Law School/Year: J.D., cum laude, Pepperdine University, 1993
College/Year: B.S., California Polytechnic State University, 1989
Civil Litigation, Corporate Business, Discrimination & Civil Rights, Labor
Rick Bergstrom was recently part of the labor segment of the Jones Day deal team that advised SAP AG in its $5.8 billion agreement to acquire Sybase Inc.
He recently testified before Congress concerning the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in <i>Garcetti v. Ceballos</i>.
Bergstrom represented a large national restaurant chain in a putative wage and hour class action involving claims for missed meal and rest periods, overtime, working off the clock, failure to provide accurate wage statements, waiting time penalties and penalties under the Private Attorney General Act. The putative class comprised more than 40,000 current and former employees. Following motions and discovery, we resolved the action on terms very favorable to the client.
He also represented a publicly traded international restaurant chain in a putative class action seeking to require the restaurant chain to bring more than 1,000 California restaurants into compliance with state disability access laws.
Bergstrom’s practice focuses on complex litigation matters in federal and state courts, including wage and hour class actions, trade secret litigation and various employment matters. He also advises retailers and other businesses on public accommodation access laws, including Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and California's Unruh Act.
Bergstrom counsels companies on various topics including wage and hour issues, unfair competition, trade secrets, privacy, outsourcing, terminations, employment agreements, accommodating disabilities, leaves of absence, and employment policies and procedures. He has successfully represented clients in individual and class action suits involving claims for unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, unpaid wages, overtime, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, fraud and defamation.
Bergstrom is a member of the Pepperdine University Alumni Association and the Labor and Employment Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association.
He is a member of the Deacons Board at Grace Point Church in Carmel Valley.
Bergstrom and his wife Kim have three children (Samantha, C.J. and Matthew), and they live in Carmel Valley. When they are not working and the kids are not in school, the Bergstroms can most often be found wake boarding at Lake Mojave.