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I represent companies and executives in employment litigation, administrative board actions, workplace investigations and mediations. I advise companies in their daily operations, focusing on labor law and human resources counseling, sexual harassment and discrimination claims, wage & hour and compensation disputes, severance pay issues and terminations. I've handled many cases involving intellectual property rights (trade secrets), non-compete agreements and restrictive covenants, employment contract disputes, and related insurance coverage issues. I've appeared many times in the California and federal courts, at EEOC, DFEH and the Department of Labor's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).


I have testified as an expert witness regarding executive employment agreements, on the subject of "good cause" for termination. 


As a lawyer and a member of the California State Bar, my conduct is regulated by California’s Rules of Professional Conduct. Those rules apply to communications, solicitations and advertising, and also to testimonials and endorsements. The contents of my profile may be considered to be a communication or solicitation under Rule 1-400. Any recommendations, testimonials or endorsements found in my profile do not amount to a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of any legal matter for which I might be retained, or in which I might become involved.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 60%
    26 years, 500 cases
  2. Litigation: 30%
    26 years, 100 cases
  3. Mediation: 10%
    26 years, 100 cases


Payment types:


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  • Robert Davison Thomas

    Jeff is an excellent and reasonably priced attorney. I have worked on the same side of a matter as Jeff and on opposite sides. I have also done presentations with Jeff. I highly recommend Jeff.


    Robert Thomas Employment and labor Attorney
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    Effective, conscientious, well-respected and knowledgeable are just a few of the descriptors that come to mind. I have referred both friends and family to Jeff, confident that they would be well represented.


    Rodney Levin Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Shuman Snyder LLP

525 Middlefield Road
Suite 100
Menlo Park, CA, 94025


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Superlawyer in EmploymentSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Northern California Super Lawyer in EmploymentSuper Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Edition2010
Northern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers.com2009
AmJur Award in Professional ResponsibilityUniversity of San Diego1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyShuman Snyder LLP2012 - Present
Shareholder and General CounselThoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean1997 - 2012
Associate AttorneyThoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean1990 - 1997
Judicial ExternCalifornia Court of Appeal, 4th District1989 - 1989
Law ClerkWorden Williams1988 - 1989
Vice President and Process ManagerNorth County Attorney Services1984 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1990 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Palo Alto Area Bar AssociationPresident1996 - 1997
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fraud, Breach of Fiduciary Duty case, defending Company and Officers against claims by former PresidentSettled
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawN/AN/A1990
University of California - San DiegoEconomicsOther - Bachelors1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WebinarAre Employment Issues Troubling You?2011
Manager TrainingBest Employment Practices and Keeping it Real2011
Labor and Employment Law SectionMediation: Turning Nightmares into Dreams2011
ASCCA MeetingAre you a Sitting Duck for $50,000 or more in Legal Bills?2011
AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention TrainingManagement Training Seminar2011
2010 Human Resources ForumEmployment Law; terminations, risk, etc.2010
2010 Employee Benefits SymposiumWage & Hour Law2010
Private Client EventADA Training: Best Practices for Evaluating and Addressing Requests for a Disability Accommodation2009
AILA WebinarFull-Service Representation - Advising HR Managers2009
2008 Employment Law UpdatesEmployment Law Updates2008
Best Practices in Hiring and Terminating EmployeesEmployment Training for Managers2007
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationThe Negotiation and Enforcement of Executive Employment Agreements2006
Palo Alto Area Bar AssociationRecent Employment Laws2005