Adam Karr


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Adam J. Karr represents clients in class action and individual litigation, arbitrations, and before state and federal agencies, principally in labor and employment-related claims. Adam practices before state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, and has represented clients in a broad range of disputes, including wage and hour matters, contract disputes, non-compete and trade secret litigation, employee benefits claims, and matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act. Adam also has represented clients in claims of employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and disputes under the family and medical leave laws.

Adam provides preventive advice to clients on an ongoing basis and assists clients in handling employment related investigations, employee termination and discipline decisions, drafting employment agreements and policies, layoffs, and compliance with all aspects of labor and employment laws. He also provides assistance on labor and employment law issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions. Adam has been recognized by the Daily Journal as a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer and by Law360 as one of 10 Rising Stars in the United States in the area of labor and employment law.


Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by the Legal 500 US (2014-2021)
  • Selected by the Daily Journal as a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer (2015)
  • Recognized by Law360 as one of 10 Rising Stars in the United States in the area of labor and employment law (March 2010)
  • Named a Southern California “Rising Star” and “Super Lawyer” in surveys conducted by Law and Politics Media Inc. and published in Los Angeles magazine (2009-2013; 2015)


Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court for the Southern, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Ninth Circuits
  • US Supreme Court


  • University of Washington, J.D., 1999: National Order of the Barristers; Comments Editor, Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal; Vice President, Moot Court Honor Board; American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Washington State University, B.A., 1996: cum laude

Professional Activities


  • Honorable Barbara A. Madsen, Washington Supreme Court

Board of Directors

  • Volunteers of America – Los Angeles
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers – Orange County


  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association


  • “Compensable Time - A Trap for the Unwary Employer,” Orange County Business Journal (April 2010)
  • “California’s Unique Approach to Arbitration: Why This Road Less Traveled Will Make All the Difference on the Issue of Preemption Under the Federal Arbitration Act,” Journal of Dispute Resolution 61 (2005)

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Corporate Counsel Section (OCBA, 2017)
  • “Telling Your CSR Story on Social Media -  How To Not Get Yourself Sued” (ACCP Webinar, 2016)
  • Arbitration On The Wage & Hour Front (ACI, 2015)
  • Issues Arising from Cross-Jurisdictional Non-Compete and Trade Secret Cases (Bridgeport, 2015)
  • Recent Developments Concerning Independent Contractor Classification (California Employment Law Council, 2015)
  • “The Use of PAGA, 17200 SB 459, 469 and other Issues Specific to California Wage & Hour Cases” (11th Annual Wage & Hour Litigation & Management, 2012)
  • “Not So Usual Suspects - You and Your Client” (ABA, 2011)
  • “Annual Mid Year Wage & Hour Litigation Conference” (Bridgeport, June 2011)
  • “Recent California and Federal Legislative and Case Law Developments In Employment Law” (Orange County Executive Human Resource Forum, January 2010)
  • “Precedents and Predictions: A Review of 2014’s Significant Labor and Employment Law Developments and What to Expect in 2015” (Two-part O’Melveny Seminar, 2015)
  • “The Employment Relationship - Structuring Employment and Severance Agreements” (Los Angeles County Bar Association Seminar, 2009)
  • “Strategically Managing Your Workforce-Adjusting to Changes on Wall Street and in Washington” (California Employment Law Council, 2009)
  • “Keeping Your Base and Avoiding Current Litigation Pitfalls” (Los Angeles County Bar Association Corporate Law Roundtable, 2009)
  • “Workplace and Employment Law Update” (Employers Group, 2008)
  • Counsel to Fortune 500 real estate brokerage company in a class action challenging whether the company’s sales agents (or brokers) should be classified as independent contractors or as employees
  • Counsel for major television studio in class action brought by television writers over the age of 40 alleging industry-wide age discrimination against all of the major television networks, studios, and talent agencies
  • Counsel for Fortune 500 tax preparation company in nationwide class and collective action alleging failure to provide compensation for continuing education. Obtained summary judgment against 40,000 member class, which was affirmed on appeal.  Petroski, et al.  v. H&R Block, Inc., 750 F.3d 976 (8th Cir. 2014)
  • Trial counsel for worldwide transportation logistics company in trade secrets case arising from the hiring of a national sales director from a competitor
  • Counsel for national bank in class action arising from the Bank’s charging of check cashing fees to non-relationship customers. Obtained dismissal of all claims


Alerts and Publications

California Supreme Court Rules That Overtime “Regular Rate” Calculations Apply to Meal/Break Premiums

July 16, 2021

Will Cal-OSHA Finally Adopt Revised COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards?

June 16, 2021

EEOC and OSHA Release Updated Vaccine Guidance

May 29, 2021

Constructing a Workplace Environment That Rejects Sexual Harassment

November 23, 2020

California Appellate Court Establishes Guidelines For Unlimited Vacation/PTO Policies

April 15, 2020

Department of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Emergency FMLA and Paid Sick Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 30, 2020

Conducting Emergency Layoffs, Furloughs, and Salary Reductions in California as a Result of the Impact of COVID-19

March 24, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Is Signed Into Law, Providing Paid Family and Sick Leave for Many Affected Employees

March 19, 2020

California Supreme Court Holds That Settling Underlying Labor Code Violations Does Not Necessarily Block PAGA Suits

March 17, 2020

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