from The University of Pennsylvania.