Wayne Arnold is a highly-respected employment and business litigator representing clients ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to small and mid-market companies.  With a highly-personal approach to client relationship management and nearly four decades of focused experience, Mr. Arnold has earned his reputation as a “lawyer’s lawyer.”  In-house general counsel of major corporations frequently rely on him to resolve employment matters, real property cases and other complex business litigation.  They appreciate his efficient and thorough approach to problem-solving through alternative dispute resolution, while being fully-prepared to go to trial.

In representing employers, Mr. Arnold pursues the cost-effective resolution of claims including wrongful discharge, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour and sexual harassment.  Among his recent employment matters, he defended a Fortune 100 company against multiple claims of disability discrimination, using aggressive litigation tactics to obtain favorable settlements; settled wage and hour claims for alleged overtime and failure to give meal/rest breaks on behalf of a restaurant; and, successfully defended a national retailer against an employee’s allegations of failure to accommodate an alleged disability.

As a result of his deep experience defending employers in employment litigation matters, Mr. Arnold also counsels clients on employment contracts, employment manuals and policies.

With respect to Real Estate litigation, Mr. Arnold efficiently resolves disputes involving contracts, construction, commercial leases and financing as well as Americans with Disability Act (ADA) claims.  In a complex matter involving a failed real estate development, he represented a national retailer in defeating an action by a real estate developer to execute upon a $5 million injunction bond issued by his client, and subsequently obtained over $300,000 in cost reimbursements from the retailer.  In other recent matters, he negotiated a settlement in clients’ favor on behalf of multiple landlords against multiple tenants over ADA claims, and favorably settled a city’s claims of code violations on behalf of a retailer client.

Education

  • University of Mississippi Law School, J.D., 1977
  • California State University, Long Beach, B.A., 1975

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court (Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts, CA)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Cir.)

Honors & Awards

Martindale AV Rating

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • California Board of Legal Specialization, Past Chair

Charitable / Community Involvement

  • First Christian Church of Orange (Disciples of Christ)
  • Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer
  • Community theater actor, Orange County

Wayne C. Arnold's Representative Matters by Practice Area

ADA Defense

  • Negotiated settlement of ADA claim involving multiple tenants and multiple landlords. 

Appeals

  • Successfully represented national retailer client in a month-long trial and on appeal against a real estate developer over a $5 million injunction bond for a prospective real estate development.  On appeal, developer argued the trial court incorrectly interpreted the language of the injunction and incorrectly awarded costs. The Court of Appeal affirmed in full the judgment entered in favor of our client and the award of costs exceeding $300,000.

Business Litigation

  • Defended Texas resident against allegations, filed in the Northern District of the United States District Court, of false promises to pay for orders of wine without intent to perform.  Successfully obtained court order transferring lawsuit to Texas.   

Employment Litigation

  • Representing the employer against claims of disability discrimination, used aggressive litigation tactics to obtain favorable settlements for clients.  Successfully reduced plaintiffs’ requested attorneys’ fees through motion practice. 

  • Representing the employer against claims of national origin discrimination, obtained favorable settlement at mediation.

  • Successfully defended employer against employee’s allegations of failure to engage in an interactive process to reasonably accommodate employee’s alleged disability. Plaintiff had filed charges with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Thorough investigation revealed evidence that client terminated plaintiff after the employee had failed to respond to employer’s three separate attempts to engage in the interactive process to accommodate plaintiff’s injury. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing dismissed the charge without any adverse action to the employer.

  • Successfully and expediently defended a national retail chain against former employee’s allegations of sexual orientation and race discrimination.  In mediation, demonstrated that plaintiff’s termination resulted from performance issues and settled plaintiff’s $500,000 damages claim in client’s favor.

  • Representing national retail chain, quickly settled former employee’s race discrimination claim in client’s favor.  After being terminated for selling alcohol to an underage informant for the Los Angeles Police Department, plaintiff denied action and alleged that another employee of a different race recently had committed the same offense without being terminated. 

  • Representing the employer, settled employee’s discrimination and wage and hour violation claims in client’s favor, with dismissal of the complaint with prejudice.  After working off the clock and then being passed over for a promotion, plaintiff filed litigation alleging unpaid wage and hour as well as discrimination claims.  After conducting extensive discovery and investigation, successfully settled for payment of undisputed wage claims.

  • On the eve of the employee’s deposition, successfully settled a complaint filed by former employee alleging breach of implied employment contract claiming that the offense for which her employment was terminated was a widely accepted practice by the employer.

  • Representing a restaurant, settled wage and hour claims for alleged overtime and failure to give meal/rest breaks.

Real Estate Litigation

  • Defended claims against client for allegedly fraudulently inducing plaintiff to enter into and/or breach an option agreement to sell residential real estate allegedly valued in excess of $5,000,000.  Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of client, as well as an order awarding attorneys’ fees to client.   

  • Representing national retalier, favorably settled city’s claim of code violations early in case.

  • Defeated an action by a real estate developer to execute upon a $5 million injunction bond issued by national retailer client.  Developer had failed to complete a real estate development, for which client was to be anchor tenant, before the financial crisis of September 2008.  Obtained over $300,000 in cost reimbursements from developer.