John Carrigan
John Carrigan

John R. Carrigan, Jr.

Of Counsel
Tel 424.204.4338
Fax 424.204.4350
Los Angeles

John R. Carrigan, Jr., handles all aspects of labor and employment litigation. Mr. Carrigan has been advising and litigating on behalf of California employers for more than 10 years. He has developed and audited employment and pay policies, has overseen employment investigations, negotiated employment and severance agreements, and responded to various charges brought against his clients by government agencies at the state and federal level.

Mr. Carrigan also has extensive experience litigating employment-related disputes before state and federal courts and in arbitration. He has defended his clients against allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, and violations of various wage and hour laws. Mr. Carrigan represents clients in a wide range of industries, including health care, education, manufacturing, restaurants, and retail.

Pro Bono Experience

Mr. Carrigan handles pro bono adoption matters for Alliance for Children's Rights. He is also the Los Angeles office's representative on Ballard Spahr's Pro Bono Committee.

Professional Activities

State Bar of California


Co-author, "No Arbitration Where Employer Was Unable To Authenticate Employee's Electronic Signature on Arbitration Agreement," Ballard Spahr alert, January 7, 2015

Co-author, "California Guarantees Paid Sick Leave to Employees," Ballard Spahr alert, November 25, 2014

Co-author, "New California Employment Laws for 2015," Ballard Spahr alert, November 25, 2014

Co-author, "Calif. Supreme Court Sides Against NLRB, Finds Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements Enforceable," Ballard Spahr alert, June 27, 2014

Co-author, "Job Safety Concerns May Permit Post-FMLA Medical Exams," Law360, May 30, 2014

Co-author, "California Court Upholds Post-FMLA Fitness for Duty Examination in Face of Safety Concerns," Ballard Spahr alert, April 24, 2014

"Unpaid Film Production Interns Entitled to Minimum Wage, Judge Rules," Ballard Spahr alert, June 13, 2013

Co-author, "What if the NLRB Recess Appointments Decision is Upheld?" Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 5, 2013

"Overworked, Underpaid, Illegal? Hollywood Interns Fight Back," The Hollywood Reporter, October 24, 2012

Co-author, "New California Employment Laws for 2013," Ballard Spahr alert, October 10, 2012

"Court Upholds Class Action Waiver in Employment Agreement," Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 18, 2012

Co-author, "CA Supreme Court Rules on Employers’ Meal Break Obligations," Ballard Spahr alert, April 17, 2012

Speaking Engagements

"A Permanent Record? Strategies for Effective Management of E-mail and Electronic Communications," Salt Lake SHRM Employment Law Seminar, April 16, 2015

"Wage and Hour Laws: Common Employer Mistakes," SHRM Employment Law Seminar, Salt Lake City, April 15, 2014

"Wage and Hour Laws: Common Employer Mistakes that Can Land You in Court," Third Annual SLC Fall Employment Law Seminar, Ballard Spahr program, Salt Lake City, November 5, 2013

"Out of Sight, On Your Mind: Legal and Practical Considerations for Managing a Remote Workforce," Ballard Spahr webinar, October 24, 2013

"Internal Investigations – Lessons Learned from the Rutgers Basketball Case," Ballard Spahr webinar, June 26, 2013

"A State Apart: Employment Law Concerns for Employers Doing Business in California," Ballard Spahr webinar, September 6, 2012

University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (J.D. 2001)
Managing Editor, Entertainment Law Review; Participant, Moot Court

Vanderbilt University (B.S. 1997)
Recipient, National Merit Scholarship


U.S. District Courts for the Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California