James S. Brown


  • James S. Brown
  • Phone: +1 415 957 3090

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    Spear Tower
    One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
    San Francisco, CA 94105-1127

James S. Brown is a trial attorney who litigates employment and labor law matters on behalf of employers in state and federal court. This includes wage and hour class action defense, harassment and discrimination claims, as well as whistleblower, retaliation and wrongful termination matters. He also routinely provides advice and counseling in such areas as wage-and-hour law, creation and enforcement of covenants not to compete, reductions in force, progressive discipline, employee handbooks and personnel policies, employee leave obligations and other workplace management issues. He also advises companies on due diligence and human resource audit issues during business acquisitions.

Mr. Brown routinely assists clients in defense of California Labor Code section 132a claims and “serious and willful” petitions. In addition to counseling on workplace safety issues, he also handles OSHA and Cal-OSHA administrative matters. His practice also includes government agency investigation work with the DOL, OFCCP, and EEOC, as well as similar state agencies.

Mr. Brown is a 1988 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a 1983 graduate of the University of California at Davis.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment and Labor Law

  • Employee Benefits


  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


  • University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, J.D., 1988
  • University of California, Davis, A.B., 1983


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2018-present

  • Sedgwick LLP
    - Associate/Partner, 1988-2017

Professional Activities

  • Barristers Club Labor and Employment Law Committee
    - Past Chair

  • San Francisco Bar Association
    - Labor and Employment Section

  • State Bar of California

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Key Wage-and-Hour Issues for Remote Workers," The New Reality of Workplace Law and Practice in the COVID-19 Era, Duane Morris LLP, Webinar, November 11, 2020
  • Speaker, “2020 Vision: Legal Issues to Watch for in the Workplace,” Duane Morris Breakfast Briefing, San Francisco, November 8, 2019
  • Speaker, "Forward Thinking: The Latest Developments in Employment and Immigration Law and Preparing Your Workplace for the Future," Duane Morris Breakfast Briefing, November 13, 2018

  • Speaker, "Establishing an Effective Neurodiversity Employment Program: Legal Issues," Webinar, August 22, 2018