Villarreal Hutner PC

• J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 2005
    - ABA Negotiation Award Winner
• B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, MO (Economics and Film and Media Studies), 2001

Contact Information
Phone: 415.632.4106

Ross Boughton

Why I love what I do...

“As any employer can tell you, complying with all of the California and federal employment laws is a difficult proposition. The laws are demanding, complex, and ever-changing. I like the complexity. Very few areas of law change monthly, weekly, and, sometimes, daily. In employment law, the changes come frequently and from all sides (new appellate decisions, new regulations, new opinion letters, new statutes, etc.). I enjoy helping employers to keep on top of the ever changing landscape in order to protect their interests.”

Professional Experience

For his entire career, Ross has focused his practice on defending and advising employers on virtually all aspects of California and federal employment law. Ross has represented both California and national corporations in dozens of wage and hour class actions, including class actions for unpaid overtime, unpaid minimum wages, meal and rest period violations, vacation wages, business expenses, reporting time pay, split shift premiums, and wage statement violations. Additionally, Ross has defended employers in a wide range of single and multi Plaintiff actions, including actions for discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, breach of contract, failure to accommodate, failure to provide protected leave, and failure to pay stock options.

Ross handles litigation at both the trial court and appellate level, many times dealing with novel or newly forming areas of law. For instance, in Morgan v. United Retail Inc., 186 Cal. App. 4th 1136 (2010), a case of first impression, Ross successfully persuaded the Court of Appeal to adopt an employer- friendly interpretation of California's previously unresolved wage statement requirements.

In addition to traditional civil litigation, Ross also represents employers in front of numerous governmental agencies (Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, the Employment Development Department, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and advises employers on employment decisions, personnel policies, and compliance issues.

Professional Qualifications and Activities

Prior to joining Villarreal Hutner , Ross defended and advised national and California employers at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in Los Angeles.

Ross was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2009, 2010, and 2011, a recognition given to the top 5% of attorneys under the age of 40.

You can read about some of Ross' successes in the following cases:

• Morgan v. United Retail Inc., 186 Cal. App. 4th 1136 (2010)
• Goldsby v. Adecco, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 10799 (N.D. Cal. February 4, 2009)
• Cervantes v. Sport Chalet, Inc., 2009 Cal. App. Unpub. Lexis 6979 (2009)

Before Law School...

Prior to law school, Ross interned in the television industry and worked as a swim coach, lifeguard, and swim instructor.

A fresh approach to employment law.