Douglas B. Large, Of Counsel

Mr. Large was a senior partner at Archbald & Spray LLP. He has been selected as one of California’s Super Lawyers for employment law and has earned the Martindale-Hubble “AV” distinction as a preeminent attorney. His practice is focused on labor and employment law for management and on the energy and hospitality industries. He provides preventative counseling and litigation expertise to employers in all areas of employment law and the myriad work place regulations. He staffs both the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association’s and the Human Resources Association of the Central Coast’s Guide Line Services, which are complimentary “help lines” for members with employment law questions.

He represents hoteliers and restaurateurs in all commercial and employment matters. In the energy arena, Mr. Large represents oil and gas industry clients on natural resources and regulatory compliance issues, ground/mineral leases, commercial disputes, environmental claims, and in tort litigation.

Mr. Large has developed substantial experience defending class action litigation in diverse areas, including shareholder litigation, false advertising, wage and hour, and unfair business practices.


“So, You Are Thinking of Downsizing?” Nonprofit Support Center, Goleta, CA

“Why You Need ADR At Your Company,” Human Resources Association of the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo, CA

“Discipline and Termination,” Human Resources Association of the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo, CA

“Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management,” guest speaker, Elements of Human Resource Management Course, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

“Preventative Employment Law for Restaurateurs,” Archbald & Spray LLP and Law Offices of Peter D. Kusnitzow, P.C., Santa Barbara, CA

“Sexual Harassment: What It Is and How to Avoid It,” Beachside Bar Cafe, Goleta, CA

“Analyzing and Subduing Creeping Claims: Workers’ Comp and the Cross-Over with ADA and FMLA,” Middle Kingdom Managers, Santa Barbara, CA

“Controlling and Disciplining the Dangerous Employee,” Santa Barbara Employer Advisory Council seminar, Santa Barbara, CA

“Hiring Without Lawsuits: Remaining Within the Shrinking Boundaries of What Is Appropriate and Legal,” Council on Education in Management seminar, Santa Barbara, CA

Co-Speaker, “Employment Laws Don’t Discriminate — They Apply to Nonprofits Too!” Nonprofit Support Center of Santa Barbara County seminar, Santa Barbara, CA

“Wage and Hour Overtime Rules for Offshore Work,” Western States Petroleum Association, Ventura, CA

“Telecommunications Privacy,” Santa Barbara Employer Advisory Council seminar, Santa Barbara, CA

“Employment Law for the Small Employer,” Medical Managers, Santa Barbara, CA

Co-Speaker, “Independent Contractors v. Employees” and “Sexual Harassment: What It Is, the Consequences, and How to Avoid It,” Santa Barbara CPA/LAW Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

Co-Speaker, “Americans with Disabilities Act and Related Civil Rights Legislation,” Joint Medical-Legal Committee, Santa Barbara, CA

“Safely Negotiating the Employment Law Minefield to Avoid Personal and/or Health Care Authority Liability,” Santa Barbara County Special Health Care Authority, Santa Barbara, CA

“Creating a Safe and Caring Work Environment,” Keeping Inn Touch Conference, California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns, Santa Barbara, CA

Co-Speaker, “Employment Law Update,” Santa Barbara Legal Secretaries Association seminar, Santa Barbara, CA


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  • California Bar Association – Labor & Employment Law Section
  • American Bar Association


  • Montecito YMCA Board of Managers, Past Chair
  • Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club Board of Member Directors, Past Chair
  • Santa Barbara Human Resources Association – Guide Line Service
  • Human Resources Association of the Central Coast – Guide Line Service
  • Greater Santa Barbara Lodging and Restaurant Association
  • R. M. Pyles Boys Camp, Executive Committee/Board of Directors
  • Western States Petroleum Association, Associate Member
  • Santa Barbara Employer Advisory Council, Past Chair
  • The William L. Gordon Chapter of The American Inns of Court, Former Member


  • Pepperdine University, J.D.; Member, Pepperdine Law Review
  • UCLA, B.A. Economics