John R. Carrigan, Jr.

Member

Santa Monica

(310) 943-4819

(310) 394-4700

John will be speaking at an upcoming event:

Employer Summit 2021: The Changing Workplace

Webinar 10/05/2021

Cozen O'Connor attorneys will be presenting over three days on new workplace challenges.

Event Details 

When general counsel and HR leaders need guidance through the intricacies of California law, they often must work with many different lawyers to get their answers. Clients appreciate working with John as a single go-to resource who can handle the client’s full range of labor and employment matters.

Over the nearly 20 years he has been practicing, John has developed a wealth of experience, having worked at boutique employment law firms as well as AMLAW 100 firms, and he writes and speaks frequently on a variety of employment law issues. John is experienced in almost every aspect of California labor and employment law, including:

  • Harassment and discrimination litigation
  • Wage and hour class and collective actions
  • Advice and counseling (including the development and rollout of personnel and wage and hour policies)
  • Oversight of internal investigations
  • Drafting and negotiating of employment agreements
  • Trade secret and employee mobility issues
  • Employee “raiding” disputes
  • Responding to threats of workplace violence
  • Claims of alleged retaliation before the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
  • Unemployment claims before the California Employment Development Department
  • Wage claims before the California labor commissioner
  • Traditional labor matters (including union campaigns, responding to charges before the NLRB, labor arbitrations and strike-related issues)
  • COVID-19 compliance and planning, including development and rollout of employee vaccination policies

John brings a “live-in-the-client’s-shoes” mentality to every matter he handles, whether it’s tailoring the defense of a wage and hour class action to manage litigation costs strategically, drafting internal client documents with an eye toward how they might look before a jury, or recommending policy changes to reduce potential long term exposure. John takes particular pride in the work he does at the pre-litigation stage, where he often finds himself endeavoring to persuade the opposition that litigation against our client will not be worth their time or effort.

John earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the UCLA School of Law.

Experience

News

West Coast Expansion Continues with the Addition of 13 Labor & Employment Lawyers from Miller Law Group in California

August 01, 2019

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce 13 attorneys from California’s Miller Law Group — one of the largest woman-owned employment law firms in the country — have joined its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.

Publications

Getting Your Workforce Vaccinated Without Getting Sued [Century City Bar Association]

March 31, 2021

John Carrigan, Jr. wrote an article about the COVID-19 vaccine and employers looking to a vaccine as a way to keep their workforce and customers safe may face an uphill battle.

Employer Guide to COVID-19 Vaccination [HR Headaches Blog]

January 22, 2021

David Barron, John Carrigan, Jr., Arielle Eisenberg, Aaron Holt, and Nandini Sane designed a guide on how employers can handle the COVID-19 vaccination for their employees. The most important question right now for Human Resources professionals is vaccination and more specifically, how to implement...

Employer Guide to COVID-19 Vaccination

January 20, 2021

David Barron, John Carrigan, Jr., Arielle Eisenberg, Aaron Holt, and Nandini Sane designed a guide on how employers can handle the COVID-19 vaccination for their employees.

Getting Your Workforce Vaccinated Without Getting Sued [Law360]

December 14, 2020

John Carrigan, Jr. wrote an article about the COVID-19 vaccine and employers looking to a vaccine as a way to keep their workforce and customers safe may face an uphill battle.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Employer Summit 2021: The Changing Workplace

October 05, 2021 - Webinar

Cozen O'Connor attorneys will be presenting over three days on new workplace challenges.

Past Events

Startup Essentials Program

March 05, 2021 - Webinar

Education

  • UCLA School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1997
  • California
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of California

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