Brian S. Fong is a partner in the Labor and Employment and ESG and Sustainability Practice Groups in the firm's San Francisco office.
Areas of Practice
Brian possess a deep and comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of labor and employment law. In litigation, Brian focuses his practice on the defense of employers against all aspects of employment-related claims, including harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour disputes. Brian also advises employers of all sizes and business in proactive preventative measures to improve employee relations, minimize exposure to litigation risks, develop workplace policies regarding diversity, equity, inclusion and prevention of sexual harassment, as well as maintaining a safe and healthy work environment, including compliance with federal, state, and local COVID-19 regulations. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Brian has regularly counseled clients on compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, including the ever-changing Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards. He also advises clients on protocols, procedures, and communications regarding return to office plans.
Brian provides management and employee training on diversity, equity, and inclusion using a philosophy designed to help all participants in the workplace understand the benefits of adopting an inclusive mindset, and how to take concrete, practical steps towards that shared goal. Among the topics Brian regularly trains on are:
- Unconscious Bias: Understanding how the unconscious cognitive shortcuts our brains takes on a daily basis shape our perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors in the workplace;
- Allyship: How to support co-workers to create a safe, healthy, and inclusive workplace using concrete actions and behaviors; and
- Maintaining A Respectful Workplace: How to engage co-workers in a respectful manner while discussing sensitive topics, including practical tips to engage and exit discussions.
Brian also conducts equity audits, assists his clients with employee listening tours to better understand employee concerns about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and regularly presents on employment-related topics including sexual harassment prevention, conducting workplace investigations, effectively dealing with leaves of absence, and social media in the workplace.
Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Brian was an associate with a large national firm in San Diego, where his practice focused on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation and professional liability matters, and where he founded and co-chaired a national series of webinars providing practical training to human resources specialists, generalists, payroll managers, upper level managers, in-house counsel, insurance carriers, and executives on important legal trends to help them make well-informed employment decisions on a day-to-day basis.
Prior to the practice of law, Brian oversaw network and information systems technology for an architectural planning firm, and provided business continuity and security planning for all systems and company data.
Rising Stars® distinction in the field of Employment & Labor, General Litigation, and Professional Liability: Defense (2015-2019)
Hot List, Lawyers of Color (2014)
- National Apartment Association’s Units Magazine, 03.2018
Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts
- "California Passes New Law Mandating Workplace Violence Prevention Plan for Employers," October 17, 2023
- "California Reinstates COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave," February 11, 2022
- "California Likely to Soon Implement COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, Retroactive to January 1, 2022," January 31, 2022
- "OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard Survival Guide," December 22, 2021
- "San Francisco Mandates Proof of Full Vaccination for Entry Into Many Establishments," August 20, 2021
- "Cal/OSHA Finally Enacts Revised Emergency Temporary Standards," June 18, 2021
- "Cal/OSHA Approves Revised Emergency Temporary Standards," June 8, 2021
- "Significant Updates to Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards on the Horizon," May 17, 2021
- "San Francisco Enacts a Temporary Ordinance Granting Workers Laid Off Due to COVID-19 a Right to Reinstatement," July 15, 2020
- "Ninth Circuit Holds Prior Salary Cannot Justify Wage Differences," April 10, 2018
- "Mendoza v. Nordstrom – Day Of Rest Rule," June 8, 2017
Retail Law Blog Posts
- Fall 2022, Sheppard Mullin San Francisco, 10.20.2022
- Webinar, 05.25.2021
- Spring 2017 Seminar Series, 05.03.2017
Member, Marin County Bar Association
Member, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
Member, Chinese American Lawyers of the Bay Area
Provides pro bono advice to nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area, including Bay Area Women Against Rape and Operation Dignity
J.D., University of San Diego, 2007, cum laude, Comments Editor, San Diego Law Review; Senior Executive Editor, Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000
American University in Cairo, Egypt (Study Abroad Student) 1999-2000
- United States District Court, Central District of California
- United States District Court, Eastern District of California
- United States District Court, Northern District of California
- United States District Court, Southern District of California