Jonathan Judge heads the Private Labor and Employment Group’s Advice and Counsel Team of attorneys.  He represents clients, large and small, in employment advice and counsel matters including wage and hour, leaves of absence, and hiring, terminations, and documentation. 

Mr. Judge represents employers in the private and public sector in many areas of labor and employment law, including reasonable accommodation, background checks, I-9 compliance, independent contractors, employee handbooks, arbitration agreements, severance agreements, commission agreements, drug testing, alternative workweek schedules, and the WARN Act.

Jonathan has represented numerous clients before the Internal Revenue Service on Affordable Care Act penalty assessments.  Over the years, he has secured a reduction of an IRS 226-J penalty from over $258,000 to $0. Mr. Judge also successfully negotiated a $1,642,410 penalty for failure to furnish 1095-C and 1095-C forms assessed by the IRS to just $315,850, among other successes.

Representative Matters

Reported Cases:

  • Koller Coatings Corporation v. So Calif Painters & Decorators, et. al., May 23, 2011 as 11-55816

Representative Matters:

  • Obtained arbitration awards upholding termination of two employees who filed wrongful termination grievances against their employer though their union.
  • Defeated a trust fund’s claims for attorneys’ fees and liquidated damages against an employer in federal district court.
  • Obtained numerous notices of case closure from the DFEH and CRD in discrimination claims filed by employees.
  • Reduced an IRS 226-J Affordable Care Act penalty from over $258,000 to $0.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

Alerts & Articles


Mr. Judge is a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law (Hardin & Higgins, Sixth Ed. 2012). He also oversees AALRR’s employment law blog and the Private Labor and Employment Practice Group’s Client Alerts. He also regularly contributes to other publications, including Law360 ("Calif. Appeals Court’s Marsh Ruling Widens Employer Liability," September 20, 2015).

Blog Posts

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Public Counsel
  • Painting and Decorating Contractors of America 
  • Southern California Labor & Employment Relations Association
  • Executives’ Association of Orange County 
  • Associated Builders & Contractors of Southern California


J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
B.S., University of Utah


  • 2003, California
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