Douglas J. Farmer

Shareholder || San Francisco

Mr. Farmer is a shareholder in the firm’s San Francisco office. He has served as lead defense counsel to major California employers in nearly a hundred wage and hour class actions. He has tried to verdict a wide variety of employment cases in California state and federal courts, including wage and hour, disability discrimination, FMLA/CFRA, sexual harassment, age discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and other wrongful termination matters.

Mr. Farmer has dedicated his career to achieving practical business solutions for clients in industries such as transportation, technology, manufacturing, hospitality, staffing, janitorial and retail. He routinely works with clients to implement compliance programs involving California pay practices, meal and rest break requirements, wage statement regulations, joint employment, piece rate pay, commissions, discrimination and harassment prevention, and emerging California legal developments.

In 2014, Mr. Farmer was one of eight California lawyers elected by his peers as a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Recently, he was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has been recognized as one of California’s leading employment lawyers in a variety of peer review publications, including Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and Super Lawyers (Northern California). His book, California Employment Law (, is widely used by in-house counsel, human resources executives, and business owners throughout the United States.

Mr. Farmer is a former managing shareholder and a founder of the firm’s San Francisco office, He has served on a variety of firm committees, including its management committee, advisory committee, and class action steering committee. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and law degree from Harvard Law School.

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Mr. Farmer currently serves or has recently served as lead defense counsel in a number of significant California wage and hour class actions, including:

Lead trial attorney in the following matters:


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • California State Bar (Employment Law Section)
  • San Francisco Bar Association (Counsel to Board of Directors)
  • Civil Service Commission, City of Piedmont, CA (Commissioner and Past Chair)
  • East Bay Spanish Speaking Citizen’s Foundation (Board Member and Past President and Chair)


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