Representing Employees Since 1997
Victory With A Landmark Decision
The Law Offices of Kevin T. Barnes obtained a significant victory for consumers and plaintiffs’ class action attorneys in a landmark California Supreme Court decision. On August 11, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued its decision, approving the use of percentage fee awards in class action cases resulting in the preservation or recovery of a “common fund” for the benefit of class members.
The Supreme Court granted review on the single issue of whether a trial court may calculate an attorney fee award from a class action common fund as a percentage of the fund, while using the lodestar-multiplier method as a cross-check of the selected percentage. Class counsel Kevin T. Barnes argued the case, which resulted in a lengthy opinion by Justice Werdegar.
Kevin Barnes also received a landmark verdict against Huntington Memorial Hospital in 2008. The precedent-setting case was tried in front of a Los Angeles Superior Court, which ruled that a nonprofit hospital cannot pay nurses two rates of pay for the same work and issued a $32,857,014.83 verdict. This case later settled for $60 million dollar lump sum. As the first dual-rate payment case tried to any court, it has affected the way other hospitals pay employees. In fact, as a result of this verdict, the Law Offices of Kevin Barnes subsequently settled a similar case against Tenet Hospital for $85 million dollars, as well as a settlement against Arcadia Methodist Hospital for $20.25 million dollars.
Employment Law Attorneys
What Sets Us Apart?
Kevin Barnes has been almost exclusively focusing on representing employees in wage and hour class action cases. Mr. Barnes has been invited on numerous occasions to speak on class action and wage and hour employment issues by numerous labor associations. Mr. Barnes was selected as one of the Top 10 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in 2008 by the Daily Journal and named Daily Journals’ Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers in California for 2017 and 2018, as well as being selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in each year from 2007 to present. This recognition is a selection by his peers based upon ethics, experience and reputation and represents the top 5% of his profession. Mr. Barnes is also AV rated* by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for a lawyer.
Maximize Results, Minimize Legal Costs
At the Law Offices of Kevin T. Barnes, we pride ourselves on providing quality legal advice that is innovative, creative and effective. When problems arise, our attorneys work with clients to find solutions that maximize results while attempting to minimize legal costs. We are experienced in the following aspects of employment and labor law:
- Wage and hour violations
- Meal and rest breaks
- Illegal wage deductions
- Independent contractors
- Failure to reimburse for business expenses
- Inside/outside salespeople
- Credit checks
- Discrimination and wrongful termination