J. Rod Betts - Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

J. Rod Betts

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Rod Betts has successfully represented California employers on labor and employment law matters for over 30 years. He started his career at Gray Cary (now DLA Piper) and became a partner at that firm, and was Chair of the Employment and Labor group at Gray Cary for several years. In 2004, Rod joined his former partners from Gray Cary—Rich Paul, Fred Plevin and Mike Sullivan—who had left Gray Cary in 1998 to found the Paul, Plevin firm.

Mr. Betts is one of the most experienced management side labor lawyers in Southern California, having represented a wide variety of public and private sector clients on union matters, including San Diego Transit Corporation, San Diego Trolley, Inc., the Zoological Society of San Diego, the San Diego Padres, the City of San Diego, the City of Chula Vista, the City of Escondido, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Brand Energy Solutions and Bimbo Bakeries USA. Rod has handled well over 100 labor arbitrations on behalf of management, including discharge and contract interpretation cases.

Mr. Betts is also a very successful trial lawyer, having tried dozens of cases before juries, judges and administrative law judges. His trials have involved claims of wrongful termination, employment discrimination and wage and hour violations. Rod’s employment law clients include United Airlines, ResMed Corp, Jack Henry & Associates, Inc., Republic Services, Inc., Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.

Rod utilizes his years of experience in representing employers in labor and employment law matters to provide practical advice to clients on difficult issues including union matters, employment terminations, layoffs, wage and hour and prevailing wage matters, and investigations of employee misconduct.

Fort Hays State UniversityBS 1978University of KansasJ.D. 1981

Office Location

101 West Broadway, Ninth Floor
San Diego, CA 92101-8285
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the San Diego Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the San Diego Metro Area
J. Rod Betts has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!J. Rod Betts has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Male