Bonnie Glatzer

An experienced trial litigator and labor contract negotiator, Bonnie Glatzer focuses her practice on employment litigation and advising management on all aspects of labor relations.

What do you focus on?

I particularly enjoy representing an employer across the gamut of labor and employment issues, so that I can bring my extensive knowledge of that employer’s personnel policies, labor contracts, prior litigation and past practice to each new matter. This depth of knowledge and experience enables me to function as a valuable strategic partner. I have rewarding, long-term client relationships along these lines in the health care, manufacturing, professional services and retail industries.

What do you see on the horizon?

I am following the recent push by labor unions to affiliate with non-union associations in an effort to expand labor’s influence and contemplating how employers will need to prepare for the impact of these events.

Representative Matters

Bonnie's practice covers a wide range of labor and employment representations, including:


Lead counsel in jury trials involving alleged sexual harassment, sex, race and disability discrimination, wrongful termination and breach of employment contracts; bench trials involving discrimination, trade secrets and labor injunction issues; summary judgments obtained in race discrimination, age discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and breach of employment contract cases; arbitrations involving military service discrimination, sexual orientation harassment, wrongful termination, labor contract interpretation and discipline issues; and numerous mediated and negotiated settlements in lawsuits involving the full range of labor and employment issues.

Collective Bargaining

Chief spokesperson in contract negotiations with the California Nurses Association (CNA), Caregivers & Healthcare Employees Union (CHEU), Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU), International Longshoremen and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) Local 17, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals 115 and 588; Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 29, Operating Engineers (OE) Local 3, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Locals 250 (now United Health Workers - West) and 1877, Teamster Locals 150, 216, 287, 431, 439 and 856, Laborers Locals 185 and 886; "back room" advice in negotiations involving numerous other unions.

National Labor Relations Board

Advice and representation before the National Labor Relations Board in organizing campaigns involving the Teamsters, Service Employees International Union, International Association of Machinists and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; lead counsel in National Labor Relations Board unfair labor practice proceedings involving alleged unlawful bargaining, refusals to furnish information, and discrimination based on union membership and strike activity.

Agency Proceedings and Advice Work

Representation of employers before numerous administrative agencies, including the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Worker's Compensation Appeals Board; general labor and employment counseling concerning wage and hour issues, employee handbooks, trade secret and restrictive covenant issues, severance and retirement programs; leaves of absence; labor contract administration, affirmative action programs, drug testing and employee discipline.


  • “Breaking Down the Boardroom Door—California’s ‘Women-On-Boards’ Law, SB826: Potential Implications, How to Comply and Best Practices for Creating a More Diverse and Inclusive Workforce,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2019
  • “Ready, Set, Comply: Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2019
  • “Managing the contingent workforce,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2018
  • “Sex and the attorney-client relationship,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2017

What's at stake as high court tackles union access case

Law360 | March 19, 2021

This article, focused on a case of whether a California regulation requiring growers to let union organizers on their property is unconstitutional, quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Bonnie Glatzer on governmental policies and ways that the court could address the issue.

How employers can prepare for expected waves of coronavirus-related litigation

Daily Journal | June 03, 2020

Labor and Employment partner Bonnie Glatzer and associates Hillary Baca and Jade Butman, all in San Francisco, contributed this article on potential coronavirus-related litigation matters that California employers should be aware of, and how employers can prepare for possible lawsuits.

New California law redefines who gets employment benefits. The lawsuits are just starting.

The Sacramento Bee | December 09, 2019

San Francisco labor and employment partner Bonnie Glatzer is quoted in this article about California’s Assembly Bill 5, a new law that redefines how companies classify employees and who qualifies to receive full employment benefits.


Bonnie Glatzer


San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8333

Fax: 866-216-2516

Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude

State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A.

New York


Bonnie has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by the publishers of the Northern California Super Lawyers magazine numerous times since 2006. Inclusion in Super Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey.

Member, Bar Association of San Francisco

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