Rob Hudock

Robert Hudock founded Hudock Employment Law Group in 2015 to deliver tailored legal services to California companies that thrive in vibrant, creative work environments. His clients are often companies looking at new markets and competitive opportunities, that want to recruit the best talent available, while avoiding distracting workplace issues or lawsuits.

Rob is a deeply experienced litigator with over 21 years of practice and has devoted his career to employment law for businesses for the last 16 years. He spent several years in “Big Law” and has experience managing large litigation teams. Rob was drawn to the “human side” of employment law, helping clients overcome challenges presented by difficult issues and sparing them the angst of conflict and worry.

Known for his careful case analysis and preparation, thoughtful counsel, and leadership skills, Rob is a disciplined advocate and tenacious litigator for his clients, and regularly finds creative solutions for legal problems deemed “lost causes” by others.

Rob relates easily with C-suite executives, general counsel, and even opposing counsel, which makes him a skilled negotiator. As a business owner and endurance athlete, he is highly goal-oriented and understands the needs and drive of startups. He is equally adept representing established companies looking to protect their brands and retain a satisfied, productive workforce, from large nonprofits with more than 1,000 employees to Fortune 100 companies.

“I like to look at the long game for my clients. It’s important to resolve the current matter, but more importantly, to see how our decisions and methods fit into an overall strategy for managing a workforce and corporate reputation.”

Rob handles all aspects of employment litigation. He litigates in state and federal court, on both single-plaintiff and class action matters, and also handles claims before relevant state and federal agencies, including the California Labor Commissioner/DLSE and DFEH, and the federal Department of Labor and the EEOC. His successes include jury, bench, and administrative trials, and appellate litigation.

In addition to litigation, he provides advice, counseling, training, and other solutions in various areas, including workforce management; negotiating and preparing employment-related agreements; employee handbooks and policies; statutory leave; and wage and hour policies, practices, and strategies.

In 2022, Hudock Employment Law Group was featured in the Daily Journal in a profile entitled “The Cleaner: Attorneys at Hudock Employment Law Group routinely help businesses out of sticky situations.”  In the article, trial attorney Andrew M. Jacobson, who opposed Rob in a contentious dispute says Rob “was extremely professional while also being a zealous advocate for his client. And that was apparent from the way he defended the depositions to how he was dealing with written discovery.”  The feature adds that according to Jacobson, Rob was “highly attentive to detail and certainly knew how to create an effective trial defense strategy.”

A University of San Diego School of Law graduate, Rob speaks regularly before professional organizations on employment law issues.  He has been featured and quoted in publications and print, such as TechCrunch, Daily Journal, SHRM, Law.com, and Los Angeles Times.

Named a ‘Top Litigator’ in 2021 by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Rob is involved in several professional associations and community organizations. He is the past Chair of the San Fernando Valley Counseling Center Board of Directors and regularly volunteers for charity events, such as the Special Olympics and Challenged Athletes programs. Rob is also an active member of ACG-LA, SHRM, PIHRA-LA, ProVisors, and Highrise.

In 2021, Rob was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a “Leader in Law” and by LA Times Magazine as a “Legal Visionary.”  Also in 2021, Hudock Employment Law Group won the “Best of Los Angeles” Award for best employment defense law firm. Rob is a competitive triathlete, with five Ironman finishes in three countries, and a mountaineer whose climbs include successful expeditions on two of the world’s “Seven Summits” – Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro.

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ROB’S INSIGHTS

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Santa Monica Bar Association 2015-2017, Member
  • Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce 2015-2017, Member and Employment Law Consultant
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, San Fernando Valley Counseling Center 2015-2017
  • ProVisors, Member

VOLUNTEER AND PRO BONO WORK

  • Elder Law & Advocacy
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • Special Olympics
  • Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County
  • San Diego Domestic Violence TRO Clinic

ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Courts – Central and Southern Districts of California

EDUCATION

  • University of San Diego School of Law, JD – 2000
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award – Highest achievement in Trial and Litigation
  • CALI Excellence Awards – Highest grades in Employment Litigation, Professional Responsibility
  • University of Connecticut, BA, Psychology – 1992