Jawid Habib is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's San Diego office.

Areas of Practice

Jawid represents employers of all sizes. He knows that no matter how large the size of his clients' operations — whether an aspiring startup, a Fortune 500 powerhouse, or a local bank — each one faces a unique set of challenges. He believes the best approach is to treat each client's challenges as his own.

Over the years, Jawid has helped clients resolve a broad range of employment issues, including:

  • Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) actions
  • Single-plaintiff and class wage and hour actions
  • Misclassification of workers as independent contractors
  • Race, national origin, gender, age, disability and religious discrimination
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Partnership and shareholder disputes
  • Workers’ compensation discrimination and retaliation
  • Violations of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act)
  • Violations of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA), including the Defense Base Act (DBA)

Jawid's career in employment law began with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where he served as a law clerk for Administrative Judge Louis Garcia. Jawid's service at the EEOC — the federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination — provided him unparalleled experience in resolving Title VII claims. He went on to clerk for the Honorable Larry A. Burns of the Southern District of California. Before joining Sheppard Mullin, Jawid was part of a trial team that defeated virtually all wage and hour claims brought by over 10,000 class members. The trial lasted ten weeks.



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  • "The Zone of Special Danger: Employing Local Nationals on U.S. Bases Overseas," JD Supra, April 5, 2018

Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

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  • Co-author, California Labor and Employment ALERT, March 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Employers in Wonderland — Demystifying California’s Puzzling Wage and Hour Laws," San Diego Employer Advisory Counsel (SDEAC), San Diego, October 16, 2019
  • Commencement Speaker, The Preuss School UC San Diego, June 20, 2019




State Bar of California - Labor and Employment Section

Member and Co-Chair of Philanthropy and Engagement Committee, Board of Directors, The Preuss School UC San Diego

Former Associate, The Welsh Inn of Court


J.D., UCLA School of Law, 2014; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Islamic & Near Eastern Law

B.A., University of California, San Diego, 2011


  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Larry A. Burns, United States District Court for the Southern District of California, 2015
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Administrative Judge Louis Garcia, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 2014
  • Extern for the Honorable David O. Carter, United States District Court for the Central District of California, 2013


  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California


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