Roy A. Clarke is a shareholder in the Labor and Employment Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon and Chair of the Firm's Labor and Employment Department. Mr. Clarke's practice covers labor and employment law with an emphasis on advisory matters and administrative hearings. His experience spans all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring employees, managing the workforce with policies and personnel practices, paying employees under wage and hour laws, providing employee benefits, preventing discrimination and harassment, managing leave programs, administering discipline and termination. He has additional experience with unions and labor relations, including the administration of labor relations rules, certification, unit determination, contract administration, negotiations and grievance handling. Mr. Clarke has worked with clients to draft or review employment agreements, personnel rules, employee handbooks, labor relations resolutions, discipline notices and severance agreements.
Mr. Clarke has conducted administrative investigations of sexual harassment and other employee misconduct complaints. Mr. Clarke has conducted discipline hearings before arbitrators and civil service commissions. He has represented employers in disputed unemployment and wage claims before state hearing personnel and has represented local government in hearings and disputes involving the California Public Employees' Retirement System. He serves as special counsel to commissions and hearing boards on discipline appeals, unfair labor practice charges and civil service system administration.
Mr. Clarke is regular labor and employment counsel to the Cities of Beverly Hills, Moorpark, Mill Valley, and Agoura Hills, as well as First 5 LA. He serves as Special Counsel to the Newport Beach Civil Service Board and regularly advises Foothill Transit, the Solano Land Trust and the Town of Ross. He has served as Acting City Attorney for El Cerrito and Interim General Counsel for the Mid-San Gabriel Valley Consortium (a joint powers agency). In addition, Mr. Clarke has provided back-up for City Council and Agency Board meetings on an ad hoc basis at various clients.
Prior to RW&G, Mr. Clarke served as Staff Attorney and Risk Manager for the City of Beverly Hills, working primarily in the Human Services Office. Mr. Clarke was also Corporate Counsel for a Fortune 100 Corporation, responsible for personnel and general business matters.
B.S., magna cum laude, Pepperdine University, 1989
J.D., Order of the Coif, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1994