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  1. Employment: 60%
  2. Intellectual Property: 15%
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 10%

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  • Joel Hugo Siegal

    I endorse this lawyer. Denis is remarkably competent smart and always looking out for his clients. I never hesitate referring clients to denis


    Joel Siegal Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Maryam Soleimani Karson

    I had the great pleasure of working with Denis as his opposing counsel in a litigation matter that lasted approximately two years. Denis was a formidable adversary who was highly knowledgeable regarding employment law. He represented his client with tremendous zeal and competency and never failed to remain ethical and professional in dealing with his opposing counsel. I would not hesitate to refer clients to him.


    Maryam Karson Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Scherer, Smith & Kenny LLP

140 Geary Street, Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94108-5617


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Certificate of AppreciationState of California Health and Welfare Agency Department of Sonoma Developmental Services1998
Am. Jur. Book Award for Legal EthicsAmerican Jurisprudence1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerScherer Smith & Kenny LLP2001 - Present
Deputy Attorney GeneralState of California, Department of Justice Attorney General's Office1998 - 2001
Associate AttorneySedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold1995 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
La Raza Centro LegalPanel Member2013 - Present
Bar Associate of San Francisco, Lawyer Referral Information Service, Labor and Employment PanelMember2005 - Present
Lawyers Club of San FranciscoMember, Governor2000 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Yarbrough v. Chen, et al.Mediated settlement of $275,000 for injured client
Rollo v. 1685 Market Street, et al.Court Settlement of $220,000 for injured client
ConfidentialMediated settlement of $750,000 for injured client
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Publication nameTitleDate
"Perspectives" NewsletterEmployer Alert: San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance Effective August 13, 20142014
"Perspectives" NewsletterWillful Misclassification2013
"Perspectives" NewsletterEmployment Alert: New Legislation for 20132012
"Perspectives" NewsletterUse and Impact of Social Media in the Workplace2012
"Perspectives" NewsletterNew Penalties for the Misclassification of Independent Contractors in California2012
Scherer Smith & Kenny LLP WebsiteCalifornia Employers' Workplace Obligations for Acts of Non-Employees2011
"Perspectives" NewsletterThe IRS Worker Misclassification Settlement Program and California’s S.B. 459: Employers Beware!2011
"Perspectives" NewsletterPeril Alert for Binding Arbitration2011
"Perspectives" NewsletterCA Employers Face New Employee Costs2011
"Perspectives" NewsletterPassage of Expedited Trials Legislation Effective January 1, 20112010
"Perspectives" NewsletterCalifornia Employer Alert: Did You Know?2010
Scherer Smith & Kenny LLP WebsiteThe Need for Audits of Employment-Related Policies and Procedures2009
Scherer Smith & Kenny LLP WebsiteThe Passage of Law Requiring San Francisco Employers To Provide Paid Sick Leave For Workers2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of California - BerkeleyPolitical EconomyBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
University of York, EnglandN/AN/A1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Numerous clients throughout Northern CaliforniaMandatory Workplace Harassment Prevention Training2014
MCLENegotiating a Settlement: Successful Strategies for Attorneys2014
Live PresentationThe Affordable Care Act 101: What the Health Care Law Means for Business Owners2014
Numerous clients throughout Northern CaliforniaMandatory Workplace Harassment Prevention Training2013
WebinarIndependent Contractor Classification: Recognizing Your Risks and How to Manage Them2012
Corporate Training DayWorkplace Harassment Training2012
Live WebinarMeasuring and Quantifying Risk in your Contingent Workforce2011
Contingent Workforce Risk Forum - Las VegasMeasuring and Quantifying Risk2011
Classification of Workers - Employee v. Independent ContractorW-2/1099 Worker classification seminar for temporary staffing services, client and other industry contacts2002
SF Office of the Attorney General Administrative Training DayWorkplace Harassment Training2001