San Francisco



Look no further than the UCSF campus at Mission Bay to see San Francisco’s focus on innovation. Whether biotechnology or high technology, our services and experience are contributing to the future of the Bay Area.

We have a deep bench of resources helping businesses emerging on the scene as they form, fund, patent and grow.

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.

Vitamin C antitrust case could trip Trump up on trade

Law360 | June 24, 2017

San Francisco commercial litigation senior counsel John Foote is quoted in this article about a case involving accusations that certain Chinese pharmaceutical companies fixed prices on vitamin C sold to U.S.

Tell Employees What Not to Wear This Summer

SHRM | June 12, 2017

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight provides commentary on workplace summer dress code policies.

Crowdfunding your startup guide to EB-5 financing for startups

Medium | May 25, 2017

San Francisco M&A and corporate transactions partner Jinjian Huang and associate Sterling Chan co-authored this column about how startups can leverage the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program as a source of financing.

Pol says city should help employees buy out their retiring bosses

Crain’s New York | May 24, 2017

San Francisco labor and employment partner Karen Ng is quoted in this article about NYC Public Advocate Letitia James’ policy brief advocating for employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) as a succession plan for employees of businesses whose owners are preparing to retire.

Making harassment hotlines work

Human Resources Executive | May 08, 2017

Boston labor and employment partner David Rosenthal is quoted in this article about considerations human resources executives should make regarding harassment hotlines for employees.

Law360 names attys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | April 28, 2017

This article mentions recent leadership promotions at the firm including David Brown, Jared Lusk, Jim Vallee, Graham Beck, Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, Emily Crandall Harlan, Daniel Gibbons, Linda Huber, Ilana Kameros, Haydon Keitner, Darren Miller, Neal Pandozzi, Edward Puerta, Stephen Reil, and Elizabeth Young.

Legal Risks of Using Automated Drones in Construction

Engineering News-Record (ENR) | April 27, 2017

San Francisco commercial litigation partner Matt Richards and associate Aldo Ibarra contributed this article about legal risks construction companies should consider as automated drone technology becomes more widely used in the industry. Click here to read the full article.

Legal risks of using automated drones in construction

ENR | April 27, 2017

San Francisco commercial litigation partner Matt Richards and associate Aldo Ibarra contributed this article about legal risks construction companies should consider as automated drone technology becomes more widely used in their industry.

Start Out partners with Nixon Peabody for first-ever diversity-focused law accelerator

Nibletz: The Voice of Startups Everywhere Else | April 26, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor is quoted in this article about the new StartOut Growth Lab in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office.

Courts reject Oracle, Anthem bids to kill 401(k)-fee suits

Ignites | March 27, 2017

San Francisco labor and employment counsel Charles Dyke is quoted in this article about recent 401(k)-fee cases surviving motions to dismiss.

California bill would expand family leave for seriously ill

Society for Human Resource Management | March 02, 2017

San Francisco labor and employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article about proposed legislation in California to expand family leave eligibility to include caring for grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, domestic partners, in-laws and more.

Love is in the air—and at the office

Credit Union Journal | February 14, 2017

San Francisco labor and employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum provides commentary in this article about relationships in the workplace and what HR departments need to keep in mind.

Aging coal-fired power plants in the Trump era

Law360 | February 10, 2017

San Francisco financial restructuring and bankruptcy partner Lou Cisz and commercial litigation associate Karl Sung co-authored this article about the future of the coal industry under the Trump administration.

Curtailing credit checks

HR Executive | January 09, 2017

San Francisco labor and employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article about employers’ use of credit checks in hiring decisions.

Fifty shades of greywater—How to use recycled water at your vineyard

Wines & Vines | January 01, 2017

San Francisco energy and environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this article about how California winemakers can incorporate recycled water into their vineyards.

Recent Water-related Cases That May Impact NPDES/SPDES Dischargers

ClearWaters | December 21, 2016

A discussion of five cases that might impact wastewater permitting regulations for holders of SPDES permits, written by Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford, San Francisco Energy and Environmental associate Alison Torbitt, and Albany counsel Peter Trimarchi.

Law Column

Rochester Business Journal | December 09, 2016

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk and San Francisco labor and employment associate Traci Bernard-Marks co-authored this article about impacts the Trump administration may have on labor and employment law.

Breville USA alleges patentable juicer design was used without authority

Northern California Record | December 06, 2016

San Francisco commercial litigation partner Bruce Copeland and associate Shady Joulani are noted as Breville USA Inc.’s counsel in a patent infringement case before the Northern District of California.

Looking ahead to 2017: Bay Area foreign investment and ‘The Trump Effect'

Bisnow | November 23, 2016

San Francisco M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jinjian Huang and director of global strategies David Kaufman are mentioned in this article about a roundtable held at the firm’s San Francisco office which covered potential effects the Trump presidency may have on Asian investments in the Bay Area.

Trumping Obama's employment law legacy

Law360 | November 16, 2016

Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum and associate Traci Bernard-Marks contributed this article about anticipated changes in labor and employment law by President-elect Trump and Republicans in Congress.

Trump spells trouble for Obama's employment legacy

Law360 | November 09, 2016

This article focuses on the labor and employment changes we could see in a Trump administration. San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum discusses the topic of equal pay.

Market Pressures Forcing Firms to Rethink Office Space

Daily Journal | September 30, 2016

Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy is quoted in this article on how law firms are reevaluating their real estate needs. Seth references our approach to no corner offices and more collaboration areas in our new space.

7th Circ. Agrees With FTC That Size Doesn’t Matter

Law360 | September 28, 2016

San Francisco commercial litigation partner John Foote authored this column about the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent reversal of a decision regarding discrimination with respect to retail package sizes.

These Work-Life Balance Strategies Help Even in the Most Demanding Jobs

Fast Company | September 28, 2016

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor is quoted throughout this feature article on tips and best practices from people in many time demanding professions about how they best manage their time.

Nixon Peabody’s New San Francisco Managing Partner Talks the Firm, Bringing and Growing Talent

The Recorder | September 19, 2016

This feature story highlights a conversation with San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor. The article notes the firm’s willingness to let lateral partners take on leadership positions, how Tom has kept his M&A practice growing, and why he objects to Nixon Peabody being called an out-of-town firm.

Nixon Peabody Hires Away IP Transactions Lawyers

San Francisco Daily Journal | September 08, 2016

The following coverage highlights the arrival of the IP Counseling & Transactions team of San Francisco partner On Lu, Washington DC counsel Ed Quiñones and Silicon Valley associate Zhou Lu.

Nixon Peabody Recruits Three Novak Druce Attorneys for IP Team

Law360 | September 08, 2016

The following coverage highlights the arrival of the IP Counseling & Transactions team of San Francisco partner On Lu, Washington DC counsel Ed Quiñones and Silicon Valley associate Zhou Lu.

Career Tracker: Lawyers on the move

Reuters Legal | July 20, 2016

This coverage notes that Los Angeles health care partner Jill Gordon has been elected to the firm’s management committee, and that M&A and corporate transactions partner Tom Gaynor has been tapped as the San Francisco office managing partner.

Calling All Breweries: Is Your Wastewater In Order?

Law360 | July 11, 2016

Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt co-authored this column discussing the EPA’s national standards for industrial wastewater discharged to local publicly owned treatment works and how they affect breweries.

Uber case lawyers face tall order to produce more info

San Francisco Daily Journal | July 05, 2016

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum provides commentary throughout this story on a U.S. District Judge’s demand that lawyers in the Uber Technologies Inc. misclassification lawsuit quickly produce additional information regarding an up-to-$100-million settlement between Uber and California and Massachusetts drivers.

The dealmaker behind the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Fisher Family partnership

Art Daily | May 16, 2016

This article features Nixon Peabody’s role as deal counsel and advisor to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the Fisher Family to create a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a museum and a collection. Los Angeles partner and Arts & Cultural Institutions leader Thad Stauber led the NP team in this unprecedented agreement with support from Washington, DC, partner Mike Cooney and Los Angeles partner Matt Grazier. SFMOMA opened to the public on May 14, featuring an expansive new addition displaying hundreds of pieces of postwar and contemporary art work from the Fisher Family.

Better 'Prompt' Than Never: Calif. Subcontractor Payments

Law360 | April 01, 2016

San Francisco commercial litigation partner Matt Richards and San Francisco commercial litigation associate Stacy Boven authored this column discussing California’s “prompt payment” statutes which provide for contractors and subcontractors to be paid for their work on a timely basis.

Nixon Peabody Adds Ex-Winston & Strawn Deals Pro

Law360 | March 30, 2016

The following coverage notes San Francisco M&A and corporate transactions partner Jin Huang’s arrival to the firm.

Fairy Tale Endings for Office Romances are Far-Fetched

Law360 | February 10, 2016

Labor & Employment attorneys Kim Harding and Bob Dolinko authored this column discussing how employers should handle office romances.

Corporate Counsel Q&A

Daily Journal | February 09, 2016

The Jim Henson Co.’s executive vice president of business and legal affairs, is profiled in this Q&A. Noted among go-to outside counsel is Nixon Peabody. The team handling commercial litigation matters includes Tony Barron and John Chatowski.

Attorneys React to High Court ERISA Reimbursement Ruling

Law360 | January 20, 2016

San Francisco counsel and leader of the ERISA Litigation team Chuck Dyke discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling that a retirement plan cannot sue under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act for reimbursement of medical expenses from a third-party settlement that a plan participant has already spent.

Get Ready For EU Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent

Law360 | January 08, 2016

San Francisco IP litigation partner Ron Lopez and Silicon Valley IP litigation associate Jennifer Hayes co-authored this column on the new single Unified Patent Court with jurisdiction over European patents.

OSHA Enforcement Trends to Watch in 2016

Compliance Week | December 22, 2015

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum provides commentary regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement trends that significantly raise the stakes for companies that fail to provide safe workplaces.

Michelle Lee Steers USPTO Through Choppy Waters

Law360 | December 09, 2015

San Francisco IP Litigation partner Ron Lopez is quoted in this profile of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee.

Will California's Fair Pay Act Make the Difference for Women in Hollywood?

Variety | November 10, 2015

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight provides commentary in this feature story on the potential impact in Hollywood of California’s Equal Pay Act.

Apple bags win for no-pay bag check policy

Daily Journal | November 10, 2015

This coverage notes a federal judge’s decision that Apple Inc. is allowed to not pay workers for time spent checking their bags. San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Ossie Cousins provides third-party commentary.

4 Ways to Knock Out a Frivolous Patent Suit in East Texas

Law360 | November 09, 2015

San Francisco IP Litigation partner Ron Lopez provides commentary in this feature story on how to beat a frivolous patent case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas which is known for being a difficult challenge.

This Week's Deals

The Recorder | November 05, 2015

Nixon Peabody is noted as Japan-based electronics company TDK Corp.’s lead counsel in the company’s acquisition of Minnesota-based precision component technology company Hutchinson Technology Inc. in a deal worth up to $140 million. The deal team was led by San Francisco partner Tom Gaynor with New York partner Dick Langan and associate William Kwok.

Don't Miss It: Hot Deals & Firms We're Watching This Week

Law360 | November 02, 2015

Nixon Peabody is noted as Japan-based electronics company TDK Corp.’s lead counsel in the company’s acquisition of Minnesota-based precision component technology company Hutchinson Technology Inc. in a deal worth up to $140 million. The deal team was led by San Francisco partner Tom Gaynor with New York partner Dick Langan and associate William Kwok.

Uber Faces Additional Class Action

Daily Journal | October 14, 2015

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Ossie Cousins provides third-party commentary in this feature story on issues Uber is facing over drivers’ pay.

Equal Pay Act and Hollywood Impact

KCBS News Radio (San Francisco) | October 08, 2015

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight provides live commentary on how California’s Equal Pay Act will impact Hollywood employers.

Calif. Gov. Signs Equal Pay Law Touted As Toughest In US

Law360 | October 06, 2015

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight provides commentary in this feature article on California Governor Brown’s signing into law a bill that aims to close the gender wage gap.

The ABCs of Calif.'s Automated External Defibrillator Law

Law360 | September 24, 2015

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum and associate Traci Bernard-Marks authored this column discussing why it may be prudent for employers to still generally make use of automated external defibrillators voluntary and not part of an employee’s job duties.

What to do when the California Air Resources Board comes knocking

The Lumber Log | September 01, 2015

San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this column discussing keeping mobile equipment in compliance with the California Air Resources Board (ARB) requirements.

Changing the Game in the Independent Contractor Debate

The Recorder | August 04, 2015

San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Caroline Burnett authored this contributed article which focuses on classification questions and what constitutes an employee versus an independent contractor.

Drought in Calif. is Changing the Real Estate Landscape

Law360 | July 23, 2015

San Francisco Real Estate associate Ian O’Banion and San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this column discussing how California’s historic drought conditions are impacting the real estate industry.

Calif. Cases to Watch in the 2nd Half of 2015

Law360 | July 22, 2015

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight provides commentary in this feature story on key cases before the California Supreme Court.

Post-Daimler Decisions Confirm the High Bar for General Jurisdiction over Product Manufacturers

TerraLex Connections | July 15, 2015

This column discusses a survey of lower court decisions in the sixteen months since the Supreme Court's decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman. This survey confirms that courts are applying a high bar with more uniform results as to when general jurisdiction will be found. Partner and co-leader of the Commercial Litigation practice Joe Ortego, San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner Eric Strain and New York City Commercial Litigation associate Zack Stillings co-authored the piece.

Nixon Peabody Associate Sees Drone Practice Take Wing

The Recorder | June 15, 2015

This feature Q&A highlights efforts by San Francisco commercial litigation associate Cameron Cloar-Zavaleta to secure FAA permission for clients for commercial drone use.

No Rest for the Workers: Calif.'s Day-of-Rest Law

Law360 | June 09, 2015

San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Danielle Kleinman and San Francisco commercial litigation associate Cameron Cloar-Zavaleta authored this column discussing California’s day-of-rest law.

Drone technology is taking off, but so are its regulations

Rochester Business Journal | May 08, 2015

Rochester Business Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and San Francisco Commercial Litigation associate Cameron Cloar-Zavaleta authored this column discussing trends in unmanned aircraft systems legislation and potential opportunities for businesses.

Nixon Peabody Nabs Ex-Squire Patton Boggs M&A Pro

Law360 | April 08, 2015

This feature article highlights the arrival of San Francisco M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Tom Gaynor.

Lateral Moves

American Lawyer | April 08, 2015

This coverage highlights the arrival of San Francisco Commercial Litigation counsel John Foust and San Francisco M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Tom Gaynor.

Supply Chain Slavery Comes into Focus for Companies

Wall Street Journal | March 30, 2015

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article discussing slave labor in the supply chain.

5 Lessons from Clorox Antitrust Case

Law360 | March 12, 2015

San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner John Foote and associate Blaire Stokes authored this column discussing the impact of the first court decision to allow a claim under the Robinson-Patman Act for discriminating between customers with respect to package size.

Debate Simmers over Coal Future

Law360 | March 06, 2015

San Francisco Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring partner Lou Cisz authored this article discussing potential new legislation requiring California public pension funds to start divesting from their coal holdings.

Nurse Infected with Ebola at Texas Hospital Files Suit Alleging Negligence, Privacy Claims

Bloomberg BNA's Health Law Reporter | March 05, 2015

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article on the lawsuit filed by the Texas nurse infected with the Ebola virus while on the job.

New Era of Uncertainty for Calif. Public Works Contracting

Law360 | March 05, 2015

San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner Matt Richards and associate Matt Struhar coauthored this column discussing a California court decision recognizing intentional interference claims for second place bidders in public works contracts.

FAA Drone Regulations a Setback for Amazon

Law360 | February 18, 2015

San Francisco Commercial Litigation associate Cameron Cloar is quoted in this story discussing the potential impact of the FAA’s new guidelines for unmanned aircrafts on businesses with plans to use drones.

New Confusion for California Public Works Contractors

Law360 | February 03, 2015

San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner Matt Richards authored this article discussing a California appeals court decision that raises questions regarding the circumstances under which California public entities may withhold retention on public works projects.

Piece-Rate Payment Proving More Problematic

The Crush (the Publication of the California Association of Winegrape Growers) | February 01, 2015

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Paul Lynd discusses increasing issues with the common practice of piece-rate payment for vineyard workers.

Protecting Affordable Housing Parties Against the Big, Bad Environmental Liability Monster

Affordable Housing Finance | January 29, 2015

San Francisco Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt authored this column discussing environmental due diligence in deals including low-income housing and new markets tax credits.

Pinterest Squeezes Travel Startup in Trademark Row

The Recorder | January 16, 2015

San Francisco IP Counseling & Transactions partner Marlene Williams is quoted among industry sources discussing the trademark battle between Pinterest and Pintrips.

California Legislation to Watch in 2015

Law360 | January 02, 2015

This coverage quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum discussing the potential national implications of new legislation in California.

California's Worker-Friendly Laws Passed in 2014 Could Spread Across the Nation

Daily Journal | December 29, 2014

This coverage quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum discussing the potential national implications of California’s employment laws passed in 2014.

The Year in Review: Law Practice

Daily Journal | December 17, 2014

This coverage in California highlights our Health Care and Real Estate practices. Los Angeles Health Care partner Jill Gordon and San Francisco Real Estate Paul Schrier are quoted in this feature story highlighting the hottest areas of law this year and looking ahead to 2015.

Retailers Must Not Ignore Security Alerts, Court Says

CSO | December 15, 2014

San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner Karl Belgum is quoted in this article on the implications of a Minnesota federal court's decision regarding Target’s data breach litigation indicating expansive retailer liability for stolen credit card data.

Profile - BASF Because…

BASF Bulletin | December 01, 2014

The Bar Association of San Francisco featured Energy & Environmental associate Alison Torbitt in this profile opportunity.

Commercial Drone Regulation Slowly Coming Together, But Entrepreneurs Might Not Wait

Forbes | November 27, 2014

San Francisco Commercial Litigation associate Cameron Cloar is quoted in this story on the potential clarity coming in the form of U.S. federal government regulations for unmanned aircrafts (or “drones”).

People on the Move

San Francisco Business Times | November 14, 2014

The arrival of San Francisco Labor & Employment counsel Chuck Dyke.

Why Amazon is nervous about Supreme Court case

CBS Moneywatch | October 10, 2014

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Ossie Cousins provides commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. v. Busk, a case centered upon contract workers.

New Ammo for Apple in Patent Trial

Daily Journal | October 08, 2014

San Francisco IP Litigation partner Ron Lopez provides commentary in this feature story on the ongoing patent trial involving Apple.

Wearable Wellness

HR Executive | October 01, 2014

San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Alexandra Devendra is quoted in this feature story on personal health information confidentiality and HIPAA’s nondiscrimination provision concerning employee use of wearable devices.

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 04, 2014

This feature story highlights the arrival of San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Ossie Cousins.

Amazon Drone-Testing Petition Seen As Key Milestone for Emerging Market

Bloomberg BNA | August 06, 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.

Location

One Embarcadero Center

Suite 1800

San Francisco, CA 94111-3600

Phone: 415-984-8200

Fax: 415-984-8300

Key Contacts

Thomas E. Gaynor

Office Managing Partner

tgaynor@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 415-984-8322

Karen D. Ng

Deputy Office Managing Partner

kng@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 415-984-8298

Garrin Paul Sax

Office Administrator

gsax@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 415-984-8495

Sandra Puljic

Marketing Contact

spuljic@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 415-984-8448

Back to top