California Employment Law Update (Silicon Valley)

8-8:30 (breakfast); 8:30-10 program

Seminar | January.22.2020 | 8am - 10am (Pacific Standard Time)

Orrick Silicon Valley

Alternate Date/Location: Thursday, January 9th - San Francisco

Get ahead of workplace policy updates during this one-stop shop seminar hosted by Orrick's employment law team.

Join us for a discussion of new legislation, case law developments, and hot issues that California employers need to be aware of in 2020, including:

  • AB 5 – Codifying the ABC Test for Classification of Independent Contractors
  • AB 51 – Prohibition on Mandatory Employee Arbitration Agreements
  • SB 188 – Hairstyle Discrimination (the CROWN Act)
  • AB 749 – New Restrictions on No-Rehire Provisions in Settlement Agreements
  • AB 375 & AB 25 – Exemptions to the CCPA for Employees

We will be holding two programs, one in San Francisco and another in Silicon Valley. MCLE credit will be provided.

CLE Credits Available: Y

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Practice:

  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

Michael D. Weil Partner Trade Secrets Litigation, Employment Law & Litigation

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Michael Weil, an Employment and Trade Secrets partner in the San Francisco office, represents clients in high-stakes trade secrets, employee mobility and employment litigation throughout the United States.

Michael's trade secrets engagements frequently arise from employee departures or commercial settings.  He has handled trade secrets and non-compete cases involving a variety of intellectual property, such as organic chemistry, genetic sequencing, chemistry lab processes, near field payment technology, client lists, shipping cost information, and many others.  As an employment lawyer, Michael also regularly handles matters involving independent contractor status, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and compensation matters, including wage-and-hour class actions and representative actions under state and federal laws. Finally, Michael counsels clients on a wide variety of employment and related business issues. 

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation

Alexandra Stathopoulos Senior Associate Employment Law & Litigation

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Alex Stathopoulos, a senior associate in the San Francisco employment group, defends employers in complex wage and hour class actions and single plaintiff cases, and provides creative and practical counseling on a wide range of employment issues including new and developing areas of the law.

In 2018, Alex was named California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Section Liaison to the California Lawyers Association (CLA) Labor and Employment Section, and is an editorial board member of the CLA Labor & Employment Section Law Review.  She was also recently appointed as an Alternate Delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates, the policymaking body of the nationwide group.

Alex defends employers in class and collective actions brought under federal and state wage and hour laws, including misclassification, meal and rest periods, off-the-clock work, expense reimbursement, and Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims.  She also routinely defends employers in high-stakes single plaintiff cases involving leaves and accommodations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, wrongful termination, and trade secrets.

Her counseling practice focuses on providing advice to management, designing appropriate workplace policies and procedures, and offering creative and practical solutions to address a wide range of employment issues including new and developing areas of the law.

Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California for the fourth consecutive year by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.

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  • Employment Law & Litigation

Hannah M. Ghaffari Managing Associate Employment Law & Litigation

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Employment lawyer Hannah Ghaffari takes each case’s legal, business and interpersonal elements into account. By approaching her case through the emotional and professional lens of all parties involved, she’s able to offer a more successful path to resolution.

Her cases involve a wide range of employment issues, such as wage and hour, pay equity, and discrimination disputes. Hannah also offers targeted counseling to help employers avoid and mitigate risk throughout the year.

In addition to employment, she has handled various business disputes, including breach of contract disputes on behalf of Microsoft, a defamation case, and a high-profile right of publicity case. She also represented Oracle in Oracle v. Google, a multi-billion dollar copyright trial.

Hannah is also active in Orrick’s pro bono program, having represented individuals seeking asylum in the United States and an individual seeking enforcement of a family support order in New York Family Court. She currently represents a family that was separated at the U.S. border.

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Practice:

  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Employment Advice & Counseling

Tierra D. Piens Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Trade Secrets Litigation

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Tierra D. Piens, a lawyer in Orrick’s San Francisco office, represents large corporations in high stakes and complex litigation.

Tierra has experience litigating a variety of class action and complex single-plaintiff employment law disputes, including cases alleging violations of wage-and-hours laws, discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination.

Embodying her drive to find solutions to her clients' legal concerns, Tierra has quickly gained an expertise in advising employers of their rights, duties, and obligations as it pertains to conducting business during and after the global COVID-19 pandemic.

While her practice focuses primarily on the representation of large corporate clients and emerging companies, Tierra also devotes a portion of her practice to providing pro bono services to nonprofit organizations and low income individuals.

Tierra received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she also earned a Law & Technology Certificate of Specialization as recognition for her extensive coursework in technology law. While attending law school, Tierra was a member of the Berkeley Technology and Law Journal, and an editor of the Berkeley Journal of African American Law and Policy.

A former judicial extern on the Northern District of California, Tierra has experience navigating both the federal and state court systems.

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  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Lara Graham Managing Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

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Lara Graham is an employment law attorney in Orrick's San Francisco office.

Lara defends companies in class action, multi-plaintiff, and single plaintiff lawsuits under California and federal law.  Lara has experience with litigation related to discrimination, pay equity, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage-and-hour claims. 

Lara also has extensive pro bono experience representing low-income individuals.  Through her pro bono work Lara gained trial experience, representing a pro bono client in federal court, and hearing experience, having argued in multiple state-court hearings on behalf of a pro bono client, and representing asylum seekers in immigration court. 

Prior to joining Orrick, Lara served as a law clerk for the Hon. Judge Vanessa Zecher.