Advisory Council

Judith Droz Keyes

Judith Droz Keyes



Advising 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 Clients

Entertainment (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 Honors

State 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

Prior Experience
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



J.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