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Mark A. Saxon


(619) 230-7793
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San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101

Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071


J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1974

B.A., Economics, honors, University of California, Riverside, 1971 

  • Studied the labor union movement at Trinity College University in Dublin, Ireland during junior year


Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment (2015-2020) 

Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell

San Diego Super Lawyers® distinction in Employment Litigation: Defense and Employment & Labor (2007-2014)

Southern California Super Lawyers® distinction in Employment Litigation, Employment & Labor (2014)

Top Attorney distinction in Labor & Employment (2010, San Diego Daily Transcript)

San Diego Magazine's 2013-2018 List of "Top Lawyers" in Employment Law

Mark A. Saxon is a partner in Gordon & Rees’s San Diego office and is past Chair of the San Diego Employment practice group. Mr. Saxon specializes in providing pro-active advice to companies of all sizes on topics ranging from employee handbooks to wage and hour issues and from Family and Medical Leave/disability issues to avoiding claims of wrongful termination.
In addition, Mr. Saxon regularly defends employers and supervisors in both state and federal court, as well as in arbitration proceedings, against claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, defamation, violation of privacy rights, and violation of wage and hour laws. He has also handled numerous class actions and “Private Attorney General” lawsuits claiming Labor Code violations, including failure to provide meal and rest periods, unpaid overtime, failure to reimburse employees’ business expenses, and unfair business practices.
Mr. Saxon has served as a Judge Pro Tem in court cases, as well as an arbitrator of disputes on behalf of the American Arbitration Association.


U.S. District Courts, California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


San Diego County Bar Association, former Chairman of Superior Court Committee
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section, Civil Litigation Section
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Civil Litigation Section
Society for Human Resource Management, San Diego Chapter, former Board member and Vice President - Legislation
Human Resources Association
Legislative Task Force of The Employers Group

Community Involvement

Mr. Saxon is past President of both the Torrey Pines Kiwanis and the Board of Trustees of La Jolla Country Day School. He has completed an 8-year tenure as a member of both the Holiday Bowl Committee and the Greater San Diego Sports Association.