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  • Education
    • J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law, 2017, Concentration in Employment and Labor Law; Order of Barristers; Order of the Coif
    • M.A., University of Central Oklahoma, 2014, with Honors
    • B.A., University of Oklahoma, 2010

Keia James Atkinson advises clients on a wide variety of sensitive workplace matters, including single plaintiff and complex class action wage-and-hour litigation, high profile workplace investigations, compliance counseling, and high profile entertainment-sector employment law. Likewise, he assists clients with implementing appropriate policies and procedures to avoid disputes and to comply with state and federal law.

Keia’s litigation experience includes representing Fortune 100 companies in state and federal court and involving claims of unpaid wages, exempt-status, breach of contract, wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination, independent contract status, improper paystubs, and claims based on the 2004 Private Attorney Generals Act (PAGA).  Prior to practicing law, Keia obtained his graduate degree with honors in experimental psychology, where he studied cognition, learning, judgment and decision-making.

  • Successfully opposed class certification in complex wage-hour/PAGA action involving field workers for major telecom company; used statistical analysis of client data to receive a favorable settlement at mediation.
  • Conducted three expert depositions in high profile talent dispute for major media/entertainment client.
  • Completed 8-month investigations secondment with institutional technology client; tasked on statutory and high profile matters.
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Co-Author, COVID-19 Blog
April 10, 2020
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Co-Author, COVID-19 Blog
March 31, 2020
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Co-author, Polsinelli at Work Blog
March 17, 2020
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AB 51: Another Swing at Pre-dispute Employment Arbitration Agreements
Co-author, 2020-1Bender’s California Lab. & Emp. Bull. 1 
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US Department of Labor Introduces Revised FLSA Regulations
Author, 2019-8 Bender’s California Lab. & Emp. Bull. 2