People: Brian T. Ashe, Partner

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Brian T. Ashe

Partner

San Francisco
Direct: (415) 544-1029
Fax: (415) 397-8549
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Mr. Ashe is a partner representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His main areas of practice are employment litigation, class & collective action litigation and counseling. Mr. Ashe defends employers in complex wage and hour matters, discrimination issues, trade secret cases, and multi-party contract litigation. He counsels clients in various aspects of human resources management, including compliance, independent contractor issues, privacy, and equal employment opportunity. Mr. Ashe’s counseling practice focuses on prevention and artful business strategy.

This year, Mr. Ashe was recognized in the BTI Client Service All-Star report as one of only 26 Labor & Employment attorneys in America who is “absolutely the best at client service” because he is ”head and shoulders above the rest… with the most demanding clients.”

In 2016, Mr. Ashe was again named one of the leading U.S. lawyers for employment law according to Chambers USA, credited as “having ‘an almost encyclopedic knowledge’ of labor and employment law, with specific ‘excellence on everything wage and hour related.’” He has earned this ranking for the past seven years in a row. Chambers notes that, “clients praise him as ‘a strategic and efficient attorney who dispenses sound advice'” whom they turn to "to help us assess the risk with various employment actions in a way that is easy to understand, and he does so in an expeditious manner."

Mr. Ashe has been honored by Legal 500 multiple times as one of America’s leading employment litigation lawyers.  They report Mr. Ashe’s clients describing him as "the most effective labor and employment counsel with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working [with]" because he “consistently delivers superior results.”

Mr. Ashe speaks widely to management groups on employment related issues.  He is often quoted in newspapers and magazines on employment law issues and is routinely named a Super Lawyer for Northern California bySuper Lawyers Magazine.

Mr. Ashe is a partner representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His main areas of practice are employment litigation, class & collective action litigation and counseling. Mr. Ashe defends employers in complex wage and hour matters, discrimination issues, trade secret cases, and multi-party contract litigation. He counsels clients in various aspects of human resources management, including compliance, independent contractor issues, privacy, and equal employment opportunity. Mr. Ashe’s counseling practice focuses on prevention and artful business strategy.

This year, Mr. Ashe was recognized in the BTI Client Service All-Star report as one of only 26 Labor & Employment attorneys in America who is “absolutely the best at client service” because he is ”head and shoulders above the rest… with the most demanding clients.”

In 2016, Mr. Ashe was again named one of the leading U.S. lawyers for employment law according to Chambers USA, credited as “having ‘an almost encyclopedic knowledge’ of labor and employment law, with specific ‘excellence on everything wage and hour related.’” He has earned this ranking for the past seven years in a row. Chambers notes that, “clients praise him as ‘a strategic and efficient attorney who dispenses sound advice'” whom they turn to "to help us assess the risk with various employment actions in a way that is easy to understand, and he does so in an expeditious manner."

Mr. Ashe has been honored by Legal 500 multiple times as one of America’s leading employment litigation lawyers.  They report Mr. Ashe’s clients describing him as "the most effective labor and employment counsel with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working [with]" because he “consistently delivers superior results.”

Mr. Ashe speaks widely to management groups on employment related issues.  He is often quoted in newspapers and magazines on employment law issues and is routinely named a Super Lawyer for Northern California bySuper Lawyers Magazine.

Education

  • J.D., George Washington University Law School (1988)
    with honors
  • Graduate Studies, Oxford University (1985)
  • B.A., Boston College (1984)
    cum laude

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • California State Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Ninth Circuits
  • All California United States District Courts

Presentations

  • “2014 Supreme Court Employment Decisions,” Northern California Human Resources Association, San Francisco, CA  (July 11, 2014)
  • "2014 Employment Law Update," Santa Clara Employer Advisory Council, Santa Clara, CA  (December 3, 2013)
  • “2013 Supreme Court Employment Decisions,” Northern California Human Resources Association, San Francisco, CA  (August 30, 2013)
  • "2013 Employment Law Update," Santa Clara Employer Advisory Council, Santa Clara, CA  (January 22, 2013)
  • "Employment Law Update," Northern California Human Resources Association, San Francisco, CA  (January 24, 2013)
  • “Managing Disabilities and Accommodations in the Workplace,” Northern California Human Resources Association, San Francisco, CA (January 27, 2012)

Publications

  • Quoted in Rest Break Ruling a Plus for Plaintiffs Lawyers (May 2012)
  • Contributing Author, “Harassment Law Book,” BNA, Chapter 21 (2012)
  • “‘Brinker’ Issues Explained,” ALM Media Properties, LLC, The Recorder (December 13, 2011)
  • “Wage-and-Hour Suits Get a New Poster Boy,” ALM Media Properties, LLC, The Recorder (December 5, 2011)

Accolades

  • Recognized as a 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star 
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer forLabor and Employment in California in the 2009 - 2016 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer forEmployment Litigation by Legal 500, 2012 to 2014
  • Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer multiple years Thomson Reuters

Community Involvement

  • Seyfarth Shaw Charitable Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Bay Nature Institute, A non-profit institute dedicated to exploring and protecting the natural world in the San Francisco Bay Area - Pro-Bono client
  • SFJAZZ Organization, A non-profit presenter of jazz artistic and education programs - Pro-Bono client