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Contact

Pleasanton: 925-400-9052

San Jose: 408-498-7642

Fax:     925-460-9987

E-mail: robert@nuddleman.com

Emphasis:

  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Counseling
  • Caregiver Laws
  • Overtime and Compensation Issues
  • Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition
  • Leaves of Absence Issues
  • Employment Policy Review
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition
  • Leaves of Absence Issues
  • Employment Policy Review

Pro Bono & Public Service Work

  • Alameda County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, Chairperson
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, Member and Former Chairperson
  • South Bay Workers’ Rights Clinic, Attorney Advisor
  • East Bay Workers’ Rights Clinic, Attorney Advisor
  • Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, Volunteer Attorney
  • Scout Master of Troop 999, Livermore, CA

Robert E. Nuddleman, Esq.

I remember attending camp at age 11 or 12, and taking a drama class. The instructor asked everyone to say why they chose the class. Some said they wanted to be actors, some didn’t know why they chose drama, and a few admitted they thought the class would be easy. I proudly said, “Because I want to be a lawyer.” Several people laughed, but the instructor knew what I was talking about. Like an actor, lawyers tell stories. More particularly, I tell your story. Figuring out the best way to tell your story enables me to be a better advocate for you.

When I studied psychology at Webster University in Geneva, I didn’t realize how much it would help me understand people’s motivations and perspectives. Because I represent employees and employers, understanding what the other side is thinking or how they perceive a situation gives me an advantage over attorneys that only represent one side or the other.

In law school, I learned how to use the law to protect and benefit my clients. I worked with the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center (fka East San Jose Community Law Center) representing indigent clients in employment disputes. Through their program, I represented several clients in administrative hearings before the Labor Commissioner and the Employment Development Department, and even conducted a full wage and hour trial–recovering the jurisdictional maximum for my client.

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working for and with some of the best employment attorneys in the San Francisco Bay Area. I opened my own practice right out of law school, representing my own clients and helping other attorneys with their clients. I co-counseled my first federal jury trial within the first few years of my practice. I spent a large portion of my career working for Phillip J. Griego and Associates, representing employees and employers in a wide variety of employment law matters, and I honed my skills as a lawyer, counselor and advocate.

In 2015, I re-opened my own practice closer to home, enabling me to spend less time commuting and more time with my wife and 3 children. As scoutmaster and an assistant coach for my sons’ football team, I have more opportunities to connect with my sons. I also get to drive my daughter to high school every day, which is a particularly special treat. Opening my own office also allowed me to focus my practice on the clients I want to serve, and adopt ways to streamline my practice and use newer technologies.

I thoroughly enjoy representing employees and employers. Most people spend more waking hours with their co-workers than they do with their families. Any disruption in that relationship creates stress and problems. I help my clients fix those problems so they can move forward with their businesses and careers.

A large portion of my practice focuses on wage and hour issues, such as unpaid overtime, meal and rest break violations, designing or enforcing commission plans, and other wage-related claims. I also advise employers how to avoid harassment and wrongful termination claims, and represent employees who have been victims of unlawful discrimination, retaliation or harassment. I help employers develop good employment policies, and help employers and employees with disability accommodation issues. If you need help avoiding problems through general advice and counsel, resolving a case without litigation, or if you need a strong advocate in litigation, call me to see how I can help you.

— Robert Nuddleman

Representative Seminars and Presentations:

  • Wage & Hour Best Practices (2016) Low Cost Ed Day for East Bay Chapter of CalCPA
  • That’s Not My Employee! Why the California Courts and Government Agencies May Disagree (2016) East Bay Chapter of CalCPA
  • Hiring and Working with Caregivers: Risks, Liabilities and Solutions (2016) Western Region Chapter Conference – Aging Life Care Association
  • Understanding Wage and Hour Laws When Paying Caregivers – (2016) Fiduciary Attorney Summit
  • California and Federal Wage and Hour 101, Part I & II – (2016) California Bar Association Basic Wage & Hour Conference
  • California’s Paid Sick Leave (2015) ACBA Roundtable
  • Retaliation and Whistleblower Roundtable – (2015) Alameda County Bar Association
  • Hiring, Employing, Supervising and Disciplining Workers – (2015) Professional Fiduciary Association of California
  • Overtime Laws for Caregivers: New Legislation That Will Increase the Cost of In-Home Care and How to Minimize Those Costs – (2014) Professional Fiduciary Association of California
  • New Overtime Laws: What Does it Mean for You and Your Clients (2013 & 2014) Silicon Valley PFAC, Santa Cruz County Estate Planning Council, Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • Wage & Hour Update: What are “Hours Worked?” (2013) Labor And Employment Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, co-presenter
  • Wage & Hour Update: Understanding the Administrative Exemption (2013) Labor and Employment Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, co-presenter
  • Protecting Yourself and Your Clients from Employee Lawsuits (2013) Professional Fiduciary Association of California