ADAM C. ABRAHMS is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management and Health Care & Life Sciences practices, in the firm's Los Angeles office, where he serves as a member of the firm's Labor Management Relations practice group. Mr. Abrahms is a member of the Board of Directors. He has devoted his practice almost exclusively to aiding employers in developing strategies to remain union-free and, in organized operations, to securing and expanding management rights.
- Represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board and other federal and state agencies, and in federal and state courts
- Counsels and represents management on maintaining non-union status including union organizing and representation elections, corporate campaigns, supervisory education and training, preventative programs, and response strategies
- Negotiates initial and successor collective bargaining agreements, mid-term negotiations, effects negotiations, and closing agreements, including strong pro-employer management rights, arbitration, successorship, and zipper clauses, and multi-unit, multi-location, multi-employer, and multi-union bargaining
- Represents employers in unfair labor practices proceedings and arbitrations
- Represents employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination disputes in federal and state courts and before federal and state administrative agencies
- Counsels clients concerning compliance with federal and California wage and hour law, non-compete issues, and other employment-related matters
- Conducts extensive vulnerability audits and assists in the development and implementation of preventative workplace practices, policies, and procedures
- Successfully managed over 100 union avoidance campaigns in dozens of states, resulting in maintenance of union-free status, with campaign victories over IBT, CNA, SEIU, UNITE-HERE, IAM, IBEW, UFCW, IATSE, ILWU, and many others. Formulated and implemented preventive labor relations programs, trainings, procedures, and union avoidance protocols for employers of all sizes and from virtually all industries
- Successfully counseled on and managed numerous decertification efforts, including the only known validated decertification of an established CNA unit
- Successfully challenged the San Francisco International Airport Card Check Ordinance on federal preemption grounds, resulting in the first known defeat of union organizing at the Airport
- Negotiated the conclusion of the 2005 Los Angeles Hotel Industry strike/lockout, while obtaining important management objectives
- Successfully defended the entertainment industry's classification of independent contractors in a state court trial prosecuted by the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
- Successfully handled and tried over 50 arbitrations involving just cause discipline, subcontracting, proper classification, and other contract interpretation issues
Mr. Abrahms speaks and writes frequently on current developments in employment law, and he serves as co-editor of the Management Memo blog. He also has advised members of Congress, the California State Legislature, and other elected officials on a variety of employment-related issues. Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Mr. Abrahms was Special Labor Counsel to an international labor and employment law firm.
In 2020, Mr. Abrahms was recognized as a Law Firm Partner Honoree by Lawyers of Color, a nonprofit devoted to advancing diversity in the legal profession. In 2021, he was selected by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Minority Leader of Influence. Mr. Abrahms was recommended by The Legal 500 United States in the Labor-Management Relations category (2013 to 2020), and he was named to the Southern California Rising Stars list in the area of Employment & Labor (2008 to 2014). In 2005, Mr. Abrahms received the Surfrider Foundation Board Appreciation Award in appreciation of his assistance in furthering the Foundation's mission of protecting oceans, waves, and beaches around the world. In 1996, Mr. Abrahms was named a Ronald Reagan Presidential Scholar.
- Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1999)
- California Lutheran University (B.A., 1996)
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California