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We offer unusual strength in providing labor and employment legal counsel. Given the complexity and uniqueness of California labor and employment law, we have built an experienced team that supports companies already here and those considering expansion into the state. We counsel on current and anticipated workforce issues with an emphasis on assuring clients are ahead of regulations and benefits innovations.

With clients operating in financial services, insurance, consumer products, health care, pharmaceuticals or transportation, our litigation and trial experience across a diversity of industries is vast. As product class actions or high profile accident investigations increase, our teams serve as lead counsel for disputes and jury trials in state and federal courts and on appellate matters.

Our San Francisco office was first among law firms in the U.S. to pursue and secure LEED® certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and is a model for sustainable design and green building practices. We are resolute in our commitment to a diverse workforce, community volunteerism and pro bono legal service.

Media Clips

  • Drones Fly into Hollywood
    Daily Journal | September 26, 2014
    San Francisco Commercial Litigation associate Cameron Cloar is quoted in this story on the Federal Aviation Administration’s recent decision to grant the use of drones by select photo and video production companies.
  • Antitrust Opt Outs Open Doors for Defense Lawyers
    The Recorder | September 19, 2014

    San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner John Foote is quoted in this article about law firms taking on more antitrust plaintiff cases.

  • Nixon Peabody Snags Ex-Littler Mendelson Shareholder
    Employment Law 360 | September 4, 2014
    This feature story highlights the arrival of San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Ossie Cousins.
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  • Amazon Drone-Testing Petition Seen As Key Milestone for Emerging Market
    Bloomberg BNA | August 6, 2014
    San Francisco Commercial Litigation associate Cameron Cloar provides commentary on Amazon.com Inc.'s efforts to expand testing of drones for package delivery and the broader implications of this.
  • 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.
  • Combating Calif. Drought with New Rules on Recycled Water
    Law360 | July 22, 2014
    San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this column discussing efforts to save scarce freshwater sources under California’s Drought State of Emergency proclamation.
  • California court rules retailer needn't provide AEDs
    FierceCFO | July 21, 2014
    San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum discusses the impact of a California appeals court ruling that Target was not obligated to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in its stores.
  • Calif. Defibrillator Ruling Likely To Draw Lawmakers' Attention
    Law360 | June 23, 2014
    San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum discusses the implications of California Supreme Court’s ruling that Target Corp. wasn't obligated to carry automated external defibrillators.
  • Calif. May Force Emergency Medical Equipment on Retailers
    Law360 | June 18, 2014
    San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum and associate Caroline Burnett authored this column discussing Verdugo v. Target Stores before the California Supreme Court in which the plaintiff alleges that large retailers have an obligation to keep automatic external defibrillators ("AEDs") in stores.
  • Tech Cos.' Chase for Space Adds Deal-Making Complex
    Law360 | June 6, 2014
    San Francisco Real Estate associate JR Garibaldi provides commentary in this feature on Bay Area tech companies’ efforts to procure office space.
  • Associates Are Doin' It for Themselves
    The Recorder | June 6, 2014
    San Francisco office managing partner Tony Barron provides commentary in this feature story about associates carving out niche practices.
  • California Tries to Plug Retail Data Breaches
    Law360 | June 4, 2014
    San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner Karl Belgum authored this column discussing how state governments, especially in California, are struggling to keep up with the large number of major data breaches affecting consumers.
  • 5 Legal Complications in Robust Calif. Winery Market Sales
    Law360 | June 2, 2014
    San Francisco Real Estate partner Paul Schrier discusses challenges in the active California vineyards acquisitions market.
  • Benefiting Employees: Lawyers eye San Francisco's new flex-scheduling law
    California Lawyer | June 1, 2014
    A Nixon Peabody Labor & Employment client alert is cited in this article on the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, which gives San Francisco workers the right to request a flexible or predictable schedule in order to care for a family member with a serious health condition.
  • Wearables in the Workplace: 3 Traps Employers Should Avoid
    Law360 | May 27, 2014
    San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Alix Devendra authored this column discussing situations in which embracing wearable devices could expose an employer to liability.
  • Closing Argument: Learning to Celebrate You
    USF Lawyer | May 1, 2014
    San Francisco associate Cameron Cloar authored this contributed column discussing the firm’s pro bono involvement in partnering with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California to protect the rights of a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club and its members at California’s Sultana High School.
  • Calif. Court's FMLA Ruling Gives Cos. Vital Flexibility
    Law360 | April 17, 2014
    San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight discusses a California appeals court decision that employers can seek a second medical opinion after a doctor determines a worker is fit to return from a Family and Medical Leave Act absence.
  • "Drone Law" Becomes Big Business
    FORTUNE | April 9, 2014
    San Francisco Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry representation associate Cameron Cloar provides commentary in this feature article on how law firms are responding to the drone industry.
  • GitHub Gender Bias Claims Show Startups Need HR Role Early
    Employment Law360 | March 19, 2014
    San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight provides commentary in a gender discrimination claim against San Francisco tech start-up GitHub.
  • Watch Those Tweets: The EEOC Looks at Social Media
    Wall Street Journal At Work Blog | March 18, 2014
    This article quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Renée Jackson, who was among the featured panelists in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hearing in Washington, DC, focused on the use of social media in the workplace.
  • ‘What's Our Vector, Victor?'—A Series of Regulatory Amendments May Force Change in Business Model for Regional Airline Industry
    Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives | March 17, 2014
    San Francisco Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation associate Cameron Cloar authored this column discussing recent changes to the regulation of commercial pilot training, certification and employment that may lead to significant transformation of airlines’ business models and the industry as a whole.
  • Drone Deliveries in Mission District? S.F. startup has plan
    San Francisco Chronicle | March 15, 2014
    San Francisco Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation associate Cameron Cloar discusses San Francisco startup, QuiQui, which plans to use drones to deliver drugstore products.
  • EEOC Hears Views on How Social Media Potentially Affect EEO Issues in Workplace
    Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report | March 12, 2014
    San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Renée Jackson is quoted throughout this article as one of the featured panelists in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hearing in Washington, DC, discussing the use of social media in the workplace.
  • EEOC to Mull Social Media Impact on Anti-Bias Enforcement
    Law360 | March 5, 2014
    This article previews the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hearing on how the use of social media in the workplace is affecting enforcement on equal employment opportunity laws. San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Renée Jackson is one of the featured panelists.
  • If Facebook Buys Drones, They May Fly above the Red Tape
    Washington Post | March 5, 2014
    San Francisco Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry representation associate Cameron Cloar, a former pilot for a national airline, discusses Facebook’s interest in drones.
  • Law360 Aerospace & Defense Editorial Advisory Board
    Law360 | February 21, 2014
    San Francisco Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry representation associate Cameron Cloar, a former pilot for a national airline, is included among Law360’s Aerospace & Defense Editorial Advisory Board.
  • Chinese Developer to Spend $200M on 4.6-Acre Site in Downtown LA
    Commercial Property Executive | January 2, 2014
    This coverage notes that Chinese investor Oceanwide Real Estate Group has closed escrow on land in downtown Los Angeles. Nixon Peabody served as Oceanwide’s acquisition counsel and will serve as development counsel moving forward.
  • Lawyers Say General Duty Enforcement Tactic Could Have Broad Impact; OSHA Disagrees
    Bloomberg BNA Occupational Safety & Health Reporter | December 12, 2013

    San Francisco partner and leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice Jeff Tanenbaum discusses judicial approval of an enforcement tactic could allow the Occupational Safety & Health Administration to impose tougher chemical exposure rules on employers.

  • Amazon Unveils Drone-Use Plan Amid Policy Debate Over Technology
    Bloomberg BNA | December 3, 2013

    San Francisco Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation Cameron Cloar, a former pilot for a national airline, discusses Amazon’s plans to deliver packages to customers using drones.

  • Executive Profile
    San Francisco Business Times | November 29, 2013
    San Francisco office managing partner Tony Barron is profiled in this Q&A series featuring Bay Area business executives.
  • When Shoppers Go Wild: OSHA Issues Guidance for Crowd Management In Advance of Black Friday
    Law360 | November 27, 2013
    San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Marjorie Fochtman and Labor & Employment practice group leader Jeff Tanenbaum discuss the Department of Labor’s guidelines for retailers about crowd safety during the busy holiday shopping season.
  • OSHA Workplace Injury Rule Aims to Shame Cos. Into Safety
    Law360 | November 13, 2013
    San Francisco partner and leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice Jeff Tanenbaum discusses a proposed rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that would make workplace illness and injury data recorded by employers more accessible.
  • FAA's Privacy Punt Leaves Drone Operators in the Dark
    Law360 | November 8, 2013
    San Francisco Products: Class Action, Industry & Trade Representation associate Cameron Cloar discusses the Federal Aviation Administration’s lack of clarity on privacy matters related to use of domestic drones. Click here to read the article.
  • SCOTUS Cert Skirt Left Door Open For Cy Pres Tune-Up
    Law360 | November 8, 2013
    This column discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of a petition for a writ of certiorari in Marek v. Lane. New York City Commercial Litigation partner Chris Mason, San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner Bruce Copeland, Manchester Commercial Litigation associate Dan Deane and Rochester Products: Class Action, Industry & Trade Representation associate Kevin Saunders authored the piece.
  • 'Raging Bull' copyright fight headed for U.S. Supreme Court
    Reuters | October 1, 2013
    San Francisco Commercial Litigation attorney John Chatowski provides commentary in this article noting that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Raging Bull copyright.
  • OSHA to Boost Whistleblower Programs
    Compliance Week | September 24, 2013
    San Francisco partner and leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice Jeff Tanenbaum discusses the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s increased enforcement efforts against companies that fail to provide safe workplaces.
  • Trade Secrets Spats Center on Cloud
    The Recorder | September 20, 2013
    San Francisco Brands & Creations partner Rob Weikert comments on how trade secrets matters are being impacted by growing use of online data storage.
  • Case to Watch: A circuit split and 'Raging Bull'
    Reuters Legal | September 13, 2013

    John Chatowski discusses a closely watched lawsuit over rights to the "Raging Bull" film.

  • San Francisco Proposes Mandatory Flexible Working Arrangements
    Employee Benefit Plan Review | September 1, 2013
    Labor & Employment practice group leader Jeff Tanenbaum and Labor & Employment associate Alexandra Devendra co-authored this column on the proposed “Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance,” which would allow employees who are caregivers to request a wide range of flexible working arrangements.
  • Nixon Adds Ex-Head of Sedgwick's Employee Benefits Team
    Law360 | August 26, 2013

    This feature article highlights the arrival of San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Karen Ng.

  • FAA Regulatory Revamp Puts Major Revitalization on Horizon for Struggling Small Airplane, Aviation Technology Manufacturers
    Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives | August 12, 2013
    San Francisco Products associate Cameron Cloar discusses the Federal Aviation Administration’s detailed modernization blueprint and its impact on the industry. Click here to read the article.
  • Insurers' Duty to Defend: Conn. vs. NY
    Law360 | August 8, 2013

    Boston Commercial Litigation associates Kurt Mullen and Chris Queenin and San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner and Insurance team leader Greg Schopf discuss two cases concerning coverage by estoppel where a liability insurer breaches its duty to defend.

  • Former Thelen Attorneys Who Stuck Together Have Thrived
    Daily Journal | August 7, 2013

    This feature story provides a five-year retrospective since Thelen dissolved and highlights how successful this integration was for our firm. Litigation department chair Jenny Kuenster and San Francisco Real Estate partner Paul Schrier are quoted throughout the article.

  • Medicare Change Heralds Easier Device Trial Reimbursements
    Law360 | July 29, 2013

    San Francisco Health Services associate Gabrielle Goldstein discusses Medicare's proposed new approach to reimbursement for certain costs of clinical trials.

  • The Federal Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps
    Update: Food and Drug Law, Regulation and Education | July 1, 2013

    Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk, Global Business & Transactions partner Mavis Yee, and Health Services and Life Sciences associate Carly Eisenberg authored this article on the need to balance the increasing use of mobile apps in the medical field with the need to protect the public. Click here to read the article online.

  • The Business of Same-Sex Marriage
    CNBC's The Kudlow Report | June 26, 2013

    San Francisco partner and leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice Jeff Tanenbaum discusses the business impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings regarding California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

  • Crouch's Efforts to Avoid GARA Don't Fly with 6th Circ.
    Law360 | June 5, 2013

    San Francisco Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation associate Paul Stinson discusses Crouch v. Honeywell International and the three important holdings from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision regarding the applicability and scope of the statute of repose set forth in the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 (GARA).

  • Workplace Agencies Tighten Belts for Sequestration
    Law360 | May 24, 2013

    San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight discusses how the sequester is impacting workplace agencies in this contributed column. San Francisco Labor & Employment associates Alexandra Devendra and Rachel Fischetti assisted in the development of the piece.

  • 3 HR Lessons Employers Can Learn From Schools
    Law360 | May 22, 2013

    San Francisco partner and leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice Jeff Tanenbaum discusses how employers can learn about how to avoid future problems in the workplace by taking a look at what is happening in school systems and how these schools are preventing violence and bullying.

  • Drones Cast Lengthening Shadows One Year After Passage of FAA Modernization & Reform Act
    Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Law Report | May 13, 2013

    This column, authored by San Francisco Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry representation associate Cameron Cloar, discusses the entry of drones into the national airspace system one year after the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

  • No Firing After Facebook Post, NLRB Tells Tour Bus Company
    Reuters | May 8, 2013

    San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Renée Jackson discusses the National Labor Relations Board’s focus on social media as illustrated by a recent ruling that a tour bus guide was unlawfully fired from his job after complaining about working conditions in a Facebook post.

  • Social Media and Employment
    C-SPAN | May 6, 2013

    San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Renée Jackson is among the featured panelists who spoke about the privacy, social, and policy implications that arise when employers use social media to gather personal data of potential employees during the hiring process.

  • 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.

  • Act Now To Harness IRS Energy Tax Credits
    Energy Law360 | March 1, 2013

    New York City energy & environmental partner Ellen Friedman, Boston tax credit finance & syndication partner Forrest Milder and San Francisco energy & environmental associate Alison Torbitt co-authored this column noting that interest applicants should act quickly to benefit from the $150 million of advanced energy manufacturing tax credits available from the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Lawmaker Backs Measure to Ease Restrictions on Finders
    The Recorder | February 20, 2013

    Global Business & Transactions partner Mavis Yee discusses possible legislation in California that would ease capital-raising restrictions for companies statewide.

  • Company Social Media Accounts—Who Owns Those Twitter Followers?
    Forbes | February 18, 2013

    San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Renée Jackson discusses employee versus employer “ownership” of company social media accounts in this Q&A.

  • Obama's Compromise on Contraception Won't End Lawsuits
    Law360 | February 1, 2013

    San Francisco partner and leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice Jeff Tanenbaum discusses the Obama administration's proposal to allow religious organizations to opt out of directly providing contraceptives to employees.

  • Clear-Cut Employer Contraception Mandate May Be Elusive
    Law 360 | January 18, 2013

    San Francisco partner and leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice Jeff Tanenbaum discusses current issues associated with health reform’s requirement that employer medical plans include contraception coverage.

  • Bay Area People
    San Francisco Business Times | January 16, 2013

    In this column noting executive moves and promotions, San Francisco Affordable Housing attorney Irene Kuei is included for her election to the firm’s partnership.

  • Wine: Vintners cautiously optimistic
    San Francisco Business Times | January 4, 2013

    San Francisco partner and member of the firm’s Beverage Alcohol team Rob Carrol provides commentary on the 2012 Bay Area wine industry and also discusses the future outlook.

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems: Mobility on the edge
    SciTech Lawyer Magazine | January 1, 2013

    San Francisco Products associate Cameron Cloar co-authored this article focused on the discussions among civil liberties groups and government officials about the future use of unmanned aerial systems or vehicles in U.S. airspace.

  • New ‘Green Guides' Set Rules for Environmental Marketing
    Rochester Business Journal | November 23, 2012

    This column, co-authored by partner Jeff LaBarge, Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan, and associate Alison Torbitt, discusses new “Green Guides” from the Federal Trade Commission.

  • Top 40 Angelenos to Know in Intellectual Property Law
    Los Angeles Business Journal | October 29, 2012

    Los Angeles Patents partner Seth Levy is profiled in this special section highlighting “Who’s Who” in intellectual property in the region.

  • The Score: Legal Fees, TV Deals, and Stadium Projects
    Am Law Daily | October 4, 2012

    Public Finance partners Chuck Wolf, Travis Gibbs, and Bruce Serchuk are included in this column focused on sports-related legal work for their involvement in Los Angeles’ plans to move forward with a $1.2 billion downtown football stadium.

  • Social Media Giveaways and the California Wine Industry
    Practical Winery & Vineyard Journal | September 22, 2012

    This article, authored by Beverage Alcohol team partners Bruce Copeland and Rob Carrol and associates Kate Hardy and Alison Torbitt, discusses the intersection of social media and the wine industry in California.

  • NLRB Limits Restrictions on Workers' Social Media Use
    Rochester Business Journal | September 14, 2012

    This column, coauthored by Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Kent Jonas and associate Renée Jackson, addresses the limitations on employees’ social media use.

  • Case Study: Monge v. Maya Magazines
    Law 360 | September 5, 2012

    This contributed article, authored by San Francisco counsel John Chatowski, discusses the decision by a majority of a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting the defense and reversing a decision granting summary judgment in favor of a gossip magazine that published six private photographs showing the secret nuptials of two celebrities.

  • Lawyer-Mediator
    Daily Journal | August 31, 2012

    This article profiles San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner Steve Schrey as an attorney who has mediated cases for the past five years and addresses his approach to trying to resolve lawsuits.

  • City's Air Surveillance Program Avoids Drone Privacy Issues
    Law 360 | August 28, 2012

    San Francisco products associate Cameron Cloar provides third-party commentary in this article discussing Lancaster, California’s new manned aerial surveillance system week that will allow police to monitor activities on the ground in real time.

  • NLRB's Challenge of At-Will Language ‘a Terrible Stretch'
    SHRM Online | August 14, 2012

    San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Kent Jonas and San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Renée Jackson are quoted in this article discussing reactions to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) position that employee handbooks with language about at-will employment may violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

  • Lake Tahoe May Prepare Winter Olympic Bid for 2026
    San Francisco Business Times | August 6, 2012

    This article focuses on Lake Tahoe’s potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. San Francisco brands and creations partner Rob Weikert is mentioned as a board member of the Lake Tahoe Winter Games Exploratory Committee.

  • New Drone Bill Highlights Growing Privacy Concerns
    Law 360 | July 26, 2012

    This article focuses on a new bill that would extend restrictions on the use of unmanned aircraft systems. San Francisco Products Liability associate Cameron Cloar provides third-party legal commentary about this proposed legislation.

  • Unmanned Aircraft: Filling U.S. Airspace—And Courtrooms?
    Law 360 | July 5, 2012

    This “Expert Analysis” column, authored by San Francisco Products associate Cameron Cloar, discusses the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which requires the agency to fully integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system for public and commercial use.

  • New State Law Could Muddy Non-compete Picture
    New Hampshire Business Review | June 15, 2012

    This contributed article, authored by Manchester partner Jim Hatem and San Francisco associate Renée Jackson, discusses an act requiring all New Hampshire employers to disclose non-compete and non-piracy agreements prior to making an offer of employment or an offer of change in job classification.

  • Mediator's Corner: Mediation and All That Jazz
    The Mediation Society | June 1, 2012

    San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner Steve Schrey discusses the nuances of being a mediator.

  • Sabermetrics Sees Recent Scrutiny
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | May 30, 2012

    This contributed article, authored by Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan and San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Matt Frankel, discusses trade secrets in baseball—specifically “sabermetrics,” the advanced statistical analysis for evaluating players.

  • Social Media, Passwords and the Hiring Process: Privacy and Other Legal Rights
    Forbes | May 28, 2012

    This featured Q&A focused on social media in the hiring process is conducted with San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Renée Jackson. Click here to read the article on www.forbes.com.

  • Bay Area People
    San Francisco Business Times | May 21, 2012

    This coverage notes that San Francisco Real Estate partner Allan Low has been appointed to the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Commission.

  • Roundtable
    California Lawyer | May 1, 2012

    San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner Fred Nelson is featured in this coverage among a panel of industry thought leadership discussing the rise of antitrust enforcement and associated issues.

  • Guest Article: Good Brands Die Hard
    Mergers & Acquisitions | April 13, 2012

    San Francisco Brands & Creations partner Rob Weikert authored this column on how and why companies must be vigilant and deliberative when they decide to discontinue use of trademarks.

  • Facebook Access in Play for Prospective Employers
    Buffalo Business First | April 6, 2012

    San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Renée Jackson provides commentary in this article addressing instances when employers have asked potential employees for social media log-in information and what the consequences of these actions could be.

  • Englebright Bill Takes Aim at Workplace Bullying
    Long Island Business News | February 10, 2012

    Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary in this feature discussing proposed New York State workplace bullying legislation.

  • 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.

  • Trial Training in the Time of Settlements
    California Lawyer | February 1, 2012

    This article focuses on law firms that are volunteering associates to aid local public defenders and district attorneys. San Francisco Commercial Litigation associate Matt Richards is mentioned in the piece for his time spent volunteering at the Marin County District Attorney’s Office, during which he prosecuted five jury trials.

  • 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.

  • Limiting Liability for Replacement Parts
    California and Product Liability Law 360 | January 18, 2012

    This contributed article, authored by San Francisco Products counsel Lauren Michals and San Francisco Products partner Ross Petty, discusses a California Supreme Court decision addressing whether a machinery manufacturer can be held liable for injuries alleged to have occurred as a result of exposure to asbestos from replacement parts added to or used in conjunction with the product after it left the custody and control of the manufacturer.

  • Redevelopment Ruling Will Hurt, But Not Kill, Related Law Practices
    The Recorder | January 6, 2012

    This article focuses on the implications of the recent California Supreme Court decision on redevelopment agencies. San Francisco Affordable Housing partner Tuan Pham discusses how the practice could change should a deal to preserve the agencies not be reached.

  • Mobile Devices and Attorney Ethics: What Are the Issues?
    BNA The United States Law Week | December 6, 2011

    This contributed article, co-authored by Los Angeles & San Francisco government investigations & white collar defense counsel Jason Gonzalez and Providence partner & leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection Group Linn Freedman, discusses the ethical risks associated with attorneys’ use of mobile devices.

  • Why the U.S. is so Different on Damages?
    Managing Intellectual Property | November 1, 2011

    This article, published as a sidebar, discusses how patent damages are calculated in the United States and how this compares to European countries. The piece is co-authored by Silicon Valley intellectual property partner Bob Krebs and San Francisco intellectual property partner Ron Lopez.

  • Dukes’ Back From the Dead
    The Recorder | October 27, 2011

    The article discusses plaintiff attorneys’ new strategy against Wal-Mart in a gender-bias suit. Labor & Employment practice group leader Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in the piece discussing how the new suit still contains flaws, which is that plaintiffs themselves acknowledge local store supervisors have discretion over policies, which works against establishing commonality. The article does also note that the firm has worked for Walmart (interview conducted with prior approval of client attorney).

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California Federal Court Takes First Stab At False Advertising Claims Involving Prescription Drugs After POM Wonderful
IP Law Alert | October 21, 2014

California adopts new data privacy legislation affecting retailers
Retail Alert | October 15, 2014

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Don't get caught holding the bag: California enacts ban on single-use plastic bags
Retail Alert | October 6, 2014

A wellspring of groundwater legislation rises up in California
Environmental Law Alert | September 23, 2014

California's paid sick leave law — no get well card for employers
Employment Law Alert | September 18, 2014

Stay out of it: Franchisors who leave personnel management and training to franchisees not liable for franchisees' actions
Employment Law Alert | September 2, 2014

Webcast Recording: Patents for Humanity
Originally recorded August 14, 2014 | August 20, 2014

No cutting out: California employers must reimburse all cell phone expenses
Employment Law Alert | August 18, 2014

"The box" is banned
Employment Law Alert | August 14, 2014

San Francisco legislation aims to integrate with national health care reform and phases out use of HRAs
Benefits Law Alert | August 8, 2014

Timing is everything: California Supreme Court clarifies timing of commission pay for overtime exemption and when commissions must be paid
Employment Law Alert | August 4, 2014

Leave deductions for exempt employees' partial-day absences—still ok in California, now with no minimum
Employment Law Alert | August 4, 2014

Joining the main stream: California groundwater regulation seems likely
Environmental Law Alert | July 30, 2014

California Supreme Court allows undocumented workers to recover damages in discrimination cases
Employment Law Alert | July 21, 2014

Retailers and other businesses breathe a sigh of relief: Court rules Target not required to have AEDs
Retail Alert | July 10, 2014

California's Paid Family Leave Program expands the definition of a family member and brings new leave challenges for employers
Employment Law Alert | June 26, 2014

California Supreme Court allows class action waivers — but with exception for PAGA
Employment Law Alert | June 25, 2014

Combating drought: California's new general permit for recycled water use
Environmental Law Alert | June 23, 2014

Don't forget! California's minimum wage increases on July 1, along with minimum salary for exempt employees
Employment Law Alert | June 9, 2014

Will large retailers (and others) be required to install and use emergency medical equipment?
Retail Alert | June 4, 2014

"It's getting hot [out] here…"
OSHA Alert | May 16, 2014

New York and several other states move closer to banning microbeads in personal care products
Products Alert | May 15, 2014

California legislature moves toward enacting new restrictions on merchants' collection and retention of credit card data, and additional liabilities for data breach
Retail Alert | April 30, 2014

Ouch: penalties for reporting errors add up quickly under California's greenhouse gas emissions regulatory regime
Environmental Law Alert | April 15, 2014

Ninth Circuit says PAGA claims are not class actions under CAFA
Class Action Alert | April 9, 2014

Dramatic change for light industry: adoption of California's new Industrial General Permit for stormwater
Environmental Law Alert | April 7, 2014

California's Green Chemistry Initiative continues rolling along: DTSC announces draft priority products which will require a rapid response from manufacturers
Products Alert | April 4, 2014

Adjunct professors targeted for unionization
Employment Law Alert | March 28, 2014

San Francisco "bans the box" and restricts criminal background checks
Employment Law Alert | March 14, 2014

How friendly is the new San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance?
Employment Law Alert | March 12, 2014

San Francisco authorizes use of HRAs to satisfy HCSO spending requirement
Benefits Alert | December 31, 2013

Court of appeal limits liability theories under California's "Shine the Light" data privacy act
Retail Industry Alert | December 31, 2013

Further attempts to avoid dismissal on commonality grounds…
Food Safety & Litigation Alert | December 16, 2013

Coming January 1, 2014: Amendments to California breach notification and privacy laws—what you need to know
Privacy Alert | December 12, 2013

California Employment Legislation: What's New for 2014?
Employment Law Alert | November 12, 2013

California increases minimum wage, in two steps, to $10 per hour
California Law Alert | October 24, 2013

Timing may not be everything after all: A clarification from the California Court of Appeal concerning conflicts of interest and Cumis counsel
Insurance Law Alert | September 24, 2013

The other side of Zhang: an insurer's ability to utilize California's unfair competition law against a business policyholder
Insurance Law Alert | August 16, 2013

San Francisco proposes mandatory flexible working arrangements
Employment Law Alert | June 20, 2013

California medical center settles HIPAA violation for $275,000
HIPAA Law Alert | June 19, 2013

U.S. Army Defense Logistics Agency—Energy announces RFP seeking 15MW of solar generation at Fort Irwin, CA
Renewable Energy Alert | May 13, 2013

California's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program in action with a new alliance, but facing renewed scrutiny
Environmental Alert | May 1, 2013

California's green chemistry regulations of consumer products inch closer to completion
Products: Class Action, Trade & Industy Representation Alert | April 16, 2013

Update on the Kilgore Ninth Circuit appeal: California's public injunction exception escapes for another day, but the en banc court reads the exception to arbitration narrowly and rejects plaintiffs' attempt at artful pleading
Class Action Alert | April 16, 2013

New decision, rules require new focus on pregnancy leaves and accommodation in California
Employment Law Alert | March 18, 2013

Mixed win for employers: California sets new standard in discrimination cases
Employment Law Alert | February 12, 2013

Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP: Scope of duty of care to third-party purchasers of residential construction
California Law Developments | January 31, 2013

California requires employers to have commission agreements in writing
Employment Law Alert | November 9, 2012

California attorney general warns mobile application developers of non-compliance with CalOPPA
Privacy Alert | November 6, 2012

New California laws promote distributed energy, biopower, and expanded net metering in California
Renewable Energy Alert | October 25, 2012

San Francisco bag fees took effect October 1
Environmental Alert | October 9, 2012

California becomes third state to enact social media password law, joining Maryland and Illinois
Employment Law Alert | October 2, 2012

Public Notice and Comment Period Ends October 11, 2012 for California's Green Chemistry Initiative's Proposed Safer Consumer Product Alternatives Regulations
Environmental Alert | October 1, 2012

California Legislature adds new requirements for disability access litigants—and their lawyers
Employment Law Alert | September 25, 2012

California attorney general expands antitrust investigation of acquisitions of physician groups by hospitals
Health Law Alert | September 19, 2012

State legislature passes bill that would allow California residents to participate in alcohol-related sweepstakes and contests
Beverage Alcohol Brief | September 4, 2012

California charter cities do not have to pay prevailing wages on local public projects involving local public funds
Employment Law Alert | July 10, 2012

California court: class arbitration waivers allowed after all
Employment Law Alert | June 20, 2012

The Net Energy Metering Cap Redefined: The Sun Is Shining on Rooftop Solar in California
Renewable Energy Alert | June 14, 2012

California Court of Appeal holds that the employer/premises owner owes no duty to remote family member for secondary/take-home exposures to asbestos
Products Alert | May 24, 2012

Brinker sequel: no attorney's fees allowed on California meal and rest period claims
Employment Law Alert | May 7, 2012

Webinar Recording: Can employers catch a break and rest after Brinker?
Originally recorded April 17, 2012 | April 20, 2012

NLRB and workers' groups continue attack on employer social media policies
Employment Law Alert | April 16, 2012

California Supreme Court resolves key meal and rest period issues for California employers
Employment Law Alert | April 12, 2012

Ninth Circuit applies Concepcion to invalidate California's "public injunction" exception to arbitration and further upholds KeyBank's "opt-out" clause
Class Action Alert | March 12, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court remands Supremacy Clause challenge to California's budget-driven Medicaid rate cuts
Health Law Alert | March 12, 2012

California Court of Appeal weighs in on trade secrets protection for insurance companies in unpublished decision
Insurance Law Alert | February 28, 2012

California Supreme Court sets stage for major decision on employers' rounding of time entries
Employment Law Alert | February 14, 2012

California clarifies reporting time pay for scheduled meetings, split shift premiums
Employment Law Alert | January 18, 2012

California Supreme Court affirms limitations on liability for replacement parts
Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation Alert | January 13, 2012

Webinar Recording: San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance: New Notice Obligations and Year-end Deadline
January 9, 2012

California Labor Commissioner issues template notice under Wage Theft Protection Act
Employment Law Alert | January 6, 2012

San Francisco raises minimum wage to over $10 an hour
Employment Law Alert | January 5, 2012

California Supreme Court finds claims adjusters may be overtime exempt
Insurance Law Alert | January 5, 2012

California Supreme Court Rules Against Redevelopment Agencies
Affordable Housing Alert | January 3, 2012

New California Employment Laws: A Full Plate for 2012
Employment Law Alert | November 21, 2011

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January 14, 2014 | San Francisco, CA

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November 14, 2013 | San Francisco, CA

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November 14, 2013 | San Francisco, CA

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July 15, 2013 | San Francisco, CA

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July 10, 2013 | San Francisco, CA

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April 16, 2013 | San Francisco, CA

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April 11, 2013 | San Francisco, CA

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March 27, 2013 | San Francisco, CA

Nixon Peabody's 8th Annual California MCLE Seminar for Corporate Counsel and Other Legal Executives
January 15, 2013 | San Francisco, CA

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November 29, 2012 | San Francisco, CA

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November 12, 2012 | San Francisco, CA

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October 4, 2012 | San Francisco, CA

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March 19, 2012

7th Annual California MCLE Symposium for Corporate Legal Executives
January 19, 2012 | San Francisco, CA

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