Daniel T. Purtell

Education
B.A., Stanford University
J.D., Stanford Law School

Clerkships
Hon. Harry Pregerson, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Dan was a contributing editor of The Developing Labor Law, served as a member of the Editorial Board of Bender’s California Labor & Employment, and lectured regularly on collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, and ethical issues faced by union-side labor lawyers.

Dan represented labor unions in collective bargaining negotiations, grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and litigation; provided advice to labor unions on a variety of collective bargaining and contract compliance issues; represented faculty in tenure disputes; and represented individual workers in civil litigation in labor and employment matters.

Dan retired in 2022.

Peter D. Nussbaum

Education

B.A., Cornell University
J.D., Harvard Law School

Clerkships
Hon. Irving R. Kaufman, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Peter was a member of the ABA Committee on Practice and Procedure under the NLRA and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  He lectured frequently on labor topics for the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute and other organizations. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics.  He worked for various legal services programs, including the Center for Social Welfare, Policy and Law at Columbia University Law School.  Peter served as a lawyer representative and Executive Committee Member of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.  He also served as chair of the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County and as a member of the Democratic Party’s State Executive Committee.

Peter was listed for 25 years in “The Best Lawyers in America” for labor and employment law.  He was also designated as a Northern California “Super Lawyer.”

Peter retired at the end of 2015.

Jeffrey B. Demain

(415) 421-7151 ext. 307
jdemain@altshulerberzon.com

Education
B.A., Brandeis University, summa cum laude
M.A., University of California, Irvine, National Science Foundation Fellowship
J.D., UC Berkeley Law School, Order of the Coif

Clerkship
Hon. James R. Browning, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

For thirty-five years, Jeff has represented international and local labor unions, trust funds, public interest organizations, public entities, and individuals in litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrations. While he litigated in a wide variety of subject areas, his primary focus was in labor, employment, and constitutional law. In addition to litigation, Jeff regularly advised clients on legal matters, legislation, and regulatory compliance, and represented them in collective bargaining negotiations, and in government investigations, especially with regard to the National Labor Relations Act, the Labor Management Relations Act, and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. He also specialized in defending freedom of speech and the right to petition government under California’s anti-SLAPP law.

From 1992 through 1999, Jeff was a contributing editor of Construction Organizing – An Organizing and Contract Enforcement Guide, published by the George Meany Center for Labor Studies, Inc. From 1999 through 2002, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the California State Bar. He is the author of “Recent Developments in Fair Share Fee Law,” California Public Employee Relations Journal No. 167 (August 2004).

Until his retirement, he was listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” since 2006, and in “Northern California Superlawyers” since 2009, for labor and employment law. In August 2021, he was named 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for employment law – individuals in San Francisco by “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Following his retirement from the firm, Jeff was hired as a Lecturer at Stanford Law School to teach a course in labor law.

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys playing the guitar.

Representative matters:

  • Overturned on appeal a California Superior Court decision approving a settlement agreement that impaired the statutory and contractual rights of public school teachers, over the objection of the teachers’ union (which had not agreed to the settlement), on the grounds that the approval of the settlement violated the teachers’ due process right to an adjudication of the merits of the underlying claim and the requirements of the California statute regarding judgments based on settlements.
  • Obtained a ruling that a national aluminum manufacturer violated the National Labor Relations Act by unlawfully locking out 3,000 of its employees and must pay them what was, at that time, thought to be the highest backpay award in the history of the Act.
  • Obtained an appellate reversal of a California Superior Court decision denying a motion under California’s anti-SLAPP statute to dismiss a civil lawsuit seeking money damages for a union’s alleged conduct in assisting the General Counsel of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board to prosecute the union’s unfair labor practice charge.
  • Obtained a dismissal under California’s anti-SLAPP statute of a lawsuit seeking to impose tort liability on a public sector union for its proposals in collective bargaining.
  • Successfully defended on appeal a dismissal under California’s anti-SLAPP statute of a malicious prosecution lawsuit against a public sector union arising from charges the union had filed against an employer with California’s Public Employment Relations Board.
  • Obtained a dismissal under California’s anti-SLAPP statute of a defamation suit brought against a legal aid organization and one of its staff attorneys.
  • Successfully defended public sector unions in numerous cases brought by anti-union foundations seeking refunds of union dues and fair share fees in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, 138 S. Ct. 2448 (2018).

Fred H. Altshuler

Education

B.A., Stanford University
J.D., University of Chicago Law School

Clerkships
Hon. John C. Godbold, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Fred was a founding partner of Altshuler Berzon LLP. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and was Co-Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Amicus Curiae Committee. He served on the boards of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Lawyers Club of San Francisco, the CORO Foundation, California Rural Legal Assistance, the New Israel Fund (San Francisco Region), Public Advocates and the Planning Association for the Richmond. From 1969 to 1973, he was a Directing Attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance, and from 1975 to 1978, he practiced with the San Francisco law firm of Howard, Prim, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady & Pollak. During the Watergate controversy in 1974, Fred was Counsel to the Impeachment Inquiry staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. He was a delegate at the 1996 Democratic National Convention, and in 2004 he was California State Counsel for the Kerry/Edwards Campaign.  Fred served as Articles Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review.

Fred was listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” for administrative law.

Fred retired in 2010.