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Sarju Naran is a Partner and the Chair of Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel’s Employment Law Group. His experience spans from representing small, family-owned businesses to multi-national and high profile publicly-traded companies. He regularly litigates claims of trade secret misappropriation, workforce raiding, unfair competition, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and other high risk matters.


Sarju is a zealous advocate for his clients, and approaches litigation with creativity and strategy. He also appreciates that litigation can be an unwelcome distraction to business operations, and often comes at a high financial and emotional cost. As such, Sarju is committed to representing his clients with an eye toward prevention, compliance, mitigation, and efficiency.


After spending the first five years of his practice with Hoge Fenton, Sarju was an associate with Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, LLP in Palo Alto for four years before rejoining Hoge Fenton in May 2010.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
    15 years, 100 cases
  2. Litigation: 20%
    15 years, 100 cases
  3. Wrongful Termination: 20%
    15 years, 100 cases
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    15 years, 25 cases



Hourly ($475-500/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2016
ALF FellowAmerican Leadership Forum2016
Dean's Honor ListMcGeorge School of Law2001
J.D. with DistinctionMcGeorge School of Law2001
Witkin Award for Real PropertyWitkin1999
Dean's Honor ListMcGeorge School of Law1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Employment Law Chair/ShareholderHoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc.2012 - Present
Of CounselHoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc.2010 - 2012
AssociatePaul Hastings2006 - 2010
AssociateHoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc.2001 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Leadership ForumALF Fellow2016 - Present
San Jose Downtown AssociationBoard Member2013 - Present
ProVisorsExecutive Committee2013 - Present
California Minority Counsel ProgramMember2011 - Present
Abraham Lincoln High School -- San Jose, CAAttorney Coach2003 - Present
Central YMCA -- San Jose, CABoard member2006 - 2009
San Jose/Silicon Valley Community Leadership ProgramAlumnus2005 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Declaratory relief action to invalidate an out-of-state non-compete agreementObtained temporary injuncitve relief and negotiated resolution
Trade secret misappropriation actionObtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction prior to favorable resolution
Defense of multiple cases pertaining to discriminationFavorably settled multiple discrimination claims on behalf of employers
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Santa Clara UniversityEnglish and PhilsophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SCCBA CLE MarathonElimination of Bias2016
Client Seminar2016 Employment Law Update2016
Client SeminarAdvanced Leaves of Absence2016
CBIZ Benefits SeminarLeaves of Absence2016
Newmark Cornish & Carey SeminarHot Button Employment Issues for Tech Companies2015
NAW Large Company Operations RoundtableSuccessful Deals: Navigating the Various Legal Issues in M&A Deals2015
Financial Poise WebinarEmployment Law 1012015
Client SeminarThe Internet Was Yesterday. Where is your Business Today and Where is it Going Tomorrow?2015
2015 Silicon Valley Chamber Business XPO2015 Employment Law Update2015
Dublin Chamber of Commerce PanelMeet the Business Resources2014
Client SeminarFall 2014 Employment Law / M&A Seminar2014
Client Seminar2014 Annual Employment Law Update2014
Employment Law SeminarMISSION POSSIBLE: Protecting Your Company's Top Secrets and Other Crown Jewels2013
Employment Law Seminar2013 Annual Employment Law Update2013
Asian American Hotel Owners' Association Townehall MeetingEmployment Law Issues in the Hotel Industry2013
Administration of Law Firm Administrators2013 Legal Update2013
MCLEElimination of Bias2012
ExpertQuote webinarSocial Media in the Workplace2012
Employment Law Seminar2012 Employment Law Update2012
Employment Law SeminarMaking Leaves of Absence Less Acronymonious2012
Employment Law SeminarEmployee Relations: Past, Present & Future2012
Vistage and Alliance of CEOs10 Hot Button Employment Issues2011
Recurring eDiscovery Issues in Employment Law CasesRecurring eDiscovery Issues in Employment Law Cases2011
HR Options WebinarEmployee Departures? Check Your Pockets! Creating a Trade Secret Protection Plan2011
Employment Law SeminarPay Now or Pay More Later? Avoiding Expensive Mistakes in Classifying and Paying Personnel2011
Employment Law Seminar2011 California Employment Law Update2011
Employment Law SeminarAvoiding Expensive Mistakes in Interviewing, Hiring, Reviewing and Terminating Personnel2011
CCHRAFacebook - Friend or Foe: What is posted on Facebook is Private...Right?2011
Employment Law SeminarLeaves of Absence 101: Deciphering the Alphabet Soup!2010
CVHRMALeaves of Absence 1012010
Multiple clientsAB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention TrainingN/A
Employment Law Seminar2016 Employment Law UpdateN/A