Friday, April 8, 2011

Zuber & Taillieu Adds New Partner

Litigator Johnny Darnell Griggs Joins Zuber & Taillieu

Johnny Darnell Griggs joins Zuber & Taillieu as a partner in its litigation department, where he will focus on complex civil litigation, and employment and labor law matters. He represents Fortune 500 and other public companies, public benefit corporations and governmental entities. With over a quarter of a century of experience, Mr. Griggs handles civil litigation in varied industries, including matters involving prosecution and defense of real estate and real estate-related claims, defense of toxic tort claims, and defense and prosecution of claims related to complex business transactions.

Mr. Griggs’ employment expertise includes matters relating to wage and hour, hiring and firing, workplace discipline, workplace privacy, trade secret, non-competition, non-solicitation, and human resources management issues. Mr. Griggs regularly defends employers against claims alleging race, age, gender, disability and sexual orientation discrimination; sexual harassment; whistleblower retaliation; wrongful termination; and related contract and tort claims. In addition, Mr. Griggs counsels employers on labor union relations, including with respect to union organizing drives, collective bargaining agreements and claims before the National Labor Relations Board.

“As our second former large law firm employment litigation partner, Johnny brings significant additional depth to our employment litigation practice,” says Thomas Zuber, co-founder of Zuber & Taillieu. “As Zuber & Taillieu’s high-stakes litigation practice continues to grow, Johnny’s relevant experience and insight will become an increasingly integral part of Zuber & Taillieu’s legal services platform.”

Mr. Griggs also lends his legal expertise to causes relating to education and urban issues. His pro bono work and public service has won him numerous accolades, including the African-American Insurance Professionals Association Community Service Award, the Los Angeles City Council Commendation for Public Service, 2003, and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California Pro Bono Civil Rights Award. Mr. Griggs is the current Chairman of the Board and serves as the Board Restructuring Director of the WATTSHealth Foundation.

Prior to joining Zuber & Taillieu, Mr. Griggs was a partner at Sidley & Austin.