Marc D. Mootchnik

Marc D. Mootchnik joined the California State University Office of General Counsel in April 2001. He is the University Counsel for California State University Channel Islands and previously served in a similar role at San Diego State University, California State University San Marcos, California State University Monterey Bay, California State University Maritime Academy, and the CSU Chancellor's Office. He is also Assistant Vice Chancellor & Chief Counsel, Human Resources within the Office of General Counsel and the Office of General Counsel's resource attorney for Collective Bargaining/PERB, Wage and Hour/FLSA/Fair Pay Act, and Governance/Open Meetings. Marc is also presently serving as the Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor of Labor & Employee Relations. Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, he worked at the law firms Riordan & McKinzie, Rintala, Smoot, Jaenicke & Rees, and Collins & Bellenghi, practicing in the areas of business litigation and labor and employment law.​


  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (1989)
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach (1986)

Legal Organizations and Activities:

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Publications, Presentations and Other Activities:

  • Served on the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Annual Conference Committee in 2005, 2008 and 2010, the Annual Conference Working Group in 2007, the Spring 2016 and 2018 Employment Law Workshop Committees, the Spring 2017 Discrimination Law Workshop Committee and as Chair of the 2019 Discrimination Law Workshop Committee
  • "Who's Exempt from the FLSA? A University Lawyer Analyzes Exempt/Nonexempt Classification of Employment Positions in Higher Education Institutions. " College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Journal (Fall/Winter 2001, Vol. 52, No. 2)
  • "Insulating Employers. Viewpoint: The 'Murillo' decision underscores the Court's position that harassment by an employee does not hold the company liable for intentional infliction of emotional distress." Los Angeles Daily Journal (July 7, 2000)
  • Presented to the National Association of College and University Attorneys at its annual conference, to CSU human resources directors and mangers, and to campuses on various topics, including how to conduct discipline hearings; faculty status processes and disputes; investigation techniques; best practices in drafting settlement agreements; military leave; Weingarten, unfair practice charges and other areas of labor law; wage and hour and other employment issues.
  • Over 15 published PERB and SPB precedential decisions


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