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Louis Marlin

Louis M. Marlin, Esq.

Case Manager
Tricia Lunceford
T: 714-937-8251
F: 714-939-8710
5 Park Plaza, Suite 400, Irvine, CA 92614


After 43 years of active litigation, with a strong emphasis on employment wage and hour issues, Louis M. Marlin, Esq. has devoted himself to working full time as a neutral at JAMS since September 2015. His experience as a litigator, representing both defendants and plaintiffs in highly charged and often intricate complex matters, has provided him with an understanding of the needs of both sides when mediating these important cases. 

Whether defending the largest university system in the world concerning issues involving tenure and allegations of wrongful termination, prosecuting matters involving re-classification of insurance company claims adjusters, or litigating claims that employees of a nationwide retail chain were not properly compensated upon termination, his experience has formed the bedrock for his well-respected range of knowledge concerning employment and wage and hour matters.  That experiences has propelled Mr. Marlin into an active employment practice at JAMS, handling individual matters as well as complex litigation and class actions.

Since joining JAMS, Mr. Marlin has written several articles concerning mediation practices, often with a focus on issues directly related to assisting counsel in resolving cases through mediation. He is known for working actively to assist both sides in resolving employment and wage and hour matters.

Representative Matters

  • Wage-and-Hour
    • Mediated numerous employment claims such as:
      • Allegations of failure to consider non-discretionary bonuses when calculating overtime
      • Allegations of failure to pay overtime compensation
      • Allegations of failure to provide legally compliant meal and rest breaks
      • Allegations of failure to reimburse for necessary business expenses
      • Allegations of misclassification of employees as administrative exempt workers, independent contractors, or managerial exempt workers
      • Allegations of wage statement violation
      • Allegations of improper time rounding policies
      • Allegations of misclassification of intrastate truck driver
      • Allegations of unpaid “on call” work
    • Court-appointed discovery referee in wage and hour class action involving nationwide hotel chain
    • Mediated cases brought under Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) of 2004
    • Mediated numerous wage statement violation claims
    • Mediated claims involving alleged misclassification of employees.
    • Mediated claim that time employees spent at security bag check was not properly compensated
    • Mediated minimum wage violation disputes
  • Discrimination
    • Presided over several arbitrations concerning claims of discrimination in employment, including
      • racial discrimination
      • gender discrimination
      • disability discriminatio
      • age discrimination
    • Mediated claims involving failure to provide reasonable accommodations to injured or pregnant employees
    • Mediated claim by Fire Academy applicant who was prohibited from attending the Academy, after being accepted, due to being diabetic
    • Mediated claims involving allegations of failure to accommodate 
    • Mediated claims involving the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act in connection with employment application
    • Mediated FEHA claims based upon allegations of pregnancy discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination
    • Mediated claims of wrongful termination, including:
      • Alleged  “whistleblower’s” claim for wrongful termination
      • Claims for constructive wrongful termination based on sexual harassment
      • Claims of wrongful termination based on pregnancy discrimination
      • Claims of wrongful termination based on racial discrimination
      • Claims of wrongful termination based on disability discrimination

  • Honors
    • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
    • Rated as “Super Lawyer" (attorney 2007-2015, mediator 2016-2017)
    • Listed in “Top Attorneys of Southern California” by Los Angeles Magazine, class actions, complex litigation, and mass torts, 2007-2015
    • Listed in “Top Attorneys in Orange County“ by Orange Coast Magazine, 2010-2015
    • Listed as “Top Attorney in Orange County” by the Orange County Register newspaper
    • Listed as National Trial Lawyers’ “Top 100 Lawyer in California,” 2013-2015
    • Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 1991-2015
    • AV rated over 25 years
  • Memberships
    • Orange County Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Association of Business Trial Attorneys
  • Professional Activities
    • Speaker on multiple topics, including:
      • Ethics in Mediation
      • Resolving PAGA Cases in Mediation (Orange County Bar Assoc. Labor & Employment Seminar)
      • Elimination of Bias in Mediation
      • Presentation of Wage and Hour case in mediation
  • ADR Profile
  • Founding Partner, Marlin & Saltzman, 1984-2015
  • Law Offices of Louis M. Marlin, 1973-1984
  • Associate, Sonenshine & Armstrong, 1972-1973
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine

Counsel Comments

    • “Lou Marlin is a fantastic mediator.  He is respected by both plaintiffs and defendants because of his experience as a defense attorney and a successful plaintiff’s attorney. I strongly recommend him for class action mediations. He does not give up; he pursues the parties weeks after the mediation 'til the case is resolved.”
    • “Mr. Marlin is very knowledgeable about labor and employment law, and his ability to bring the parties together is truly impressive. His impressive combination of persistence, patience and understanding of personal dynamics has provided us with positive results. He is top-notch.”

      -Southern California labor & employment attorneys

    • “Having practiced at the highest levels as both a defense and plaintiffs' lawyer, Lou understands the concept of serving as a true neutral.  He has a singular focus, which is to settle your case.  It helps that he's a quick study, can build rapport with the clients in a matter of minutes, and can relate to almost anyone on almost any topic.  When necessary he will get into the weeds, but generally he will guide the parties through the most important issues in order to close the deal on the day of the mediation.”
      – Los Angeles Attorney
    • “Mr. Marlin communicates well with both sides of a dispute and he gets to the heart of the case quickly. He somehow manages to settle a case in half the time of most mediators, with results that each side can live with. He demonstrates the right combination of legal knowledge and people skills.”
      – Orange County Attorney




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