Kenneth R. Ballard

Kenneth R. Ballard

Kenneth R. Ballard, Partner

Ken is a founding partner of the firm. He has dedicated his legal career to labor and employment law matters primarily involving union-management relations. He is considered one of the country’s preeminent management attorneys in the hospitality industry and has lectured throughout the country on preventive labor relations and other employment-related issues.

Although Ken is a strong management advocate and a result driven negotiator, he maintains unique working relationships both with area and national labor leaders and politicians that make a real difference in achieving desired objectives. He has won the recognition of his peers and legal rating services as one of the best labor lawyers in the country.

Ken has negotiated union contracts for employers in virtually every major city in the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and even the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is uniquely qualified to provide the kind of real world guidance that employers require.

Court Admissions

United States Courts of Appeals:

  • Ninth Circuit

United States District Courts:

  • Central District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Northern District of California

B.A., Syracuse University (1971)

J.D., UNC School of Law (1975)

  • National Moot Court Team
  • Southern California Super Lawyers (Labor and Employment Law) (2004 – present)
  • Best Lawyers (2007 – present)
  • Lawyer of the Year (Labor Law – Management), Best Lawyers (2013)

California Court of Appeal

  • GAB Business Services v. Lindsey & Newsom Claim Services (2000) 83 Cal. App. 4th 409 (court reversed jury verdict against our client, a company that provides independent insurance adjusting services, on claims against a former corporate officer and a competitor company for breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition)
  • Gosvener v. Coastal Corporation (1996) 51 Cal. App. 4th 805 (established standards for an employer’s reasonable accommodation of alcoholism under Labor Code Section 1025 and the Fair Employment and Housing Act)

National Labor Relations Board

  • Anaheim Town & Country Inn, 282 NLRB 224 (1986) (employer lawfully refused to honor collective bargaining agreement signed by manager and lawfully discharged manager for allowing union to organize employees)
  • Service Employees Local 44 (Sir Francis Drake), 274 NLRB 501 (1985) (union unlawfully attempted to force employer to assign certain work to its members rather than to the employer’s non-union employees)

Labor Arbitration Awards

  • Gaylord National Harbor, 128 LA 821 (Abrams, 2010) (awarding employer work assignments language proposals in an interest arbitration)
  • Sebastiani Vineyards, 85 LA 371 (Rothstein, 1985) (employer had the right to award foreman position to more qualified employee rather than most senior employee)
  • Lash Distributors, 74 LA 274 (Darrow, 1980) (employer had just cause to suspend employee for low production)
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections
  • Labor Insignia Battle Decided in San Diego, Hotel & Motel Management (2007)
  • Employers Must Handle Issues Before Unions Do, Hotel & Motel Management (2006)