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Entrepreneurs built California, and continue to drive its success today. At Nixon Peabody, we understand San Francisco’s culture of innovation, and we bring our unrivaled experience to work for every type of business—from emerging startup to iconic brand.

Nixon Peabody San Francisco is a local law firm with international reach. Focusing on corporate law, intellectual property, real estate, labor and employment and litigation, we provide sophisticated strategies and innovative solutions for our clients, regardless of market size or corporate structure. Our multi-disciplinary teams have the comprehensive knowledge to handle all your legal matters. With more than 600 attorneys in 16 offices around the world and an efficient, personalized approach, Nixon Peabody offers mega-firm results with boutique client service.

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In January 2019, NP San Francisco opened a larger, more versatile office that embodies our vision- a diverse, modern law firm. We have greater opportunities for collaboration and additional space for business and educational programs.

How to contact your customers without getting sued

Bloomberg Law | June 11, 2019

San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Karl Belgum wrote this contributed article explaining that businesses need to perform a self-assessment of the risks of automated customer contact, given the FCC’s failure to clarify the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

INSIGHT: California overhaul of injury recordkeeping rules just a start

Bloomberg Law | June 04, 2019

San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn wrote this contributed article outlining California’s recent actions to strengthen its occupational safety record-keeping rules in response to weakened protections at the federal level.

Exercise your way to becoming a smarter lawyer

Law.com | April 23, 2019

San Francisco Corporate partner and M&A and Corporate Transactions team leader Tom Gaynor is quoted in this article about how exercising has positive benefits for brain function and productivity.

On the Move: Tracking the ins and outs of California lawyers

Law.com | April 14, 2019

The elevation of Corporate partner Karen Ng to office managing partner in San Francisco is highlighted in this roundup of new hires and promotions across the California legal market.

High court hints at 3 possible outcomes in deference fight

Law360 | March 25, 2019

San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Karl Belgum wrote this contributed article outlining the arguments in a Supreme Court case addressing the appropriate level of deference federal courts should give to administrative agencies in interpreting statutory language.

4 New considerations in California real estate law

Law360 | March 14, 2019

San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate associate Ian O’Banion wrote this contributed article outlining four significant changes in California real estate law and how they will impact commercial landlords, tenants and developers.

Brown reaches $3.5M deal to close book on ERISA suit

Law360 | March 12, 2019

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steve Richard and San Francisco Labor and Employment counsel Chuck Dyke are mentioned in this article for their representation of Brown University in a matter involving employee retirement savings accounts.

Job moves

Financial Times | December 17, 2018

Nixon Peabody’s strategic addition of San Francisco Corporate partner Lior Zorea is included in the Financial Times’ daily email newsletter.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | December 12, 2018

Nixon Peabody’s strategic addition of San Francisco Corporate partner Lior Zorea is covered in this roundup of executive news in the M&A, private equity and venture capital spaces.

Nixon Peabody snags corporate pro for San Francisco office

Law360 | December 11, 2018

San Francisco Corporate partner Lior Zorea’s arrival at Nixon Peabody is featured in this article, which highlights Lior’s experience in emerging growth companies, venture capital and M&A in the tech industry.

Nixon Peabody beefs up corporate practice with new hire

PE Hub | December 10, 2018

The arrival of San Francisco Corporate partner Lior Zorea is covered in this article by PE Hub, a top publication covering venture capital and private equity fundraising. Lior is quoted in the piece, along with San Francisco Office Managing Partner Tom Gaynor and Corporate practice group leader David Martland of Boston.

Financial advisory firm fights NYU ERISA suit at 2nd Circuit

Law360 | December 02, 2018

New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kristin Jamberdino and San Francisco Labor & Employment counsel Chuck Dyke are mentioned in this article as counsel for the financial advisory firm Cammack in a dispute regarding retirement plans for workers at New York University.

Constellation Brands/Canopy Growth Corp.

The American Lawyer | November 30, 2018

Nixon Peabody is mentioned as U.S. counsel for longtime client Constellation Brands in its acquisition of a 38 percent stake in Canopy Growth Corp., a Canadian distributor of cannabis products. The following attorneys were members of the deal team: Rochester Corporate partner Lori Green, Boston Global Finance partner Craig Mills, Washington, D.C. Corporate partner Lloyd Spencer, San Francisco Global Finance counsel Sarah Abel, Buffalo Global Finance associate Dan Fabian, Rochester Corporate associate Isaac Figueras, and Washington, D.C. Corporate associate Pierce Han.

The story behind the nation's first standalone LGBTQ+ accelerator, which graduates its 20th startup today

Entrepreneur | November 28, 2018

San Francisco Office Managing Partner Tom Gaynor is featured in this article about how a personal experience with anti-LGBTQ discrimination led to his role in the creation of the StartOut Growth Lab, the first standalone business accelerator for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. StartOut graduated its third cohort of businesses on Thursday.

High court decision on review expands landowners' options

Law360 | November 26, 2018

San Francisco Energy and Environmental partner Alison Torbitt is quoted in this article analyzing the Supreme Court’s decision to return to the Fifth Circuit a key case concerning federal agency authority and landowners’ rights in determinations about land protection.

How should discharges to groundwater be regulated?

Rochester Business Journal | November 22, 2018

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk wrote this contributed column on recent cases involving the Clean Water Act and discharges to groundwater, drawing from an alert by San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt, Albany associate Dana Stanton and senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford, all of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group.

How should discharges to groundwater be regulated?

Rochester Business Journal | November 22, 2018

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk wrote this contributed column on recent cases involving the Clean Water Act and discharges to groundwater, drawing from an alert by San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt, Albany associate Dana Stanton and senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford, all of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group.

Florida jury clears aircraft maker in personal injury suit

Law360 | November 18, 2018

Long Island partner Joe Ortego, San Francisco partner Brian Dalrymple and Buffalo associate Erik Goergen, all of the Complex Commercial Disputes practice group, are mentioned in this story for securing a jury trial victory for Daher-Socata Aerospace in a complex, three-week trial in Florida.

Hertz workers' wage, rest break certification bid hits speed bump

Law360 | November 04, 2018

San Francisco Labor & Employment partners Bob Dolinko and Seth Neulight and Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan are mentioned in this article for their representation of Hertz in a matter regarding employees wage and rest break.

The 1993 March on Washington remembered (photo essay)

Los Angeles Blade | September 22, 2018

Nixon Peabody last week co-sponsored a bicoastal celebration of the 25th anniversary of the 1993 March on Washington, a watershed event in the LGBTQ equality movement. San Francisco Office Managing Partner Tom Gaynor is pictured and quoted in this photo essay looking back at the March.

ABA calls on firms to pledge to tackle lawyer mental-health and substance-use issues

ABA Journal | September 09, 2018

The following coverage notes Nixon Peabody as one of the first law firms in the country to sign a pledge as part of the American Bar Association’s new health and wellness campaign to reduce substance use and improve mental health in the legal profession.

Accelerating success

Delta Sky Magazine | August 31, 2018

This article about startup incubators and accelerators highlights how Nixon Peabody partnered with a national nonprofit to create the StartOut Growth Lab, an accelerator for LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

Tough California hospital worker safety rules here to stay

Bloomberg Law | August 12, 2018

San Francisco Labor and Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article discussing the new Cal/OSHA standards for workplace safety in health care professions.

Deal makers in China-Hollywood express concern over impact of trade tensions

Forbes | July 30, 2018

Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman is quoted in this article about the impact of U.S.-China trade tensions on Hollywood deals.

Doc’s Lab, Doc Ricketts find new owner in Sonoma wine veteran

San Francisco Chronicle | July 29, 2018

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this article for representing a Sonoma winemaker who acquired an iconic San Francisco comedy club, bar and restaurant after it was abruptly closed and put up for sale.

Trade tensions impacting US-China collaboration in entertainment industry

The Orange County Register | July 26, 2018

Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman is quoted in this article discussing how the fraught relationship between the U.S. and China is altering the business landscape. “There is tension between the United States and China and that’s really affected the size of the deals that are going on,” he said.

Legal implications of 3D printing in construction loom

Engineering News-Record (ENR) | June 27, 2018

San Francisco complex commercial disputes associate Aldo Ibarra wrote this contributed article on the legal implications of the increasing use of 3D printers in large-scale construction projects.

Top 40 under 40

Los Angeles Daily Journal | June 24, 2018

Los Angeles corporate partner Ellie Altshuler was named as one of the top 40 attorneys in California under the age of 40 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

The new civil right: How the LGBTQ community can knock down barriers to economic empowerment

San Francisco Business Times | June 14, 2018

Nixon Peabody and San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor is featured in this article about the importance of making economic empowerment the next goal of the LGBTQ rights movement.

LGBT pride: Weighing the state of equality in the law

Law360 | May 31, 2018

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor and Los Angeles intellectual property partner Seth Levy are quoted in this story on the strides LGBT attorneys have made in the legal industry.

Must California employers pay for every second worked?

SHRM.com (Society of Human Resource Management) | May 07, 2018

San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight is quoted in this article analyzing a California Supreme Court case, Troester v. Starbucks, that could decide whether employers there must pay employees for ‘de minimis’ time—amounts of working time that are hard to track.

Passenger growth helps spur San Francisco airport's newest bond offering

The Bond Buyer | May 06, 2018

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this article as disclosure bond counsel for San Francisco International Airport, the seventh busiest airport in the world, which will issue $900 million in bonds this month.

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | May 06, 2018

In this roundup of promotions to partner and firm management positions, 14 attorneys from Nixon Peabody are highlighted. The 11 attorneys promoted to partner are Ellie Altshuler, Mark Beaudoin, Erik Birkeneder, Hannah Bornstein, Chris Browning, Barry Carrigan, Keri McWilliams, Matt Mullen, Steven Richard, Charles Tamuleviz and Alison Torbitt. In addition, Kenneth C. Lind was promoted to leader of the firms’ public finance practice group, Justin Thompson was promoted to office managing partner in LA, and Aaron Yowell was promoted to chief innovation officer.

Time to express interest in federal water infrastructure loans

Law360 | April 28, 2018

San Francisco energy and environmental partner Alison Torbitt, New York City project finance partner Scott Singer and Rochester senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford co-wrote this article outlining an EPA loan program for new water infrastructure projects.

New remedial actions for tax-advantaged bonds and P3s

Law360 | April 19, 2018

Nixon Peabody public finance partners Travis Gibbs of San Francisco and Mitch Rappaport, Bruce Serchuk and Carla Young of Washington DC co-wrote this analysis on the new IRS procedures that can be used “to cure impermissible use of bond-financed projects.”

Startup Hosts Team-Building Events for Big Employers to Boost Morale

San Francisco Business Times | April 04, 2018

Nixon Peabody’s StartOut business incubator in San Francisco is mentioned in this article about CultureForce, one of the startups headquartered there.

Rights Group Sues DHS for Info on Asylum Seekers

Law360 | March 25, 2018

San Francisco commercial litigation partner Matt Richards and associate Christina Fletes are mentioned in this article for representing pro bono client Human Rights Watch in a FOIA dispute with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Delayed Final Rule and Disability Claims Procedures: Are You Ready? Do You Have to Be?

Journal of Compensation and Benefits | March 19, 2018

Labor and employment associates Claire Rowland and Jenny Holmes authored this article about key changes and impact of the U.S. Department of Labor’s updated regulations for required disability claims procedures (Final Rule) going into effect on April 1, 2018.

5 Ways to Avoid Legal Heartache from Office Romance

Law360 | February 15, 2018

San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight is quoted in this article discussing why employers have an interest in regulating or managing workplace romances, and examining the pitfalls of so-called “love contracts” governing relationships between colleagues.

How Law Firms and Law Schools are Capitalizing on Cryptocurrency And Blockchain

San Francisco Business Times | January 31, 2018

This article mentions Nixon Peabody’s new Blockchain Technology and Smart Contacts team, which includes Rochester labor and employment practice group leader Eric Paley, San Francisco counsel Dan Valles and nearly 60 additional attorneys across offices and practice groups.

Nixon Peabody opens tech incubator for LGBTQ entrepreneurs

ABA Journal | November 30, 2017

This article features Nixon Peabody San Francisco office’s StartOut Growth Lab, an incubator for LGBTQ entrepreneurs. Office managing partner Tom Gaynor is quoted for launching the initiative.

How can health care workers who refuse to get flu shots be accommodated?

SHRM.com | November 05, 2017

San Francisco labor and employment associate Rachel Conn is quoted in this article about how employees should handle requiring flu shots for health care workers.

At this unusual startup accelerator, being gay is a prerequisite 

San Jose Mercury News | October 29, 2017

In this article about StartOut Growth Lab, the first startup accelerator for LGBTQ entrepreneurs based in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office, the firm is mentioned for its role in providing legal advice and office space.

Seth Neulight shining moment for a disabled veteran

Bloomberg BNA | October 25, 2017

This feature highlights San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight’s pro bono work with Swords to Plowshares, a nonprofit organization serving veterans in Northern California.

Intellectual Property, International Scale

USF Lawyer | September 21, 2017

In this USF Lawyer “Alumni News” column (page 29) and on the USF Law School website, On Lu is featured for his focus on monetizing intellectual property, as well as his role as a USF alumnus.

Alumni Honor the ‘Yoda’ of the Academic Support Program

USF Lawyer | September 21, 2017

This USF Lawyer article (page 9) describes On Lu’s leadership of the #RoastCarol campaign to create a $100K endowment to fund USF’s diversity recruiting and mentoring initiative.

Wake up call: Uber close to hiring a top legal executive, reports say

Bloomberg Law: Big Law Business | September 17, 2017

This news roundup mentions the StartOut Growth Lab, an LGBT startup accelerator based in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office.

Nixon Peabody's on-site incubator a boost for LGBT entrepreneurs

American Lawyer, National Law Journal, Law.com | September 13, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor and IP counseling and transactions partner On Lu are quoted in this feature article about the StartOut Growth Lab, an LGBT startup accelerator based in Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office.

Wells Fargo creates event spaces for Bay Area nonprofits

San Francisco Business Times | August 20, 2017

This article about Wells Fargo’s new shared workspace for nonprofits mentions how Nixon Peabody’s San Francisco office has also opened its space to nonprofit organizations.

First-half muni issuance was down in the Northeast

The Bond Buyer | August 17, 2017

This coverage notes Nixon Peabody’s jump from ninth to fourth place in Thomson Reuters’ list of top bond counsel for Northeast bond issuance for the first half of 2017.

San Francisco bans salary history questions

Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) | July 20, 2017

San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight is quoted in this article about San Francisco’s Parity Pay Ordinance, which blocks all employers from asking applicants about their salaries.

Here's how businesses are welcoming nonprofits to share their space

San Francisco Business Times | July 19, 2017

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor is quoted extensively in this feature on the San Francisco office’s StartOut Growth Lab. The article highlights the program, the inspiration behind how it got started, and the synergies between Nixon Peabody and StartOut.

Dodd-Frank leaves muddle on forced arbitration of whistleblower claims

Reuters | July 04, 2017

San Francisco labor and employment partner Bonnie Glatzer is quoted in this article about whether whistleblowers are entitled to sue their employers under the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation provisions.

Law firm lends office space support to new LGBTQ startout lab

San Francisco Chronicle | June 24, 2017

San Francisco M&A and corporate transactions partner Tom Gaynor is quoted throughout this feature about the San Francisco office’s StartOut Growth Lab. The article highlights the program, the reasons behind it, and the collaboration between Nixon Peabody and StartOut.

Vitamin C antitrust case could trip Trump up on trade

Law360 | June 23, 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 11, 2017

San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight is quoted in this article about summer dress code policies.

Crowdfunding your startup guide to EB-5 financing for startups

Medium | May 24, 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 23, 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 07, 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 27, 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 26, 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 26, 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 25, 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 26, 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 01, 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 13, 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 09, 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 08, 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 | December 31, 2016

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 20, 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 08, 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 05, 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 22, 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 15, 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 08, 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 29, 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 27, 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 27, 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 18, 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.

Location

One Embarcadero Center

32nd floor

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-984-8200

Fax: 415-984-8300

Key Contacts

Karen D. Ng

Partner
Office Managing Partner, San Francisco

kng@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 415-984-8298

Diana L. Kenneally

Office Administrator

dkenneally@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 415-984-8414

Sandra Puljic

Marketing Contact

spuljic@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 415-984-8448

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