People: John G. Yslas, Partner

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John G. Yslas

Partner

Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9657
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John Yslas is a partner in the Los Angeles office.  He represents companies in a wide variety of actions, with an emphasis on wage and hour class actions (both state and federal law), while also routinely handling single plaintiff cases. He has also handled such matters involving unfair business practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, commercial contracts disputes and practices, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, breach of fiduciary duty, and unlawful interference with prospective business opportunity.

Mr. Yslas’ litigation practice encompasses all aspects of litigation, including extensive pre-trial, jury trial, arbitration and appellate experience. He has served as trial attorney in successfully defending multi-million dollar claims in trials of up to five weeks and involving up to 14 plaintiffs. He also successfully challenged a wage and hour rule promulgated by the California Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE) in a declaratory relief action against the DLSE; the trial court granted Mr. Yslas' summary judgment motion, and the Court of Appeals affirmed the decision in a published decision.

Mr. Yslas is active in several organizations. He is a member of the Mexican-American Bar Association. He served on the 2008 Hispanic National Bar Association Convention Planning Committee. He also served on the Los Angeles County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service Committee. Mr. Yslas currently serves on the board of directors of the Mexican American Bar Foundation and on the board of directors for the California Minority Counsel Program.

Mr. Yslas previously served as a commissioner on the five-member Los Angeles Civil Service Commission, which oversees the personnel decisions for the great majority of employees of the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Yslas also previously served as a commissioner on the Los Angeles Convention Center Commission, which oversees major decisions concerning the Convention Center. He was appointed by two different mayors of the City of Los Angeles to these important commissions.

John Yslas is a partner in the Los Angeles office.  He represents companies in a wide variety of actions, with an emphasis on wage and hour class actions (both state and federal law), while also routinely handling single plaintiff cases. He has also handled such matters involving unfair business practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, commercial contracts disputes and practices, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, breach of fiduciary duty, and unlawful interference with prospective business opportunity.

Mr. Yslas’ litigation practice encompasses all aspects of litigation, including extensive pre-trial, jury trial, arbitration and appellate experience. He has served as trial attorney in successfully defending multi-million dollar claims in trials of up to five weeks and involving up to 14 plaintiffs. He also successfully challenged a wage and hour rule promulgated by the California Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE) in a declaratory relief action against the DLSE; the trial court granted Mr. Yslas' summary judgment motion, and the Court of Appeals affirmed the decision in a published decision.

Mr. Yslas is active in several organizations. He is a member of the Mexican-American Bar Association. He served on the 2008 Hispanic National Bar Association Convention Planning Committee. He also served on the Los Angeles County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service Committee. Mr. Yslas currently serves on the board of directors of the Mexican American Bar Foundation and on the board of directors for the California Minority Counsel Program.

Mr. Yslas previously served as a commissioner on the five-member Los Angeles Civil Service Commission, which oversees the personnel decisions for the great majority of employees of the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Yslas also previously served as a commissioner on the Los Angeles Convention Center Commission, which oversees major decisions concerning the Convention Center. He was appointed by two different mayors of the City of Los Angeles to these important commissions.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (1996)
  • B.A., high honors, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991

Admissions

  • California

Affiliations

  • Active member, Mexican-American Bar Association
  • Currently serves on the board of directors of the Mexican American Bar Foundation
  • Currently serves on the board of directors for the California Minority Counsel Program (Executive Committee)
  • Served on the 2008 Hispanic National Bar Association Convention Planning Committee
  • Served on the Los Angeles County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service Committee
  • Served as a commissioner on the five-member Los Angeles Civil Service Commission
  • Served as a commissioner on the Los Angeles Convention Center Commission

Publications

  • "Headline News: Wal-Mart v. Dukes – Impact on Class Action Litigation," Employee Benefits Broadcast (July 26, 2011)
  • "Privacy Issues in the Employment Environment," Labor & Employment Inner Workings Web Conference Series (December 3, 2009)
  • "Overview of Trade Secret Law," Energy Company Presentation (March 2, 2009)

Accolades

  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2015 - 2018