Jerry Pearson is a managing partner and business attorney at Young Wooldridge, LLP, whose practice focuses on handling labor and employment matters on behalf of California businesses and keeping his clients in compliance with the California state labor code. This executive profile was originally published in the February/March 2017 Issue of Kern Business Journal.
Name: Jerry Pearson
Company: Young Wooldridge, LLP
About the company/organization: Since 1939, Young Wooldridge, LLP has represented business and corporate clients, public agencies and individuals in a wide range of legal matters. The firm provides high-quality legal services in a variety of practice areas including business transactions and litigation, employment and labor issues, water and agriculture, oil and gas, real estate law, estate planning and probate and civil litigation. We work hard to deliver positive results in a cost-effective manner for our clients.
What I do: I manage the firm’s business law department and my practice is limited to representing management in all aspects of labor and employment matters.
Where I grew up: I was born in Torrance, California and grew up in Fresno.
How I landed in Kern County (if applicable): After graduating from law school I was hired by the Kern County District Attorney’s office and we’ve been here ever since.
Education: B.A. In History from CSU-Fresno and my JD from San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno.
Family: Married to my wife Denise for 26 years. We have two daughters, Lindsay 19 and Emily 15.
Hobbies: I follow the Boston Red Sox–literally. My wife and I travel to see them in different cities and stadiums including our favorite, Fenway Park.
What was your very first job and what did you learn from it? My first job was working at a baseball academy owned by former Fresno State coach Bob Bennett. I learned that working outdoors in the Central Valley really wasn’t for me.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your career? My family is the biggest influence in my career. My wife Denise has played a major role in helping me choose my career path and she has an uncanny ability to keep me on the right path. My daughters are the reason I do this each day, they are the inspiration for what I do.
What was the best piece of advice you ever received? “Know what you don’t know”
What is the most challenging part of your job? Without a doubt keeping up with the ever changing landscape of employment laws in California and helping my clients stay in compliance
What is the most rewarding part of your job? I am rewarded each day when my clients continue to put their trust in me.
What is the most memorable accomplishment of your career? Walking into the courtroom my first day on the job as a deputy district attorney and conducting a jury trial. I didn’t even know which table to sit at when I walked in, but I got a conviction before I walked out.