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Labor & Employment

We provide well-informed, creative advice to help clients navigate the ever-changing landscape of labor and employment laws and achieve their business objectives without incurring liability, including in connection with business transactions or when dealing with labor unions. We recognize that the most valuable advice we can provide is often that which prevents problems before they arise.

Should litigation arise, our combination of litigation experience and substantive expertise makes us uniquely qualified to handle all types of employment cases, from the typical single-plaintiff case to the complex, "bet the company" class action lawsuit. We have litigated extensively before federal and state courts, arbitrators, and administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board. We also routinely review and develop employee policies, contracts, separation agreements, and other employment-related documents.

  • Nationally Recognized Practitioners: Our Labor & Employment partners have been continuously recognized over the past decade as "Employment Trailblazers" by The National Law Journal and as top California employment lawyers by the Daily Journal.

  • Variety of Industries: We offer employment advice and counseling to clients across numerous industry sectors — from international technology corporations to healthcare to financial services to professional sports teams.

  • Global Reach: With lawyers on both U.S. coasts and in the United Kingdom, we are committed to quality service and being available when and where our clients need us.

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Experience Highlights

  • Professional sports franchise in a series of wage-and-hour class actions brought by the team's cheerleaders. Also secured a unanimous jury verdict for the franchise in an age discrimination lawsuit brought by two head scouts who were replaced.

  • AmLaw 100 law firm in a national origin, gender, and equal pay discrimination case brought by a female attorney.

  • AmLaw 100 law firm in an Equal Pay Act case brought on behalf of female associates and contract attorneys.

  • Major banking and wealth management company, as lead employment counsel, in a number of employment discrimination cases.

  • Major Bay Area hospital in a wage-and-hour class action brought by a group of nurses.

  • ​​​​​​Specialty beverage retailer in multiple employment cases, including three major wage-and-hour class actions.

  • Multinational technology company in a defense jury verdict in a lawsuit brought by a start-up company and its founder alleging breach of contract, fraud, and wrongful termination.

  • Private equity firm in successful arbitration involving dispute over partnership status and carried interest.

  • Multinational technology company in employment discrimination and wage-and-hour cases in both California and Virginia.

  • Major Bay Area hospital in collective bargaining negotiations with numerous labor unions.

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Key Contacts

David J. Reis
David J. Reis
San Francisco
+1 415.471.3166
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  • The National Law Journal
    "Employment Law Trailblazers" Dipanwita Amar (2022) and David Reis (2019)
  • Daily Journal
    "Top Labor and Employment Lawyers" David Reis (2023) and Dipanwita Amar (2023)
  • The American Lawyer
    "West Trailblazers" Dipanwita Amar (2022)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
    David Reis (2021), Dipanwita Amar (2018)
  • Chambers UK
    Employment: Employer — Henry Clinton-Davis (2024)
  • Chambers Global
    Employment UK (2022-2024)
  • The Legal 500 UK
    Human Resources: Employment — Employers (2023)
    Employment — Employers: Henry Clinton-Davis (2023)
  • Best Lawyers in the UK
    "Employment Law" (2020-2024)
    Employment Law — Henry Clinton-Davis (2022)
  • Lawyer Network
    “Lawyer of the Year” Employment Law UK, Henry Clinton-Davis (2022)
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
    Employment & Labor; Employment Litigation — Josh Alloy (2021)
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers
    "Best Law Firms" for Labor & Employment Litigation – National, New York (2024)
    "Best Law Firms" for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law – National, Chicago (2023)