Rimon

Robert (Bob) Cocchia

Partner

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Education

University of San Diego School of Law

J.D.

Babson College

B.S., summa cum laude

Previous Experience

  • Dentons (Partner)

Bars & Courts

  • California
  • US District Court for the Central District of California
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California
  • US District Court for the Southern District of California

Languages

  • English

Professional Experience

Robert (Bob) Cocchia concentrates his practice on employment litigation and employment counseling, consumer class actions, and complex business/commercial disputes.

Bob has successfully represented businesses, both large and small, in a range of employment disputes involving employee misclassification, wage and hour claims, breach of employment contracts, theft of trade secrets, employee non-compete agreements, discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, disability and harassment claims.

Bob was trial counsel for the defendant in Goldman v. Radioshack Corporation, a class action case in federal court in Pennsylvania involving alleged wage and hour violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The case resulted in a complete defense verdict after a three-week jury trial. Bob was also lead trial counsel for defendant in Huston v. Battelle Memorial Institute, a discrimination and whistle-blower retaliation case that was tried in federal court in California which resulted in a jury awarding no damages to Plaintiff. 

While Bob has developed substantial experience guiding clients through California’s complex employment laws, both in litigation and counseling, he has also defended employment claims for clients under both federal and state law in Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida and New York. 

Bob has also successfully defended numerous manufacturers, retailers and service providers in consumer class actions involving claims brought under California Business & Professions Code Sections 17200 and 17500 for unfair competition (UCL), false advertising (FAL) and deceptive pricing, and Civil Code Section 1750, the Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA).

Prior to joining Rimon, he was general counsel of a software development company and coordinated the company's intellectual property strategy, contract formation and licensing agreements. 

Publications

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a defense verdict as trial counsel for a government contractor accused of whistleblower retaliation after a two-week jury trial.
  • Obtained an early dismissal for a national retailer in a consumer class action alleging deceptive pricing, false advertising and unfair competition under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200 and 17500 and California Civil Code Section 1750 (CLRA).
  • Obtained for a chemicals manufacturer an early dismissal of claims of unfair/unlawful competition under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200, brought by a competitor regarding sales to the state of California.
  • Represented a large retailer in multiple nationwide and state class actions, and in multiple individual actions alleging wage and hour violations.
  • Represented a wireless telecommunications provider in numerous consumer class actions involving claims of false advertising and unfair competition under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200, and improper collection of federal exercise taxes and sales taxes.
  • Successfully defended a government contractor providing training to the military against claims that that the contractor violated the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
  • Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of the defendant in a complex breach of contract and fraud case, in which the plaintiff sought in excess of US$500 million in damages.
  • Represented a thoroughbred horse owner in claims against an agent for fraud and breach of contract in relation to the purchase of horses in excess of US$45 million.
  • Represented a government contractor in litigation involving breach of contract, and tortious interference with contract claims with a subcontractor.
  • Obtained the dismissal of a shareholder derivative class action on behalf of a special litigation committee.
  • Represented a partner in the unwinding of an accounting partnership and the subsequent sale of the business.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a company accused of fraud and securities violations.

Awards

  • Top-Rated Business Litigation Attorney, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2016-2020

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association