HR & Employment Law Expertise
Real-World Management Experience
We’ve walked in your shoes.
We understand your challenges.
And we can help.
Why Workplace Legal?
Workplace Legal represents large corporations, small businesses, startups, and high-level executives and professionals in complex labor, employment, and HR matters. We serve clients across California from offices in San Francisco, Oakland/East Bay, Orange County, and San Diego.
Workplace Legal attorneys appear before state and federal courts, the California Labor Commissioner, and private arbitrators and mediators in single-plaintiff and class action cases involving wage and hour, PAGA, wrongful termination, breach of contract, Equal Pay Act, retaliation/whistleblower, and discrimination and harassment claims. In addition, Workplace Legal provides daily guidance to clients on all areas of HR and employment law, from creating compliant HR infrastructures to drafting executive employment agreements to advising on employee disability and discipline/termination issues to conducting executive severance negotiations.
At Workplace Legal, we approach every client and every matter from a business perspective because we’ve owned businesses too. Our attorneys have launched companies, built HR infrastructures, and hired employees. We understand the challenges of managing a workforce in California which has, without question, the most difficult, complex, and employee-friendly HR and employment laws in the nation.
Our experience as entrepreneurs informs everything we do at Workplace Legal. When you bring us an HR or employment issue, we know the law. But we also know the real world. At Workplace Legal, we resolve your HR and employment law issues in your real-world context where there are always trade-offs – usually many different ways to approach and resolve a single challenge, each with its own upside/downside, risk/benefit, and cost/reward.
We’ve confronted risk, we’ve quantified it, and we’ve managed it. We get it.
With decades of HR and employment law expertise, and real-world business and management experience, Workplace Legal delivers smart, practical, and cost-effective HR and employment law solutions to help you succeed.
Sep 17 2021
Are You Thinking About Reopening Your Workplace? Think First About Your Safety Obligations to Your Employees.
Many employers are eager to return to the office and “get things back to normal.” If you are an employer who is considering requiring or allowing employees to return to an in-person workplace (or if you have already done so), the first thing to understand is that there is no “back to normal,” at least… Read More
Sep 09 2021
Workplace Legal Welcomes New Senior Counsel, Mark Gabel
Workplace Legal is thrilled to announce that Mark Gabel has joined the firm’s San Francisco office as Senior Counsel. Mark helps his clients navigate the complex web of employment law and workplace culture issues they face today. He advises employers about employment law compliance and tough management issues, represents them in settlement negotiations, and defends… Read More
Aug 23 2021
California Superior Court Judge Declares Prop 22 Unconstitutional
In a stunning ruling late on Friday evening, California Superior Court Judge Frank Groesch ruled that Prop 22 – the most expensive ballot proposition in California history, which last year passed with 59% of the vote and allowed Uber and Lyft to classify their drivers as “independent contractors” rather than employees – was unconstitutional. According… Read More