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Geoffrey C. Westbrook

Senior Associate

Sacramento
Direct: (916) 498-7033
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Geoffrey Westbrook is a senior associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Sacramento Office. His practice is dedicated to advising and defending executives and managers in wage and hour class actions, high-stakes wrongful termination claims, and disability-related matters. Mr. Westbrook represents local and national businesses in courts across the state in California Labor Code and Fair Labor Standards Act actions and before the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). He also has experience litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), both with initial charges and large-scale representative actions. Additionally, Mr. Westbrook litigates matters involving trade secret, non-compete, unfair competition, and related business torts. He handles traditional labor matters, including NLRB cases, labor arbitrations, and advising clients on union-related issues. Mr. Westbrook’s experience encompasses a range of industries, including technology, construction, healthcare associations and providers, agriculture, transportation, temporary staffing, hospitality, retail, food service, and non-profit organizations.

In addition to litigation, Mr. Westbrook serves as a trusted advisor to employers on issues of employee benefits, background screening, workplace privacy, employment law training, and high-risk terminations. He guides managers through challenging state and federal compliance issues concerning worker classification, pay practices and leaves of absence. Mr. Westbrook often assists with sensitive internal investigations concerning employee misconduct.

Mr. Westbrook serves as the Social Media Chair for the Sacramento Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is also actively involved with the American Cancer Society through its local Partnership Council. He regularly provides pro bono assistance to California nonprofit organizations, including A World Fit For Kids, GlobalGirl Media, and F.A.C.T. (Family, Adult & Child Therapies). Mr. Westbrook is a team coach for U.C. Davis School of Law in the areas of employment law and cybercrime.

Mr. Westbrook is a Senior Editor for Seyfarth Shaw’s California Wage and Hour Litigation Blog. He is also a frequent contributor to Seyfarth’s award-winning California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog, a weekly publication for in-house attorneys, HR professionals, business owners and managers who need hands-on, practical solutions for California's most difficult employment issues.

Geoffrey Westbrook is a senior associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Sacramento Office. His practice is dedicated to advising and defending executives and managers in wage and hour class actions, high-stakes wrongful termination claims, and disability-related matters. Mr. Westbrook represents local and national businesses in courts across the state in California Labor Code and Fair Labor Standards Act actions and before the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). He also has experience litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), both with initial charges and large-scale representative actions. Additionally, Mr. Westbrook litigates matters involving trade secret, non-compete, unfair competition, and related business torts. He handles traditional labor matters, including NLRB cases, labor arbitrations, and advising clients on union-related issues. Mr. Westbrook’s experience encompasses a range of industries, including technology, construction, healthcare associations and providers, agriculture, transportation, temporary staffing, hospitality, retail, food service, and non-profit organizations.

In addition to litigation, Mr. Westbrook serves as a trusted advisor to employers on issues of employee benefits, background screening, workplace privacy, employment law training, and high-risk terminations. He guides managers through challenging state and federal compliance issues concerning worker classification, pay practices and leaves of absence. Mr. Westbrook often assists with sensitive internal investigations concerning employee misconduct.

Mr. Westbrook serves as the Social Media Chair for the Sacramento Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is also actively involved with the American Cancer Society through its local Partnership Council. He regularly provides pro bono assistance to California nonprofit organizations, including A World Fit For Kids, GlobalGirl Media, and F.A.C.T. (Family, Adult & Child Therapies). Mr. Westbrook is a team coach for U.C. Davis School of Law in the areas of employment law and cybercrime.

Mr. Westbrook is a Senior Editor for Seyfarth Shaw’s California Wage and Hour Litigation Blog. He is also a frequent contributor to Seyfarth’s award-winning California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog, a weekly publication for in-house attorneys, HR professionals, business owners and managers who need hands-on, practical solutions for California's most difficult employment issues.

Education

  • LL.M., Boston University School of Law (2012)
  • J.D., New England School of Law, cum laude (2011)
    New England Law Review, Comment and Note Editor (2010 – 2011)
    New England Scholar Award (2009 – 2011)
    Dean’s List (2009 – 2011)
  • B.A., Azusa Pacific University (2006)
    Certificate of Distinction (May 2006); Dean’s List (2002 – 2006)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • All California Trial and Appellate Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Affiliations and Community Involvement

  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Partnership Council Member, American Cancer Society
  • Volunteer, American Red Cross, Capital Region Chapter

Accolades

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP trial team, Mark Grajski, Lindsay Fitch and Geoff Westbrook, recognized by Law360 as Legal Lions for unanimous defense verdict in harassment action.

Representative Engagements

  • Represented global retailer in sex and sexual orientation harassment action. Obtained unanimous defense verdict.
  • Represented global meat producer in joint employer disability discrimination action. Negotiated dismissal with prejudice for waiver of defense costs.
  • Represented employer in gender discrimination arbitrations challenging its promotion practices. Obtained awards in defendant’s complete favor.
  • Represented national publicly-traded retailer in retaliation and wrongful demotion action. Obtained walk-away dismissal with prejudice in exchange for a waiver of defense costs. 
  • Represented Northern California-based interior design business in wage and hour class action. Successfully opposed class certification and successfully defended the decision on appeal before the California Court of Appeal, Third District.  
  • Represented national publicly-traded retailer in failure to accommodate disability, wrongful termination, and disability discrimination action. Obtained defense jury verdict.
  • Represented private California hospital in arbitration on a union employee’s grievance concerning her termination. Award in employer’s favor as a proper “just cause” termination.  
  • Represented California general contractor in race discrimination action. Obtained complete dismissal of claims by motion for summary judgment and successfully defended the dismissal on appeal before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Publications

Media Mentions

  • Quoted, “Workplace Issues Following California’s New Marijuana Legislation,” KCBS San Francisco Radio, 106.9 FM (January 3, 2017)