Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP

San Francisco Office

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Managing Partners: Stephen J Hirschfeld, Glen E Kraemer
Number of partners: 9 Number of lawyers: 27
Languages: English, French, Spanish, German

Firm Overview:
Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP’s sole focus is on employers. The firm is client-centric; its mission is to solve its clients’ problems by developing creative solutions to the most vexing legal issues that arise in the employer-employee relationship. Razor-focused on HR law, the firm works closely with executives, in-house counsel and HR leaders to help achieve their objectives. Unlike many of its competitors, Hirschfeld Kraemer doesn’t believe that there must be a ‘winner’ and a ‘loser’ when addressing employee relations conflicts. It prides itself on finding win-win solutions, helping clients create awesome places to work where employees and managers are focused on delivering great products and services.

Work focuses on three equally important areas: legal compliance, HR problem-solving, and dispute resolution. Hirschfeld Kraemer lawyers are all highly experienced in conducting compliance audits, developing HR policies and practices, providing management legal training, and successfully defending lawsuits. The issues its lawyers confront include workplace privacy, discrimination and harassment, wage-hour compliance, pay equity, workplace violence, unfair competition/trade secrets, union organizing, collective bargaining, immigration, workforce reductions, and executive employment agreements. Advising clients across a wide range of industries, including technology, banking, healthcare, hospitality, and agriculture, Hirschfeld Kraemer lawyers also have special expertise working with the increasingly complex and ever-changing issues facing colleges and universities.

Hirschfeld Kraemer also provides its clients access to global HR expertise, by serving as the exclusive California representative of the Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest and most prestigious network of labour and employment lawyers from over 100 countries. By working closely with its Employment Law Alliance colleagues, Hirschfeld Kraemer lawyers routinely address multi-state and multi-national issues to provide seamless, costeffective services around the globe.

Main Areas of Practice:
Labour & Employment Law — Compliance, Consulting & Training:
Outside labour counsel for several leading solid waste and recycling companies, providing advice and representation on union organizing, collective bargaining, strikes, picketing, and arbitrations
■ Provides services to HR executives and inhouse counsel for leading technology companies
■ Delivers legal training for managers at organizations ranging from Los Angeles World Airports to BAE Systems and Stanford University
■ In response to dramatic legislative changes to sexual harassment law in the wake of the #MeToo movement, conducts compliance training throughout California, including engagement by Anita Hill’s Hollywood Commission to assist in creating best practice investigation and response protocols, and help create certification training for its member organizations
■ Regularly retained by AmLaw 100 firms to provide strategic advice on all HR legal issues triggered by mergers and acquisitions, including advising on the impact on unionized personnel, conducting due diligence audits on target companies, drafting executive employment agreements, NDAs, non-competes, and various retention programs
■ Significant work in Napa and Sonoma counties providing assistance to premier wineries and other agricultural concerns including Opus One, Glória Ferrer, Markham, Darioush, Fetzer, and Clover Stornetta
■ Outside labour and employment counsel to several international hospitality companies, including Omni Hotels & Resorts, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and Montage Hotels & Resorts ■ Conducted nationwide wage-hour audit at the retail operations for one of the world’s most iconic fashion houses

Labour & Employment Law — Litigation:
Provides defense in a wide variety of discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination lawsuits for leading employers including Marriott International, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Chemed, BitMEX, and Fremont Bank
■ Served as trial counsel and obtained a full defense verdict for Barrett Business Services involving disputes over commission and broker agreements
■ Regularly represents businesses faced with both single plaintiff and class action lawsuits
■ Successfully prosecuted claims against former employees on behalf of both corporations and non-profits for misappropriating trade secrets and unfair competition

Internal Investigations:
Regularly called upon to provide neutral investigations for some of the world’s leading corporations and universities involving allegations of workplace misconduct including harassment, violence, whistleblowing, and retaliation
■ Conducted the internal investigation at one of America’s most prestigious venture capital firms, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, involving a highly-publicized gender discrimination claim brought by former partner, Ellen Pao

Higher Education Law:
Assists universities in labour matters involving union organizing and collective bargaining
■ Regularly conducts harassment and sexual assault investigations at Stanford University
■ Serves as outside general counsel for Pomona College, providing daily advice on a wide variety of faculty, staff, and student matters
■ Serves as employment law and student affairs counsel to more than 150 small liberal arts colleges throughout the US
■ Advises and trains higher education institutions around the country on Title IX, discrimination and harassment, campus violence, and conducting campus investigations

International Work:
Offers EU data privacy compliance audit services and advice on data retention and access
■ Provides immigration/global migration services for multi-national employers
■ Oversees global workplace reorganizations, layoffs, and redundancies