Barlow, Kobata & Denis LLP

Barlow, Kobata & Denis LLP


Firm Overview

The law firm of Barlow, Kobata & Denis LLP defends businesses throughout Los Angeles and Chicago in connection with a range of employment and labor law matters. We assist employers with litigation, administrative, and traditional labor issues, and handle cases involving California, Illinois, and federal employment laws. Our attorneys practice in both state and federal court, and regularly appear before the relevant state and federal administrative agencies. For more information about the types of cases we handle, please see our practice areas overview.

Employment law is a dynamic area of practice, governed by an ever-evolving array of laws and regulations. Founded in 1980, Barlow, Kobata & Denis LLP is comprised of a team of attorneys who are experienced in their field, with an in-depth understanding of the current state of the law, its future direction, and the accompanying practical implications for employers. This allows us to both help clients avoid litigation entirely by anticipating future employment problems, and effectively defend clients when and if a case goes to trial. As testament to our reputation for excellence in this area of law, we are the recipients of Martindale-Hubbell's "AV" peer rating, signifying the highest levels of legal ability and ethical standards.

Our lawyers have large law firm experience, but our firm is small by design, providing clients with a high level of personal service and direct attorney and partner access. We pride ourselves on forming long-standing personal relationships with clients, granting us a familiarity with their businesses that allows us to act quickly to protect their interests and provide effective advice whenever a labor issue arises.

Main Office

Main Office
1875 Century Park East, Ste. 1790
Los Angeles, CA 90067






At Barlow, Kobata & Denis LLP, our attorneys have a wealth of experience representing large and small employers across a broad spectrum of industries throughout Los Angeles and Chicago. We handle litigation in a variety of state and federal employment law matters, including appeals, and regularly advocate on behalf of clients before state and federal administrative agencies and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including mediations and arbitrations. In addition, we advise clients regarding litigation avoidance and day-to-day employment law and compliance issues. We are also experienced representing and advising management clients regarding traditional labor law matters such as labor relations and collective bargaining.

By focusing solely in the area of employment and labor law, our attorneys have become knowledgeable not only about the current state of the law, but with the regular updates and changes in the statutory and case law governing this area. The range of labor issues we typically handle include:

Wage and Hour Law

Our attorneys represent clients in civil lawsuits and administrative hearings and investigations, as well as advise clients on matters involving a wide range of wage and hour laws and issues including:

Fair Labor Standards Act
Davis Bacon Act
Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Protection Act
Employee Compensation
Exemption Classifications
Overtime Pay
Piece-Rate and Commission Compensation Plans
Prevailing Wage Laws
Meal and Rest Breaks

Employment Discrimination and Harassment

We are experienced representing employers in lawsuits and administrative actions involving federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination and harassment, as well as assisting our clients in devising prevention and investigation policies. Our attorneys are skilled at handling all types of employment discrimination or harassment matter, including:

Wrongful Termination
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Litigation
Age Discrimination
Age Discrimination in Employment Act
Disability Discrimination
Disability Accommodations
Americans with Disabilities Act
Race Discrimination
Gender Discrimination
Sex Discrimination
Sexual Harassment
Workplace Harassment
Hostile work environment
Whistleblower Actions
Title IX
Title VII
Section 1983

Employee Leaves

Our attorneys regularly advise employers on a wide range of matters related to state and federal leave laws, as well as represent employers in litigation involving such laws. Examples of matters our attorneys typically handle involve:

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Uniformed Services Employment and Redevelopment Rights ACT (USERRA)
California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
Pregnancy Disability Leave
Sick Leave Policies
Vacation Policies
Paid Time Off

Traditional Labor Law

Our attorneys also represent and advise management on a variety of traditional labor law matters, including:

National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA)
Collective Bargaining Agreements
Union-Management Labor Relations
Union Arbitrations

Additional Employment Law Matters

Our attorneys also represent employers in lawsuits and advise clients on day-to-day matters involving a wide range of other federal and state employment law matters, including:

Employee Benefits
Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
Negligent Hiring and Retention
Diversity Issues
Drug Testing
Fair Credit Reporting Act
Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
In addition to advising and representing clients in federal, California, and Illinois employment law matters, our attorneys frequently provide training seminars to in-house counsel, human resources personnel, and other executives, while continuing to write and lecture frequently on specific employment and labor law topics. Several of our partners have recently contributed to Workforce, a monthly human resources magazine, and to Advising California Employers, a regularly-updated practice guide published by California's Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB).

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Mark Kobata

Barlow, Kobata & Denis LLP

Mark T. Kobata is a partner in the law firm of Barlow, Kobata & Denis LLP located in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Kobata graduated from UCLA in 1972 and received his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1977 and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and in various federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Claims Court.

Mr. Kobata focuses on representing employers and management in all aspects of employment and labor law, with an emphasis on business planning, litigation avoidance, and defending employers in civil litigation and before state and federal administrative agencies.

Mr. Kobata is a member of the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section. He is a frequent lecturer at seminars and in house training programs on subjects including employment discrimination and harassment, corporate restructuring, affirmative action, personnel policies and procedures, and litigation avoidance. Mr. Kobata has been a contributor to the monthly human resources magazine, Workforce, and to recent supplements to the CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar) Book entitled, Advising California Employers.