John M. Wicker

Attorney, Los Angeles
jwicker@cdflaborlaw.com
(213) 612-6300
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Favorite Team: San Diego Chargers

Favorite Quote: "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." Steve Prefontaine

If I Wasn't A Lawyer I'd Be: An Orthodontist

I Am Most Proud Of: My Pug, Rex.

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About John

In his counsel to California employers, John M. Wicker has extensive experience defending a wide range of employment-related claims including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, breach of contract, unfair competition and wage and hour claims. Wicker also has experience both prosecuting and defending trade secrets matters, and has successfully represented clients in state and federal court, in administrative proceedings, as well as in arbitration hearings.

Wicker also has a strong background counseling employers on a wide variety of matters, such as fiduciary obligations with respect to the management of employee stock ownership plans, overtime exemptions under federal and state law, employee handbooks, wage and hour matters, the organization of retirement and medical benefits plans and employment contracts.

Prior to joining the firm, Wicker worked for a large national employment defense firm, served as an Assistant Deputy to the Honorable Don Knabe of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and also worked as a videographer for the USC Football Team where he filmed practices and games for use by the University as well as the National Football League. Additionally, Wicker served as a law clerk in the Pomona Office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender where he assisted in the defense of several high profile criminal trials.

Wicker spends his free time playing poker, working out and attending San Diego Chargers and USC football games. He is also an avid fisherman.

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Education

New York University School of Law, J.D., 2013

  • Dean's Scholar
  • Unemployment Action Center, Student Representative
  • NYU Law and Business Program
  • High School Law Institute, Instructor

University of Southern California, B.A., Political Science, Minor in Business, magna cum laude, 2009

  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; Dean's Scholar, All Semesters
  • Joint Educational Project, Student Representative and Instructor
  • Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Rush Chairman

Publications

"Is Your Organization Prepared? What Employers Need to Know About the Changing Legal Landscape in California," Los Angeles Business Journal, January 2014 [Co-Author]

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2013 - present

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