Altshuler Berzon LLP Lawyers Named 2018 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year

Recognized for Immigration Law Achievement

On March 21, 2018, the Daily Journal awarded its 2018 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Awards to attorneys throughout the state, including Altshuler Berzon LLP.

Altshuler Berzon LLP was recognized for its work with attorneys from other firms, public interest organizations, and public agencies to obtain nationwide preliminary injunctive relief halting the Trump Administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and forcing the government to resume processing DACA renewal applications.  The relief, which the Daily Journal termed “a profound victory,” was issued by U.S. District Judge William H. Alsup in a case pending in the Northern District of California.  The DACA program protects from deportation some 700,000 “Dreamers” — undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children — and permits them to work lawfully.  Altshuler Berzon LLP attorneys Jonathan Weissglass, Stacey Leyton, and Eric Brown worked on the case.

Court Finds First Amended Complaint Adequately Alleges Google Discriminated Against a Broad Class of Women Employees and Rejects Google’s Challenge to Gender Discrimination and Equal Pay Suit

On March 27, 2018, the San Francisco Superior Court overruled Google’s demurrer to an amended complaint filed by Altshuler Berzon LLP and co-counsel alleging that Google has engaged in systemic and pervasive pay and promotion discrimination against its women employees in California.  The court found that the amended complaint adequately alleges that Google has company-wide policies that pay women less than comparable men and that Google assigns women to lower-paying jobs based on gender stereotypes.  Based on those alleged policies and stereotyping, and Google’s failure to correct known gender pay differences, the court held that the amended complaint adequately alleges that Google intentionally discriminates against women.  Because Google’s alleged discriminatory policies and practices apply throughout the company, the court ruled that the lawsuit may continue against Google for the Engineer and Project Manager Covered Positions, in addition to the Software Engineer, Software Manger, Sales, and Early Childhood Education Covered Positions listed in the amended complaint.  The court found that “Plaintiffs’ claims are typical of the entire class, regardless of whether they held an ‘Engineer Covered Position’ or ‘Program Manager Covered Position,’ because the entire class was subject to the same compensation policies and practices.”

 

The court’s order can be found here.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes 2018 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to welcome its 2018 Summer Associates: James Baltzer (Stanford Law School), Nicholas DeFiesta (Stanford Law School), Dylan Saba (Berkeley Law), Robin Tholin (Harvard Law School), and Daniel Yablon (Berkeley Law).

Additionally, Altshuler Berzon LLP congratulates them on accepting the following post-graduation judicial clerkships:

James Baltzer will be clerking for Judge Marsha Berzon of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2019-2020 term, and with Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar of the California Supreme Court for the 2021-2022 term.

Nicholas DeFiesta will be clerking for Judge J. Paul Oetken of the Southern District of New York for the 2020-21 term.

Robin Tholin will be clerking for Judge Marsha Berzon of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2020-2021 term.

Daniel Yablon will be clerking for Judge William A. Fletcher of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2019-2020 term, with Judge Alison J. Nathan of the Southern District of New York for the 2020-2021 term, and with Judge David S. Tatel of the D.C. Circuit for the 2021-2022 term.

The law firm typically hires four or five summer associates each year. Information about recruiting is available by clicking here.

N.D. Cal. Issues Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Requiring Federal Government To Maintain DACA Program

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has entered a nationwide preliminary injunction requiring the federal government to maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for the duration of lawsuits challenging the Trump Administration’s abrupt rescission of the program.  The district court found that plaintiffs County of Santa Clara and Service Employees International Union, Local 521, represented by Altshuler Berzon LLP, as well as other plaintiffs, represented by co-counsel at several other law firms and the Attorney General of California, were likely to succeed on the merits of their claims that the federal government’s action rescinding DACA was arbitrary and capricious and must be set aside under the Administrative Procedure Act.  The preliminary injunction, entered in five related cases raising similar claims, requires that approximately 700,000 DACA recipients be permitted to apply for renewal of their DACA status, freeing them from fear of deportation and separation from their families and communities, and allowing them to continue working lawfully in the United States.

To read the district court’s order, click here.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Files Amended Complaint Against Google in Sex Discrimination Class Action

Altshuler Berzon LLP, with co-counsel Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, filed an amended complaint in San Francisco Superior Court alleging that Google has engaged in systemic and pervasive pay and promotion discrimination against its female employees in California.  The lawsuit, Ellis v. Google Inc., originally filed by Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, and Kelli Wisuri, accuses Google of paying women at all levels less than comparable men, assigning women to lower tiers and/or job ladders with lower compensation and/or upward mobility than those to which similar men are assigned, and promoting women slower and less frequently than their male counterparts.  The amended complaint adds new plaintiff Heidi Lamar and specifies particular job classes and positions in which Google allegedly paid women less than comparable men.  Plaintiffs allege that Google has long known of these issues but has failed to correct them, causing substantial damage to its female workforce.

To read the amended complaint, click here.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes New Partners Eric P. Brown and Matthew Murray

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to announce that Eric P. Brown and Matthew Murray became members of the partnership on January 1, 2018.  Eric is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.  Prior to joining the firm, Eric served as a law clerk to Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and to Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  In 2016, he was named a “California Lawyer of the Year” by the California Lawyer magazine for his work in the Walmart warehouse litigation.

Matt is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School, and also received a Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.  Prior to joining the firm, Matt served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Margaret Marshall of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  Matt is a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.  He was a contributor to the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s The Fair Labor Standards Act, 2nd Edition, 2012, 2015, and 2016 Cumulative Supplements.  He was named a “Rising Star” in the 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers listings in San Francisco Magazine.