Ray J. Artiano, Esq.

Profile

As a founding partner of one of the most successful law firms in San Diego, Ray J. Artiano, Esq. has developed well-regarded expertise in a broad range of labor and employment-related litigation matters involving private and public entities, including cities, municipalities, school and college districts, and hospital districts. Over the past 35 years, he has litigated over 750 employment matters and successfully tried over 40 cases in state and federal courts on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.

As a mediator, Mr. Artiano’s experience representing both sides allows him to fairly evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the parties’ positions in each case before him. He is known throughout the legal community as a proactive problem solver who offers unique solutions to complex and challenging issues.

EMPLOYMENT EXPERTISE

  • Wrongful termination
  • Discrimination claims based upon race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, gender, age, disability, accommodation, ancestry, FMLA, and CPRA leave
  • Harassment and hostile environment claims based upon protected categories
  • Retaliation claims based upon FEHA, Labor Code claims, state and federal whistleblower claims pursuant to Government Code section 12653 (Cal. False Claims Act), 31 U.S.C. section 3730(a)(1) (Fed. False Claims Act), 42 U.S.C. section 1320a-7b (Anti-kickback statute), 42 U.S.C. 1395nn (Stark Act)
  • Pattern and practice claims under Title VII, sections 706 & 707
  • Due process claims, both state and federal pursuant to 42 U.S.C. section 1983
  • Title IX violations
  • ADA Discrimination
  • Education & government claims violations
  • Employment contract disputes and wrongful termination based upon public policy
  • Wage & Hour violations
  • Claims involving commissions and stock options
  • Non-competition agreements
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets and patents
  • Employment-related torts

EDUCATION

  • University of San Diego, J.D., 1979
  • Boston University, Magna Cum Laude, 1975

TEACHING / SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Mr. Artiano has served as an Adjunct Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law teaching employment litigation and frequently lectures on a variety of employment-related issues.

HONORS & RECOGNITION

  • AV-Preeminent Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell in California
  • Admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California as well as the United States Supreme Court

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • University of San Diego, J.D., 1979
  • Boston University, Magna Cum Laude, 1975
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers (Board of Directors 1999-2002, President 2001)
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • American College of Barristers
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Presidential Business Commission

Representative Cases

Employment

  • Pattern and practice case brought by EEOC pursuant to Title VII, sections 706 and 707, on behalf of a class of female employees against a supermarket chain. The suit alleged a sexually hostile environment and gender discrimination.
  • Dispute between hospital executive and public hospital claiming wrongful termination, state and federal whistleblowing claims on the basis of 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b (Anti-kickback), 42 U.S.C. § 1395nn (Stark Act), ADA Discrimination, FEHA violations, and employment-related torts.
  • Dispute between seven C-Suite executives against public hospital claiming wrongful termination, breach of contract, failure to provide due process (under state and federal law), and employment-related torts.
  • Dispute between police officers and public entity involving claims of whistleblowing, violation of state statutes and FEHA violations, including disability, failure to accommodate, sexual orientation, and employment-related torts.
  • Dispute between college coaches and public college claiming constructive termination, sexual orientation discrimination, gender discrimination, and retaliation based upon Title IX complaints.
  • Religious discrimination claim brought by a pharmacist against a private hospital that had terminated his contract.
  • Claim of wrongful termination based upon national origin discrimination brought against international shipping company.
  • Multiple claims brought by private and public employees alleging discrimination based upon race involving wrongful termination, failure to hire, and failure to promote.
  • Multiple claims by private and public employees alleging discrimination and retaliation due to:
    • Race
    • Religion
    • National origin
    • Sexual orientation
    • Disability
    • Accommodation
    • Ancestry
  • Multiple claims brought by employees against public entities involving constitutional issues such as federal and state due process violation and free speech.
  • Multiple lawsuits brought by employees against both private and public entities involving sexual harassment, hostile environment claims, contractual disputes, misclassification of employees, and violations of the Government Code.
  • Multiple disputes involving non-competition agreements, commissions, stock options, misappropriation of trade secrets, and wage and hour violations.
  • Multiple lawsuits involving Education Code violations related to both public and private educational institutions.

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