Cozen O’Connor: Schloss, Craig

Craig Schloss

Member

San Diego

(619) 685-1772

(619) 234-7831

Recent Publication:

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Franchisor Not Liable as a Joint Employer of its Franchisee's Employees [Alert]

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided by majority opinion by Circuit Judge Susan Graber, with a partial dissent filed by Chief Circuit Judge Sidney Thomas, Salazar v. McDonald's Corp. No. 17- 15673 (9th Cir. 2019), holding franchisor McDonald’s was not a joint employer with its franchisee, because McDonald’s did not retain control of day-to-day aspects of work at the franchisee’s restaurants.

Craig focuses his practice on employment and trade secret litigation. He has extensive experience litigating wrongful termination cases, employee unfair competition/trade secrets disputes, wage and hour class actions, and discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuits. He also appears before the National Labor Relations Board regarding union representation matters on behalf of management.

Prior to joining the firm, Craig was a principal in a national firm, led the Employment and Labor Group for the San Diego office of a large, international general practice firm, and served as the managing partner of that office during its early stages of rapid growth.

Craig earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. Craig earned his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he participated in a joint degree program with the University of Arizona’s Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Experience

News

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

California Bill Would Exempt Certain Occupations from Dynamex Ruling

April 09, 2019

Craig Schloss discussed with SHRM about when the California Supreme Court issued its 2018 ruling in Dynamex Operations v. Superior Court.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor Continues to Expand West, adding to San Diego office and National L&E Department with veteran employment litigator Craig Schloss

October 18, 2017

Cozen O’Connor continues its Western expansion, adding veteran employment litigator Craig Schloss as a member in its San Diego office and national Labor & Employment Department.

Publications

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Franchisor Not Liable as a Joint Employer of its Franchisee's Employees [Alert]

October 22, 2019

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided by majority opinion by Circuit Judge Susan Graber, with a partial dissent filed by Chief Circuit Judge Sidney Thomas, Salazar v. McDonald's Corp. No. 17- 15673 (9th Cir. 2019), holding franchisor McDonald’s was not a joint employer with its franchisee, because McDonald’s did not retain control of day-to-day aspects of work at the franchisee’s restaurants.

California Is Cleaning Up [Alert]

September 18, 2018

Craig Schloss, Jason Barsanti, Helen McFarland, and Aimee Axelrod Parker discuss California’s Property Service Workers Protection Act which applies to “any person or entity that employs at least one employee and one or more covered workers and that enters into contracts, subcontracts, or franchise arrangements to provide janitorial services.”

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1980
  • University of Arizona, B.A., 1977

Awards & Honors

Litigation Counsel of America – Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

San Diego Daily Transcript,  Top Labor and Employment Attorneys in San Diego

David K. Kroll Leadership Award, for his exemplary service, dedication, and commitment to the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 2008

Super Lawyers, 2007 – Present

Best Lawyers in America 2012-2020

AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell, 2016

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of California

Member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Chair of the Personnel Committee; Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

Board of Directors, Former Chair of the Board; San Diego Symphony