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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:

  • Employment Laws That Impact Your Practice and Your Clients– (2018) East Bay Chapter of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California
  • 2018 Employment Law Update– (2018) Co-Presentation with Lisa Peck for the San Mateo County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law section
  • California Wage & Hour Complexities– (2017) Private training for national care agency franchise
  • Hiring and Working with Caregivers: Risks, Liabilities and Solutions – (2017) Cal-CPA
  • That’s Not My Employee!– (2017) East Bay Association of Enrolled Agents
  • Hiring Caregivers and Other Household Employees –(2017) Golden Gate Enrolled Agents
  • Employing Workers and Paying Them Correctly – (2017) Central Valley Human Resource Management Association
  • Employing Private Household Caregivers– (2017) Private training for national care agency
  • Working with Caregivers: Solutions to Common Problems – (2017) Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Northern California Ed Day
  • Properly Paying Caregivers for SNT Beneficiaries– (2017) Co-Presentation with TEAM Risk Management for the Special Needs Symposium
  • In Today’s Mobile World, What Hours Really Count as Work?– (2017) Co-Presentation with Richard Schramm as part of Wage and Hour Workshop, Santa Clara County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law section
  • Understanding Wage and Hour Laws When Paying Caregivers – (2016) Fiduciary Summit
  • California and Federal Wage and Hour 101, Parts I & II – (2016) California State Bar Basic Wage and Hour Conference
  • California’s Paid Sick Leave – (2015) Wage & Hour Update
  • Hiring, Employment, Supervising, and Disciplining Workers – (2015) PFAC Annual Conference
  • Wage & Hour Roundtable: Paid Sick Leave – (2015) Silicon Valley Employment Lawyers
  • Employment Law Update – (2015) Silicon Valley Senior Core of Retired Executives
  • Wage & Hour Roundtable: Pay Stub Violations and PAGA – (2014) Silicon Valley Employment Lawyers
  • 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
  • What Trust and Estates Attorneys Need to Know About Employment Laws in the Elder and Home Care Industries – (2013) Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • Wage & Hour Roundtable: An In-Depth Look at the Administrative Exemption – (2013) Silicon Valley Employment Lawyers
  • Protecting Yourself and Your Clients from Employee Lawsuits – (2013) Professional Fiduciary Association of California
  • Wage & Hour Roundtable: How to Avoid Paying for Hours Worked – (2013) Santa Clara County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Changing Landscapes: New Employment Laws Impacting the Home Care Provider Industry – (2012) Professional Fiduciary Association of California
  • Alphabet Soup: Practice Before Labor & Employment Agencies – (2012) Labor and Employment Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Santa Clara County Bar Association Co-Presenter
  • That’s Not My Employee! Why the California Courts and Government Agencies May Disagree – (2011) Professional Fiduciary Association of California
  • That’s Not My Employee – (2010) Labor and Employment Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Santa Clara County Bar Association Co-Presenter
  • Hot Employment Topics – (2008) Labor and Employment Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Bothersome: 2008 Employment Law Update – (2008) Labor and Employment Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Payroll Fundamentals – (2007) Lorman Education Services
  • Top Mistakes Honest Employers Make – (2006, 2007, 2008) Owners 2 Owners, Merriwest Credit Union, Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Workplace Investigations: Investigating Employee Misconduct – (2006) Labor and Employment Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Family and Medical Leave Act in California – (2005) Lorman Education Services
  • Gifts and Gotcha’s: The Latest Developments in Employment Law – (2005) Labor and Employment Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Labor Code Private Attorney General’s Act – (2004, 2005) State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section’s Annual Conference, Labor and Employment Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association