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Paul S. Cowie

Partner
Silicon Valley
T: 650.815.2648
F: 650.815.2601

Education

  • J.D., University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK, 2001, LLB honors
  • California
  • UK
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Overview
Honors
Experience
Publications & News
Memberships

Mr. Paul Cowie is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the Silicon Valley office. Paul focuses on defense work for a variety of industries, including retail, technology, manufacturing, and transportation related to a wide range of employment disputes, including discrimination and harassment, independent contractors and the sharing economy, wrongful termination and whistleblower complaints, as well as trade secret litigation. He is also a leader in Gamification to engage employees in the workplace.  Paul also has a special interest in cyber-security, data privacy, social media and BYOD and is a member of the firm’s multi-practice group industry teams.

Paul also manages a wide range of class actions, related to all forms of wage & hour disputes, as well as they relate to independent contractors. He counsels clients on all aspects of employment, including compliance, workplace investigations, workplace violence, protecting intellectual property, and founder disputes. In addition, Paul has significant experience supporting M&A transactions and has worked closely with clients in structuring deals to minimize employment-related risks and to maximize the value of the transaction from an employment perspective.

Before practicing in the US, Paul practiced in the UK for approximately five years, representing and advising employers at all stages of employment litigation, including as lead counsel in UK Employment Tribunals. Paul has drafted hundreds of employment contracts and settlement agreements, negotiated warranties and indemnities in corporate transactions and is very familiar with the challenges faced by companies expanding into in the US.

Paul is a trial-ready litigator who knows how to resolve all forms of employment-related disputes efficiently and effectively.

  • Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2013-201-6
  • Currently handling approximately a dozen class actions involving claims for all variety of alleged wage and hour violations, including misclassification, meal and rest breaks, minimum wage, bag checks, expense reimbursement, uniforms, joint employment, piece rate, and PAGA.  Paul also has several active single Plaintiff cases involving alleged discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. 

Representative Experience

  • 2015: Dismissal with prejudice without any payment for his client Brookdale Senior Living with respect to a former employee’s age discrimination and wrongful termination suit.
  • 2015: Dismissal for Cox Communications without paying a cent on Plaintiff’s six causes of action including for Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy and Negligent Investigation.
  • 2015: Represented Benchmark Electronics in defeating Plaintiff former employee’s claims for wrongful termination and retaliation under Labor Code section 1102.5 without paying a penny. 

Articles

Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts

Video Game Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • Employment Law Update, Silicon Valley Chapter of Association of Legal Administrators, 2016
  • Gamification – Benefits, Pitfalls and Legal Considerations, FX Conferences, 2015
  • Structuring Independent Contractor Agreements to Avoid Costly Misclassification Liability, Strafford Webinar, 2014
  • Blackbox Connect U.S. Employment Law for Start Ups, Palo Alto, 2014
  • LebNet, Palo Alto, 2014
  • PASCO HR, Santa Rosa, 2013
  • Innovation Presentation Panel, Palo Alto, 2013
  • CDA Lunch and Learn, Silicon Valley, 2012
  • Doing Business in Europe, Los Angeles, 2011
  • Class Actions in the Financial Industry, San Francisco, 2010
  • Restrictive Covenants in the UK, Washington D.C., 2009

Events

  • State Bar of California
  • UK Licensed Solicitor