Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes 2021 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to welcome its 2021 Summer Associates: Amanda Le (University of California, Irvine School of Law), Andrew Toney-Noland (Stanford Law School), Edgar Melgar (Yale Law School), Isaac Green (Harvard Law School), Michael Migiel-Schwartz (Harvard Law School), Nina Oishi (Yale Law School), and Simon Jacobs (University of Chicago Law School).

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

Altshuler Berzon LLP Launches Law Fellow Program

Altshuler Berzon LLP is launching a Law Fellow Program and is inviting applications for fellowships that will begin in the fall of 2021. The firm welcomes applicants who are recent law school graduates interested in a one-year position that will involve them in the diverse practice of the firm. Fellows can expect to work on a variety of cases representing labor unions, workers, environmental groups, consumers, and governmental entities.

Fellows will work closely with other lawyers at the firm to provide representation and advice to our clients. They will participate as full members of our legal teams and will have significant responsibilities for our cases, as well as opportunities for professional development. This Law Fellow Program is in addition to the firm’s Environmental Fellowship that is run jointly with NRDC.

About Us. Altshuler Berzon LLP is a San Francisco law firm dedicated to providing the highest quality representation in the service of economic justice and the public interest. The firm has earned a nationwide reputation for excellence. Our clients and colleagues in other firms often turn to us to handle groundbreaking litigation involving issues of first impression, particularly cases raising important constitutional and public policy issues. We specialize in labor and employment, constitutional, environmental, civil rights, class action, campaign and election, and impact litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels. We represent clients before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrators. We also provide advice and counseling, legislative drafting, representation in collective bargaining and negotiation, and other forms of legal assistance.

Qualifications. Applications will be accepted from 3Ls and recent graduates. Candidates should possess outstanding writing ability, analytical skills, and academic records and should have a demonstrated interest in public interest law practice. The Fellowship best suits candidates who have a “gap year” between other commitments (such as between graduation and clerkship).

The firm is committed to diversity and encourages applications from persons of color, persons identifying as LBGTQ, and persons with disabilities.

Applications. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, law school transcript, and list of references to Michael Rubin at The firm will consider applications on a rolling basis.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Partner Named One of the “Top 100 Attorneys in California”

Michael Rubin honored as a Top Attorney for fifth year in a row

September 16, 2020 – The Daily Journal’s annual list of Top 100 Attorneys in California named Altshuler Berzon LLP partner Michael Rubin for the fifth straight year, honoring him for his groundbreaking work on behalf of low-wage workers and the environment.  Citing his and the firm’s novel use of the public-nuisance doctrine to enforce COVID-19 workplace protections and to seek abatement of the harms to public infrastructure caused by global warming, the Daily Journal praised Rubin’s efforts at both the trial and appellate level. In addition to describing the firm’s success in obtaining an 11-point injunction against a local McDonald’s restaurant that had failed to adequately protect the health and safety of its crew members and their families, and two Ninth Circuit opinions allowing climate change litigation against major oil and gas companies to proceed in state court, the Daily Journal noted the “remarkable opinion” Rubin recently obtained from the Texas Court of Appeal in Fort Worth, which barred Exxon from suing California cities and counties in Texas state court for pursuing that climate change litigation, despite that appellate court’s “impulse to safeguard an industry that is vital to Texas’s economic well-being.”

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes 2020 Summer Associates

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to welcome its 2020 Summer Associates: J. Colin Bradley (New York University School of Law), Cody Kahoe (Stanford Law School), Ariella Park (Stanford Law School), Derrick Rice (Yale Law School), Grace Rybak (Stanford Law School), and Emanuel Waddell (Yale Law School).

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

J. Colin Bradley will be clerking for Judge Raymond J. Lohier of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the 2024-25 term.

Cody Kahoe will be clerking for Judge Marsha S. Berzon of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2021-22 term, and for Judge Christopher R. Cooper of the District of the District of Columbia for the 2022-23 term.

Ariella Park will be clerking for Judge John A. Kronstadt of the Central District of California for the 2021-22 term, and for Judge Marsha S. Berzon of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2022-23 term.

Derrick Rice will be clerking for Judge David J. Barron of the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for the 2021-22 term.

Grace Rybak will be clerking for Judge James S. Gwin of the Northern District of Ohio for the 2021-22 term, and for Judge Cornelia T.L. Pillard of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the 2022-23 term.

Emanuel Waddell will be clerking for Judge Paul J. Watford of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the 2021-22 term.

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

Altshuler Berzon LLP Partner Michael Rubin Featured in San Francisco Chronicle Article on COVID-19’s Impact on the Legal Profession

Partner Michael Rubin was featured in a May 15 San Francisco Chronicle article summarizing how law firms in the Bay and around the country are responding to the Coronavirus crisis:

“’My sense is that labor and employment practices, whether union-side or management, have plenty of clients in need of legal advice and representation,’ said Michael Rubin, a San Francisco attorney who represents workers. ‘Plaintiffs-side consumer lawyers don’t seem to have slowed down at all. Environmental issues are just as pressing as before.’”

The full article can be read here.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Updates on Covid-19-Related Developments

Altshuler Berzon LLP has been providing regular updates to clients regarding federal legislative responses to the Covid-19 public health crisis, with a focus on how the legislation affects unions and union members.  Recent updates are available here:

  • Information about Families First Coronavirus Act (March 23, 2020)
  • Information about then-proposed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act (March 26, 2020)
  • Updated Guidance and FAQs re Families First Coronavirus Act (March 27, 2020)
  • Options for Unions and Employers to Recover Payroll Costs under Federal Covid-19 Legislation (March 31, 2020)
  • Supplemental FAQs re Federal Covid-19 Legislation (March 31, 2020)

Please contact us with any questions about federal, state, or local legislation or regarding any other issues related to ongoing events.

Any new updates regarding the government’s legislative response to the health crisis will appear on this page.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Congratulates Stephen Berzon for 2020 Peggy Browning Award

Stephen Berzon speaks at the reception.

Founding partner Stephen Berzon was the recipient of a 2020 Peggy Browning Fund Award for his work on behalf of labor unions and working people and in service of economic justice.  The firm congratulates Stephen, along with his fellow deserving awardees at the San Francisco awards reception: Roxanne Sanchez, Senior Advisor to the Service Employees International Union; Jason Rabinowitz, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 2010 and Director, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Public Services Division; and the United Domestic Workers of America.

Awardees and presenters.

The Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit organization established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent labor attorney and member of the National Labor Relations Board.  The Fund’s mission is to educate and inspire the next generation of law students to become advocates for workplace justice.

The Hon. Marsha S. Berzon speaks at the reception.

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes New Attorneys

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to welcome two attorneys who joined the firm in September 2019: Hunter Thomson, who joined the firm as an associate; and Elizabeth Vissers, who joined the firm as the Altshuler Berzon-NRDC Joint Fellow. Hunter is a graduate of Columbia Law School and clerked for Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Elizabeth is a graduate of Stanford Law School and clerked for Judge Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Judge David Carter of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Zoe Palitz appointed as advisor to the California Lawyers Association Executive Committee on Labor & Employment

Altshuler Berzon LLP attorney Zoe Palitz has been appointed to serve as an advisor to the Executive Committee of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association (formerly the State Bar Association).

Advisors to the executive committee plan and lead the section’s programs, including writing for the California Labor and Employment Law Review, presenting a radio program broadcast on KALW called “Your Legal Rights,” and organizing annual conferences and webinars on topics including public sector employment, wage and hour litigation, and traditional labor law.

Zoe looks forward to planning panels at this year’s annual conference, assisting with the section’s efforts to increase diversity in the labor and employment bar, and enhancing its programming aimed at junior attorneys.

Zoe says “it’s a great opportunity to collaborate with labor and management-side attorneys across the state and to develop quality programming in the areas of labor and employment law.”

Two Altshuler Berzon LLP Lawyers Named Among Top 75 California Labor and Employment Lawyers of 2019

On July 10, 2019, the California Daily Journal announced its 75 top California labor and employment lawyers for 2019.  Two Altshuler Berzon LLP partners, Michael Rubin and Jim Finberg were included in that select group.  Michael’s work enforcing low-wage workers’ rights under the California Labor Code, and protecting their ability to do so through California’s Private Attorney General Act against employers’ attempts to undermine that law, were cited by the Daily Journal.  Jim’s work enforcing California’s Fair Pay Act to combat wage discrimination against women in the tech sector, including pending cases against Google, Inc., and Oracle America, Inc., were highlighted by the Daily Journal.