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Philip Bonoli


Philip Bonoli



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Philip Bonoli is a litigator in a wide array of employment matters, including wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment, tort claims, and contractual matters. He also regularly represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

His practice primarily works with employers to provide strategic and tactical counsel on all types of employment matters, including severance and employment agreements, government investigations and employment policies. In addition, Philip has significant experience with complex litigation and commercial disputes, and has represented businesses in corporate ownership disputes, accounting-related litigation and financial institutions litigation. He is also adept in handling real property disputes, products liability, mass tort and toxic tort claims, as well as general liability. Additionally, he has defended or is defending multiple class action lawsuits over alleged wage-and-hour violations, breach of express/implied warranties as well as unsolicited fax advertising. Philip also has first-chair jury trial experience throughout California.

Further, Philip has extensive appellate experience, having authored successful appellate briefs and writs in addition to arguing before the California Court of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., 1995
  • University of Southern California, B.A., Philosophy, 1992

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Publications & Presentations

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” by Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine, Employment Litigation, (2014-2017)

Author, “Studios And Agencies Prepare For The Labor Code 432.3 Earthquake,” Forbes, December 13, 2017.

Author, “Are The Weinstein Company Employees Getting Ready To Sue?” Forbes, October 19, 2017.

Philip Bonoli Speaks on “Bachelor in Paradise” Controversy, The Hollywood Reporter, June 22, 2017.

Author, “‘Bachelor In Paradise Might Be Headed To Court,” Forbes, June 14, 2017.

Author, “Glenn Beck And TheBlaze Push Back Against Tomi Lahren Lawsuit,” Forbes, April 18, 2017.

Author, “Tomi Lahren Sues TheBlaze And Glenn Beck, But Is The Law On Her Side?,” Forbes, April 10, 2017.

Presenter, “The Affordable Care Act: Overview and Emerging Liabilities,” July 2014

Presenter, “Federal Law on Steroids: California Discrimination & Harassment Laws,” 2013/2014

Co-presenter, “Common Sense at Work: The Law of the Workplace,” 2014