Maria Anastas

Shareholder || Los Angeles

Maria Anastas is a traditional labor law expert and former NLRB attorney. The overwhelming majority of her practice is focused on representing employers before the NLRB and during union organizing drives, corporate campaigns and collective bargaining. She has earned a national reputation for handling hundreds of union organizing drives. Maria has a broad range of experience handling traditional labor law matters in virtually every industry, including healthcare, manufacturing, warehousing, retail, hospitality, service sector, maritime, trucking and higher education.

Maria is a member of the firm’s traditional labor practice steering committee and speaks extensively at firm and other conferences regarding labor law developments and her significant expertise handling a wide range of traditional labor matters in California and other states.

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Maria has handled over 100 union organizing drives since 1995 and has earned a national reputation for her high rate of success and her low rate of unfair labor practice charges during campaigns. She has also negotiated dozens of collective bargaining agreements.  In addition to her union campaign expertise and collective bargaining for initial and successor labor agreements, Maria handles representation case hearings and unfair labor practice trials before the NLRB, labor arbitrations including high-value contract interpretation and discipline cases, strikes, picketing and labor relations training.  She provides labor advice to employers in a variety of industries concerning such special issues as establishing new operations, plant relocations, effects bargaining, reductions in force and orderly shutdown agreements.  Maria works with employers of all sizes to develop strategic labor initiatives and long-range strategies, and guides management in creating employee engagement to support a productive and issue-free workplace.

Education

  • J.D., Tulane University Law School, 1991
  • B.A., Miami University, 1987
  • B.S., Miami University, 1987

Admittance to Practice

  • California
  • Illinois

Professional Activities

  • Contributing Editor of the Developing Labor Law since 1996
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • San Francisco Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Section)

Speeches

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "It's Not Your First Rodeo (or Maybe It Is): Avoiding Critical Missteps and Protecting Your Business Through Collective Bargaining" - Las Vegas - May 3, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - "What's New in California Employment Law" - Napa - February 28, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor Law Solutions - "Interactive Campaign Workshop, Round 3: After a Campaign Win" - Las Vegas - December 6, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - "I Can Say What I Like: It’s a Free Country" - Napa - March 2, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "In-House Counsel’s Role in Protecting Employers From Protected Concerted Activity Claims" - Boca Raton - November 10, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "The NLRB Under President Trump: A New Course Charted" - San Diego - May 4, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - "What's New in California Employment Law? Plenty!" - Napa - March 2, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Competing On An Uneven Playing Field—Labor Relations In 2014" - Las Vegas - May 8, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Defending Against Union Organizing Today: New Rules From The NLRB And New Tactics From Labor" - New Orleans - May 8, 2013
  • Not Your Father's Labor Problems - "An In-Depth Review of the Most Far-Reaching Recent NLRB Decisions and What They Mean to You" - Washington - December 7, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Are You Ready To Rumble? A Union Campaign Workshop" - Phoenix - May 11, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "The National Labor Relations Act—Much More Than Just For Organizing" - Phoenix - May 11, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Remaining Union-Free As Organized Labor Turns Up The Heat" - Chicago - May 13, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Not Your Father’s NLRB—The New Organizing Dynamic" - Chicago - May 11, 2011
  • Progressive Business Conferences Audioconference - "Terminating Unsafe Employees" - February 3, 2011
  • Not Your Father's Unions Campaign - "An Introduction to the New NLRB – Look for the Union Label" - Las Vegas - December 8 - 10, 2010
  • Not Your Father's Unions Campaign - "Redefining Supervisor Status and From Whom Employers Can Demand Loyalty" - Las Vegas - December 8 - 10, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "2010 Employment Law Developments in California" - San Francisco - October 26, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Watch Your Language: Employer Policies That May Run Afoul of the NLRB" - San Francisco - October 26, 2010
  • BLR webinar - "Unions: How to Effectively - and Legally - Resist Union Drives and Activities in Your Workplace" - July 9, 2010
  • BLR webinar - "Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Where's the Line? How to Make the Proper Call" - May 11, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Preparing Your Workforce for the Impending Organizing Surge" - Las Vegas - May 6 - 7, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Remaining Union-Free As Organized Labor Turns Up The Heat" - Las Vegas - May 6 - 7, 2010
  • Not Your Father's Unions Campaign III - "Creative Training Techniques – A Front Line Defense" - Washington, D.C. - April 8 - 9, 2010
  • Not Your Father's Unions Campaign III - "Trials And Tribulations -- NLRB Litigation Today And In The Future" - Washington, D.C. - April 8 - 9, 2010
  • 3rd Annual NBA Labor & Employment Law CLE Conference - "The New NLRB and Other Developments in Labor" - Atlanta - March 25 - 26, 2010
  • BLR webinar - "Unions: Best Practices for Resisting Union Drives and Activities in Your Workplace" - January 6, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Obama Labor Board and EFCA: What Employers Should Be Doing Now to Maintain Positive Employee Relations" - San Francisco - November 17, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins webinar - "Three-Part Webinar Series: The Fundamentals of Labor Law: Understanding the NLRA" - November 3 - 17, 2009
  • BLR webinar - "Unions: Why the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) Could Change Your Workplace Forever" - June 30, 2009
  • BLR webinar - "Unions: Why the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) Could Change Your Workplace Forever" - June 22, 2009
  • November 23, 2015 - Law360 - "The Do’s And Don’ts For Your Law Firm App"
  • December 15, 2014 - Daily Journal - "Labor Board Issues Another Union-Friendly Ruling"
  • March 15, 2013 - Human Resource Executive - "Voters Decide Battle for Better Wages"
  • July 2011 - Workforce Management - "Heightened Union Activity Putting HR on Notice"
  • Top 100 Labor Lawyers in America (2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009)
  • Named one of California’s leading labor & employment lawyers for 2014

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