Kevin D. Reese

Shareholder || San Francisco

Kevin works in the San Francisco office of Ogletree Deakins, where he is a Shareholder.  Kevin has 25 years of 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, retaliation, trade secrets, unfair competition, employee raiding, WARN, FMLA, and reasonable accommodation.  Kevin currently dedicates a significant portion of  practice working closely with clients to develop effective strategies for litigating and resolving legal conflicts in a manner consistent with the clients business objectives.  Additionally, Kevin regularly partners with in-house legal attorneys and human resource professionals in providing day-to-day advice on a variety of employment and wage and hour issues that California employers often face.  Kevin represents employers in a broad array of local, national, and international industries, including health care, transportation, retail, technology, manufacturing, and construction.

Kevin received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  During law school, Kevin represented Hastings in the Douglass Moot Court competition placing 1st place in the Western Region and was named Best Oralist.  During law school Kevin also served as an extern for Chief District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton.  Prior to entering private practice, Kevin worked a 2 year clerkship as a staff attorney with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Civil and Motions Units.  Kevin has also served as an adjunct professor at University of California Hastings College of Law in the area of Appellate Advocacy.  Kevin has also taught Moot Court at the University of California Berkeley School of Law.  Kevin is actively involved in the legal community and is the current Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the National Bar Association, and a past Director of Region IX of the NBA.  Kevin also serves on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California Merit Selection Panel.  In 2019, Kevin was selected to National Black Lawyers Top 100.

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Admittance to Practice

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


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