Jack is a leading California employment defense lawyer. A partner of Dykema Gossett LLP, Jack has devoted his twenty-year career to litigation of labor and employment law matters and advising employers in managing their workforce to comply with federal and California employment law.
Representing and counseling employers with as few as two employees and as many as 100,000, based in Southern California and throughout the United States, Jack helps them understand the finer points of discrimination and harassment law, wage and hour regulations, and family and medical leave law. He also provides guidance on handbook development and enforcement, as well as the panoply of issues that may face an employer on any given day.
Jack’s experience includes a favorable verdict on behalf of an individual sexual harassment defendant owed a duty of indemnification, and a million-dollar reverse fee award in favor of a client wrongly accused of sexual harassment and persecuted by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Jack enjoys assisting clients facing multi-million dollar wage claims and other high-stakes employment litigation, but gets great satisfaction from helping clients develop systems to address and resolve issues before they get anywhere near that level.
During Jack’s first nine years of practice, he worked for employment law boutique Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, LLP, Loeb & Loeb, and Parker Milliken Clark O’Hara & Samuelian. He founded Schaedel & Associates, a Professional Law Corporation in 2004, operating it through 2009, when he joined forces with The Hernandez Law Group to found HS&A. They then merged with Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP in 2013.
Jack also is a trained and skilled mediator, having earned a certificate from the world-renowned Straus Institute at Pepperdine University.