Robert D. Eassa


  • Robert D. Eassa
  • Phone: +1 415 957 3091
    Fax: +1 415 651 9167

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

Robert D. Eassa has more than 30 years of experience as a civil trial attorney, litigating labor and employment matters of all types, including wage and hour class actions, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment and other employment-related actions.

Mr. Eassa also has established a practice in the areas of commercial litigation, maritime law and toxic torts, and serves as national, regional and local counsel for clients in a variety of matters in these areas of law. His clients include Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Eassa is a 1982 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a 1978 (M.B.A.) and 1976 graduate of San Francisco State University.


Areas of Practice

  • Employment and Labor Law

  • Commercial Litigation

Representative Matters

  • Eidson v. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Gender Discrimination and Equal Pay Act claim. Three week jury trial--Defense verdict.
  • FCE Benefit Administrators, Inc. v. George Washington University, Unfair Business Practices Act.
  • Harris v. National Semiconductor, complex/multi-plaintiff chemical litigation.
  • Palacio v. Longs Drug Stores California, Inc., wrongful termination, discrimination, false imprisonment (Nine plaintiffs involved) — Defense verdict.
  • Foster City Community Development Agency v. JMA Investments, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) action.
  • In Re IBM Litigation, complex/multi-plaintiff chemical litigation.
  • Said v. Mission Linen Supply Company, racial discrimination.
  • Chavez v. St. Matthews Episcopal Church, racial discrimination.
  • Chervenack v. Phelps Dodge Industries, Toxic tort.
  • Cambra v. Chevron International Exploration & Production Company, wrongful termination, slander, invasion of privacy jury trial — Defense verdict.
  • McPike v. Ablestik Laboratories, race discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation jury trial — Defense verdict (also successfully obtained attorneys’ fees awarded against plaintiff employee).
  • Sappington v. Henkel Corporation, age discrimination jury trial — Settled.
  • Vaynberg v. Chevron Corporation, wage and hour jury trial — Defense verdict.
  • AT Systems v. Longs Drug Stores California, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing jury trial — Defense verdict (also, attorneys’ fees awarded to client after trial).
  • Gallegos v. FCE Benefit Administrators Inc., gender/sexual orientation discrimination, wrongful termination.
  • Jones v. Chevron U.S.A., disability discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination.
  • ATM Capitol, Inc. v. Longs Drugs California, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, jury trial — Defense verdict (also, attorneys’ fees awarded to client after trial).
  • Sadatti v. Longs Drugs Stores California, disability discrimination, failure to reasonably accommodate and to engage in interactive process, jury trial — Settled.
  • Represented Chevron Stations, Inc., a multinational energy corporation and subsidiary of Chevron U.S.A., Inc, in a wage and hour class action case in San Diego, California. The class claim was liquidated in the agreed amount of $17 million. The decision granted Chevron’s motion and denied plaintiff’s motion.


  • California


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1982
  • San Francisco State University, M.B.A., 1978
  • San Francisco State University, B.A., 1976


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2018-present

  • Sedgwick LLP
    - Partner, 2012-2017

  • Brown Eassa & McLeod LLP
    - Partner, 1999-2012

  • Hardin Cook Loper Engle and Bergez
    - Associate/Partner, 1984-1999

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association

  • San Francisco Bar Association

  • Los Angeles Bar Association

  • National Bar Association

  • Defense Research Institute

  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California

  • International Association of Defense Counsel

Honors and Awards

  • Selected as one of the Daily Journal's 2019 Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

  • Listed in Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2018

Selected Speaking Engagements