Jennifer Redmond is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office and is Leader of the firm's Noncompete and Trade Secrets Team. She is also Head of the firm's Compensation Committee. 

Areas of Practice

Jennifer specializes in executive disputes and negotiations, negotiating and litigating restrictive covenants, trade secrets litigation, whistleblower litigation, and wage and hour class action litigation. She writes regularly on the topic of restrictive covenants in California and assists in the structuring of transactions and relationships to support the use of restrictive covenants. She has significant experience in the technology, financial services, entertainment, drug distribution, and national multi-housing industries.

Jennifer's general employment experience includes counseling employers on enforcement of non-solicitation and non-compete agreements, protection of trade secrets, wage and hour compliance, WARN Act compliance, family and medical leave compliance, disability accommodation, and employee housing, among other topics; assisting in the design and implementation of restructuring and downsizing programs; mediating employment disputes; training management and employees on harassment and discrimination prevention on compliance with wage and hour obligations.



Recent Representative Matters

Secured a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in California state court on behalf of an executive search firm against a competitor and two former employees in a misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition case.

Prevailed on trade secret misappropriation claims in federal court in the Central District of California against former executives of a regional financial institution who put together a competing business plan using the companies’ trade secrets.  Obtained a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction barring the defendants from soliciting clients and employees, including through the use of trade secrets maintained in memory.  Case thereafter settled favorably, including a three-year stipulated injunction.

Defended a bedding frame manufacturer and distributor in Missouri federal court against trade secret claims (among others) resulting from the exchange of information under an NDA during merger negotiations and later hiring of Plaintiff’s executive after the deal busted.  Removed to federal court and prevailed in obtaining (1) dissolution of an ex parte temporary restraining order, and (2) an order holding that Plaintiff’s noncompetition agreement is unenforceable as a matter of law.

Defended an executive against a temporary restraining order and effort to enforce a two-year noncompete provision in federal court in Oregon.  Obtained an order requiring the former employer to pay the executive during the restricted period, which resulted in a favorable settlement.

Testified as an expert witness on California restrictive covenants in a high-profile divorce proceeding in Marin County Superior Court where a multi-million dollar payment for a post-termination noncompete was challenged by a former spouse as unenforceable under California law and therefore attributable instead to services rendered during employment (and, as such, was community property).

Represents one of the world’s largest software development companies in WARN Act compliance.

Represented major e-commerce company in defense of lawsuit alleging disability discrimination and failure to accommodate brought by former employee who suffered from stage 4 colon cancer and a stroke.  Brought successful petition to compel arbitration and obtained defense ruling in arbitration finding that employer properly engaged in the interactive process, provided reasonable accommodation, and terminated the employee only after accommodations were unsuccessful.

Represents one of world's largest personal technology companies in the strategic use, litigation, and negotiation of restrictive covenants globally.

Defended a leading drug distribution and healthcare technology company in 11-day jury trial against claims brought by a former technology consultant for indemnification under California Labor Code section 2802, breach of contract, wrongful termination, fraud and infliction of emotional distress. The claims were brought on the theory that the Plaintiff was a dual employee of Plaintiff's consulting firm employer and the client company. Complete defense verdict (12-0) obtained.

Filed noncompete enforcement action against former Chief Marketing Officer of multi-national company, following executive's abrupt resignation and demand for several million dollars in "good reason" severance. Matter settled quickly and favorably for our client.

Defended world's largest global network of integrated services in 15-day arbitration brought by former vice president who sued for gender discrimination, retaliation, defamation, breach of contract, and other claims.  Plaintiff claimed damages in excess of $4 million and was awarded a small fraction of the demand.

Defended national insurance and financial service company in 16-day trial brought by a former commissioned surety bond producer who sued for breach of contract, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, defamation, and unfair business practices. Plaintiff's demand was $4.4 million; complete defense verdict obtained.

Prosecution and defense of employee mobility cases involving trade secrets and restrictive covenants for talent agency, international insurance broker, biotech companies, national developer of multi-family residential and corporate housing, among others.



Northern California "Super Lawyer", Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine, 2006-2019

Recognized for Labor and Employment Litigation, Best Lawyers, 2021, 2022

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rated Lawyer



Restrictive Covenant Articles, Blogs & Speeches

General Articles

Corporate and Securities Law Blog Posts

Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • National Multifamily Housing Council Webinar - "Risks and Return: A Conversation About Workplace and Property Readiness -- Part 1: Considering the Risks of Reactivation: Community Amenity and Leasing Office Challenges," May 6, 2020
  • 2014 NMHC OpTech Conference & Exposition - “The Interactive Process: Spotlight on Multi Family,” Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida, November 19, 2014
  • 2012 National Multi Housing Council Human Resources Forum - “Wage-Hour Employee Classification: Strategies to Protect Your Firm,” Renaissance Chicago Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, March 28, 2012
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco - "The Employment Investigation on Trial: An Interactive Program" BASF Conference Center, San Francisco, California, June 2, 2011
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco's 2010 Yosemite Conference - "Notice Pleading in Federal Court: R.I.P.?" Yosemite Lodge Conference Center, Yosemite, California, February 19-20, 2010 (co-presented by Jennifer Redmond, Honorable Claudia Wilken, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and Cliff Palefsky, McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky)
  • The 6th Annual Wage & Hour Litigation Conference - "Meal and Rest Periods in California," San Francisco Marriott Union Square, San Francisco, California, September 17-18, 2009
  • EFF Bootcamp - "Employment Basics for Start-Ups," San Francisco, California, May 11, 2009




2016-2018 Member, Board of Directors, Bar Association of San Francisco

Member, Impala Racing Team, all-women elite development racing team based in San Francisco

Member, American Bar Association

2014-2016 Chair, Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco

2008 Chair, Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco

Provides pro bono advice to nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Friends of San Francisco Public Library, Chinese American International School, and California School-Age Consortium


J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1989, Order of the Coif, Andrew Ewing Scholar, Senior Articles Editor of Vanderbilt Law Review

B.A., University of Virginia, 1984, with honors


  • Ms. Redmond clerked for Judge Earl B. Gilliam of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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