As one of the leading class action litigators in the United States, Douglas R. Hart handles nationwide class action litigation and serves as national class action counsel for several Fortune 100 companies. Doug regularly counsels on all types of employment-related class action lawsuits on behalf of employers, including matters related to pay practice and wage and hour, disparate impact and intentional discrimination, and pension plans. He serves clients in diverse industries, including retail, financial services, insurance, healthcare, and construction.
Doug has a successful track record defending some of the largest class action lawsuits filed against employers both in California and nationally, with several of the cases being dismissed outright.
Doug is at the forefront of labor and employment issues, frequently assisting employers with strategies concerning labor-management relations and actively negotiating complex collective bargaining agreements. He has negotiated several groundbreaking contracts that serve as models for their respective industries.
Doug also counsels employers on personnel policies and procedures, employee discipline matters, corporate restructuring and reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, and employment contracts.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Doug was a partner in the labor, employment, and immigration practice of another global law firm, resident in Los Angeles.
Argued Harris v. Liberty Mutual before the California Supreme Court. In a unanimous decision, the court sided with Doug and employers in what is one of the most significant employment cases addressed by the California Supreme Court.
Prevailed in a precedent setting wage and hour case, Parth v. Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. This significant decision addressed a complex issue concerning the calculation of overtime and affects all employers and employers in the healthcare industry in particular.
Prevailed in defeating class certification in another precedent setting case before the California Court of Appeal in Flores v. Lamps Plus, a decision favorable for employers in its discussion of the elements necessary to certify a wage and hour class action.
Successfully defended the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in the largest employment discrimination class action in the county’s history, and was named Attorney of the Year by the department for his efforts.
Negotiated the collective bargaining agreement between Memorial Health Services and the California Nurses Association for the largest single facility bargaining unit in the Western United States.
Negotiated a number of collective bargaining agreements between the Providence Health Care System and the Service and Employees International Union and the California Nurses Association, and the National Union of Healthcare Workers.
University of Nebraska College of Law, 1984, J.D., with distinction, Order of the Coif
Montana State University, 1981, M.S., with highest honors
Montana State University, 1980, B.S., with highest honors
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
US District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2019)
Recommended, Labor and employment: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense, The Legal 500 US (2020, 2021)
Recommended, Labor and employment: Labor-management relations, The Legal 500 US (2020)
Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law - Management, Los Angeles, The Best Lawyers in America (2022)
Recognized, Labor Law – Management, Los Angeles, The Best Lawyers in America (2011–2022)
Recognized, Litigation – Labor and Employment Law, Los Angeles, The Best Lawyers in America (2011–2022)