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Craig J. O'Loughlin

Craig J. O'Loughlin

Partner| Phoenix|Orange County


Craig O'Loughlin is licensed in Arizona and California and practices in all areas of employment law advisement and litigation, OSHA/Cal-OSHA compliance and defense, workers' compensation consulting and defense, labor relations advisement, and public contract award protests. Craig’s expertise in California employment laws, particularly California’s complex wage and hour laws, including prevailing wages, assist him in advising and defending not only California-based businesses, but also businesses based outside of California with a significant employment presence there. 

In addition, Craig routinely provides training to clients’ human resources professionals and general workforce in all areas of employment law, including sexual harassment, discrimination/retaliation, wage and hour practices, discipline and termination practices, and state and federal disability and leave laws.

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  • Defending employers in federal and state employee discrimination and retaliation litigation, as well as wage and hour litigation, including large-scale class action defense
  • Representing employers before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Arizona Civil Rights Commission, United States Department of Labor, and California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and other administrative entities against wage and hour, prevailing wage, discrimination, and retaliation charges, including conducting investigations, drafting position statements, and participating in mediation/conciliation/arbitration
  • Advising employers on current trends and compliance with state and federal employment laws including the ADA, FMLA, FLSA, Title VII, California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, Arizona’s Civil Rights Act, and Arizona's Employment Protection Act
  • Drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants, including non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements in the employment setting
  • Consulting with employers on employment issues and solutions as they pertain to mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and reductions in workforce, including WARN Act and Cal-WARN Act compliance
  • Defending clients in matters of OSHA/Cal-OSHA citations and related retaliation claims
  • Drafting comprehensive employment agreements, policies and handbooks for employers
  • Directing employers regarding labor relations matters and advising on NLRA enforcement trends
  • Protesting awards and denials of public contracts by state and municipal entities
  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (J.D., 2003)
    • Pedrick Scholar
    • Articles Editor, ASU Law Journal (2002-2003)
    • Staff Writer, ASU Law Journal (2001-2002)
    • National Moot Court Team, Captain (2002-2003)
    • The Order of Barristers
    • Moot Court Honor Society (2003)
  • Arizona State University (B.A., English, summa cum laude, 1999)
  • American Bar Association
  • Arizona State Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Employment & Labor (2012-2013)
  • Phoenix Sister Cities, Prague Committee
  • Quarles & Brady, LLP, Partner (2005-2017)
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Associate (2003-2005)
  • Czech
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • All State and Federal Courts in California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit