Rudolph G. Klapper

Klapper Rudy

Rudy Klapper represents a wide variety of clients, with a focus on labor and employment matters. Rudy has significant experience defending employers against a range of employment-related claims, from pre-litigation negotiations to trial and arbitration. He regularly appears before administrative and regulatory agencies and has successfully defended employers against numerous employment-related claims, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, unfair competition, trade secret theft, and wage and hour claims.

He also advises businesses regarding compliance with various California and federal laws and regulations, such as drafting employee handbooks and personnel policies, disciplining and training employees, managing and defending against Cal-OSHA investigations and actions, handling pension plan disputes under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), preparing reductions in force, and conducting human resources audits.


Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of all claims against employer in wrongful termination, discrimination, and retaliation lawsuit
  • Successfully resolved Cal-OSHA accident investigations without penalty to municipal employer
  • Obtained successful verdict and punitive damages in state bench trial for small business owners in trade secret theft claim
  • Obtained dismissal of lawsuit against municipal entity by employee claiming a variety of discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination claims on successful anti-SLAPP motion at the pleading stage




  • J.D. Loyola Law School 2014
    • Developments editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
    • David W. Burcham Best Student Article Award
    • Dean's Honor List
    • Dean's Scholar
  • B.S. Music Industry, Business Law University of Southern California 2011

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2024
  • Public Counsel, Pro Bono Award, Early Care & Education Law, Community Development Project, 2021