Anticouni & Ricotta | Leaders In Employment Litigation Serving Clients Throughout California.

Our Team

At Anticouni & Ricotta, California’s employers and employees alike receive quality representation for any serious workplace. The firm’s expertise extends over Contracts, Discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination, and many more.

To give you some idea of what a trailblazer the firm has been, in the practice of employment law, we filed the first wage and hour class action more than 40 years ago.

Anticouni & Ricotta — The Team That Protects Your Rights In The Workplace

Bruce Anticouni established Anticouni & Ricotta in 1979. He was a Trial Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board and General Counsel for a nationally traded company with more than 50,000 employees prior to founding Anticouni & Ricotta. With 50 years of experience in all types of employment matters, he can develop a plan to protect your rights.

Nicole Ricotta, the firm’s managing partner, has worked with the firm for more than 10 years. She oversees the firm’s complex litigation practice, which includes wage and hour class actions.

Heather Quest first worked with Anticouni & Ricotta from 2000 to 2008 where she was responsible for over $150,000,000.00 of successful wage and hour class actions. Heather rejoined our firm in 2020.

We invite you to learn more about the achievements and accolades collected by our lawyers, when you click on these attorney biography links:

Our firm has represented hundreds of thousands of employees throughout California in Overtime Class Actions.

We welcome the opportunity to speak with any employer or employee with legal difficulties in the Central Coast region, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and San Luis Obispo County. Your initial consultation can be scheduled with one call to 805-699-5968 or an email message.

Our firm filed the first successful California WAGE AND HOUR CLASS ACTION more than 40 years ago.

Here are some of our overtime compensation class action judgments and settlements.






Ampersand Holdings


Andrews International


Andrews International






Bank of America


Big Dog USA


Bombay Company




Cal Fed


Carl’s Jr.


California Federal Bank


Case Detective


Crescent Jewelers






Don Roberto Jewelers


Eddie Bauer




Fidelity Escrow


Foot Locker


Fox Transport


Foss Maritime




H.F. Ahmanson & Company


Home Closets




J.C. Penney Corporation




Limited Too




Manufacturing (Confidential)


Manufacturing (Confidential)




Metson Marine


Natural Cafe


Nextel Communications




Phillips-Van Heusen




Protiviti Corporation


Sansum Clinic


Seacor Marine


Select Comfort


Spectrum Apple


Sunglass Hut


Tidewater #1


Tidewater #2


Time Warner Telecom




Van Heusen


Victoria’s Secret




Wells Fargo #1


Wells Fargo #2


Wells Fargo #3


Western States Wireless


Wilson’s Leather