Before joining the firm, Mr. Begakis was appointed to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division as a Policy Advisor. As part of the Division’s executive team, he provided legal and policy advice on a diverse range of wage and hour matters, including regulatory and enforcement issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act. He played a critical role in the development and drafting of high-profile agency guidance, including proposed rules on the regular rate and joint employer status, and an opinion letter on the independent contractor status of “gig” economy workers. He received the Wage and Hour Division Administrator’s Award for Excellence for distinguished public service. Mr. Begakis has also authored scholarly works on the subjects of regulatory takings and commercial speech.
Mr. Begakis is a former law clerk to Judge Reed O’Connor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and Judge Margaret Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He earned his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Mr. Begakis is a member of the Virginia and California Bars.