Marjorie S. Fochtman

Marjorie Fochtman provides strategic legal advice to corporate clients on all aspects of employment law. She helps clients successfully navigate the complex and challenging labyrinth of California employment regulations. A seasoned litigator and courtroom advocate, Marjorie handles all types of employment-related litigation, both single plaintiff and class action lawsuits.

What do you focus on?

I provide counsel to clients on all aspects of employment law and provide strategic advice in managing difficult employee issues.  I provide a complete range of employment law advice, including corporate restructuring and reorganizations, executive employment agreements, protective covenants, trade secret protection, managing disability and leave of absence matters, and avoiding discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims.  I frequently provide management training to clients on workplace issues, helping companies to take a proactive approach to better manage their workforce.  I also conduct workplace investigations.

I work with clients in a broad range of industries, but I have significant experience working with food and beverage clients and with retail, financial services and technology companies. I co-lead San Francisco’s Food & Beverage industry team, which is a cross-disciplinary team focused on the legal issues facing the industry.

What do you see on the horizon?

I believe that the #MeToo movement is going to have a significant influence on company cultures by sensitizing workers to what constitutes inappropriate behavior.


Marjorie is a frequent speaker on a variety of employment law topics.

  • “Can Employers Catch a Break and Rest After Brinker?” Nixon Peabody Webinar, April 17, 2012 (co-presenter with Paul Lynd)
  • “Social Media Boot Camp for Employers,” Employer Resource Institute, November 2011, Berkeley, CA
  • “California Leave Laws: Avoid Common Traps for the Unwary,“ Employer Resource Institute, November 2011, Berkeley, CA
  • “Labor & Employment Law Briefing 2011,” Nixon Peabody, October 2011, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, CA
  • “Wage & Hour Law Update and Challenges for 2011,” Bay Area Compensation Association, March 2011, San Francisco, CA
  • “Social Media: What Every Employer Should Know,” East Bay HR Leadership Forum, May 2010, Dublin, CA
  • “Best Practices for Internal Investigations in the Age of Technology,” Nixon Peabody,  March 2010, San Francisco, CA
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets in an Era of Increasing Employee Mobility,” Northern California Human Resources Association, January 2010, Santa Clara, CA


Marjorie S. Fochtman


San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8443

Fax: 866-579-2985

New York Law School, J.D., cum laude (Jackson Award for Outstanding Performance in Labor Relations Law)

Northern Illinois University, B.S.


  • Member, San Francisco County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law section
  • Member, Association of Workplace Investigators
  • Advisory Board Member, Community Violence Solutions, 2004-present
  • Board Member, San Francisco Friends of the Urban Forest, 2012-2016
  • Community Violence Solutions Community Champion Award, April 2005
  • Board Member, Ritter Center, 1997-2004
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