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Kevin D. Reese

Shareholder San Francisco

Kevin has 20 years’ experience as a civil litigator with a current emphasis on defending management in wage and hour class action cases where he continues to work as lead defense counsel for management.  Kevin also represents companies in issues involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, trade secrets, employee raiding, WARN, FMLA, unfair competition, and reasonable accommodation.  In addition, Kevin has substantial experience in complex commercial litigation and has represented clients involved in product liability litigation, partnership and fiduciary litigation, intellectual property litigation, as well as contract disputes.

Prior to entering private practice, Kevin served as a staff attorney with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Kevin has also served as an adjunct professor at University of California Hastings College of Law. Kevin is the newly elected Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the National Bar Association and also serves as the Director for Region IX for the NBA.


Experience

  • Lead Defense counsel for Air Medical Company in wage and hour class action litigation involving ADA preemption, calculation of overtime, interpretation of Section 3K of Wage Order 9, and meal and rest break claims.
  • Lead Defense counsel for Tire Company in wage and hour class action involving overtime and payment of wages due at termination.
  • Lead Defense counsel for Staffing company in wage and hour class action case involving off-the-clock work claims.
  • Lead Defense counsel for transportation company in wage and hour class action involving overtime and regular rate of pay.
  • Lead Defense counsel for transportation company in wage and hour class action involving split shift premium.
  • Lead Defense counsel for transportation company in wage and hour class action involving meal and rest break claims.
  • Lead Defense counsel for transportation company in PAGA representative action involving meal and rest break claims.
  • Lead Defense counsel for transportation company in wage and hour class action involving off the clock claims.
  • Lead Defense counsel for transportation company in wage and hour class action involving expense reimbursement claims.
  • Lead Defense counsel for transportation company in wage and hour class action involving failure to pay wages at termination.
  • Lead Defense counsel for wage and hour audit for national transportation client.
  • Defense counsel for misclassification audit for national technology client.
  • Represented transportation company at multiple administrative hearings on wage and hour claims.
  • Lead Defense counsel for major airline in single plaintiff discrimination case.
  • Lead Defense counsel for national catering company in single plaintiff wrongful termination case.
  • Lead Defense counsel for national broadcasting company for reduction in force.
  • Represented National retailer in dozens of single and multiple plaintiff claims involving wrongful termination, disability discrimination and sexual harassment.
  • Represented National Bank in case alleging wrongful termination in violation of public policy.
  • Represented National Bank in trade secret litigation in case involving solicitation by former employee.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • National Bar Association, Chair, Labor and Employment Section
  • Charles Houston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Wiley Manuel Law Foundation

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - ''Choose Your Own Adventure - Accommodating Disability in California'' - Napa - March 04, 2017
  • California Employment Law for Multistate employers Bootcamp Webinar - ''California's Unique and Complex State Employment Law Requirements: Avoiding Employment Law Surprises'' - June 26, 2014
  • MV Transportation - ''California Wage and Hour Training'' - San Diego - February 2010
  • MV Transportation - Featured Speaker - ''Sexual Harassment Training'' - Elk Horn - August 2009
  • Council on Education in Management Seminar - Featured Speaker - ''New Employment Laws 2006, COBRA, Understanding Complex Interplay of FMLA, CFRA, PDL, and ADA'' - Walnut Creek - July 2007
  • Council on Education in Management Seminar - Featured Speaker - ''New Employment Laws 2006, COBRA, Understanding Complex Interplay of FMLA, CFRA, PDL, and ADA'' - Pleasanton - February 2006
  • Van Foods - Featured Speaker - ''Sexual Harassment Training'' - Northridge - August 2005
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's TAPS Program for Human Resources Professionals and Managers, Council on Education in Management Seminar - Featured Speaker - ''Top Ten Blunders Employers Make With The Americans With Disability Act'' - Los Angeles - July 2005
  • Council on Education in Management Seminar - Featured Speaker - ''New Employment Laws 2005, COBRA, Understanding Complex Interplay of FMLA, CFRA, PDL, and ADA'' - Walnut Creek - January 2005
  • Council on Education in Management Seminar - Featured Speaker - ''FMLA Best Practices'' - Walnut Creek - January 2005
  • Council on Education in Management Seminar - Featured Speaker - ''Leaves of Absence and Emerging Trends in California Employment Law'' - Walnut Creek - January 2005
  • Council on Education in Management Seminar - Featured Speaker - ''Leaves of Absence and Emerging Trends in California Employment Law'' - San Francisco - October 2004
  • Council on Education in Management Seminar - Featured Speaker - ''Leaves of Absence and Emerging Trends in California Employment Law'' - Los Angeles - September 2004
  • Council on Education in Management Seminar - Featured Speaker - ''FLSA Exemptions and EEOC and Discrimination Law'' - Los Angeles - September 2004
  • Council on Education in Management Seminar - Featured Speaker - ''Leaves of Absence and Emerging Trends in California Employment Law'' - Walnut Creek - October 2003
  • Council on Education in Management Seminar - Featured Speaker - ''Untangling the FMLA, ADA and Workers' Comp Overlap'' - Pleasanton - May 2003
  • Council on Education in Management Seminar - ''Leaves of Absence: Simplifying the Complex'' - Pleasanton - January 2003

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Media Quotes

2003 - Employment Law Compliance - "Discipline and Termination"
Winter 2002 - Business Law Update, a publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Corporations and Business Law Section - "Analysis of Mart vs. Severson, Proper Method of Valuing Business In Dissolution Proceeding"

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