Hunter Pyle graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 1997. In 2007 he was named “one to watch” in the Daily Journal’s “Top Northern California Law Firms.” In 2009 and 2010, he was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. This award is limited to the top 2.5 percent of lawyers under 40 in California. Every year since 2011 he has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer.” This designation is limited to the top 5 percent of attorneys in California. In 2014, Mr. Pyle joined both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum of the Top Trial Lawyers in America. Membership in those organizations is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
In addition to practicing law full time, Mr. Pyle is a Lecturer at Berkeley Law School where he teaches the Employment Law course to second and third year law students. He has also been a faculty member of the Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop for several years.
Mr. Pyle is also the primary contributor to two blogs,www.workersrightsblog.com and www.pagalawyers.com. Additionally, he is a co-author along with Catha Worthman of “Civil Penalties Under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA),” Employment Damages and Remedies (CEB 2014). Mr. Pyle is also the updating editor for the Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law (West), Chapter 2 (“Opposing Discriminatory Discharges”).
Mr. Pyle handles all types of employment litigation, including class actions, jury trials, wage claims, and unemployment insurance hearings. He has represented clients in wrongful termination/discrimination cases against such entities as Chevron, Georgia-Pacific, and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
Mr. Pyle has served as the Chair of the Alameda County Bar Association Labor and Employment Committee. He has also served as the President of the Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild; and the Vice-Chair of the Alameda County Bar Association Trial Practice section. In 2002, in his spare time, Mr. Pyle was the Outreach Director for Just Cause Oakland, which successfully passed Measure EE (providing that tenants may not be evicted without just cause). He is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, the California Employment Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the American Association for Justice, and the American Inn of Court.
Mr. Pyle regularly speaks at and organizes seminars for other attorneys. In recent years, these seminars have included jury selection, trial victories, and cross examination; as well as advanced seminars regarding class actions featuring the judges and research attorneys from Alameda and Contra Costa counties.