Adam E. Wagmeister defends clients in a wide variety of employment matters, including allegations of discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Adam’s practice also focuses on trade secret and unfair competition disputes which arise when employees change employment, including prosecuting and defending claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, intentional interference, unfair competition, and breach of fiduciary duties.
Adam also counsels employers in all aspects of employment law compliance and risk avoidance, including restructurings and downsizing; drafting personnel policies and employment agreements; hiring and terminating employees; and understanding federal, state, and local employment statutes and ordinances.
Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of an insurance brokerage firm and ten individuals after a two month jury trial concerning claims for breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the duty of loyalty, intentional interference with contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets. The Court also determined that the opposing party’s non-compete agreements were unenforceable. This case arose from the 2014 departure of 75 employees from a competitor’s offices in Fresno, Salinas, and Walnut Creek, California.
Obtained a favorable ruling by the Delaware Court of Chancery that California law must be applied to a client’s employment agreement despite a Delaware choice-of-law provision, and denying a request for an injunction against the client on the ground that enforcing the non-compete provision would contravene California public policy favoring open competition.
New York University School of Law, 2012, Juris Doctor
University of Southern California, 2009, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Article Editor, Journal of Legislation and Public Policy (2011–2012)