Robert Dolinko

Robert Dolinko is a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment group with over 35 years of experience. He represents employers of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, in state and federal court litigation. Robert also advises employers on the best means of avoiding the numerous pitfalls presented by California’s broad array of employment laws.   

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on working with employers to avoid litigation. Where litigation is unavoidable, I handle litigation in a manner aimed at achieving the desired resolution as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Class Actions

I regularly represent employers in complex class action matters. Based on years of experience, I develop facts and arguments with the goal of defeating class certification. I also work to keep class discovery within reasonable bounds. It is unfortunate that class actions have become an almost routine occurrence for employers in California, and I work with clients to achieve the optimal outcome—whether by litigation or settlement.

Individual Lawsuits

Individual lawsuits in California present significant risks. I learn the details of clients’ business operations and the facts and evidence of particular cases. A combination of knowledge and thorough preparation is imperative to achieve favorable results. While my goal is to win cases on summary judgment or at trial, I have achieved settlements that my clients view as wins relative to the cost of prevailing before a jury.

Advice and Counsel

I advise clients in all facets of employment law, including wage and hour issues, leave of absence issues, non-disclosure and non-compete issues and traditional labor matters. I work with many employers headquartered outside California and help them find ways to achieve their objectives without running afoul of unique California laws.

What do you see on the horizon?

The California legislature constantly enacts new employment laws, and the California courts continually interpret the state’s new and existing laws. I expect this to continue at a rapid pace and clients will need to keep up with these developments to stay ahead of the curve.


  • “Ready, Set, Comply: Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2019

Hertz workers' wage, rest break certification bid hits speed bump

Law360 | November 04, 2018

San Francisco Labor & Employment partners Bob Dolinko and Seth Neulight and Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan are mentioned in this article for their representation of Hertz in a matter regarding employees wage and rest break.


Robert Dolinko


San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8494

Fax: 866-464-8397

New York University School of Law, J.D.

Cornell University, B.S., Industrial & Labor Relations

U.S. Supreme Court


U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Robert has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by the publishers of the Northern California Super Lawyers magazine since 2006. Inclusion in Super Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey.

ABA Labor and Litigation Sections
San Francisco Bar Association

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