Robert R. Roginson

Shareholder Los Angeles

Robert Roginson is a shareholder in the firm's Los Angeles office. His practice includes all aspects of employment and labor law litigation and counseling for employers.

Mr. Roginson has represented private and public employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Mr. Roginson has defended dozens of employers in class actions involving a variety of allegations, including employee misclassification, meal and rest period violations, off-the-clock claims, and record keeping violations. He also counsels employers and companies on California and federal wage/hour and pay practice laws, prevailing wage laws, project labor agreements (PLAs), reduction in force issues and WARN notification requirements, labor relations and union matters, tribal immunity and sovereignty issues, and retaliation and discrimination claims.

From November 2007 until March 2010, Mr. Roginson served as Chief Counsel for the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Roginson represented and advised the California Labor Commissioner and her staff in all aspects of enforcement and interpretation of California's labor and wage/hour laws, licensing requirements, and retaliation statutes. He also managed and directed the Division's litigation and handled matters involving meal and rest period compliance and enforcements, public works and prevailing wage requirements, child labor and work permit issues, the Talent Agency Act, farm labor contracting, garment manufacturing, and the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA).

As Chief Counsel, Mr. Roginson authored DLSE amicus briefs and opinion letters, including:

  • DLSE amicus brief in the California Supreme Court meal period case, Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court (Hohnbaum)
  • DLSE opinion letter affirming California's on-duty meal period requirements
  • DLSE opinion letter affirming an employer's right to take deductions for vacation and sick time for partial-day absences for exempt employees
  • DLSE opinion letter affirming an employer's right to implement proportionate salary and work schedule reductions for exempt employees
  • DLSE opinion letter authorizing the use of debit paycards and convenience checks
  • DLSE opinion letter approving summertime alternative workweek schedule

Mr. Roginson also co-wrote and edited the DLSE's Public Works Manual.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Roginson worked in the industrial relations department for the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC of California), where he represented construction contractors in labor grievance and arbitration matters in addition to the negotiation of the Southern California Basic Trades Master Labor Agreements.


Mr. Roginson focuses on bringing creative solutions to complex legal problems. He has negotiated several settlements of wage/hour class and representative actions on terms favorable to the companies. Mr. Roginson also has considerable experience defending against union sponsored litigation and has represented garment manufacturers in a wage and hour class action brought by UNITE, a transportation company in a meal and rest period class action brought by the Teamsters Union, and various construction companies in prevailing wage and apprenticeship class action lawsuits financed and driven by the building and construction craft unions, including the IBEW, Roofers Union, and others.

Mr. Roginson has drafted, negotiated, and analyzed project labor agreements for contractors and private and public project owners.

Mr. Roginson has also served as an expert witness and consultant in several wage and hour and public works matters.

Representative Cases

  • Obtained decertification of class of service technicians against plumbing contractor
  • Negotiated project labor agreements on behalf of two major motion picture studios with the local area building and construction trade unions to cover multiple construction projects.
  • Obtained a favorable arbitration award against a union seeking to impose special terms into a project labor agreement.
  • Defeated class certification in a class action lawsuit by warehouse employees against their logistics employer for meal and rest period and overtime claims.
  • Defeated class certification in a class action lawsuit against a talent agency based upon contract and unlawful business practices arising out of the California Talent Agencies Act.
  • Defeated class certification in a class action lawsuit by workers against their construction employer for purported prevailing wage violations.
  • Defeated class certification in a class action by employees against their restaurant employer for purported wage and hour violations.
  • Negotiated an industry-wide settlement with the California Labor Commissioner on behalf of the ready mix concrete industry concerning meal periods taken by ready mix concrete truck drivers.
  • Obtained a California Court of Appeal decision holding that specific opinion letters by the California Labor Commissioner constituted impermissible underground regulations.
  • Obtained a summary judgment ruling that a contractor was not required to pay prevailing wages on a jail improvement project and successfully defended an appeal of the decision.
  • Obtained a court ruling reversing a public works coverage determination that equipment repair work at a landfill was subject to California prevailing wage requirements.
  • Obtained summary judgment against a union on behalf of two non-union contractors that such contractors have no obligations to comply with union apprenticeship requirements.
  • Obtained public works coverage determination finding that privately funded improvements made to public golf course were not subject to California prevailing wage requirements.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • AGC of California Legislative and Legal Advisory Committees (Chair, 2007)
  • Employers Group Legal Committee
  • California Trucking Association Intermodal Steering & Planning Committee and Intermodal Carrier Task Force
  • AGC of America Labor and Employment Law Council (Chair, 2016)


  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''DOL Opinion Letters and Local Laws: Wage and Hour Update'' - La Quinta - November 09, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Reducing the Risk of Wage and Hour Claims Through Effective Policies and Procedures'' - Phoenix - May 09, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - ''Surfin' Safari - Riding the Wave of California Wage and Hour Claims'' - Napa - March 01, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Dude, Those California Laws Are Gnarly!'' - San Diego - May 03, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - ''Do I Have to Pay for This? What Constitutes Compensable Hours Worked in California'' - Napa - March 03, 2017

Published Works


Our Insights

Supreme Court of the United States Upholds Bar to Arbitration for Interstate Driver

January 16, 2019

The ABCs of the Employment Relationship: California’s High Court Adopts New Independent Contractor Test

May 07, 2018

California Public Works Contractors Will Be Required to Submit Payroll Records Electronically Starting August 1

July 21, 2016

What Do the Obama Administration’s Overtime Regulations Mean for California Employers?

May 23, 2016

Chief Justice Denial of Stay Request Clears Way for New FLSA Regulations Affecting Home Care Agencies to Go Into Effect October 13, 2015

October 08, 2015

Home Health Care Agencies, DOL Continue to Wrangle Over FLSA Regs Effective Date

September 17, 2015

Federal Appeals Court Reinstates New Federal Minimum Wage and Overtime Requirements for Home Health Care Workers Employed By Third-Party Employers

August 21, 2015

California Governor Signs Paid Sick Leave Amendment—Effective Immediately

July 14, 2015

California Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Whether California Health Care Workers Can Lawfully Waive a Second Lunch Period

May 22, 2015

Court Vacates DOL’s New “Companionship Services” Definition

January 19, 2015

Court Stays New FLSA Companionship Regulation From Going Into Effect

January 06, 2015

Court Vacates DOL’s Regulations Mandating Minimum Wage and Overtime Payments to Home Health Care Employees

December 31, 2014

FAAAA Does Not Preempt California Meal and Rest Period Requirements

November 06, 2014

California Appellate Court Rules That California's Prevailing Wage Laws Do Not Apply to Off-Site Fabrication

September 19, 2014

California Supreme Court Follows Concepcion But Allows Courts to Strike Down Unconscionable Arbitration Agreements

October 25, 2013

Restricting the Activities of California On-Call Employees May Mean Having to Pay Them for Their Time

August 02, 2013

California Supreme Court Delays Decision in Key Arbitration Case

June 24, 2013


Media Quotes

January 16, 2019 - Overdrive Magazine - "Supreme Court’s arbitration ruling focuses on ‘one-man, one- truck’ operations"
January 16, 2019 - Commercial Carrier Journal - "Supreme Court’s ruling on arbitration narrow in scope despite clear ramifications"
January 15, 2019 - Law360 - "Transpo Worker Ruling A Rare Blow To Arbitration Pacts"