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Nicole Baarts

Partner

Sacramento
Direct: (916) 498-7062
San Francisco
Direct: (415) 544-1055
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Nicole Baarts is a partner in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's San Francisco office.  Ms. Baarts is a trial attorney with a diverse background in litigating employment law, medical malpractice, personal injury law, education law, and construction defect in both state and federal courts.  Ms. Baarts also has significant experience providing general counsel advice to, and litigating on behalf of public and private employers in a variety of matters, including employment, and representing employers in agency proceedings including EEOC, DFEH, EDD, and the California Department of Labor.  She provides ongoing employment counseling and training to her clients to facilitate compliance with federal and state employment laws, such as those governing payment of wages and wage statements, reasonable accommodations, employee exemptions, and workplace investigations.  Ms. Baarts also practices with an emphasis on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws effecting background screening.
 
Ms. Baarts represents public and private employers in employment-related litigation in the areas of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, pay equity, wage and hour claims, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets, among others.  Ms. Baarts has been a member of multiple trial and arbitration teams that have secured defense verdicts for employers.
 
In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Ms. Baarts was recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers as an Employment & Labor "Rising Star," an exclusive designation awarded to only 2.5% of qualified attorneys.
Nicole Baarts is a partner in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's San Francisco office.  Ms. Baarts is a trial attorney with a diverse background in litigating employment law, medical malpractice, personal injury law, education law, and construction defect in both state and federal courts.  Ms. Baarts also has significant experience providing general counsel advice to, and litigating on behalf of public and private employers in a variety of matters, including employment, and representing employers in agency proceedings including EEOC, DFEH, EDD, and the California Department of Labor.  She provides ongoing employment counseling and training to her clients to facilitate compliance with federal and state employment laws, such as those governing payment of wages and wage statements, reasonable accommodations, employee exemptions, and workplace investigations.  Ms. Baarts also practices with an emphasis on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws effecting background screening.
 
Ms. Baarts represents public and private employers in employment-related litigation in the areas of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, pay equity, wage and hour claims, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets, among others.  Ms. Baarts has been a member of multiple trial and arbitration teams that have secured defense verdicts for employers.
 
In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Ms. Baarts was recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers as an Employment & Labor "Rising Star," an exclusive designation awarded to only 2.5% of qualified attorneys.

Education

  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law (2003)
    Public Interest and Public Interest Law Certificate
    Pro Bono Certificate
    Editor-in-Chief, Oregon Review of International Law
    Phi Alpha Delta (served as President and Vice President)
  • B.A., University of California, Davis (1999)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Eastern and Northern California