Mr. Caples has practiced labor and employment law for over 30 years. He is an experienced litigator, including trials to verdict and class actions, with a deep knowledge of state and federal employment and labor laws. 


While he is successful and experienced in dealing with litigation, he takes particular pleasure in providing timely, practical and effective advice to prevent litigation.  He focuses his practice on providing preventive advice and counseling for clients; defending wrongful termination, discrimination and other employment litigation; and representing employers in union bargaining and election campaigns. Mr. Caples represents employers before both state and federal courts in several states and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the California Labor Commissioner and other state and federal administrative agencies.


Mr. Caples is a trained mediator and has participated in dozens of mediations covering the entire range of employment issues.  He is adept at assessing complex facts and determining the risks, and has outstanding interpersonal skills that allow him to quickly develop a rapport with, and trust from, the parties to the dispute.


Mr. Caples is widely recognized as a dynamic, entertaining and  effective trainer and public speaker in the areas of labor and employment law and has spoken before such groups as the Sacramento, San Mateo, and San Francisco County Employer Advisory Committees, the Northern California Human Resources Council and the Association for Image and Information Management. He has conducted numerous seminars regarding wrongful termination, employee privacy, workplace violence, wage and hour, discipline and termination, as well as Equal Employment Opportunity, sexual harassment and affirmative action.


Mr. Caples has also authored several articles in the areas of labor and employment law.


Mr. Caples is a retired Colonel in the United States Army Reserve, with twenty-eight years of service in stations including Iraq, Korea, Haiti, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia.




L.L.M. in Labor Law, New York University School of Law, 1981
J.D., cum laude, Whittier College School of Law, 1980

M.S.S, United States Army War College, 2009
B.A., California State University, Fullerton, 1973




State Bar of California; United States District Court (Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California), District of New Jersey; United States Circuit Courts of Appeal (Third and Ninth Circuits); United States Supreme Court