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Robert S. Giolito

Robert S. Giolito
Welcome to my site, and I hope you find it useful!  I’ve been practicing law since 1974, focusing on labor, employment, and entertainment matters.  During that time, I’ve represented all kinds of employees, including professionals, managers, and creative talent, and counseled numerous labor unions, player associations, and music and talent guilds.   While I’m based in Los Angeles, I’ve litigated cases in the courts of many states.  I’m a member of the California and Georgia state bars.

I started as an associate in the Atlanta labor law firm of Adair, Goldthwaite, Stanford & Daniel.  In 1977, I helped found the firm of Stanford, Fagan & Giolito, which eventually became the preeminent labor and employment firm in Atlanta.  In 2002, I was asked to serve as General Counsel of the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.  In 2007, I joined the historic New York labor firm of Spivak Lipton, handling their West Coast affairs.  In 2012, I started my present law firm in Los Angeles, serving a wide range of individual and institutional clients.

I’ve litigated all types of employment disputes, including wage and hour, wrongful termination, and discrimination claims, and have handled contract negotiations large and small, from individual employment contracts and deal memos to collective bargaining agreements involving an entire industry.  I’ve helped creative talent, designers, and content producers in rights negotiations, distribution agreements, privacy issues, and copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property claims.  My labor union work is quite extensive and has involved all manner of labor disputes, including collective bargaining, organizing campaigns, contract mediation and arbitration, strikes and boycotts, as well as internal union governance and merger issues.   For example, I recently represented the Screen Actors Guild in its successful merger with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to form SAG-AFTRA, the world’s largest entertainment union.

I’ve long been involved in bar association activities that help to develop the law.  I am the former Co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Practice and Procedure under the National Labor Relations Act, and former Chair of the Labor and Employment Sections of the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association.  I’ve also served on the Chairman’s Advisory Commission of the National Labor Relations Board.  I am  a Chapter Editor of How to Take a Case Before the NLRB published by BNA Books.  I’ve spoken at numerous national and regional legal meetings, including at the American Bar Association’s annual Conference on Labor and Employment Law.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, WI, and Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY.  I was born and raised in New York City, lived for many years in Atlanta,  and currently reside in Santa Monica with my wife, Monika, and daughter, Elisabeth.