Bram HanonoTEL: 415.774.3221
Four Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
- Labor and Employment
- Intellectual Property
- Tribal and Indian Law
Bram HanonoPrint PDF
Mr. Hanono is an associate in the Labor and Employment and Business Trial Practice Groups in Sheppard Mullin's San Francisco office.
Areas of Practice
Mr. Hanono’s practice includes employment counseling and litigation as well as various types of business litigation.
Mr. Hanono provides strategic advice to companies on a wide range of employment law compliance matters, including workplace policies and procedures, employee leave requests, and employee terminations. Mr. Hanono prepares workplace policies and regularly drafts various types of employment agreements. As a member of the Noncompete and Trade Secrets Team, Mr. Hanono also advises on the enforcement of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, protection of trade secrets, and assists in the structuring of transactions and relationships to support the use of restrictive covenants.
Mr. Hanono defends employers in wrongful termination litigation, including claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblowing in both state and federal court, as well as before government agencies. He also defends employers in wage and hour class actions.
In addition to his employment practice, Mr. Hanono also handles a variety of business litigation matters, including breach of contract and real estate disputes, tort claims, unfair business practice claims, construction industry claims, trademark and copyright infringement actions, and represents creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.
- J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2008, Legal Fellow, The George Washington University Small Business Clinic
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2005, cum laude, college honors, Phi Beta Kappa
- Judicial Extern for the Honorable Stephen J. Hillman, United States District Court for the Central District of California
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States District Court for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California
Mr. Hanono is currently representing clients on the following matters:
- Regularly counseling employers on a variety of employment compliance matters with an emphasis on the use restrictive covenants. Regularly drafting employment agreements, separation agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, and invention assignment agreements. Frequently providing employment and restrictive covenant advice to companies involved in mergers and acquisitions.
- Counseling an international design software company in the strategic use of restrictive covenants nationally and regarding acquisitions of other companies.
- Advising a client on rollout of arbitration agreements and general releases for all current and former employees as a preventive measure to reduce exposure against class action litigation.
- Defending the largest national health care provider in a class action lawsuit alleging misclassification of its account managers.
- Defending a large full service real estate company against claims of disability discrimination, wrongful termination, and whistleblowing.
- Defending an IT professional services firm against lawsuit by former employee claiming equity rights, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud.
Mr. Hanono's past employment experience includes:
- Defended a large big box store against breach of contract and various tort claims by a former employee. Obtained dismissal for individual defendant and successfully dismissed five out of six causes of action at the pleading stage.
- Successfully briefed and argued motion to compel arbitration for a national full service real estate company in a case alleging disability discrimination.
- Defended a mortgage company against lawsuit by former Chief Financial Officer seeking tens of millions of dollars for alleged equity rights, wrongful termination for whistleblowing, breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, and disability discrimination. Reached favorable settlement.
- Threatened declaratory judgment action on behalf of a senior executive officer and international real estate company to render restrictive covenants unenforceable in California. Case settled on favorable terms.
- Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of an alternate delivery company against the company’s former executives based on the executives’ breaches of loyalty and nondisclosure agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, and interference with contractual relations in founding a direct competitor.
- Defended a real estate investment trust against claims of racial discrimination by multiple plaintiffs. Reached favorable settlement preventing lawsuit from being filed.
- Counseled a local television station in its relations with its labor union and representation in National Labor Relations Board proceedings.
Business Litigation Experience
Mr. Hanono is currently representing clients on the following matters:
- Representing a Native American Tribe against a former owner’s representative/contractor involving claims for disgorgement and unfair competition and complex issues of sovereign immunity and jurisdiction. Previously drafted successful motion for summary judgment obtaining a judgment of almost one million dollars in favor of the client. Also drafted prevailing brief at the California Court of Appeal, successfully defeated the contractor’s petition for review before the California Supreme Court, and obtained dismissal of contractor’s petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court of the United States. Currently representing the client in related bankruptcy proceedings, including an adversary proceeding against the same owner’s representative involving claims of fraud and theft.
- Representing a plumbing contractor in a dispute with the City of San Diego and a former subcontractor involving claims of breach of contract, construction defect, and delay claims. Successfully settled many of the claims resulting in payment to the client and working to reach favorable settlement on the remaining claims.
- Recently obtained summary judgment for a Native American Tribe against a former contractor for over 2.2 million dollars. Also, representing the client as a creditor in a concurrent bankruptcy proceeding involving the contractor.
Mr. Hanono's past business litigation experience includes:
- Successfully defended a sales training company against a competitor alleging copyright infringement, trademark infringement, breach of contract, and tort claims. Drafted successful opposition to motion for preliminary injunction and obtained a complete defense in a two-week arbitration. Additionally, briefed successful motion to confirm the arbitration award and defeated the competitor’s motion to vacate the arbitration award at the district court level. Recently prevailed against the competitor’s appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Prevailed in a bid protest against the City of San Diego, which resulted in the City rebidding the project and awarding the contract to the client.
- Represented a window installer in a breach of contract and construction defect case. Successfully settled the case resulting in payment to the client and dismissal of the defect claims against the client.
- Defended a congregation on a pro bono basis against claim for non-payment of performance bonds. Assisted client in reaching a very favorable settlement and staving off the plaintiff from moving forward with litigation.
- Defended a real estate investment firm against a claim for unpaid commissions and breach of contract by a former broker. Reached a favorable settlement for the client.
- Represented an inventor in a business dispute involving breach of contract and ownership of patents. Successfully reversed a preliminary injunction imposed on client prior to representation.
- "Put Your Commission Contracts In Writing - It's The Law," TransWorld Business, May 24, 2012
- "Moving Technology Across the Border: The Future of Biotech for the U.S. and Mexico", Enfoque Latino, Fall 2007
Labor & Employment Law Blog Articles
Construction & Infrastructure Law Blog Articles
- "Federal Courts Overrule GAO and Require Reinstatement of Low Bidder," January 24, 2012
- "Developer Must Pay Prevailing Wages for Privately Financed Public Improvements," February 17, 2011
- "Congress Increases False Claims Liability for Public Works Contractors," January 26, 2011
- "Modified Total Cost Method of Proving Damages: Approved For California Public Works," April 28, 2010
- "Construction Manager Not Required to be Licensed Pursuant to the Contractors' State License Law", April 16, 2009
Latin American Law Blog Articles
- "Mexico Continues to Entice Private Investment in Infrastructure With a New Public-Private Partnership Act," April 10, 2012
- "Ninth Circuit Finds Jurisdiction Over Foreign Corporation Based On Its Subsidiary's Contacts in the United States," July 5, 2011
- "Procurement Opportunities for U.S. Companies: Mexico's National Infrastructure Program," December 28, 2009
- "FDA Continues Expansion Outside the U.S. with Opening of Mexico City Post," December 14, 2009