Evan A. Peña


Evan Peña represents public and private employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including suits for wrongful termination, defamation, harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour disputes.  Evan also counsels clients on day-to-day employment matters and developments in the legal landscape.

Prior to joining the firm, Evan was an associate at Cooley LLP.  Evan speaks and writes Spanish fluently and has experience interviewing witnesses and taking declarations in Spanish. 



  • Stanford School of Law, J.D., 2009
  • Amherst College, B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, 2004


  • All California state courts
  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California

Professional Experience

  • Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP Associate, May 2013 – present
  • Cooley LLP, Associate, 2010 – 2013
  • Schiff Hardin LLP, Summer Associate, 2007


  • Spanish

Professional Activities

  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section

Speaking Engagements

  • Privacy and Information Security Issues for HR Managers, PPSC Annual Employment Law Seminar, October 2016
  • Data Security and How to Prepare for a Breach or Investigation, San Diego Human Resources Forum, January 2016
  • Employee Mobility Wars, PPSC Annual Employment Law Seminar, October 2014

Representative Matters

  • Defense verdict in a jury trial where an independent contractor claimed he was improperly classified
  • Unanimous defense verdict in a retaliation jury trial for California university, including the university’s counter-claim for fraudulent concealment
  • Bench verdict for client in case brought by the former CTO regarding technology he claimed he developed independently of client.
  • In two pro bono matters, convinced the Department of Homeland Security to administratively close deportation proceedings regarding: (1) a family fleeing horrific physical and sexual abuse in Mexico; and (2) a family from El Salvador where the youngest daughter had a rare kidney condition that could put her life at risk without regular treatment