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Brooke S. Purcell

Associate San Francisco

Brooke S. Purcell is an associate in Ogletree Deakins’ San Francisco office. Ms. Purcell takes a pragmatic approach to litigation that balances the need for a strong defense with business realities. Her practice focuses on defending employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies against claims of wage and hour violations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. She also represents employers in wage and hour class actions and PAGA claims. Her clients range from small businesses to publicly traded companies, with a focus on technology, retail and hospitality industries.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Purcell frequently provides guidance and training to companies to maintain compliance with federal, state, and municipal laws and regulations.

Prior to law school, Ms. Purcell worked as a Legislative Assistant in the United States Senate and as a Professional Staff on the United States Senate Commerce Committee.


Experience

  • Deposed plaintiffs in various matters.
  • Managed investigations by the United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division and municipal entities.
  • Prevailed in a wage and hour action brought to hearing at the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) against an international technology company.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement and full release of numerous cases, including wage and hour cases at the DLSE and various discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination matters.
  • Briefed successful Motion to Dismiss in a state-wide meal and rest break case in the Eastern District of California against national food processing company, which postured the case for favorable settlement.
  • Developed strategy for and managed the collection of declarations of putative class members in state-wide meal and rest break case venued in the Eastern District of California.
  • Obtained multiple insufficient evidence findings from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).
  • Successfully defeated motion to strike counterclaim in trade secret and breach of contract matter.
  • Prepared successful motion to transfer venue in discrimination and harassment matter for national grocery store chain.
  • Deposed numerous medical experts in various discrimination cases.
  • Defended person most knowledgeable depositions for technology and manufacturing companies.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Marin Bar Association

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2016 Seminar - ''The Right Things To Do To Avoid Wrongful Termination Claims'' - San Francisco - October 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2015 Seminar - ''Religious Freedom Act ‘Have a Blessed Day!’—Understanding the Employer’s Obligations to Reasonably Accommodate Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs and Observances'' - San Francisco - November 04, 2014
  • Retail Risk and Claims Managers Round Table Meeting - Panelist - ''Navigating the Security Litigation Storm'' - Oak Brook - July 2013
  • USLAW Client Conference - Panelist - ''How to Lose 25 lbs. and Learn a Foreign Language by Using Structured Settlements'' - Tucson - April 2013

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2008 - 43 U.S.F.L.REV. 197 - "Undocumented and Working: Reconciling the Disconnect Between U.S. Immigration Policy and Employment Benefits Available to Undocumented Workers"

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