Eileen B. Goldsmith

(415) 421-7151 ext. 352

B.A., Brown University
J.D., Yale Law School

Hon. Marsha S. Berzon, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Eileen’s practice consists primarily of representing unions in litigation, arbitration, administrative proceedings, and advice matters, and representing workers in class action and representative litigation in the state and federal courts.

Eileen served on the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee from 2016-2019.  She served as a member of, and advisor to, the Executive Committee of the Labor & Employment Section of the State Bar of California, from 2012-2017.   She currently serves on the Amicus Curiae Committee of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) and as a Ninth Circuit Appellate Lawyer Representative.  She is a frequent panelist on labor and employment topics.  Before becoming a lawyer, Eileen was the Communications Director for the United Mine Workers of America, and worked on Capitol Hill and on Democratic political campaigns.

Eileen was listed as a “Northern California Rising Star” in San Francisco Magazine’s 2011 “Super Lawyers” issue.

In her spare time, Eileen enjoys hiking, reading, and foreign travel.

Representative matters:

  • Represented a labor union in securing a comprehensive National Labor Relations Board settlement of allegations of unlawful withdrawal of recognition and unilateral changes affecting more than 1,300 workers.
  • Represented a class of home mortgage officers in securing court approval of a $95 million class action settlement over objections.
  • Part of a trial team representing teacher unions in seven-week trial defending California’s teacher employment laws.
  • Represented a class of auto mechanics in securing a $3.6 million settlement for alleged violations of California minimum wage law.
  • Part of a trial team representing teacher unions in seven-week trial defending California’s teacher employment laws.
  • Represented laundry workers in class actions to enforce local living wage ordinances, resulting in judgment in favor of Hayward workers that was successfully defended on appeal and a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of Los Angeles workers.
  • Along with others at Altshuler Berzon LLP, successfully appealed a settlement agreement that impaired the statutory and contractual rights of Los Angeles public school teachers.
  • Handled numerous arbitrations in contract interpretation and employee discipline matters.
  • Represented local unions in dozens of unfair labor practice and election cases before the National Labor Relations Board.