John K. Skousen


Irvine Office

(949) 798-2164 phone
(949) 851-0152 fax
(714) 658-3776 cell


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, MS
    J.D. 1992, cum laude
  • University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
    M.A. 1984
  • Brigham Young University,
    Provo, UT
    B.S. 1979, summa cum laude

John Skousen is a partner in the Irvine office. His practice is concentrated on wage and hour law and employment litigation.

John has a unique blend of managerial experience in business and personnel management prior to law school, coupled with transactional and trial experience as a lawyer.

Following his graduation from law school, John served as a law clerk/staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then served as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge Walter J. Gex, III, of the Southern District of Mississippi.

Before attending law school, John worked in various management positions in a prominent Fortune 500 company in Los Angeles, during which time he earned a graduate degree in management and taught personnel management courses at California State University, San Bernardino.

Subsequently, he studied for two years at the Claremont Graduate School's prestigious executive management program in the Peter Drucker School of Management. 

As a lawyer, John not only represents employers in class actions and other employment litigation, he creates and presents webinars and conducts management training on a variety of topics, including management practices impacting on state and federal equal employment opportunity laws, harassment prevention, and compliance with state and federal wage & hour laws.

John was recently appointed as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Redlands.


When Management Fails: Missing the Obvious Can Topple A Company
November 30, 2011

Labor Law Challenges for Your Construction Business
November 1, 2011

Legal Risks of Giving Title Changes in Lieu of Raises
June 1, 2011

The Rules of Reducing Salaries: Tips to Consider Before Implementing Pay Cuts
July 1, 2010

Certain Reductions to Salaried Exempt Pay and Work Schedules Approved
November 2, 2009

Legal Alerts

California Approves Nation's First Statewide $15.00 Minimum Wage
April 4, 2016

California Governor Agrees To Unprecedented $15.00 Minimum Wage
March 31, 2016

Big Win for Employers in Wage-Hour Litigation: Punitive Damages Ruled Improper
December 8, 2008

Meal And Rest Period Decision to Be Reviewed by High Court
November 3, 2008

State Reduces Thresholds for California Computer Professionals' Overtime Exemption: Changes Take Effect Immediately
October 8, 2008

Military Leave Issues For California Employers
April 8, 2003

Quotes and Soundbites

Judge Rejects $12.25-Million Lyft Lawsuit Settlement
April 8, 2016

Defense Lawyers Concerned About On-call Scheduling Litigation Wave
December 4, 2015

Uber Appeals Ruling that Driver Was Employee
June 19, 2015

Uber Loses Crucial California Court Battle
June 18, 2015

Uber Driver Is Employee, Not Contractor: Calif. Commissioner
June 17, 2015

Driver is Employee, Not Contractor: Ruling May Shake up Uber
June 17, 2015

Meal-Break Class Actions Continue in Post-Brinker Era
November 18, 2014

For California Employers, Seating Is a Hazy Topic
February 14, 2014

Brinker Provided Guidance to Employers On Break Rules in California
May 22, 2012

Newsletter Articles

California Employers Will Be Facing New "Break Wars" In The New Year
January 4, 2016

How Employers Can Combat Timecard Fraud And Employee Wage Theft
October 1, 2015

Answering The Call
April 1, 2015

It's Payback Time: Reimbursement Of Employee Expenses Is A Hot Issue In California
October 1, 2014

Federal Court Limits California's Wage-Hour Laws
October 1, 2014

California's Regular Rate: Getting It Right Can Save Money
October 1, 2013

Court Clarifies Impact Of Multi-Tasking On Exempt Status
July 1, 2013

"Late Breaking" News
April 1, 2013

New Rules For Commission-Paid Employees Take Effect January 1, 2013
January 2, 2013

Decision Provides Greater Flexibility In Scheduling Meetings
October 1, 2012

Commissioned-Salesperson Ruling Is Big Win For Employers
October 1, 2012

A Closer Look At The Brinker Decision
July 2, 2012

Sue An Employee, But Pay For Attorneys' Fees?
January 3, 2012

How Do You Recapture Debt From An Employee's Final Paycheck? Very Carefully
October 1, 2011

Court Clarifies Meaning Of "Commissions"
July 1, 2011

"Pay Stub" Rulings Continue
April 1, 2011

Employers Who Win Meal and Rest-Period Claims Can Recover Fees and Costs
October 1, 2010

Dealing With The Labor Commissioner
July 1, 2010

Avoiding "Reporting-Time" Claims
April 1, 2010

Annual Bonuses: Are They Factored Into Overtime?
April 1, 2010

Documentation Beyond Timekeeping Saves Dollars
October 1, 2009

Defending Wage Claims Before the California Labor Commissioner
July 1, 2009

Some Key Points for Wage/Hour Compliance
April 1, 2009

The Explosion of Overtime Claims (Part 2)
January 1, 2009


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, MS
    J.D. 1992, cum laude
  • University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
    M.A. 1984
  • Brigham Young University,
    Provo, UT
    B.S. 1979, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Mississippi


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