Judith Droz Keyes
ExperienceAdvising clients on all manner of human resource and employee relations issues, with an emphasis on solving particularly difficult problems in efficient and effective ways. Working with clients to establish best practices, including in developing policies, hiring practices, and termination situations. Advising clients in responding to employee leave requests, claims, and complaints, and in merger, acquisition, reorganization, and sourcing situations.
Representing clients in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, before California and federal labor and employment agencies, and in trial and appellate court. Defending both single plaintiff and class action lawsuits, including claims of wage and hour violation, wrongful termination, discrimination (race, sex, age, disability, religion), failure to accommodate, sexual harassment, violation of leave laws, retaliation, breach of contract, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Advising and representing clients in labor relations matters, including in union contract negotiations and responding to union organizing campaigns, grievances, and unfair labor practice charges.
Training human resource professionals and management in managing within the law, preventing harassment and discrimination, conducting investigations, and effective employee relations.
Representative ClientsEntertainment (visual effects, computer and video games, animation, and post-production), financial services (credit unions, banks, insurance), public entity, higher education, health care, non-profit, start-up, high tech, hospitality, and retail.
Membership, Activities, and HonorsState Bar of California
“Northern California Super Lawyer,” San Francisco Magazine, 2004, 2006, 2007
“Leading Employment Lawyer,” Chambers USA, since 2005
“The Best Lawyers in America,” Woodward/White since 2001
AV rating in Martindale Hubbell
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
Bar Association of San Francisco, former Chair, Labor and Employment Section, currently on Executive Committee
Alameda County Bar Association, former President
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Evaluator and Mediator, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Advisory Board, Center for Social Justice, University of California-Berkeley School of Law
Morrison & Foerster LLP, Partner, 2002-2006
Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May PC, Shareholder, 1998-2002
Corbett & Kane PC, Shareholder, 1980-1998; Associate, 1976-1980
Visiting Professor, Suffolk University Law School, 1986-1987
Field Attorney, National Labor Relations Board, Region 20, 1975-1976
Recent Presentations and Publications“Work/Life Balance Issues,” plenary session, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August 2007
“Understanding the Bermuda Triangle: Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and California’s Paid Family Leave Law,” Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Training Institute, July 2007
“Best Practices,” panel discussion at the American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law, Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the National Labor Relations Act, March 2007
“Update on Employment Issues,” California Credit Union League Attorneys’ Conference, December 2006
“Emerging Discrimination Claims," 35th Annual Institute of Employment Law, Practicing Law Institute, October 2006
“Basics of Practice under the National Labor Relations Act,” American Bar Association, March 2006
Employment Roundtable participant, California Employment Law magazine, a publication of The Recorder, March 2006
“Be Careful What You Asked For…,” a presentation on mandatory employment arbitration, Bar Association of San Francisco Labor & Employment Law Section, February 2006
“A Startup and Nonprofit Point of View,” chapter in Inside the Minds: Winning Legal Strategies for Structuring Executive Compensation Plans, Aspatore Books, 2005
“Leaves of Absence and Accommodating the Disabled,” 34th Annual Institute on Employment Law, Practicing Law Institute, September 2005
“Employee Issues,” The Outsourcing Revolution: Protecting Critical Business Functions, Practicing Law Institute, October 2003
“The Interplay of 17200 and Employment Issues,” Unfair Competition Claims: California Section 17200’s Impact on Consumers & Businesses Everywhere, Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco, August 2003
Panel on Litigating Wage/Hour Class Actions, Torts & Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association annual conference, August 2003
EducationJ.D., University of California-Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1975
- Order of the Coif
- California Law Review
M.A., University of Missouri, 1970
B.S. with distinction, Pennsylvania State University, 1966