Jason S. Mills represents employers in wage and hour class actions, single-plaintiff lawsuits, workplace discrimination cases, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class actions, and alleged Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) violations. Jason defends clients in the retail, defense, hospitality, and energy industries, among others, in a range of class action wage and hour claims. He also manages Morgan Lewis teams that have not only defeated class certification but, in some instances, achieved summary judgment prior to reaching the class certification stage.
Jason, an experienced trial lawyer, represents clients in single-plaintiff actions related to wrongful termination, workplace discrimination, and harassment disputes. He defends employers facing claims brought under state and federal antidiscrimination and harassment laws, as well as Sarbanes–Oxley whistleblower provisions. In addition to his trial experience, he has successfully argued appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Jason also frequently defends employers facing citations issued under state and federal OSHA plans. He represents clients through the entire process, from the initial investigation to appeals hearings. He has handled numerous OSHA-related appeals that have had industry-wide implications. Jason frequently represents employers in labor arbitrations and defends them in contractual claims arising from disputes over collective bargaining agreement terms.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Jason was a commissioned officer in the US Marine Corps, serving as a judge advocate at Camp Pendleton in California. In that role 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 First Marine Division operating in the Al Anbar province, prosecuting courts-martial in a hostile combat environment. He completed his five-year Marine Corps service at the rank of captain in November 2004.
University of California, San Diego, 1996, B.A., With Distinction
University of Minnesota Law School, 1999, J.D., Cum Laude
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Labor & Employment, Law360 (2017)
Finalist, The Recorder’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2013)
Listed, "Rising Star," Southern California Super Lawyers (2009–2014)
Recipient, Two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals for Superior Service While Serving as a Judge Advocate in Camp Pendleton and Iraq