Lou Cappadona is an AV-rated attorney in Martindale Hubbell and has more than 50 years of experience covering a broad spectrum of employment and traditional labor law matters. Lou represents employers before various federal and state agencies, advises employers in labor union matters, counsels employers in preventive law and develops personnel policies and employee handbooks. He has been a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Corps (JAG), a Field Attorney with the National Labor Relations Board and Labor Counsel for Litton Industries. He has been in private practice representing employers and management since 1976.
Lou provides legal advice to clients on a variety of workplace laws including:
- Wage and Hour issues
- Employee reviews, discipline and termination
- Reductions in force and layoffs
- Exempt v. Non-Exempt status
- Labor Unions and Union Awareness Training
- Discrimination and Harassment Investigations
- Employment Issues in the sale or purchase of a Business
- Temporary and leased employees
- Mandated employee leaves of absence
- Unemployment and State Disability Insurance
Lou is a member of the California and Ventura County Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Ventura CPA/LAW Society. He was a member of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) and chaired its Government Relations Committee. He is a former Board member of the East Ventura County Employer Advisory Council (EAC) and served as its Program Director for many years. His community activities have included serving the Board of the Westlake Lake Management Association and the St. Jude Church Adopt a Family program which provides food and clothing to local low income families and presents for their children during the holidays. He is a long time member of the Board of Regents for Mary Health Convalescent and Nursing Hospital. He also has been selected to serve on the Safe Guard the Children committee at St. Mary Magdalen Church and School and is also a member of the local Military Veterans Club. Lou provides employment law services to several not for profit agencies including Para Los Niños and Mary Health of the Sick Convalescent and Nursing Hospital. He was a Seminar Leader at the Industrial Relations Center at CalTech in Pasadena for 6 years and he is a frequent speaker for professional and business groups. He also conducts in-house trainings for employer management teams.
Lou received his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Peter’s University, his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio and did graduate work in the Labor Law program at New York University School of Law. During his military service, he also attended the JAG school at the University of Virginia.
Lou resides with his wife Patsy in Camarillo. They have 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren. Lou is a "health club rat" and when he is not in the gym you can find him doing water aerobics in the pool. Patsy and Lou discovered river cruising and have enjoyed river boat vacations in Europe, China and at home on the Mississippi and Columbia Rivers.