PeopleBrian J. Mills
Brian J. Mills

Brian J. Mills

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PeopleBrian J. Mills

  • Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans (J.D., magna cum laude, 2001)
    • Law Review and Moot Court Board
    • American Jurisprudence Awards in Civil Procedure, Property, Copyright, and Patent Law
  • North Carolina State University (Master's Program in Experimental Psychology, 1995-1998)
  • University of California at Irvine (B.A., Psychology with concentration in Biology, 1995)

  • Orange County Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Bridging the Gap Speaker - Labor & Employment Law (2006-2015)
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court

  • "Responding to Social Media Issues in the #MeToo Era," Presenter, California Bus Association Convention, Carlsbad, CA (October 14, 2019)
  • "The Dynamex Decision Revisited," Presenter, CMAA Southern California Chapter Legal Seminar, Long Beach, CA (August 29, 2019)
  • "I Think My Employee Is on Drugs – Now What Can I Do?" Presenter, Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (August 1, 2019)
  • "Battle on Making Dynamex “ABC” Into Law Now Moves Into the California Senate," Quoted, Freight Waves (July 9, 2019)
  • "California Meal and Rest Break Rules Are Preempted by Federal Law for Property-Carrying Truck Drivers," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Labor & Employment Law Blog (January 4, 2019)
  • "Best Practices When Terminating Employees," Presenter, Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (November 8, 2018)
  • "Recent Trends in Wage and Hour Class Actions," Co-Presenter, Employment Law Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (November 7, 2018)
  • "Dynamex: The Destruction of the Independent Contractor Model and Where We Are Now," Co-Presenter, Employment Law Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (November 7, 2018)
  • "Navigating the Sea of Differing Wage and Employment Laws in California," Presenter, California Bus Association Convention, Olympic Valley, CA (October 22, 2018)
  • "Did Dynamex Destroy the Independent Contractor Model?" Co-Presenter, Snell & Wilmer Seminar, Los Angeles, CA (October 17, 2018)
  • "Dynamex and the Destruction of the Independent Contractor Model," Presenter, Orange County FEI Professional Development Session, Newport Beach, CA (October 10, 2018)
  • "Did Dynamex Destroy the Independent Contractor Model? How Dynamex Affects Your Project," Co-Presenter, CMAA Southern California Chapter Legal Seminar, Long Beach, CA (October 4, 2018)
  • "Did Dynamex Destroy the Independent Contractor Model?" Co-Presenter, Snell & Wilmer Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (September 27, 2018)
  • "Did Dynamex Destroy the Independent Contractor Model?" Co-Presenter, Snell & Wilmer and Association of Corporate Counsel (Southern California Chapter) Harbor Cruise CLE, Newport Beach, CA (June 20, 2018)
  • "Ten Practical Tips for Hiring Employees," Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal (June 18, 2018)
  • "Spotting Hot Button Issues For Nonprofit Employers" (Training Program for Pro Bono Nonprofit Organizations Legal Assessment Clinic), Presenter, ACC-SoCal, Public Law Center, UCI Law, Irvine, Ca (May 10, 2018)
  • "Quirks in California Employment Law Every Startup Should Know," Presenter, OC Chapter of National Contract Management Association Annual Education Symposium – Contracting in the Age of Startups, Technology & Innovation, Irvine, CA (April 26, 2018)
  • "Employment Law Update," Presenter, Entrepreneurs' Organization Orange County Power Breakfast, Costa Mesa, CA (April 10, 2018)
  • "New California Laws: Restricting an Employer’s Ability to Make Pre-Hire and Personnel Decisions and More," Presenter, Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (March 15, 2018)
  • "California Supreme Court Deviates From Federal Regulations on Calculating Regular Rate of Pay on Flat Rate Bonuses," Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (March 9, 2018)
  • "Limiting the Scope of Anti-Retaliation Measures: The Supreme Court Narrows the Definition of the term “Whistleblower” Under the Dodd-Frank Act," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (February 22, 2018)
  • "Mediation: How It Works and Is It Worth It," Presenter, Entrepreneurs’ Organization – Orange County, Irvine, CA (December 11, 2017)
  • "What Not to Ask: Avoiding Discrimination Claims During the Hiring Process," Co-Presenter, Employment Law Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (November 7, 2017)
  • "Why Am I Hurting?: What Employers Should Know About Employees with Injuries, Disabilities and Medical Conditions," Presenter, Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (August 10, 2017)
  • "Punitive Damages," Co-Author, Employment Damages and Remedies, Chapter 6, CEB - California (May 2017)
  • "How Employers Can Help Prevent Workplace Sexual Harassment Lawsuits," Presenter, Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (March 23, 2017)
  • "Updates on Exempt Employees Under the FLSA," Presenter, Employment Law Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (November 16, 2016)
  • "Internal Investigations: Overview and Current Developments," Co-Presenter, Employment Law Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (November 16, 2016)
  • "Avoid the Pain! What Employers Should Know About Accommodating Employees with Injuries, Disabilities and Medical Conditions," Presenter, California Bus Association Convention, Rancho Mirage, CA (October 17, 2016)
  • "Drug Testing and Marijuana in the Workplace," Presenter, Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (September 22, 2016)
  • "How to Deal with Unusual & Awkward Employee Issues," Presenter, Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (March 24, 2016)
  • "Ten Practical Tips for Terminating Employees," Author, Orange County Business Journal (December 7, 2015)
  • "New California Law Creates New Requirements for Employers Paying Workers on a Piece-Rate Basis," Co-Author, Under Construction (December 2015)
  • "What to Expect When Your Employee is Expecting," Presenter, Employment Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (November 12, 2015)
  • "Identifying & Managing Problem Employees," Presenter, California Bus Association Convention, Yosemite, CA (October 20, 2015)
  • "Ten Tip for Terminating Employees," Presenter, Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (September 24, 2015)
  • "Changes Affecting Employer's CFRA Policies and Procedures Begin Today," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (July 1, 2015)
  • "Hot Topics and Critical Issues in California Employment Law," Presenter, Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (June 25, 2015)
  • "Claims Beyond OSHA," Presenter, OSHA Update Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (June 19, 2015)
  • "Avoiding Employment Law Hazards: Keys to Running a Tight Ship for In-House Counsel," Co-Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel (Southern California Chapter), Long Beach, CA (June 3, 2015)
  • "Punitive Damages," Co-Author, Employment Damages and Remedies, Chapter 6, CEB - California (May 2015)
  • "Ten Tips to Prevent Workplace Sexual Harassment Lawsuits," Presenter, Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (March 12, 2015)
  • "The meal-break battle: If you operate buses in California, don't ignore the law," Quoted, Bus & Motorcoach NEWS (December 1, 2014)
  • "Why Your Employee's Workplace Injury Can Cost You Even More," Presenter, Employment Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (November 13, 2014)
  • "WARNING: Your Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) May Not Protect You," Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (November 13, 2014)
  • "Give Me a Break! - What Employers Should Know About California's Meal and Rest Break Requirements," Presenter, California Bus Association Convention, Sonoma, CA (October 27, 2014)
  • "Avoid the Pain! - What Employers Should Know About Accommodating Employees with Injuries, Disabilities and Medical Conditions," Presenter, Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (October 2014)
  • "Ten Tips on How to Conduct an Effective Workplace Investigation," Presenter, Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (June 2014)
  • "Independent Contractors – Risks & Rewards," Presenter, National Contract Management Association, Irvine, CA (May 15, 2014)
  • "California Wage & Hour Master Class," Presenter, Business & Legal Resources and HR Hero, San Diego, CA (March 20, 2014)
  • "Identifying and Managing Problem Employees," Presenter, Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (March 2014)
  • "U.S. and California Supreme Court Game-Changing Cases of 2013 and Beyond: How Will They Impact Your Business?," Speaker, Roundtable Presentation, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (February 25, 2014)
  • "Avoiding Bad Apple Employees and Wage and Hour Nightmares," Presenter, Employment Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (November 7, 2013)
  • "New California Law Requires Employers to Provide Heat "Recovery Periods," Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (November 6, 2013)
  • "Wage & Hour Issues that Keep Employers Up at Night," Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (September 2013)
  • "The Wage and Hour Pitfalls Multistate Employers Need to Avoid in California," Presenter, Multistate Employers in California Summit: Employment Law Essentials for HR Webinar, Business & Legal Resources (July 9, 2013)
  • "California Employment Law Update: Dos and Don'ts for Multistate Employers," Presenter, HR Hero Webinar Series, Business & Legal Resources (April 16, 2013)
  • "U.S. and California Supreme Court Game-Changing Cases of 2012 and Beyond: How Will They Impact Your Business?," Speaker, Roundtable Presentation, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (February 26, 2013)
  • "Do My Employees Ever Have to Work?," Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (February 2013)
  • "Independent Contractors - What's in a Name?" and "New Hire Notices - More Paper for Employers to Complete," Speaker, Employment Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (November 8, 2012) 
  • "Punitive Damages," Co-Author, Employment Damages and Remedies, Chapter 6, CEB (1st  ed. 2012)
  • "Legal Alert - Brinker Gives Employers a Break but Not a Free Ride," Author, Snell & Wilmer (April 13, 2012)
  • "U.S. and California Supreme Court Game-Changing Cases of 2011 and Beyond: How Will They Impact Your Business?," Speaker, Roundtable Presentation, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (April 2012)
  • "I Think My Employee Is on Drugs," Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (February 2012)
  • "The Ten Commandments of Religious Discrimination," Speaker, Employment Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (October 2011)
  • "Where Are My Employees Headed With My Trade Secrets?," Speaker, Employment Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (October 2011)
  • "Do you need IMAGE? Promoting employer compliance with immigration laws," Co-Author, Daily Journal (September 1, 2011)
  • "The Ten Commandments of Religious Discrimination," Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal (August 22-28, 2011)
  • "Help Protect Your Company From the High Cost of a Wage and Hour Lawsuit," Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (May 2011)
  • "Take Control of Your Computers: Top 5 Considerations in the New Media Era," Speaker, Employment Toolkit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (October 2010)
  • "My Employee is Injured — So Why Am I in Pain?," Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal, Vol. 33, No. 38 (September 20, 2010)
  • "Tips for Dealing with Employees Who Have Disabilities, Injuries and Medical Conditions," Mattson Legal Seminar, Costa Mesa, CA (September 2010)

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars Edition, Employment & Labor (2011-2012)
  • Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Service, State Bar of California (2011-2014)

  • University of California at Irvine Alumni Association
    • Board of Directors
  • Orange County Community Tennis Association
    • President, Board of Directors
  • Mission Basilica School, San Juan Capistrano, School Board Member
  • Freedom Writers Foundation
    • Board of Directors

  • Kean, Miller, Hawthorne, D'Armond, McCowan & Jarman, L.L.P., Summer Associate

  • California

  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States District Court, All Districts of California