Douglas Melton defends and counsels California employers with a special focus on professional service providers such as law firms, architecture/design firms and healthcare organizations, and on hospitality and entertainment employers.

Mr. Melton, an experienced trial lawyer, defends employers in litigation and administrative proceedings in state and federal courts and before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the National Labor Relations Board, and the California Department of Labor, among others. Mr. Melton’s defense practice includes individual litigation and arbitration as well as class action and representative litigation, e.g., pursuant to the California Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”).

Mr. Melton’s counseling practice focuses on helping employers avoid harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wage and hour claims. Mr. Melton audits clients’ employment policies, procedures...More

Douglas Melton defends and counsels California employers with a special focus on professional service providers such as law firms, architecture/design firms and healthcare organizations, and on hospitality and entertainment employers.

Mr. Melton, an experienced trial lawyer, defends employers in litigation and administrative proceedings in state and federal courts and before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the National Labor Relations Board, and the California Department of Labor, among others. Mr. Melton’s defense practice includes individual litigation and arbitration as well as class action and representative litigation, e.g., pursuant to the California Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”).

Mr. Melton’s counseling practice focuses on helping employers avoid harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wage and hour claims. Mr. Melton audits clients’ employment policies, procedures and employee handbooks, and counsels clients on day-to-day legal issues. Mr. Melton also performs workplace trainings and investigations.

Mr. Melton regularly writes and speaks on current legal issues of interest to employers.

Mr. Melton also defends lawyers in professional liability matters and has substantial experience in general commercial litigation
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P: 415-438-4493
F: 415-397-6392


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Academics, Admissions & Professional Recognition

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  • St. Lawrence University, B.A. Liberal Arts/Multi-field Studies
  • University of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D.

Admissions

  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
  • San Francisco Bar Association Labor and Employment Section
  • Member of the California Bar

Recent Accomplishments

  • Defense verdict in San Francisco Superior Court in jury trial of commercial dispute
  • Defense verdict in binding arbitration of sexual harassment claim against San Francisco nightclub involving allegations of sexual assault
  • Summary judgment in federal court on race and religion discrimination claims against Fortune 500 Company
  • Summary judgment in federal court on breach of employment contract case against major financial services company
Professional & Civic Involvement
  • Pro bono legal services to the San Francisco LGBT Community Center
  • Pro bono legal services to Golden Gate Audubon Society
Presentations
  • Regular presenter of anti-harassment training to management and non-management personnel
Representative Matters
  • Special focus on law firms, architecture and design firms, medical professionals and other professional service providers
  • Experienced in defending nightclubs and places of entertainment

Areas of Expertise

  • Employment litigation and counseling
  • Law firms/architecture firms/other professionals
  • Professional liability defense
  • Jury trials and binding arbitrations

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