Bob Kane has been representing businesses in labor and employment matters for more than 40 years. He started when he was very young.
His practice has covered the gamut of labor and employment issues in practically every industry, including, in particular, health care and health care related companies.
He represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations and in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. He regularly deals with the federal and state administrative agencies that enforce the employment discrimination and wage and hour laws. He has handled many investigations and hearings on behalf of employers before those agencies.
Bob defends employers in lawsuits filed in both state and federal courts and in arbitration alleging wrongful discharge, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, and various other employment related claims.
He has resolved innumerable disputes on very favorable terms for employers, including in mediation, but also has handled many cases through trial before juries, judges and arbitrators, usually with excellent results.
He has also represented employers as plaintiffs when former employees and their new employers have engaged in misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition or related torts.
In the last ten years when such lawsuits became fashionable, Bob has defended many employers in wage and hour class actions, obtaining excellent results often at a total cost that is far less than that charged by other firms.
Bob prides himself on counseling clients on everyday employment situations helping them achieve their business objectives while minimizing the chances of litigation. He has many long term clients who will attest to his practicality and accessibility. He answers his own phone and is reachable by clients at all hours, seven days a week.
Prior to founding Stuart Kane LLP, Bob spent 28 years at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, starting its labor and employment practice, chairing its litigation department for several years, and serving on the Firm’s Board of Directors for almost 20 years. Prior to moving to Orange County to become a shareholder at Stradìing, Bob was a partner at the Los Angeles Office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius. He was the first associate hired in that office and the first associate to be made partner in that office. He is a cum laude graduate of St. John’s University and went to law school at New York University, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Bob has been married for 34 years and his wife, M’Liss, is a lawyer with a company. They have two daughters, one in graduate school in Europe and the other an undergraduate at the University of Washington.
When he is not working and spending time with his family, Bob plays golf with his friends, reads history, and is a big hockey and football fan. Bob and his wife are also season ticketholders at South Coast Repertory and the Pacific Symphony.
Bob is happy to provide professional references on request. He has many satisfied clients.