Ronald Novotny

Ronald Novotny has been representing employers in labor and employment matters in federal and state courts and administrative agencies in California since 1981. He has extensive experience involving union and employer unfair labor practices, collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations under union contracts, and wrongful discharge and discrimination claims. Mr. Novotny also has experience in defending wage and hour law and class action claims, and routinely advises employers on compliance with state and federal disability discrimination, workplace harassment, and employee leave laws.


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
B.A., University of California, Berkeley


  • 1981, California
    Supreme Court of California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
    U.S. Supreme Court

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Cases

  • Prevailed in arbitration for construction industry employer on claims alleging employee assault and unpaid travel time
  • Obtained summary judgment for railroad on disability discrimination and safety retaliation claims
  • Negotiated successive collective bargaining agreements for aerospace company with auto workers’ union
  • Defeated class action claims by compelling arbitration on an individual basis

Reported Cases

  • Inter-Modal Rail Employees Ass’n v. Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Ry. Co. (1999) 73 Cal.App.4th 918
  • Truly Nolen of America v. Superior Court (2012) 208 Cal.App.4th 487
  • Alamillo v. BNSF Railway, 869 F.3d 916 (9th Cir. 2017)

Practice Areas



Class of 1981