Geoffrey H. Hopper

JEL6035P4-240x300.jpgGeoff Hopper, in addition to being selected as one of the best attorneys in the United States, is also the recipient of the Highest Independent Rating an attorney can receive in the United States. Since 1981, Mr. Hopper was with one of the largest and oldest law firms in the Inland Empire (also one of the firm’s youngest partners in its history) and created its Employment and Labor Law Department. Besides acting as general counsel for a multitude of clients, he also represented numerous building ‘contractors which arose out of his pre-legal employment with his father’s construction company which continues to operate today known as Vulcan Steel Company. When Mr. Hopper retired as a partner from his old law firm at the age of 44, he was the youngest to do such in its near 100 year history. He and several others left that firm and started Hopper & Associates which handles the representation of employers and supervisors in all facets of Employment and Labor Law as well as continuing to act as general/business counsel for over half of its clients and continues to handle Construction Law as well. The Firm’s Employment Law clients range in size from one employee to in excess of 19,000 employees. In addition to handling litigation, Mr. Hopper has represented his clients in just about every Federal and State administrative agency imaginable including Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, United States Labor Board, National Labor Relations Board, Employment Development Department, OSHA etc. In addition to representing clients in literally hundreds of arbitrations and mediations, he has also served as a Judge Pro Tem, Arbitrator and Mediator. Mr. Hopper has additionally conducted hundreds of Employment Law seminars for attorneys, law schools, universities, colleges, businesses, service organizations and clients. These seminars cover various topics including “Sexual Harassment”, “Interviewing and Screening Employees”, “Hiring and Terminating Employees”, “Updates on Employment Law”, “Avoid Losing your Home Because of Employment Litigation” and at least 20 other topics. Additionally, he has litigated numerous jury and non-jury trials in both State and Federal Courts.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS / ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:

Author – of the book entitled Handling Employment B.S. (a.k.a. Handling Employment for Bosses and Supervisors) available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and Borders bookstores.

Past Advisor – Hemet/Temecula Employers Advisory Council

Advisor – San Bernardino Mountain Historical Society

Advisor – Boys and Girls Club

Advisor – A.Y.S.O. Soccer

Member – California State Bar (Delegate to State Bar Convention for several years) Member – American Bar Association

Member – Riverside County Bar Association (President – 1994-1995, President Elect -1993 1994, Vice-President – 1991-1992, Treasurer – 1990-1991)

Member – Riverside County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Services (specializing in the area of handling employment arbitrations and mediations) (President – 1995-Present)

Member – Riverside County Barristers (President – 1989-1990, Vice-President – 1988-1989, Secretary – 1987-1988, Treasurer – 1986-1987)

Member – Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

Arbitrator – Riverside County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Services from 1991 to present, previously served as arbitrator with the American Bar Association as well as private arbitrations and mediations

Past Member – Leo Deegan Inns of Court (1993-1994)

University and College Instructor – Previously has provided programs and training at California Baptist University, , University of California of Riverside, California State University of San Bernardino, Chapman University, LaVerne College of Law, etc.

Chambers of Commerce – Riverside, Lake Arrowhead, Rancho Cucamonga, Palm Springs and Corona.

Recipient – Golden Apple Award for Rim of the World School District for outstanding contributions to education.

SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS:

Rotarian (1991 – Present) (President 2000-2001)

AYSO Soccer Coach (1989 – 2008)

C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Instructor Rim of the World School District