Paula Weber, a Pillsbury Employment partner and member of the firm’s board, litigates complex employment-related actions in federal and state courts and has wide-ranging ADR experience.

Paula represents employers in a variety of complex employment litigation matters, supplemented by compliance advice and counseling for large institutional employers and smaller companies. She has resolved a broad array of individual and multiplaintiff employment claims at trial and in arbitration, and has extensive experience defending putative and certified class actions, including both state wage and hour law and FLSA collective actions.

Representative Experience

  • Represented employers in responding to DFEH Directors’ complaints investigating alleged class wide failures to comply with the state medical leave act and disability anti-discrimination laws, with the agency abandoning class-wide claims.
  • Successfully defend in a binding arbitration law firm partners charged with breach of fiduciary duty by their former partner.
  •  Investigated sexual harassment claims and advised public and private companies on sexual harassment claims asserted against company executives.

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  • Obtained dismissal of former employee claim of fraud, infliction of emotional distress and other claims as a result of successful demurrers based on preemption, and sufficiency of pleading arguments.  
  • Lead attorney in a trial of a wage/hour class action involving 3,000 class members which was successfully settled immediately prior to the close of plaintiffs' case.
  • Represented a large employer in a pay and promotion sex discrimination suit with 850 class members.
  • Represented a financial Institution in a class action alleging FMLA violations in which the plaintiff abandoned class claims.
  • Represented executives and technology companies in actions alleging unlawful solicitation of the employees and covenant not to compete claims.
  • Litigated putative class actions alleging age discrimination and breach of contract arising out of reductions in force for two of the largest employers in California, with no class being certified in either case.
  • Defended an employer in a putative race discrimination class action in which the class allegations were dismissed.
  • Defended a major utility company in a putative class action in which agency employees/independent contractors sought employee benefits; class certification was denied.
  • 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.

Professional Highlights

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers (published by BL Rankings LLC), Litigation - Labor and Employment (2018—2022), PLC Which Lawyer? and Super Lawyers (2004—present), the Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers Guide (2020) and AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Co-Author of PLI’s A Starter Guide to Doing Business in the United States, published in June 2016.

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Speaking Engagements

  • For over two decades, Paula has presented an annual seminar series to provide clients with a look back at key employment law developments from the last year and a look forward at what employers in California can expect in the coming year. She also lectures at the Practising Law Institute and Mealey Publications Conference on sexual harassment, employee contracts, class actions and representative actions.
  • Reopening to a ‘New Normal’: Is Your Business Ready? Practical and Legal Considerations for Deciding Whether Your Business is Ready,” Pillsbury webinar, May 12, 2020
  • “Sexual Harassment Scandal: Managing a Crisis,” Pillsbury CLE Marathons in San Francisco and Palo Alto, January 2018
  • “When is a Secret a Trade Secret?,” Pillsbury CLE Marathon, San Francisco, January 2017
  • “Eliminating Bias in the Legal Profession: The Myth of Meritocracy,” Pillsbury CLE Marathon, San Francisco, January 2016
  • “Avoid a Bring Your Own Disaster in Technology Use by Employees,” Pillsbury CLE Marathons in San Francisco and Palo Alto, January 2015
  • “Eliminating Bias in the Legal Profession,” Pillsbury CLE Marathons in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Palo Alto, January 2014
  • “Anything Left for Employment Class Actions After Dukes and Concepcion?,” Pillsbury CLE Marathons in San Francisco and Palo Alto, January 2012
  • “Not Just a Job: Appellate Decisions in Employment Cases that Impact Everyone,” Pillsbury CLE Marathons in San Francisco and Palo Alto, January 2011
  • “You’re Hired, You’re Fired: Hot Topics in Employment Law in Appellate Courts,” Pillsbury CLE Marathons in San Francisco and Palo Alto, January 2010
  • “Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession,” Pillsbury CLE Marathons in San Francisco and Palo Alto, January 2009 and January 2008

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1985
    with high honors, Order of the Coif, Law Review

    B.A., Colgate University, 1981
    magna cum laude, honors in Philosophy and Religion, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • California