Employment Litigation and Counseling
Labor Proceedings and Contract Negotiations
University of California, Davis School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1982
University of San Francisco
Bachelor of Arts in English, with honors, 1979
Since 1982 Mr. Owensby has represented employers in all types of employment cases and has litigated and tried a variety of cases in the State and Federal courts as well as before administrative agencies. Mr. Owensby also advises employers on employment practices and policies including: discrimination and harassment issues, drug testing, employee rights of privacy, wage and hour practices, discipline and dismissal, various statutory leave rights and responsibilities, interactive processes with disabled employees, plant closings and myriad other issues.
Mr. Owensby also has a traditional labor law practice in which he represents employers in matters related to management/union relations. In that aspect of his practice he represents employers in grievance proceedings, negotiates collective bargaining agreements and advises employers regarding rights and obligations under federal labor law. He has also advised employers on strategies to protect their interests in dealings with unions and employee associations. He has taught numerous classes to human resource professionals, employers and lawyers on various employment and workplace issues.
In recent years Mr. Owensby has been retained by labor lawyers in the region to serve as mediator or arbitrator in employment cases. The state and federal courts have assigned several cases to Mr. Owensby to mediate, arbitrate or conduct other alternative dispute resolution efforts. Finally, he has also served on boards of directors of several community and non-profit organizations and has dedicated many years to serving the community of Sacramento.