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Jason Goldwater

Litigation Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2013
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About Jason

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Jason Goldwater represents companies in litigation, arbitration and mediation, primarily in employment matters. He also provides highly tailored advice and counsel to employers of all sizes on emerging issues — such as pay transparency and reporting requirements, mass employment arbitrations, and drug testing compliance — as well as other complex issues — such as meal and rest break policies, leaves of absence, FLSA and California Wage & Hour compliance, etc. Jason also has experience conducting internal investigations, providing guidance on company policies and procedures, advising on offer letters and termination/severance agreements, and all other issues facing employers in California and the United States.

In litigation, Jason represents companies of all sizes, ranging from the largest Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 500 companies, to closely held corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships. His clients have included household names in the technology, biotechnology, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing industries, among others.

In addition, Jason has extensive cross-border experience representing international companies and dealing with international discovery and litigation issues (such as depositions outside the United States, sovereign immunity claims, Hague Convention procedures, and so forth). Besides employment litigation, he has also represented clients in commercial litigation and product-liability litigation, including consumer class-actions, mass-tort class-actions, and multi-district litigations. He has participated in several bench and jury trials, and has experience litigating cases to verdict in both contexts and in arbitration. Finally, Jason represents companies and individuals in anti-SLAPP matters regarding protected speech.

Jason is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish.

Prior Experience
Jason has deep experience in employment and commercial litigation. Before joining Faegre Drinker, he served at as a partner at an AmLaw 100 firm in San Diego handling single plaintiff, class action and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) cases. Jason also owned his own civil litigation practice. He has represented clients throughout California’s state and federal courts, as well as California’s Court of Appeal and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Jason was also an associate at a global firm in San Francisco.

While in law school, Jason served as a student attorney in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and as a summer honors intern with the U.S. Securities and Exchange commission.

Personal Interests
Jason is a licensed private pilot, was born and raised in France, and loves to travel the world and explore different cultures.


Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Four Embarcadero Center
27th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94111
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
1950 University Ave
Suite 450
East Palo Alto, CA, 94303
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1800 Century Park East
Suite 1500
Los Angeles, CA, 90067
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Posted by Paul | March 22, 2023
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Professional & Highly Effective
Jason Goldwater represented our company in a highly complicated situation, where he showed great compassion to all parties involved. He reached a creative and just solution to the conflict and worked in a highly effective and professional manner with both the mediator and plaintiff’s counsel to reach an outcome over the course of a 14 hour day. Without his nuanced and sophisticated approach, all of us, on both sides, would have been consigned to a much lengthier, costly and difficult process. Five stars for Jason Goldwater, J.D.
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Posted by Astrid | August 8, 2022
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Skilled, Professional and Efficient
Jason represented my family in a case where we were being forced to move unjustly. His representation has resulted in our ability to remain in our home longer, which in turn is allowing us to save for and plan better for our move. I wouldn't have been able to do this without him. He is a skilled lawyer, professional, efficient, and very knowledgeable in the field in question. He provided an excellent outcome in our situation. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Gregory | August 16, 2020
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Review of Mr. Cabot
Mr. Cabot was extremely professional and provided the best possible solution to my case. I am very fortunate to have been given a second chance thanks to his expertise. I highly recommend his services.


  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 670-700 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • 2023 - Present
  • Partner
  • Gordon & Rees
  • 2022 - 2023
  • Owner
  • Goldwater Law Group
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Associate
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Summer Associate
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
  • 2011 - 2011
  • SJC Rule 3:03 Counsel
  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Summer Honors Legal Program
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • 2010 - 2010
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  • Harvard Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • 2008


  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • 2023 - Present
  • The LGBTQ+ Bar
  • 2023 - Present
  • Tom Homann Law Association
  • 2022 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2012 - Present
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (Justice & Diversity Center)
  • 2013

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Jason Goldwater
Litigation Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 11 years
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