Neil Eddington

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Neil Eddington

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Associate
Labor & Employment

Los Angeles

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California

Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Washington, B.A.

Neil Eddington is an associate in M&R’s Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

While Neil handles a broad range of employment-related cases, he is most often called upon to leverage his expertise litigating and advising on wage and hour issues on behalf of management. That, in fact, is the emphasis of his practice, and Neil is right at home handling single plaintiff and collective actions (class action and PAGA claims) alleging wage and hour violations, including regular rate of pay, overtime and meal and rest break issues, to name a few.

Neil also provides misclassification and exemption analyses and advises clients when it is appropriate to reclassify workers—this without triggering litigation. He also performs wage and hour audits and, when necessary, counsels clients about implementing new payroll practices, which oftentimes involves coordination between management, HR, and finance executives.

Beyond his work in wage and hour law, Neil litigates wrongful termination, sexual harassment and discrimination (FEHA), pay equity, breach of contract and fiduciary duty matters. Likewise, he conducts internal workplace investigations and offers advice and counsel regarding personnel decisions, all in an effort to minimize his clients’ litigation exposure.

As student at Pepperdine University School of Law, Neil was an editor of the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal and earned a certificate from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. During the summer of his first year, Neil interned with Charlotte Hornets Sports and Entertainment, reviewing active NBA player contracts and conducting salary cap and incentive compensation analyses. He also represented investors in FINRA arbitrations as a certified law clerk in Pepperdine’s FINRA Investor Advocacy Clinic. These days, Neil serves as a Pepperdine Law Alumni mentor to current and former law students at the university.

Employment Litigation: Obtained summary judgment for national retailer facing seven-figure exposure for California Equal Pay Act and sexual harassment/battery claims during the peak of the #MeToo movement.
Wage and Hour: Obtained summary judgment for a client hit with multiple Labor Code wage-and-hour lawsuits, which was then used to obtain a dismissal of copycat claims.
Wage and Hour: Resolved hotel client’s wage-and-hour class action during the COVID-19 pandemic so that it could remain in business when actual liability would have bankrupted it.