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For over 35 years, Castle Publications, Ltd. has published legal books and presented seminars in the employment law field, including the subjects of wage-hour, employment, labor, discrimination, wrongful discharge, leaves of absence, and benefits laws. The books and seminars are extremely popular and considered essential by human resource officials, attorneys, consultants, and accounting personnel throughout the country. Castle Publications is the publisher of books and other publications by Attorney Richard J. Simmons of the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Los Angeles.

RICHARD J. SIMMONS

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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 and employment matters involving state and federal wage and hour laws, wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, employee discipline and termination, employee benefits, affirmative action, union representation proceedings, and arbitrations. Mr. Simmons received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar and graduated in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Industrial Relations Law Journal, now the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law.


Mr. Simmons has lectured nationally on wage and hour, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and other employment and labor relations matters. He is a member of the National Advisory Board to the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, published by the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He was also appointed by the California Industrial Welfare Commission as a member of three Minimum Wage Boards for the State of California.


Mr. Simmons is a member of the California State Bar, the California Society for Health Care Attorneys, the American Society for Health Care Attorneys, and the labor law section of the American and Los Angeles Bar Associations. He has also been a lecturer at graduate labor law courses presented by the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, and has appeared as an authority on labor law on the CBS Evening News, NBC News, as well as radio and television talk shows.


Some of his recent honors include:
Employment Lawyers Hall of Fame Inductee, Lawdragon, 2017
Most Powerful Employment Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2016
Leading lawyer in labor and employment, Chambers USA, 2006-2016
Recognition as expert in Labor and Employment, The Legal 500, United States
California Hospital Association Certificate of Distinction, 2015
The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive, 2015, 2017
International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2012, 2015
Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2009-2018
Recognized, Labor & Employment and Labor & Employment Litigation, Legal 500, 2011-2014
Rainmaking, Daily Journal, 2009
Top Labor & Employment Attorney, Daily Journal, 2009-2014, 2016, 2017
Employment MVP, Law360, 2011
Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2011-2012
Who’s Who Legal: California, 2008-2009
Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2008-2016

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