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California Employment Law Update 2014


Speaker(s): Aaron L. Agenbroad, Abby Ginzberg, Andrew R. Livingston, Carol M. Langford, Cindy O'Hara, Debra L. Fischer, Jahan C. Sagafi, Jinny Kim, John T. Mullan, Joshua G. Konecky, Maria C. Rodriguez, Paul Henderson, Robert R. Roginson, Stephen M. Rich, Timothy J. Long
Recorded on: Sep. 16, 2014
PLI Program #: 51002

Tim Long leads a vibrant labor and employment law practice representing clients throughout California, and beyond, from his offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Mr. Long has significant experience litigating complex employment matters, having acted as lead counsel in numerous class; collective and representative actions and advised on dozens more. He has represented financial institutions, high tech companies, healthcare-related entities, airlines, retailers, transportation and logistics companies, among others.

Mr. Long is one of the few lawyers who tried to verdict an employment class action, obtaining a complete defense verdict on behalf of a major retailer in a matter in which the potential exposure exceeded US$40 million. He went on to protect the verdict on appeal.

In the wage-and-hour area, Mr. Long has litigated exemption, incentive compensation, independent contractor, off-the-clock and pay practice claims. He also has defeated class and collective certification (including at Stage One) in exemption, off-the-clock and pay practice cases.

He has significant experience litigating other complex employment and non-employment matters, including employment discrimination and wrongful termination claims, and matters involving qui tam, trade secret, white collar crime and environmental claims. Finally, Mr. Long counsels clients on a wide variety of employment and related corporate issues. 

Mr. Long frequently represents employers in their dealings with state and federal administrative agencies, including the EEOC, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor, the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and Employment Development Department.

In the area of trade secret and unfair business practices litigation, Mr. Long has both prosecuted and defended employers. He has obtained broad, multi-jurisdiction injunctions against former employees who have misappropriated client trade secrets. Mr. Long also has successfully resisted competitor efforts to enjoin the lawful practices of his clients

Related Practice Areas

  • Employment Law and Litigation
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Traditional Labor Law

Education

  • J.D., with great distinction, Order of the Coif, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., International Relations, Stanford University, 1983
  • Certificate, Francais Commercial et Economique, Institut Catholique, Paris, France, 1982

Honors

  • The Recorder's California Labor & Employment Department of the Year (2013-2014)
  • The Recorder's California Litigation Department of the Year (2013-2014)
  • The Recorder Leading Employment Lawyer (2012)


Aaron Agenbroad's practice includes all aspects of labor and employment law, with a focus on representing corporate clients in complex labor and employment disputes. In the employment arena, his practice includes litigation of California wage and hour class actions and FLSA collective actions, California discrimination cases under FEHA and CFRA, and federal discrimination cases, including ADEA, FMLA, ADA, and Title VII claims. Aaron has experience with all phases of litigation and has tried multiple cases to verdict. He also regularly counsels employers in employment matters, including reductions in force, employee terminations, FMLA and CFRA issues, and EEOC and FEHA charges.

In his traditional labor work, Aaron's experience includes representation of management in labor arbitrations in the telecommunications, health care, refining, and manufacturing industries. He also has represented clients in NLRB and PERB unfair labor practice proceedings, led collective bargaining negotiations, and worked in defending union organizing campaigns. His NLRB election experience includes successful results in certification and decertification elections involving retail facilities, newspapers, casinos, and health care institutions.

Recent successes include full defense verdicts as lead counsel in trials on behalf of R.J. Reynolds and the Port of Oakland, the resolution of three statewide wage and hour class actions on behalf of Chevron Stations, and leading successful collective bargaining negotiations in the health care, shipping, and gaming industries.

Representative clients include Alameda Health System, AstraZeneca, IBM, Macy's, McDonald's, R.J. Reynolds, United Airlines, and Verizon Wireless.

Aaron is Partner-in-Charge of the Firm's San Francisco Office.

EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Alameda Health System prevails on grievance regarding independent contractor status of anesthesiologists.

R. J. Reynolds wins full defense verdict after trial of race discrimination and wrongful termination claims

United Continental Holdings obtains summary judgment in single plaintiff employment dispute

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

Legal 500 US (2012-2015) — recommended attorney: labor & employment litigation and labor-management relations

EDUCATION

Georgetown University (J.D. 1997); University of Washington (B.A. 1992)

BAR ADMISSIONS

California and U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California


Abby Ginzberg, has been producing award-winning documentaries for the past 30 years. She began her career as a lawyer and law teacher before moving into filmmaking. Her most recent feature documentary, Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (2014) was just screened in Johannesburg and Cape Town and will be returning to South Africa for the Encounters and Durban Film Festivals.

Her work as a documentary filmmaker took her to the Academy Awards in 2012 with a short film, The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, for which she was the Consulting Producer.  Her documentaries, Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey and Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice (about an African American and Latino judge) have aired on public television and been screened at film festivals across the United States and abroad and won numerous awards, including a Silver Gavel and CINE Golden Eagle for Soul of Justice.

Her short films, Cracking the Habit and recovering lives, uncovering hope, have been critical in helping to document model programs for both adult and juvenile drug courts, as well as other successful programs for at-risk youth.  She has also documented the innovative work of cities in combatting the HIV epidemic with films about Oakland, Miami and the Bronx.  She produced Turning the Tide Together for the Opening Session of the AIDS 2012 conference in Washington, DC.  She has also produced a series of films for the Law School Admissions Council.

Abby has produced numerous award-winning films about obstacles to diversity in hiring and promotion within the legal profession.  She has just completed a new film for the State Bar of California called Walk the Walk, which will be used to help jumpstart a new discussion about overcoming stereotypes. Another film in production is, Agents of Changes: Black Students and the Transformation of the American University, co-produced with Frank Dawson, and looks at the challenges faced by black college students in the late 1960’s and the subsequent demands for black and ethnic studies programs in light of the current attacks on affirmative action programs across the country.

She is the President of the Berkeley Film Foundation, which has awarded over $700,000 in grants to documentary filmmakers; is on the Boards of the Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley Law School, The Impact Fund and the Yale Law School Visual Advocacy Project.  She was selected as a Gerbode Foundation Fellow in 2008 and has taught Documentaries as a Form of Social Justice Advocacy at Vanderbilt and Suffolk Law Schools.  She has a JD from Hastings College of the Law and BA from Cornell University.


Carol M. Langford is a lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She specializes in giving advice on legal ethics and discipline to attorneys, judges, law firms and corporations, and in representing lawyers and law students before the California State Bar in disciplinary and admissions matters.  She serves as a national expert witness in the ethics area.  She was formerly a partner in the Walnut Creek office of the international law firm of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, where she was ethics advisor to the firm and a member of the New Business Committee.

Ms. Langford has devoted a considerable amount of her time to training lawyers in issues involving law practice management.  She has also co-written two books: a nationally adopted textbook entitled Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law, 4th  Edition (Lexis Law Publishing, 2014 )and The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer, Truth, Justice, Power and Greed (Ballantine,1999).

In addition to her practice, she served as Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section.  She is the first person in California history to be elected Chair of three committees/sections of the California State Bar.  She was the Chair of the Law Practice Management & Technology Committee of the State Bar of California and Chair of the Council of Section Chairs.  She also served as the Chair and Special Advisor to the California State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, and has taught ethics as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law since 1992 and currently teaches at the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.  She has lectured and presented programs on ethics for the California State Bar, local bar associations, the Institute of Internal Auditors, PLI, University of San Francisco School of the Law, Hastings College of the Law, and Lawyer’s Mutual Insurance Company.  Ms. Langford was the ethics consultant to the Judicial Council of California, and was a member of the  Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee of the State Bar of California.

She is a member of the California and Washington, D.C. state bars.  She recently was appointed to the Disciplinary Standards Task Force and will be assisting in re-drafting the disciplinary standards that will govern California lawyers.  She has won a Woman of the Year award from the Contra Costa County Commission on Women for “Women Who Seek Justice” and the Lichtenstein Distinguished Professorship of Legal Ethics Award from Hofstra University Law School in New York.  She was appointed by the State Bar Board of Trustees to the Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct and is currently assisting the Commission in developing new ethics Rules.


JAHAN C. SAGAFI is the partner in charge of the Outten & Golden San Francisco office, where he represents employees in class actions asserting wage and hour, discrimination, and other claims.  Mr. Sagafi is active in the legal community, having served on the boards of Alliance for Justice, the San Francisco American Constitution Society (ACS) chapter, the ACLU of Northern California, and Public Advocates.  He has also served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the San Francisco ACS chapter and a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Judicial Evaluations Committee. He is a frequent speaker and writer regarding employment litigation, class action jurisprudence, and other issues.

Prior to joining Outten & Golden, he was a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, and clerked for the Honorable William W Schwarzer of the Northern District of California.  Mr. Sagafi graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.


John T. Mullan is a partner at Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe LLP, long recognized as one of California and the country’s leading law firms specializing in the representation of individuals and classes in employment disputes. 

Since joining the firm in 2002, Mr. Mullan has worked extensively on the firm's wage and hour class action litigation in state and federal courts, as well as the litigation and negotiation of individual employment law claims, including claims for wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

Mr. Mullan has been a contributing author on several amicus briefs pertaining to employment matters filed on behalf of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the National Employment Law Project, and the AFL-CIO. In addition, he is a Supervising Attorney for the Workers' Rights Clinic of the San Francisco Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, and has spoken on employment law issues for the Employment Law Center and the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California. Since August 2010, Mr. Mullan has been a contributor to the Fair Labor Standards Act treatise published by the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, and, beginning in 2011, he is a Chapter Editor for The Rutter Group’s Employment Litigation California Practice Guide.  He is co-author, along with his colleague, David A. Lowe, of The Recorder’s 2012 publication, “California Employment Law Forms.”

Mr. Mullan has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2013.  Prior to that, he was recognized as a "Rising Star for Northern California" by Super Lawyers. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California, the Labor and Employment Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the California Employment Lawyers' Association. Mr. Mullan is a member of the State Bar of California.

Mr. Mullan received both his J.D. and his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.


Robert Roginson is a shareholder in the firm’s Los Angeles office. His practice includes all aspects of employment and labor law litigation and counseling for employers.

Mr. Roginson has represented private and public employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Mr. Roginson has defended dozens of employers in class actions involving a variety of allegations, including employee misclassification, meal and rest period violations, off-the-clock claims, and record keeping violations. Mr. Roginson focuses on bringing creative solutions to complex legal problems. He has negotiated several settlements of wage/hour class and representative actions on terms favorable to the companies. He also counsels employers and companies on California and federal wage/hour and pay practice laws, prevailing wage laws, project labor agreements (PLAs), reduction in force issues and WARN notification requirements, labor relations and union matters, tribal immunity and sovereignty issues, and retaliation and discrimination claims.

From November 2007 until March 2010, Mr. Roginson served as Chief Counsel for the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Roginson represented and advised the California Labor Commissioner and her staff in all aspects of enforcement and interpretation of California’s labor and wage/hour laws, licensing requirements, and retaliation statutes. He also managed and directed the Division’s litigation and handled matters involving meal and rest period compliance and enforcements, public works and prevailing wage requirements, child labor and work permit issues, the Talent Agency Act, farm labor contracting, garment manufacturing, and the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA).

As Chief Counsel, Mr. Roginson authored DLSE amicus briefs and opinion letters, including:

  • DLSE amicus brief in the California Supreme Court meal period case, Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court (Hohnbaum)
  • DLSE opinion letter affirming California’s on-duty meal period requirements
  • DLSE opinion letter affirming an employer’s right to take deductions for vacation and sick time for partial-day absences for exempt employees
  • DLSE opinion letter affirming an employer’s right to implement proportionate salary and work schedule reductions for exempt employees
  • DLSE opinion letter authorizing the use of debit paycards and convenience checks
  • DLSE opinion letter approving summertime alternative workweek schedule

Mr. Roginson also co-wrote and edited the DLSE’s Public Works Manual.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Roginson worked in the industrial relations department for the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC of California), where he represented construction contractors in labor grievance and arbitration matters in addition to the negotiation of the Southern California Basic Trades Master Labor Agreements.

Education:

J.D., Loyola Law School, 1996

B.A., Georgetown University, 1989

Practice Areas:

Employment Law, Litigation


Stephen Rich is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.  Professor Rich arrived at USC Law in 2007 as a Visiting Assistant Professor and joined the faculty full time in 2009.  Professor Rich has published in the areas of employment discrimination law and constitutional law in George Washington Law Review and Virginia Law Review, and he has articles on these and related topics forthcoming in Iowa Law Review, Southern California Law Review, and Texas Law Review.  His research interests include the intersection of antidiscrimination law and social psychology, workplace diversity, statutory interpretation, equal protection, and affirmative action.  Professor Rich is currently working on a project concerning the applicability of the concept of diversity developed by the U.S. Supreme Court in its constitutional jurisprudence on education to employment settings governed primarily by statutory rules.

Before transitioning to law teaching, Professor Rich practiced law as a litigator in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.  While in practice, he litigated a variety of high profile matters concerning freedom of speech, securities fraud, trademark infringement, and the right to counsel.  Professor Rich is a graduate of Yale Law School and former Fulbright Fellow.  Immediately following his graduation from law school, Professor Rich was awarded Harvard Law School’s Reginald Lewis Fellowship, and he then clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the chambers of the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher.  Professor Rich is a recipient of the William A. Rutter Distinguished Teaching Award for his contributions as a teacher at USC Law.


Maria is a Labor and Employment partner and leads DLA Piper’s Los Angeles Employment group.  She counsels domestic and foreign corporations in all areas of employment law compliance and has extensive employment class action and single and multiple plaintiff litigation defense experience, and enjoys the strategic aspects of litigation.

Maria works with clients, domestically and globally, on management and human resource issues, mergers & acquisitions, post-merger issues and re-organizations, employment contracts, reductions in workforce, labor union and NLRA issues, social media, trade secrets, employee mobility and restrictive covenants, federal and state regulatory compliance (EEO, ADA, I9, whistleblower, etc.).

She and her team have achieved many victories for clients by way of early motions to dismiss, summary judgment, defeating class certification, and leveraging cases early to produce top of market results, but she ultimately prides herself on helping clients avoid costly litigation and improving bottom line through proactive strategic planning.

CREDENTIALS

Education
Loyola Law School Los Angeles (1997) J.D.
International and Comparative Law Journal
University of California, Los Angeles (1993) B.A., Political Science

Admissions
California

Languages
Spanish


Andrew Livingston, a partner in the San Francisco office, is the Deputy Practice Group Leader of Orrick’s Global Employment Law Group. Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.

Mr. Livingston provides both litigation and counseling services to employers from varying industries, including financial services, retail, technology and advertising.

Mr. Livingston has an extensive class- and collective-action practice. He routinely defends employers in such cases in state and federal courts, particularly in cases alleging violations of the wage-and-hour laws.

Mr. Livingston also defends employers in numerous other types of cases, such as those related to restrictive covenants and trade secrets, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Mr. Livingston regularly appears in state and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate levels, and he has substantial jury trial experience. He has significant experience mediating and arbitrating employment disputes, as well as handling employment matters before administrative agencies. His counseling work includes providing employment advice to management, designing appropriate workplace policies and training managers and other employees.

Mr. Livingston is a frequent speaker at employment seminars and programs for a variety of organizations such as the California Employment Law Council, CEB, PLI, NELI, Bridgeport, and Lorman.

Related Practice Areas

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Emerging Companies
  • Executive Compensation
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Wage-and-Hour
Education
  • J.D., Order of the Coif, Order of the Barrister, William & Mary School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1986
Honors
  • BTI Client Service Allstar (2014)
  • The Recorder's California Labor & Employment Department of the Year (2013-2014)
  • The Recorder's California Litigation Department of the Year (2013-2014)
  • Daily Journal Top Labor & Employment Attorneys (2011 & 2013)
  • The Recorder Leading Employment Lawyer (2011 & 2012)
  • Legal 500 US Recommended Labor and Employment Litigation Lawyer (2011)
  • Lawdragon Up and Coming Corporate Employment Lawyer (2011)
  • Super Lawyer (2006-2014)
Admitted In
  • California


Cindy O’Hara is a Senior Trial Attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She has been litigating with the EEOC for sixteen years. Prior to joining the EEOC, she was a labor and employment attorney with Davis, Reno & Courtney for ten years. She previously served as supervising attorney to the Immigration Reform and Control Act program of Catholic Charities, and as a supervisory attorney at Instituto Laboral de la Raza. She has spoken at numerous programs on the Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment (particularly of farmworkers), and on advancements in federal anti-discrimination law concerning LGBT rights in the workplace. Published ADA decisions include Espinal v. Northwest Airlines, 90 F.3d 1452 (9th Cir. 1996) and EEOC v. Walgreen Co., ___ F.Supp.2d ___, 29 A.D.Cases 1031 (N.D.Cal. 2014). She received her J.D. from the University of California at Davis in 1984.


Debra Fischer is Administrative Partner on Bingham’s Managing Partner Team, as well as chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.  Debra Fischer has practiced employment law and trade secret litigation for almost 25 years, successfully trying cases in both California state and federal courts as well as in arbitration. She has defended clients in a wide variety of employment matters, including sexual harassment and wrongful termination suits; claims of race, sex, disability, pregnancy, age and sexual orientation discrimination; and assault, battery, invasion of privacy, defamation, fraud and false imprisonment allegations. Debra advises on trade secret and unfair competition issues that arise when employees change employment and is often called upon to handle employment disputes with high-level executives and other highly confidential matters. Debra regularly counsels employers in all aspects of employment law compliance and risk avoidance, including restructurings and downsizing; drafting personnel policies and employment agreements; conducting internal investigations; providing educational seminars to management and employees in all areas of employment law.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Featured, “Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Bingham’s Debra Fischer,” Law 360 (Feb. 24, 2014)
  • Co-author, “FMLA’s 20th Anniversary Brings Employers New Rights and Obligations,” Daily Journal (Feb. 22, 2013)
  • Co-author, “California Joins Several Other States by Enacting Social Media Privacy Laws,” Bingham.com (Oct. 11, 2012)
RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • What is Foreseen in 2014: Annual Update on California Employment Law Developments, Bingham Seminar, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Costa Mesa and Silicon Valley (February 2014)
  • Year in Review: Legal Update of California and Federal Law, Association of Workplace Investigators Annual Conference, Glendale, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2013)
  • The Golden State’s Unique Employment Laws – Ensuring Your Business is California Dreamin, Bingham Seminar, Los Angeles (May 2013)
AWARDS AND HONORS
  • Chambers USA, Labor and Employment (California) (2014)
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, Employment and Labor (2004–2012)
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, Women Making a Difference Award Nominee (2006–2009, 2012-2014)
  • Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor (Southern California) (2011–2014)
SELECTED MEMBERSHIPS
  • Fellow, The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • Board of Directors, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and The Forgotten International
EDUCATION
  • University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Juris Doctor (1989)
  • University of California, Davis, Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude (1986)





Jinny Kim is the Director and a Senior Staff Attorney in the Disability Rights Program at the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center in San Francisco, California. LAS–ELC’s Disability Rights Program works to advance the civil rights of disabled people in the workplace, in schools, and other institutions where people are able to learn the skills they need to become independent and engaged members of the community. Ms. Kim litigates cases that secure workplace accommodations and increase protections for workers with disabilities. Ms. Kim also litigates cases to dismantle physical barriers in public entities. Ms. Kim joined LAS–ELC in 1999 as the Félix Velarde-Muñoz Fellow and litigated race, disability, national origin and gender cases. Thereafter, she was a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow where she served as Labor Counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy on the Committee for Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Prior to returning to LAS–ELC in 2008 as a Staff Attorney, Ms. Kim held positions at the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, as well as Schneider, Wallace, Cottrell and Konecky, and Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho. Ms. Kim received her J.D. in 1999 from the University of California, Davis and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995.


Joshua Konecky is a litigator, mediator and partner at Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns LLP. He has litigated numerous class action cases in the areas of employment, disability, and consumer law. In 2013, the Daily Journal named him as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in California. In 2012, his firm was listed as one of the “top 10 go-to plaintiffs’ employment firms in Northern California” by the Recorder Legal Paper. Mr. Konecky has been on the Northern California Super Lawyers list every year since 2011. He has authored publications on discrimination and employment law and frequently lectures on these subjects. He is a contributing editor to the Rutter Group “Claims and Defenses” treatise.

Mr. Konecky sits on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society—Employment Law Center; the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment; and Disability Rights Advocates. He also serves on the Mandatory Settlement Conference Panel for the Superior Court of California in San Francisco.

Mr. Konecky holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law (1995), a B.A. from Haverford College (1990), and 42 hours of formal mediation training at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law (2011).

He is a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Skadden Public Interest Law Fellow, and judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence K. Karlton.


Paul Henderson was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff & Public Safety Director by the Mayor of the City of San Francisco, Edwin M. Lee, in March, 2011. As Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Henderson serves as a principal advisor to the Mayor and is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic policy and administration among various cabinet and supervisory officials of the local government. The City of San Francisco has over 27,000 employees, and Mr. Henderson is responsible for managing the various city departments that provide direct support to the Mayor on major issues affecting the city with an emphasis on the criminal justice system and local, state and federal partners.

Prior to joining the Mayor’s office, Mr. Henderson served as Chief of Administration and prosecutor for the District Attorney of San Francisco.  As a trial attorney with nearly two decades of courtroom experience, Mr. Henderson successfully handled all types of cases in the criminal justice system, ranging from nonviolent misdemeanors to serious felonies, including homicide. In addition to his success in the courtroom as a seasoned prosecutor, Mr. Henderson has years of complex criminal and civil judicial experience in the public service arena. As a leader and innovator, Paul is recognized for introducing numerous cutting-edge programs of national consequence including, a modified approach to 3 strikes, juvenile drug court, juvenile domestic violence court, drug possession court, community justice court and a neighborhood DA program.  Over the years these programs have served as model initiatives of national recognition that have contributed to the reform of the criminal justice system. Mr. Henderson’s service as Chief Administrator constitutes the highest ranking position in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office ever held by either a LGBT or an African-American male attorney.

Mr. Henderson has developed curricula and conducted trainings for legal professionals, public agencies and elected officials across the country. Most notably, Mr. Henderson serves on the national faculty for the Department of Justice where he trains other attorneys and municipalities on how to develop and implement innovative criminal justice models.

Through his success working to protect victims of violent crimes and representing communities without a voice in the courtroom, Mr. Henderson has made many lasting impacts in the San Francisco Bay Area, that have garnered national recognition.  As a speaker and attorney, Paul Henderson has made over 400 televised appearances and he regularly contributes to CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and many other media outlets. Paul is currently the on-air legal analyst for CBS News. California Magazine recently identified Paul as "one of the most astute legal minds in the state."

A native of San Francisco, Paul worked his way through his undergraduate studies at UCLA before venturing off to earn his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University, where he also served as class president.