Richard J. Simmons

Richard J. Simmons is a partner in the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in Los Angeles. He represents employers in various labor matters involving wage and hour laws, wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, employee discipline and termination, employee contracts, personnel policies, affirmative action, National Labor Relations Act, contract arbitration, and employee benefit matters, such as executive compensation, pension, profit sharing, retirement, and welfare benefit programs.

Mr. Simmons received his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California in Berkeley and his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mr. Simmons graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts where he was a Commonwealth Scholar, and graduated in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Industrial Relations Law Journal at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Simmons has lectured extensively throughout the country and has authored numerous publications in the labor law field. Among his publications are the Employee Handbook and Personnel Policies Manual, the Wrongful Discharge, Staff Reduction and Employment Practices Manual, The Federal Immigration Law, the Wage and Hour Manual for California Employers, two additional books on wage and hour law, the Employment Discrimination and EEO Practice Manual for California Employers, two other books on equal employment opportunity law, The Family and Medical Leave Manual for California Employers, The Employer's Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Employer's Guide to Workplace Security and Violence Prevention, The Federal Polygraph Law, and articles on affirmative action, federal health insurance laws, equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, comparable worth, and the President's 1978-79 wage-price control program. Mr. Simmons served as an appointed member of the 1987, 1984 and 1982 Minimum Wage Boards for the State of California and is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law. He is a member of the labor law, tax and employee benefit sections of the American and Los Angeles Bar Associations, and also is a member of the Western Pension and Benefits Conference and the California State Bar.