Jason S. Mills

Jason S. Mills is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. Mr. Mills represents management in a broad spectrum of employment issues, including wage and hour class action litigation, single-plaintiff litigation, and all matters arising under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Mr. Mills has defended against numerous class action wage and hour claims and has represented clients in the retail, pharmaceutical, cable, and energy industries. He has managed teams of lawyers that have successfully defeated class certification and, in some instances, have achieved summary judgment prior to reaching the class certification stage. In addition to wage and hour matters, Mr. Mills has represented clients in nationwide discrimination claims.

Mr. Mills has also represented clients in a number of single-plaintiff actions, including wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment matters. He has defended clients against claims brought under state and federal antidiscrimination and harassment laws, as well as Sarbanes-Oxley's whistleblower provision. His experience includes serving as lead counsel in a high-profile three-week jury trial addressing wrongful termination and discrimination claims, serving as lead counsel in a nine-claimant arbitration hearing addressing claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and successfully arguing a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition to practicing before both state and federal courts, Mr. Mills has represented clients in numerous arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

On the traditional labor side, Mr. Mills frequently represents employers in labor arbitrations and has successfully defended against a variety of contractual claims arising from disputes over collective bargaining agreement terms.

Mr. Mills also represents employers in all matters pertaining to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), frequently defending employers against citations issued under state and federal OSHA plans. Mr. Mills represents employers throughout the entire process, from the initial OSHA investigation to hearings before the Appeals Board. He has handled numerous appeals involving matters that have had industrywide implications.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Mills was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served as a judge advocate at Camp Pendleton, where he prosecuted and defended more than 250 individuals accused in Marine Corps courts-martial and litigated to verdict numerous jury trials. During a seven-month tour in Iraq, he served as a prosecutor for the 1st Marine Division operating in the Al Anbar province and prosecuted courts-martial in a hostile combat environment. Mr. Mills completed his five-year Marine Corps service at the rank of captain in November 2004.

Mr. Mills received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1999, where he served as a member of the Minnesota Law Review. He received his B.A., with distinction, in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, in 1996.

Mr. Mills is admitted to practice in California and Arkansas and before all federal district courts.

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Areas of Practice 1) Labor & Employment, 2) FLSA/Wage & Hour and 3) Occupational Safety & Health
Law School University of Minnesota Law School
Admitted Year 1998
Education University of California, San Diego (B.A., 1996)
Bar Member / Association State Bar Of California, State Bar Of Arkansas
Most recent firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
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