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Discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims; wage and hour issues including overtime disputes; day-to-day employment law guidance; employment litigation.

Advice and Training: Advise clients regarding day-to-day employment matters, including hiring, evaluating performance, managing leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, and disciplining and terminating employees. Assess employment claims and litigation, analyze risk, and recommend strategies to minimize risk.

Litigation: Recent successes include the plaintiff’s dismissal of a fraud and race/national origin discrimination case following the first day of a jury trial (Monterey County Superior Court, July 2007), and a defense verdict in an overtime claim following a three-day court trial (Santa Clara County Superior Court – trial October 2006; judgment December 2006; upheld on appeal April 2008).


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 55%
    23 years
  2. Government: 20%
    8 years
  3. Administrative Law: 15%
    8 years
  4. Litigation: 10%
    23 years

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Contact info

County of Santa Clara

70 West Hedding, East Wing, 9th Floor
San Jose, CA, 95110


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers in Silicon Valley (Labor Law), 2000 - _____San Jose MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant County CounselCounty of Santa Clara2012 - Present
Lead Deputy County CounselCounty of Santa Clara2011 - 2012
Deputy County CounselCounty of Santa Clara2008 - 2011
ShareholderHoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc.2000 - 2008
Associate AttorneyHoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc.1998 - 1999
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices of J. Michael Bewley1993 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember, Professionalism Committee2013 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember, Civil Practice Committee2013 - Present
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
San Jose Sports Hall of Fame Board of DirectorsBoard Member2009 - 2012
San Jose Arena Authority (appointed by San Jose Mayor)Board Member (Treas. '07-'10; Vice-Chair '10-'11; Chair '11-'12)2006 - 2012
San Jose Police FoundationBoard Member (Secretary, 2006 - 2010)2006 - 2012
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Judiciary CommitteeCo-Chair 2011-2012 (Member 2005-2010)2005 - 2012
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law SectionExecutive Committee1998 - 2015
Diabetes SocietyBoard Member (President, 2003-2005)1998 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Nalin v. Neeka Accountancy CorporationDefense Judgment, Upheld on Appeal
Shankar v. Arcadia HomesDismissal after first day of trial. No money paid
Carter v. County of Santa ClaraCourt dismissed case
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Publication nameTitleDate
Silcon Valley / San Jose Business Journal“Employer vs. Employee Rights on Workplace E-mail”, October 23, 1998 (republished nationally in other Business Journals)1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of California - BerkeleyN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Santa Clara County Bar Association SeminarMediation: The Means that Justifies the Ends2009
Santa Clara County Bar Association SeminarPay Me Now and Pay Me Later, Too: Troubling Expense Reimbursement Issues in California2008
Santa Clara County Bar Association SeminarE-Discovery - Finding the Smoking Gun2007
Employment Resource Institute Audio-ConferencePaid-Time-Off (PTO) Banks in California: Basic Strategies for Reducing Unscheduled Absences Without Alienating Employees (or Violating the Law)2007
13th Annual Symposium for Health Care ProfessionalsDiabetes and the Law2007
Third Annual Conference for Nonprofits, Foundations & EndowmentsIndependent Contractors, Exemptions from Overtime, and Other Wage and Hour Hot Topics2005
Continuing Education of the Bar Seminar14th Annual Recent Developments in Employment Law2005
Almaden Business Association BriefingThe Most Expensive Mistakes California Employers Make, and How to Prevent Them2005
Lorman Education Services SeminarEmployment Related Records in California2002
Council on Education in Management - Personnel Update: 2002Worker Classifications, Independent Contractors, and Exemptions from Overtime2002
Lorman Education Services SeminarWage and Hour Law: Independent Contractors, Employee Classifications and Exemptions from Overtime2000