Ray E. Boggess is a partner in the Irvine office of Payne & Fears LLP and is a member of the firm's Employment Law Group.
Mr. Boggess represents and advises employers in all aspects of employment law. He defends employers in single-plaintiff cases at both the trial court and appellate level in matters involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, wage and hour laws, and other related claims. Mr. Boggess has been successful in obtaining multiple summary judgment wins for employers. Mr. Boggess also has wide-ranging trial experience, from multiple jury and bench trials, to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. For example, Mr. Boggess recently obtained a complete defense verdict for an employer following a two-week jury trial of a wrongful termination case in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Mr. Boggess also focuses in defending employers in high-risk, complex, and class action employment litigation. Specifically, Mr. Boggess has defended employers facing class and collective actions involving allegations of off-the-clock work, meal and rest break claims, overtime and termination pay issues, unfair competition, and claims for penalties under the California Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”). Mr. Boggess’ successes include defeating class certification, securing the dismissal of class action claims on the pleadings, and obtaining a variety of victories at the trial court and appellate levels.
Mr. Boggess earned his law degree in 2008 from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he participated in the National Sexual Orientation Law Moot Court Competition and served on the Executive Board of the National Sexual Orientation Law Moot Court Competition. While in law school, Mr. Boggess also served as a mentor in the UCLA EASE-In Program, where he assisted foster youth, ages 13-15, in the Los Angeles area.
Prior to joining Payne & Fears LLP, Mr. Boggess served as a law clerk for the Orange County Superior Court.