Overview

Babak Yousefzadeh is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

Babak represents employers in a full range of employment law matters, with a focus on litigation and class actions. Babak also specializes in litigation avoidance counseling. His experience includes advising and litigation on matters involving all forms of discrimination, harassment, retaliation/whistleblower issues; breach of contract disputes; wrongful termination claims; wage and hour issues; independent contractor status; workplace investigations; discipline; grievance; workplace violence; Labor Code violations; and other statutory and contractual obligations. He is experienced with single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action proceedings, and practices in both state and federal bodies, in all applicable forums.

Babak is also experienced with defending employers at trial, arbitration and administrative hearings (such as before the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement), and has defended repeated claims against employers successfully, obtaining complete defense jury verdicts, arbitration awards, and administrative rulings. He also has successfully defended employee terminations at arbitration on behalf of unionized employers.

Babak frequently advises clients regarding various labor and employment issues, and assists companies with implementing proactive compliance strategies, gives harassment and discrimination prevention trainings, and drafts employment documents such as employment agreements, employee handbooks, and separation agreements and releases. He also advises unionized employers in the often technical space where traditional labor (collective bargaining agreements) intersect with state statutory employment matters.

Honors

Honors

Northern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2013-2017

Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2013-2017

Insights

Events

Memberships

Memberships

National President Emeritus of the Iranian American Bar Association, Feb. 2019-present

National President of the Iranian American Bar Association, 2014- Feb. 2019

Board of Directors, Iranian American Bar Association, Northern California Chapter, 2011-present

California Bar Association

San Francisco Bar Association

Education

LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2010

J.D., University of San Francisco, School of Law, 2004, McAuliffe Honor Society, Senior Staff Editor of the USF Law Review, International & Comparative Law Focus with honors

B.A., University of California, Davis, 2000

Clerkships

  • Extern to the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts

Languages

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