Ronald HollandShareholder Ron.Holland@gtlaw.com
Ron Holland litigates on behalf of employers in state and federal courts, focusing on wage and hour class actions, whistleblower suits, breach of contract, accusations of wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and other complex labor and employment matters. He defends employers nationwide in proceedings before state and federal governmental agencies, including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the California Labor Commissioner, and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Ron’s clients span a range of industries, including retail, entertainment, automotive, aviation, paper production, manufacturing, printing, health care, warehousing, and the gig economy.
Ron’s traditional labor practice focuses on labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice and representation hearings, collective bargaining negotiations, and federal court litigation. He serves as lead negotiator in contract negotiations and handles representation and unfair labor practice cases before the NLRB. Ron counsels Fortune 500 companies on labor strategy, union organizing, and responding to union-backed corporate campaigns. Prior to the issuance of the new election rules in 2015, Ron prepared comments to the proposed rules and also testified in Washington D.C. before the NLRB.
- Secured a motion to dismiss all claims in a wage-and-hour class action regarding California law to oil platforms in Santa Barbara channel based on labor pre-emption. He argued that California wage-and-hour law under Mendiola was preempted on for oil rigs on outer continental shelf based on application of collective bargaining agreement.°
- Ongoing California class action litigation alleging misclassification of workers performing cell-tower repair involving complex issues of joint employment and the application of multi-factor independent contractor test.
- Defeated class certification in wage-and-hour piece rate case for a trucking company paying employee drivers and owner operators by the mile.°
- Obtained a settlement for a wage-and-hour misclassification class action regarding claims for failure to pay hourly wages, failure to pay reporting time wages, failure to pay overtime wages, failure to provide meal periods, failure to provide rest periods, failure to provide accurate itemized wage statements, and violation of Unfair Competition Law. Compelled individual arbitration, with the issue of arbitrability of class claims to be decided by the arbitrator, which led to settlement of individual claims and dismissal of class claims.°
- Served as lead counsel in a class action lawsuit by owner operator drivers alleging misclassification resulting in a failure to pay minimum wage, overtime, provide meal and rest periods, and other derivative claims.°
- Oregon bench trial of wage and hour class action involving last mile and long-haul drivers alleging meal period and piece rate claims. Verdict resulted in an opt-in procedure for damages yielding a settlement of 1/6th the final settled demand of counsel inclusive of fees.
- Served as primary counsel for a waste management company in a putative class action alleging violation of California meal and rest period laws and other provisions of the Labor Code. Resolved the matter prior to class certification.°
- Obtained a dismissal of case with prejudice on behalf of a trucking company on claims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation based on an alleged disability, failure to engage in the interactive process, failure to accommodate, violation of the CFRA, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and wrongful termination in violation of public policy.°
- Represented a printing company in an unfair labor practice matter which appealed to the D.C. circuit regarding an employer’s lawful uniform policy. Argued matter to the D.C. circuit. Board order was vacated as using improper legal standard to analyze the uniform policy and the matter remanded to the NLRB.°
- Obtained emergency stay from Ninth Circuit on behalf of company against injunction issued by California Federal District Court on behalf of NLRB ordering company to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with a union.°
- Prevailed in defending a transportation company in a matter involving four alleged discriminatory terminations during an organizing drive by the labor union at the Port of Los Angeles. Defeated the region’s pursuit of 10(j) injunctive relief resulting in a 22-page decision setting a new standard to be applied in 10(j) cases.°
- Represented a major airline company in various labor and employment matters, including one class action case.°
°The above representations were handled by Mr. Holland prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
Recognition & Leadership
- Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
- Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2021 and 2022
- Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Labor & Employment, 2020-2022
- Listed, Benchmark Litigation, “Labor & Employment Stars,” 2020-2022
- Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2023
- Selected, Labor Law, 2010-2023
- “Lawyer of the Year,” Labor Law, San Francisco, 2021 and 2023
- Selected, Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2010-2023
- Selected, Employment Law – Management, 2010-2023
- Selected, Employment Law – Individuals, 2010-2023
- J.D., Fordham University School of Law
- B.S., Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1987
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States