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D. Gregory Valenza is the managing partner of Shaw Valenza LLP. Greg is resident in the Firm’s San Francisco office. He practices in all areas of labor and employment law and devotes most of his practice to counseling employers, employment litigation and appeals.


After graduating from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 1985, Greg worked in hotel and restaurant management and consulting before entering law school. He graduated from New York Law School first in his class and received his Juris Doctor summa cum laude. While at New York Law School, Mr. Valenza was an articles editor of the Law Review, and received several awards, including moot court honors.


Greg serves as a mediator for the San Francisco Bar Association’s Early Settlement Program. He is a former member, Vice-Chair and Co-Chair of the California State Bar’s Committee on Legal Professionals with Disabilities.


Greg speaks regularly on a variety of employment law topics. He has authored and co-authored many articles on employment law, and has been quoted in numerous publications.


Before joining Shaw Valenza LLP, Greg spent 14 years with Jackson Lewis LLP, working in the San Francisco and Sacramento offices. Jackson Lewis promoted Greg to partner in 2000 and to managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office in 2002.

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Licensed

  1. Employment: 50%
    24 years, 80 cases
  2. Wrongful Termination: 25%
    24 years, 100 cases
  3. Discrimination: 25%
    24 years, 50 cases

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71 Stevenson St. 4th Fl.
San Francisco, CA, 94105

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199205/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Rated AVN/A2002
Kaplun Constitutional Law AwardNew York Law School1992
American Jurisprudence (6)New York Law School1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerShaw Valenza LLP2006 - Present
Managing PartnerJackson Lewis LLP2002 - 2006
PartnerJackson Lewis LLP2001 - 2002
AssociateJackson Lewis Schnitzler & Krupman1992 - 2001
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaCo-Chairman, Committee on Legal Profs. With Disabilities1996 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Okwu v. McKimDismissal affirmed on appeal
Mendoza v. Kindred Healthcare Op., Inc.Summary judgment for the employer
Keehner v. The Jackson LaboratorySummary Judgment for employer
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
San Francisco Daily JournalKaplan Gets Tested2011
San Francisco Daily JournalCan Sexual Harassment Be Part of the Job?2011
San Francisco Daily JournalSLAPPing the Boss2010
Daily RecorderUnpaid Internships and Wage-Hour Law2010
San Francisco Daily JournalMixed Motives in FEHA Cases2010
San Francisco Daily JournalPregnant Pause2010
HR AdvisorThe U.S. Department of Labor's Administrative Interpretations2010
San Francisco Daily JournalNew Governor, New Laws2010
San Francisco Daily JournalThe Benefits and Privileges of Reasonable Accommodation2010
San Francisco Daily JournalThis Bud's For Me, Boss2010
San Francisco Daily JournalWalking the Line: Using Non-Solicitation Agreements2009
San Francisco Daily JournalWorking Around the Clock2009
San Francisco Daily JournalEmployers By the Bay2009
San Francisco Daily JournalAn Uneven Playing Field2009
San Francisco Daily JournalTaking Management Personally2009
San Francisco Daily JournalA Free Country?2009
San Francisco Daily JournalGolden State of Mind2008
San Francisco Daily JournalThe ADA Amendments Act2008
San Francisco Daily JournalFleshing Out the ADA2008
San Francisco Daily JournalMeal and Break Class Actions2008
San Francisco Daily JournalBaby WARN Act Might Be Growing Up2008
San Francisco Daily JournalWage and Hour Redux2007
San Francisco Daily JournalUSING THE STATUTORY “OFFER TO COMPROMISE” TO OBTAIN FAVORABLE SETTLEMENTS2007
San Francisco Daily JournalDISABILITY AS A JUSTIFICATION FOR EMPLOYEES' MISCONDUCT?2007
San Francisco Daily JournalIndependent Contractors: A Dying Breed?2007
San Francisco Daily JournalEMPLOYERS MUST COMPLY WITH STATE LAWS ON MEAL BREAKS, REST PERIODS 2007
San Francisco Daily JournalAlternative Workweeks2007
What's New in Employment Law (Blog)Various2007
San Francisco Daily JournalUndermining Arbitration2007
San Francisco Daily JournalAvoiding Wage and Hour Risks2007
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Cornell UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal Update2010 New Employment Laws2010
Speaks on a variety of employment law topicsSexual harassment, wage and hour, disability and discrimination, among others2007
Shaw Valenza Legal Update 2007New California laws for 20082007