Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP was formed in 1998 by four partners who specialize in labor and employment law and litigation.
Now with 29 lawyers devoted to defending and advising employers, Paul, Plevin is recognized as one of California’s top management-side labor and employment law firms. Our lawyers represent employers in discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, trade secret, union-management, and other employment-related matters throughout California and, increasingly, nationwide. In addition, the firm has a robust practice representing employers in class and representative actions. Firm attorneys also have substantial expertise in higher education law, employee-related intellectual property litigation, and public sector jurisdictional, immunity and constitutional issues. We regularly appear before state and federal administrative agencies, Superior and District Courts, and at all levels of the state and federal appeal processes. Although Paul, Plevin has an outstanding record of favorably disposing of cases before trial, our attorneys are always poised to draw on their extensive trial experience to prevail in jury and bench trials, hearings, and arbitrations when that becomes necessary. We try cases regularly, and know what it takes to maximize our clients’ chances for success before trial, and to win. In all cases, Paul, Plevin strives to provide outstanding value, early assessment, clear communication, creative and practical solutions, and the highest level of dedication, ethics and work quality.
In addition to litigation, Paul, Plevin’s attorneys counsel employers on labor/management relations, compliance matters, employment transactions, and a vast array of other day-to-day employment issues. The firm includes a transactional group that focuses exclusively on compliance and risk avoidance counseling. These attorneys regularly provide advice and guidance regarding investigations, reductions in force, leaves of absence and accommodations, wage and hour compliance, policy creation and modification, auditing, and severance and discipline issues. The firm also offers a portfolio of original, innovative and fun programs to assist employers with employee training in harassment prevention, investigations, effective management within the law and other employment-related issues.
Paul, Plevin clients are leaders in every sector of the economy. Private sector clients range from large public companies such as Qualcomm, Illumina, Microsoft Corporation, Kelly Services and AT&T, to national and regional enterprises, start-ups and entrepreneurs. In the public sector, Paul, Plevin represents statewide public entities such as the University of California and the California judicial branch, as well as cities and local agencies. The firm also represents many leading non-profit organizations such as Scripps Health, The Scripps Research Institute and The Salk Institute. The firm handles matters ranging from highly complex class and representative actions to straightforward, single-plaintiff cases. Our attorneys provide top-notch legal work and cost-effective, practical advice and solutions in cases of all sizes and types.
The firm's commitment to excellence has been recognized by our clients and peers, including seven straight years as the only San Diego law firm with across-the-board first tier rankings from U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers, as well as being designated a “Go To” firm in Fortune’s annual survey of Fortune 500 legal departments. At least one Paul, Plevin partner has also been named as Best Lawyers’ San Diego’s “Lawyer of the Year” in a labor and employment category every year since the inception of that list.