Paula Weber is leader of Pillsbury's Employment & Labor practice and is located in the San Francisco office. She focuses on complex employment litigation, supplemented by compliance advice and counseling on employment issues for both large institutional employers and smaller companies. Ms. Weber has handled a wide variety of individual and multiplaintiff cases in federal and state court. She has trial experience in both state and federal court including trials in defamation, breach of contract, sex discrimination, race discrimination and termination in violation of public policy cases. Ms. Weber also has wide-ranging ADR experience, including the successful defense in a binding arbitration of law firm partners charged with breach of fiduciary duty by their former partner and successful defense against breach of covenant not to compete claims.
Ms. Weber has extensive experience representing employers in putative and certified class actions. She was lead attorney in a trial of a wage hour class action involving 3000 class members which was successfully settled immediately prior to the close of plaintiffs' case. She represented a large employer in a pay and promotion sex discrimination suit with 850 class members. She has litigated putative class actions alleging age discrimination and breach of contract arising out of reductions in force for two of the largest employers in the State of California with no class being certified in either case. She defended an employer in a putative race discrimination class action in which the class allegations were dismissed. She also defended a major utility company in a putative class action in which agency employees/independent contractors sought employee benefits in which class certification was denied. Her wage hour class action experience includes the defense of both state wage and hour law and nationwide FLSA collective actions in which she has defended employers in the food, retail, financial, utility and technical industries. Ms. Weber recently represented employers in responding to Department of Fair Employment and Housing Directors’ complaints investigating alleged class wide failures to comply with the state medical leave act and disability anti-discrimination laws, with the agency, in each case, abandoning any class-wide claims.
Ms. Weber has spoken on a variety of labor law topics including lectures at the Practicing Law Institute and Mealey Publications Conference on employee class actions and representative actions.
- PLC Which Lawyer?, Labor & Employee Benefits—San Francisco & Silicon Valley (2008-2012)
- Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Rated
- Super Lawyers
with high honors, Order of the Coif, Law Review
magna cum laude, honors in Philosophy and Religion, Phi Beta Kappa