- 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 R. LYND
Paul Lynd is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. Paul advises employers on general employment policies and practices, discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, and litigation prevention.
Paul has represented employers in matters before the California Labor Commissioner, the U.S. Department of Labor, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and federal and state trial and appellate courts. He has extensive experience advising and representing employers on wage and hour matters under California and federal law, including successfully defending employers in individual and class actions.
Previously, Paul served as a special assistant in the Director’s Office of the California Department of Industrial Relations, which includes the Labor Commissioner’s office. Following law school, Paul also served as a research attorney to Justice Norman Epstein at the California Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District in Los Angeles. He also is a frequent speaker on wage and hour issues.
Paul’s cases have included Neisendorf v. Levi Strauss & Co. (2006) 143 Cal.App.4th 509 (California family and medical leave law does not require accommodation and employer may deny bonus to employee terminated for cause); Maddock v. KB Homes, Inc. (C.D. Cal. 2007) 248 F.R.D. 229 (class certification denied on overtime and meal period claims); and Maddock v. KB Homes, Inc., 631 F.Supp.2d 1226 (C.D. Cal. 2007) (summary judgment granted against potential class representative).
Paul has published articles on various legal issues affecting labor and employment issues. A partial list of his publications includes:
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:
- “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.
- 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.
- Clarifying ‘Show-Up’ and Split-Shift Wage Orders
California and Employment Law 360 | January 30, 2012
This article, authored by San Francisco Labor & Employment counsel Paul Lynd, discusses the California Court of Appeal’s resolution of two frequent questions arising under California’s reporting-time pay and split-shift premium requirements.