What the team is known for Stands out for its fantastic reputation and excellent bench strength. Well known for class actions, appellate litigation and employee mobility and trade secrets litigation. An impressive client list includes a raft of household-name companies, including entities from the biopharmaceutical and airline industries.
Strengths Clients support the firm's reputation as the place to call for high-stakes work, with one stating: "When I need the best, they are my go-to for difficult matters."
Another adds: "They have really got outstanding results for us in problematic areas."
Work highlights Achieved a significant win for Amgen, dismissing a claim under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) levied by an employee alleging that he and his fellow senior associate scientists were misclassified as exempt by the company.
Continued to act for American Apparel in a series of claims brought by former CEO Dov Charney, including a $40 million wrongful dismissal claim, grievances with the NLRB and numerous defamation suits.
Significant clients LinkedIn, Activision, Zynga, American Airlines, Samsung.
Senior counsel Kirby Wilcox is "one of the most prominent wage and hour lawyers in the state," say interviewees. He maintains an active practice for a range of clients, who describe him as "phenomenally knowledgeable."
Nancy Abell maintains her reputation as "one of the premier litigators in the country" for employment disputes. She has recently appeared multiple times before the EEOC and the OFCCP, utilizing her unique expertise in statistical proof to close a series of high-profile investigations.
Respected appellate practitioner Paul Cane is renowned for his successful experiences before the Supreme Court in complex employment proceedings and arbitrations. Peers and clients alike laud him as an "extraordinarily gifted lawyer" and "astounding writer."
Jeffrey Wohl is a San Francisco-based litigator who handles high-stakes wrongful discharge, discrimination and wage and hour cases, particularly in the biotechnology and financial services arenas. One source states: "He is brilliant, probably the smartest lawyer I deal with. He is insightful and a tremendously gifted writer."
Chair of the West Coast employment group Elena Baca has a strong reputation for her trial work, representing clients in big-ticket litigation. A client commends her approach and details the effect she has: "Elena is extremely professional and knowledgeable; she was able to take control of the situation and bring the matter to closure both quickly and cost effectively."
Leslie Abbott cochairs the firm's LA employment practice and is "an expert in wage and hour class actions," according to sources. Clients praise her approach to disputes, stating she is "thoughtful in developing strategies three to four steps down the road."
Paul Grossman is "a legendary name" who "does a great job at developing an overarching theory," according to sources. He continues to advise the nation's biggest employers on matters of extreme complexity and sensitivity.