- UCLA School of Law, J.D.
- University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
2009 Speaker of the Year, American Payroll Association, San Francisco Chapter
Paul is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco.
PAUL R. LYND
Paul Lynd is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Labor and Employment group. He represents a diverse group of clients in litigation in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies including the California Labor Commissioner, the U.S. Department of Labor, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
What do you focus on?
I focus my practice on general employment matters, with an emphasis on wage and hour issues. This includes advice and strategy, development and revisions of policies and plans, litigation prevention and defending employers in individual claims and class actions. My work has included published California and federal decisions on important wage and hour issues involving bonus plans and class certification issues.
I also provide clients with advice and strategy on a range of issues, including discrimination and harassment claims, investigations, best practices and litigation prevention. Increasingly, over time, some of my particular focuses have been leave and reasonable accommodation of disability issues. These two areas have grown considerably and are issues most employers are facing today.
What do you see on the horizon?
Wage and hour claims will persist, but differently. The issues will be more esoteric and technical. Leave and reasonable accommodation issues will continue to grow in ways many employers have not anticipated.
Paul has published articles on various legal issues affecting labor and employment issues. A partial list of his publications includes:
- “New Ruling Further Expands California’s Commission Pay Overtime Exemption,” Nixon Peabody Employment Law Alert, February 13, 2012.
- “Clarifying 'Show-Up' And Split-Shift Wage Orders,” Employment Law 360, January 30, 2012.
- "California Holds That State Overtime Law Applies to Non-residents Working in the State," Nixon Peabody Employment Law Alert, July 2011 (co-authored with Marjorie Fochtman).
- “DOL Reverses Course on Mortgage Loan Officers,” Employment Law 360, April 22, 2010 (co-authored with Krista Bell).
- “From The Experts: Time To Pay Attention To Reporting Time Pay,” California Employment Law Reporter, June 2008 (Part 1) and July 2008 (Part 2) (co-authored with Marjorie Fochtman).
- “Labor Commissioner Adopts New Policies For Exempt Employees, Individual Liability, Discrimination Claims, Meal and Rest Periods,” California Employment Law Reporter, October 2002 (co-authored with Marjorie Fochtman).
- “Working Overtime: The Industrial Welfare Commission’s New Wage Orders Implementing AB 60 Impose Many Significant Changes in Regulation of Wages, Hours, and Working Conditions,” California Employment Law Reporter, January 2001 (co-authored with Marjorie Fochtman).
- “Domestic Partner Benefits Limited to Same-Sex Couples: Sex Discrimination Under Title VII,” 6 William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law 561 (2000).
- “Juror Sexual Orientation: The Fair Cross-Section Requirement, Privacy, Challenges for Cause, and Peremptories,” 46 UCLA Law Review 231 (1998).
Recent Speaking Engagements
Paul is a frequent speaker on wage and hour issues, as well as issues concerning domestic partner benefits and policies in employment. His recent speaking engagements include:
- “In It to Win It – The Realities of Joint Liability,” AgWISE Symposium, Napa, January 2014.
- “The Piece Rate Puzzle,” AgWISE Symposium, Napa, January 2014.
- “New Laws and Wage & Hour Update,” American Payroll Association, San Francisco, January 2013.
- “2009 Wage & Hour Update,” American Payroll Association, San Francisco, September 2009.
- “Retail Roundtable: Issues in the Current Economy Affecting the Retail Industry,” Nixon Peabody LLP, February 2009.
- “Domestic Partner Issues in Employment,” Nixon Peabody LLP and Clients’ MCLE day-long series, January 2009.
- “Wage & Hour Update,” ADP’s 2008 Year End Seminars, November and December 2008.
- “Wage & Hour Current Issues and Developments,” American Payroll Association 25 th Anniversary, San Francisco, June 2008.
- “New Employment Laws and Developments for 2008,” Nixon Peabody LLP, February 2008.
- “Spousal Benefits: Current Issues and Trends,” National Association of Public Pension Attorneys’ National Conference, Vail, Colorado, June 2007.
- “Wage and Hour Current Issues and Developments,” American Payroll Association, Santa Clara, California, February 2007.
- “Domestic Partner Issues in Employment and Pensions,” California State Association of County Retirement Systems’ State Conference, Coronado, California, November 2006.
- “It Takes Two: Domestic Partner Issues In Employment,” San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, California, September 2006.
- Immigration-Related Liability for Calif. Employers Rises
Law360 | July 25, 2014
Los Angeles Labor & Employment counsel Richard Bromley, Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Erin Holyoke and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Paul Lynd discuss a California Supreme Court ruling finding that employers should not continue to employ workers after discovery of unauthorized status because doing so may expose them to further liability.
- Post-Brinker Workers Attack Calif. Employers on New Fronts
Employment Law360 | April 9, 2013
San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Paul Lynd discusses employment lawsuits a year after California Supreme Court’s landmark Brinker v. Superior Court decision holding that companies don’t need to police employees to ensure they stop working during meal breaks.
- Bay Area People
San Francisco Business Times | February 2, 2012
This news brief notes that San Francisco Labor & Employment attorney Paul Lynd and San Francisco Products attorney Eric Strain have been promoted to the firm’s partnership.